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Sponsor April 26, 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.


Aedan Pharmaceuticals launches energy drink in stick packs

Finding just the right packaging for an innovative product can sometimes take many twists and turns. For Lansdale, PA-based Aedan Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical and consumer products company, the answer was just three exits up the New Jersey Turnpike. That's where the company manufactures XRP (Extended Release Powder)--a rapidly dissolving powder energy formula that is delivered direct-to-mouth, tastes good and, because of its microencapsulated, powder form, provides steady "time-released" energy. In this instance, the packaging answer was supplied by T.H.E.M. (Technical Help in Engineering and Marketing). Throwing in some marketing assistance as product spokesperson is the National Football League's (retired?) superstar Brett Favre.

Tags: Nutraceuticals; Stick packs; T.H.E.M.; Tamper Evident; Flexible Packaging; Powder

Adherence packs assist patients and caregivers

Medicine-On-Time provides medication delivery systems designed to make it easy for pharmacists, caregivers, and healthcare professionals to administer and track medication. A new study by The American Journal of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy assessing the impact of a medication adherence management program on nursing home admissions found that Medicine-On-Time's medication management system helps ensure that medications are taken properly through the use of patient-specific customized packaging.

Tags: Compliance; Adherence; Drug Delivery

Walgreens partners with Infopia America to launch diabetes line

Infopia America, a manufacturer and distributor of diabetes management products, announced that its new SmartDiabetes product line has launched in 284 Walgreens drug stores in central and northeast Florida. The stores will be the first in the national drug store chain to promote integrated and coordinated management of diabetes with the SmartDiabetes product line between the patient, physician, and pharmacist. SmartDiabetes initiative of diabetes management fosters result sharing and proactive healthcare. The SmartDiabetes product line features a blood glucose monitor and blood pressure monitor, which are enabled to transmit their results to a HIPPA-compliant server for prompt and accurate provider and caregiver review.

Tags: Medical Devices; Walgreens; Diabetes

Beverage industry responding to Clear on Calories initiative

Producers of liquid nutraceuticals and medical foods may want to take note of this initiative in which Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestlé Waters are among participating companies that will face packaging and manufacturing challenges to add calorie details to packaging. The American Beverage Assn. says: "America's beverage companies are adding the new calorie labels to the front of every can, bottle, and pack they produce-and displaying the total calories per container on all beverages 20 fluid ounces or smaller. The labels began appearing on some beverages last fall and are now in stores across the nation. The companies expect to have the calorie label on the front of all of their major brands and more than half their product volume by June of this year-and on all brands and packages by early 2012 as committed."

Tags: Nutraceuticals; Calories; Labeling

J&J says little about possible takeover of Synthes

An April 19 Wall Street Journal Health Blog reports, "Medical-technology company Synthes has confirmed it's in talks with Johnson & Johnson about being taken over by the U.S.-based health-care behemoth. (Sources tell the WSJ the deal could be worth at about $20 billion.) Meanwhile, Laure L. Larkin, packaging validation supervisor at Synthes USA is scheduled to discuss "Best Practices for Package Stability and Validation of Combination Product Packaging" at the Healthcare Packaging Conference & Workshops event May 26 at the Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village in Princeton, NJ.

Tags: Healthcare Packaging Conference & Workshops; Synthes; J & J

Video: Interphex: Second-Generation Needle-Trap Helps Prevent Needle Stick Injuries

From Schreiner MediPharm, features two detachable labels for medical charts and patient vaccine passport.

Tags: Schreiner MediPharm

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Upcoming events:

IoPP Packaging & Leadership Council
Hyatt Regency O'Hare, Rosemont, IL. New for 2011, the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) is offering packaging professionals the utmost in value by creating a two-day conference that combines IoPP's most dynamic events, held May 10-11.

Healthcare Packaging Conference & Workshops
Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village, Princeton, NJ. Healthcare Packaging Conference & Workshops, produced by Healthcare Packaging magazine, will feature operational and package design strategies for pharmaceutical and medical device packagers, May 26.

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