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Sponsor February 28, 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.


Cold chain events serve up packaging insights

One way to keep up on the latest developments in cold chain packaging and distribution is by learning from global experts who share knowledge and insights at several events around the world. Cold Chain South Africa 2011, for example, will include best-practice information on cold chain management from pharmaceutical manufacturers, biotech firms, government and regulatory experts.

Fighting counterfeit drugs in Africa

A Business Wire article reports that African social enterprise mPedigree Network and HP introduced a potentially life-saving service that targets counterfeit pharmaceuticals by enabling people in Nigeria and Ghana to easily check the authenticity of their malaria medication. Patients can use the service by sending a free text message that provides an instant response as to whether the tablets or syrup bottles are genuine.

Toward improved heat-seal performance

Seal integrity is critical to a diversity of packaged products, including pharmaceuticals and medical devices. When a heat-seal fails, costs accrue. The later in the value chain that the failure occurs or is discovered, the greater the costs. If you've signed on to a solid approach, your packages are being sealed and delivered with good consistency.

Pharmaceutical industry bracing for record patent expiries

Data from EvaluatePharma indicate that 13 U.S. blockbuster drugs will lose patent protection in the next two years, highlighting the challenges facing the pharmaceutical industry. And there's more in the next three years, with Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson, and several other "big pharmaceuticals" with products facing patent expiries.

PDA's annual meeting set for April 11 - 15 in San Antonio

A global provider of science, technology, and regulatory information and education for the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical community, the Parenteral Drug Assn.'s annual meeting will include exhibits and sessions from speakers from Baxter Healthcare, Pfizer, Novartis Pharma, and others. Session IG2 on Packaging Sciences/Prefilled Syringes will include a presentation from Schott Pharmaceutical Systems on "How the Industry Reacts to Increasing Quality Demands for Primary Packaging Materials-Syringe Breakage and Vial Delamination."

Video: Integrated modular blister and cartoner for pharma

This small and medium batch blister and carton module by Uhlmann Packaging is geared for frequent and quick changeover. Produces 300 blisters and 150 or 300 cartons per hour.

NEW Products


Pump limits counterfeiting

XD 11 Twist fragrance dispensing pump uses The Crimpless System (TCS) that separates with a twist to facilitate recycling; makes it impossible to reassemble, thus limiting counterfeiting. Provides appeal, sustainability, ergonomics, and brand protection.



Storage system for small spaces

The MicroVert permits storage for pharmaceutical sample management in physician’s offices, and medical device and instrument management in healthcare facilities; has a 10-cubic-ft capacity with eight pans that can be divided into eight sections, with each pan capable of storing 50 lb.


Upcoming events:

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.

NACD 2011 Annual Convention
La Quinta Resort & Club, Palm Springs, CA. The National Association of Container Distributors (NACD) annual convention will be held April 6-10, 2011.

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


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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