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Sponsor February 18, 2011 | Edited by Jim Butschli

How UPS keeps critical shipments cool

Healthcare requires special care—the new logistics. UPS product manager Mark Davis explains how UPS cold chain transportation delivers temperature-sensitive healthcare shipments safely and reliably.

UPS 2010 pain in the chain

What are the primary business and logistical challenges facing the healthcare industry? How can companies overcome them? UPS posed these and other questions to 150 of today’s top healthcare supply chain executives. Find out what they discovered.

How UPS delivers more medication with less pain

The storing and transporting of critical, temperature-sensitive medications requires special care—like the kind the new logistics can deliver. Learn how UPS and Endo Pharmaceuticals partner to deliver more medication without all the headaches.

Why outsource healthcare logistics to UPS?

Today, healthcare companies face big challenges: rising demand, escalating costs, strict regulations and emerging low-cost competitors. Find out how the new logistics provides the perfect remedy.

BLISTER AND BOTTLING LINE QUALITY

LNK banks on metal detection units

Metal detection units on more than two dozen blister and bottling lines help LNK ensure quality OTC pharmaceuticals for its private-label customers. LNK produces private-label, solid-dose OTC pharmaceuticals for retailers and distributors throughout North America, providing and packaging national brand-equivalent products as well as proprietary formulas. LNK manufactures, packages, tests, and ships products for their customers, from the acquisition of raw materials through finished product distribution in the U.S. and Canada.

Aseptic blow/fill/seal processing of pharmaceutical liquids

The use of aseptic blow/fill/seal (B/F/S) systems for the processing of pharmaceutical liquids has been accelerated by enhancements made to aseptic B/F/S processes based on pharmaceutical industry input and to accommodate the requirements of regulatory agencies. The ability to provide these B/F/S systems, which must meet corporate, scientific, regulatory and end-user requirements, can be demanding. These application challenges are being met by continuously evolving and improving B/F/S system and container designs, driven by the need for enhanced product integrity and patient safety.

Walmart adjusting pack sizes around pay periods

Consumer packaged goods are going through a proliferation of package sizes to satisfy shoppers' needs-and when they want them fulfilled-and Walmart is adding to the mix with plans to offer different package sizes of the same product to accommodate consumers' paycheck cycles. Walmart's move, according to industry analysts, also signals an attempt to become a more formidable competitor with dollar stores, which have spent a lot of money during the past two years updating their stores and emphasizing the merchandising of everyday consumable products and fresh food.

MWV supports call to action to make patient adherence a national health priority

MeadWestvaco Corp. joins the Center for Health Transformation to support the 21st Century Intelligent Pharmacy Project white paper entitled, "The Importance of Medication Adherence: Saving Lives and Saving Money by Improving Medication Adherence through a Coordinated Approach to Integrated Healthcare".

Opening eyes to eye tracking

Eye tracking is a behavioral research approach that may be poised to become a standard practice in guiding package design. CPG companies can leverage it to assess shopper behavior and validate ideas.

Video: Tool-less, quick-changeover tube filling machine

For cosmetic and pharmaceutical applications, the Unipac 2060 offers tube filling accuracy. Watch Romaco's eight-station Unipac 2060 compact machine, which fills ointments and creams into plastic, metal, and laminate tubes at speeds to 60/min.

NEW Products

MATERIAL

Next-day universal shipper

The KoolTemp® Express GTS-18 is a prequalified 2ºC to 8ºC lightweight shipper that is easy to pack out and ideal for shipping next-day deliveries of unit-load doses, particularly for clinical, laboratory, and specialty pharmaceutical applications.

Cold Chain Technologies

MACHINE

Pharmaceutical bottling technology

The modular Integrated Bottle Center (IBC) 240 packages tablets and capsules at speeds up to 240 bottles/min, with no micro-stops, no ramp-up phases and quickly completed changeovers. Offers innovative tablet counting module and a bottle capping unit, optional station add-ons such as a desiccant, cotton feeder, or induction sealing...

Uhlmann Packaging Systems, LP

Upcoming events:

Contract Packaging Association Annual Meeting
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Tucson, AZ. A packed business agenda, networking, and social and recreational events will make this Annual Meeting CPA’s best, from February 24-27.

Sustainable Packaging Symposium
Hyatt Regency Chicago, IL. Sustainable Packaging Symposium, produced by Greener Package and the Institute for Sustainability, will examine the pivotal role of packaging in implementing sustainability across businesses’ supply chains, from March 16-18.

Packaging Automation Forum
Westin O'Hare, Rosemont, IL. Packaging Automation Forum, produced by Packaging World and Automation World, features peer-to-peer education about how to increase productivity, flexibility and performance using state-of-the-art packaging controls and information technology, April 26.

Healthcare Packaging Conference

ANNOUNCEMENT

Plan now to attend – May 26, 2011 in Princeton, NJ

The 2011 Healthcare Packaging Conference & Workshops will take place at the Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village. Join us for an educational day of information and strategies on contract packaging, package design, compliance, validation, regulatory issues, cold chain, combination products, and much more via presentations and workshops.

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