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Sponsors: May 26, 2011 | Edited by Jim Butschli

Give your packaging line a healthy dose of PharmaPack & Label-Aire

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Placon takes medical packaging to a new level

From concept design to finished product, Placon's dedicated medical team will seamlessly support your product launch. Our custom thermoformed medical packaging will help differentiate your company in the healthcare industry while providing superior protection for your medical devices.

Placon Corporation

Pharmaceutical glass vial accumulation converts mass-flow to single file

Video shows Garvey's pharmaceutical vial accumulator/single-file conveyor system convert from mass flow to single-file vials. Tray load infeeds shown.


Tamper-evident shootout: Which method do consumers most prefer?

White paper from Axon compares all the major types of tamper evidence, from film bands, metal pop-up closures, breakaway closures, and under-cap seals. Covers sustainable developments in replacing PVC film with alternatives.

Axon Corporation

Tablet/capsule counter for nutraceuticals incorporating container unscrambler

Video from PharmaPack-US shows a complete tablet/capsule packaging line from container and cap unscrambling through filling, capping, and labeling.



Children's medication labeling carries weight with the FDA

When it comes to using weight measurements versus age in determining dosing for children's medications, including acetaminophen, apparently a U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel is tipping the scales in favor of weight. Specifically, the panel is recommending, "dosing for children's acetaminophen be based primarily on the child's weight rather than age." That's according to a May 19 Wall Street Journal Health blog, "Panel calls for label changes on acetaminophen products." The article says, "Johnson & Johnson's McNeil Consumer Health Care, which makes Tylenol, has asked the FDA to formally amend rules governing over-the-counter products to allow for weight-based dosing and to allow the instructions on children's packages to include infant instructions. The FDA is expected to adopt many of the panel's recommendations as part of likely changes to over-the-counter drug regulations for dosing and packaging." Shown here is an AccuDial pediatric bottle and label that focuses on weight-based dosing.

Tags: FDA; Labels; Children's medication; Patient compliance

Three Rivers Pharmaceuticals package wins compliance award

Reported as the only form of ribavirin available in a daily, two-pill compliance package designed to enhance therapy adherence, Three Rivers Pharmaceuticals' Ribasphere® Ribapak for Ribavirin Tablets earned a 2010 Compliance Package of the Year Second Runner Up award from the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council. The package insert includes full prescribing information, as well as warnings, adverse reactions, dosage and administration details. Packaging was done by Sharp Corp.

Tags: HCPC; Sharp Corp.; Compliance

Developments in streamlined blow/fill/seal insertion technology

The latest generation of aseptic B/F/S machines incorporates dedicated isolators adapted specifically for insertion applications. These modular insertion isolators are typically located outside of the classified machine room, separate from but directly connected to the B/F/S unit through a transfer tunnel. The isolator and tunnel are typically sterilized with vaporized hydrogen peroxide and the Class 100 environment within it is maintained by HEPA filtration. This new addition to the aseptic B/F/S system has not only streamlined the insertion process, but has provided a higher level of sterility assurance for products with tip-and-caps and rubber/silicone stoppers inserted under aseptic conditions.

Tags: Weiler Engineering; Liquid filling; Aseptic; Blow/fill/seal

FDA looks to improve design and cleaning instructions for reusable medical devices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced that it was collaborating with other groups to reduce the risk of exposure to improperly reprocessed devices that can lead to the transmission of disease. An April 29, 2011 press release said, "The FDA believes that the risk of acquiring an infection from a reprocessed device is relatively low and that the benefits of these important devices outweigh their risks. The agency does not recommend that patients cancel or delay procedures that involve such devices. On June 8-9, 2011, the FDA will sponsor a public workshop to discuss these findings and collaborate with representatives from other government agencies, manufacturers, health care providers, and other stakeholders on future device design and scientific advances in reprocessing."

Tags: FDA press release; Medical devices; Validation; FDA; Sterilization

Travel vaccines market growing globally

The summer travel season is on deck. A report indicates that more international travel and higher incidences of infectious diseases in emerging economies will drive this vaccines market in coming years. The GBI Research report includes details on drivers, barriers, and revenue forecasts for the travel vaccines market, looking into the market in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and the rest of the world.

Tags: GBI Research; Patient compliance; Vaccines

Video: Interphex: Famar TF100 Thermoformer

From MG America, compact, servo-driven blister machine offers hot and cold forming of oral solid dose blisters.

NEW Products


Unit-dose packaging

Donepezil 5 mg and 10 mg tablets (Compares to Aricept®), Hydromorphone HCl Cll 2 mg and 4 mg Tablets (AB-rated to Dilaudid®), and Lansoprazole (shown) DR 15 mg and 30 mg Capsules (AA-rated to Prevacid®) were recently launched as part of the company’s family of cardiovascular and circulatory unit-dose products. Packages feature color-coded labels with “tall man” lettering to distinguish products when selecting for dispensing.

American Health Packaging


Compact horizontal cartoners

SC Series automatic, small-footprint cartoners are available in configurations for either narrow or wide pitches. SC 60 handles up to 60 cpm; SC 150 does 150 cpm. Ideal for pharmaceuticals, medical devices, cosmetics, and consumer goods, the machines may use intermittent- or continuous-motion.

ESS Technologies, Inc.

Upcoming events:

EXPO PACK México 2011
Centro Banamex, Mexico City, Mexico. EXPO PACK México features packaging and processing solutions for Latin America, with over 900 exhibitors from 20 countries, June 21-24.

HBA Global Expo
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, NY. HBA Global Expo provides personal care and beauty manufacturers with new ingredients, solutions, supplier resources and world-class education to bring new products to market, June 28-30.

PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011
Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV. North America's largest packaging and processing event includes a Pharmaceutical Pavilion, Processing Zone, Brand Zone, Confectionery Pavilion and more, September 26-28.

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