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Sandoz has introduced its sensitive Lescol heart medication capsules in light-protective two-layer coextruded bottles
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Sandoz coex bottle protects heart medication

The top award in container distributors competition was won by a coextruded drug bottle that keeps out light and moisture. Other winners display distributor prowess in technology, decorating and sourcing of components that meet packager needs.
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Vision inspection equipment

BWI Inex (Clearwater, FL) has introduced the VI Scan Family of vision inspection equipment for pharmaceutical packaging. Inspects empty vials, crimped closures, liquid-filled vials, lyophilized cake, and date- and lot-coded labels.
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Multi-head liquid fillers

The Model F329HE-SS electronic multi-head liquid filler from Cozzoli (Plainfield, NJ) fills unit dose syringes, tubes and vials. It replaces a mechanically driven carriage with electronic advancements that simplify changeover and shorten it by four hours, says the manufacturer.
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Compliance lid

The Virtual Hinge Closure from VH Technologies (New York, NY) can help users comply with recommended dosages of their prescription drugs. It combines a cap with molded numbers that indicate day or dosage amount with a patented hinge that must rotate to the next number to reclose.
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Edible water soluble films

MonoSol® LXP-1832 is a completely edible water soluble cellulose polymer film from Chris Craft (South Holland, IL). It can be converted on conventional machines into bags or wrappers.
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Digital torque tester

The Model STB digital bottlecap torque tester from Mark-10 (Hicksville, NY) can measure torque tool calibration, break-away fastener, motor stall, and valve operating torque, as well as standard torque removal.
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Smart package holds compliance solution

Incorporating an alarm clock into a prescription drug bottle seems like an idea whose time should have come long ago. It came last year, in the form of the MEMS® SmartCap(TM) from Aprex Corp., a Fremont, CA, company specializing in improved patient compliance.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, (Naperville, PA) will sell its U.S. and Canadian nonprescription drug lines to Ciba-Geigy AG, Basel, Switzerland.
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Discussions continue with FDA on labeling

Representatives of the National Food Processors Assn. (NFPA) met with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials in early February to discuss NFPA's petition to amend labeling regulations of health claims for foods.
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FDA's Kessler becoming target of anti-regulatory forces

FDA and its Administrator, Dr. David Kessler, are becoming the focal point for deregulation proponents on Capitol Hill. House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) repeatedly has singled out FDA as an example of a government regulator that is hamstringing American business.

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