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Sponsors: May 10, 2011 | Edited by Jim Butschli

The NEW Spee-Dee split hopper system for auger fillers

Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery is proud to be the first U.S. company to unveil an innovative stainless steel split hopper system that allows fast and simple product changeover, cleanup and maintenance. The end result is a significant decrease in both labor costs and equipment downtime.

Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery

Fortress Phantom Metal Detector for
pharmaceutical & nutraceutical applications

Phantom metal detectors meet stringent pharmaceutical & nutraceutical industry QA requirements including FDA inspection compliance. Easily angled & height-adjusted, detectors provide protection by detecting and rejecting metal fragments in tablets & capsules. Ideal for clean rooms, these units can be custom-designed.

Fortress Technology, Inc.

Bosch Packaging Technology: Your reliable partner for packaging & process technology

The strength of Bosch’s pharmaceutical expertise is based upon five competence areas: Process Technology, Primary Packaging, Secondary Packaging, Qualification and Services. We support our customers in producing and packaging products of highest quality at affordable prices.

Bosch Packaging Technology - Pharma

Free Webinar: Optimize cap sealing success by setting up an operating window

Most packagers do not realize the importance of setting up an operating window for their induction sealer. Gain practical expert advice on how to raise the productivity of your induction sealer and Achieve a Perfect Seal. This webinar features Live Video Demonstrations.


Essential steps in the package development process

Abbott Vascular and Life Packaging Technology discuss the package development process with an emphasis on regulation, industry standards and best practices for package integrity. Attend Healthcare Packaging Conference, May 26 in Princeton for solutions and strategies for packaging professionals.

Healthcare Packaging


FDA warns companies to stop making MRSA claims for OTC products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued four warning letters to companies that manufacture and market over-the-counter (OTC) drug products, including hand sanitizers, which claim to prevent infection from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria (MRSA). The warning letters explain that the companies are marketing these products in violation of federal law. The companies have 15 days to correct the violations cited in the warning letters. Failure to do so may result in legal action including seizure and injunction.

Tags: FDA warnings; OTC; Regulatory

Understanding best practices for combination product package stability and validation

At the May 26 Healthcare Packaging Conference & Workshops event in Princeton, NJ, Laure L. Larkin will cover how our stability world is changing, especially as it relates to combination products. Larkin, the packaging validation supervisor for Synthes, will address how stability testing relates to the new global economy its many combination product stakeholders. Attendees will learn the U.S. FDA governing documents as well as the ISO (Intl. Organization for Standardization) counterparts.

Tags: Validation; Combination products; FDA; Testing; Healthcare Packaging Conference & Workshops

Sustainability of supply, compliance issues take precedence

In this "Voice of the Experts" Q&A, Amcor's Joe Wittemer discusses developments in pharmaceutical packaging materials. Wittemer is the product development manager for Amcor Flexibles Pharma-Americas, which focuses on flexible pharmaceutical plastic film, aluminum foil, and paper products. Amcor converts these materials into blister and strip packs, cold form laminates, and dosage cup lidding.

Tags: Amcor Flexibles; Supply chain; Sustainability; Flexibles

Packaging expertise can create financial success even in difficult times

The evolving global healthcare market is handing the pharmaceutical industry plenty of challenges, especially for healthcare packagers. Hear "Pharmaplasia" author Mike Wokasch discuss 'Surviving and Thriving in a Volatile Marketplace: Strategies for Drug Companies' at the Healthcare Packaging Conference & Workshops 2011.

Tags: Healthcare Packaging Conference & Workshops 2011; Costs; Security; Supply chain; Packaging line efficiency

Sanofi-Aventis' ClikSTAR insulin pens produced in Germany

Gerresheimer AG reports that it has commenced commercial production of ClikSTAR insulin pens for sanofi-aventis that incorporate a dosage and application function. Gerresheimer prepares pens in Wackersdorf, the company's Plastics Division's technology center. Its Pfreimd, Germany plant makes and assembles individual pen components under clean room conditions.

Tags: Gerresheimer AG; Insulin pens; Dosage; Medical devices

Video: Interphex: desiccated blister guarantees stability

From CSP Technologies, solution stays on foil lid, scavenging oxygen, moisture and gasses for the life of the product.

Tags: CSP Technologies

NEW Products


Semi-automatic stretch wrapper

SW-10 is an easy-to-operate machine designed and manufactured with a manual mechanical core breaking film-tensioning system for simple threading of film. Control panel and photo eye offer soft start and fix stop for precise control. Column is hinged and reclines for shipping.

Combi Packaging Systems LLC


Square bottles with beveled corners

Beveled Square Collection of HDPE bottles are lightweight and unbreakable, for moisturizers, body lotions, suntan, and other skin-care products. Available in eight sizes from 1 oz to 16 oz, and may be decorated with various options and paired with different closure styles.

O.Berk Co.

Upcoming events:

Interpack 2011: Processes and Packaging
Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre, Düsseldorf, Germany. Messe Düsseldorf North America. Phone: 312/781-5180, held May 12-18.

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.

Healthcare Packaging Conference


Hear from the author of Pharmaplasia – May 26, 2011 in Princeton, NJ

Learn from industry expert and Pharmaplasia author Mike Wokasch, as he shares what today’s manufacturers must do to weather the uncertainties in the healthcare marketplace. Wokasch and other professionals will discuss package design, medical devices, tracking, OEE, compliance, combination products and more on May 26 in Princeton at Healthcare Packaging Conference & Workshops.

Learn more>>

Flexible Playbook


Flexible packaging project in the works?

New! Download this free, 84-page Flexible Packaging Playbook jam-packed with strategies for success, best practices, and pitfalls to avoid. Whether your job involves machinery engineering, package design, package development, or production, download this playbook now.

Learn more >>

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