Merck, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca pros to speak at PPF

The Pharmaceutical Packaging Forum 2007, sponsored by the publishers of Packaging World and Healthcare Packaging magazines, will be held March 29 at The Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia.

Complete details of the program and registration information is available at www.packworld.com/ppf. Here’s a brief look at some of the Forum topics and speakers:

Increasing Uptime by Focusing on Reliability Metrics Mean Time Between Failures and Mean Time To Repair: Jeff Rosen, senior industrial engineer, Aseptic Manufacturing & Packaging, AstraZeneca.

Counterfeit Drugs and the Global Supply Chain: Jeffrey Gren, director, Office of Health and Consumer Goods, U.S. Department of Commerce.

Automatic Identification to Improve Patient Safety: Ed Dzwill, manager of package technology, Global Pharmaceutical Supply Group, Johnson & Johnson, and member of The GS1 HUG™ (Healthcare User Group), a global voluntary group formed by 40 leading pharmaceutical and medical device companies, wholesalers, hospitals, and trade associations.

Packaging Equipment Design and Integration Upgrade on a Budget: Rolando Vega, manager, Global Technical Services Project Management, Schering-Plough.

Improving Overall Equipment Efficiency: Greg Anthos, director, MMD Operational Excellence, Merck & Co. Inc.

FDA and You: Current Rulings, Government Inspections and Defending Your Product: Eric F. Greenberg, Attorney at Law, and columnist for Packaging World and Healthcare Packaging.

OTC Package Design: Richard Gerstman and Herb Meyers, brand identity and package design experts and authors.

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