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This is a purchased photo of a drug strip made by Ranbaxy and used solely for illustrative purposes.
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FDA prohibits Ranbaxy's Toansa, India facility from producing and distributing drugs for the U.S. market

The facility is now subject to certain terms of a consent decree of permanent injunction entered against Ranbaxy in Jan. 2012.
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Regulatory issues represented the primary challenge for combination product makers, closely followed by processing and manufacturing, and then fill/finish and packaging. These details provide keen insight into manufacturer needs, particularly for consultants and suppliers involved in these topical areas.
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Regulatory burdens weigh on combination product manufacturers

Regulatory matters, processing and manufacturing, as well as fill/finish and packaging rank as the most challenging areas for makers of combination products.
Senator Charles Schumer calls for safer packaging for children’s medicine bottles in effort to help prevent emergency room visits.
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Could 'flow restrictors' help reduce medication overdoses?

Senator Charles Schumer calls for safer packaging for children’s medicine bottles in effort to help prevent emergency room visits.
A return to innovation:  A holistic approach to sorbent selection
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A return to innovation: A holistic approach to sorbent selection

For in vitro diagnostic manufacturers, optimized traditional and intelligent sorbents, formulated with the assistance of pseudo-empirical modeling, play a critical role in maintaining the device’s integrity throughout its shelf life.
Gail E. Radcliffe, Ph.D., is President of Radcliffe Consulting, Inc.
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Regulatory issues factor heavily into the IVD market

In this question-and-answer dialogue, Gail Radcliffe of Radcliffe Consulting discusses in vitro diagnostics, focusing on regulatory and labeling issues.
FRONT VIEW. The front of the AFTCATS robotic bottling system shows the main touchscreen display, with the pick-and-place loading robot shown in the window.
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Cancer diagnostics firm automates bottle filling, capping, labeling

Dako’s compact robotic bottling system frees up vital production floor space, increases speed, and reduces labor costs, filling different bottle shapes and sizes with no mechanical setup between production runs.
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ESS Technologies: Robot for syringe pick-and-place applications

Able to load 60 syringes/min., the TaskMate Robotic Pick & Place System from ESS Technologies has integrated the new M-3iA robot from FANUC Robotics to create a high-speed pick & place cell that requires very little floor space.
This is one of 12 packages evaluated in a recent Affinnova audit.
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Streamlined packaging key to future blood glucose monitor sales

Gaining diabetic patient adherence necessitates that meters and their packaging engage users by combining simplicity and functionality.
Shown in this photo is a fake Lamisil three-pack.
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Counterfeit med market grows worldwide

DQSA to help address global counterfeit drug market, recently estimated at more than $430 billion annually by the WHO.
AGV styles. One function of the Forked Straddle AGV is to bring pallet loads of in-process or finished goods from 29 packaging lines.
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Perrigo—propelled by AGVs and organizational readiness

Attention to detail, excellent use of controls and information technology, and a keen appreciation for ‘the people element’ are the foundation of this automation initiative.

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