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Sponsor June 23, 2011 | Edited by Jim Butschli

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

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Global design solutions with a local touch...Chesapeake!

Chesapeake is a leader in secondary packaging design with centers in Long Island, NY; Leicester, United Kingdom; and Angoulême, France. We protect and promote the world's great brands with a complete array of packaging solutions, including inserts, labels, cartons, and specialty products.

Chesapeake Pharmaceutical Packaging

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

Induction sealing development engineers speak about new technology

Listen to Enercon's engineers talk about the development of the new Super Seal™ Touch. The team designed the new sealer to provide more sealing power, faster set-up, touch screen control and network connectivity.


Slashing C02 permeation testing times for plastic bottles

A new white paper from MOCON describes an effective, non-destructive way of determining, in just hours after a bottle has been conditioned, the amount of CO2 permeating out of a bottle and the expected shelf-life of its contents.



Coil clamshell package for Arthrex wins DuPont award for Perfecseal

A thermoformed PETG, three-paneled Wire Coil Clamshell for Arthrex Inc.'s suture passing wire earned Perfecseal, a div. of Bemis Co., a DuPont Packaging Innovation Award from the Packaging & Industrial Polymers' 23rd DuPont Awards competition. The wire, a Class II medical device, is used in surgery to pass sutures through ligaments, cartilage, and bone. Perfecseal and Arthrex designed the innovative package to overcome the challenges the medical field faces in assembling suture passing wire. Using a three-paneled, thermoformed package design and eliminating the heat-sealed lid, manufacturing times and costs were reduced while aiding medical personnel in easily removing the suture for quick access. The package was launched by Arthrex in the second half of 2010.

Tags: Medical devices; Perfecseal; Bemis; Clamshells; Thermoforming

FDA approves redesigned labels for some Merck meds

Agency commends Merck's efforts to reduce pharmacy selection errors. The company's Label Standardization Projects includes revisions for 34 container labels for 16 oral solid-dose drugs. In a June 10 announcement, FDA offered "approval of Merck's redesigned drug container labels that include a new standardized format to improve readability and provide better information on product and strength differentiation."

Tags: FDA; Package design; Regulatory and legal; Labels

ASTM releases new label standards for pharmaceutical packaging

ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of international voluntary consensus standards. ASTM Subcommittee D10.32 on Consumer, Pharmaceutical and Medical Packaging recently completed an significant revision to ASTM D4774, Specification for User Applied Drug Labels in Anesthesiology, which aims to add another level of safety in patient care. ASTM also approved a new standard, ASTM D7709, Test Methods for Measuring Water Vapor Transmission Rate (WVTR) of Pharmaceutical Bottles and Blisters.

Tags: Testing; Regulatory; Standards; ASTM; Labels

FDA announces rules to change sunscreen labels

Beginning in the summer of 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's final regulations on sunscreen will become effective. The regulations establish a test for over-the-counter sunscreens to determine which products may be labeled "Broad Spectrum," meaning those products protect consumers against both ultraviolet B and A radiation. According to the FDA, sunburn is primarily caused by UVB. Read this story for more details on the terms "waterproof" or "sweatproof."

Tags: FDA sunscreen; Labels; Sunscreen packaging

Study reports 'modest improvement' in medication adherence

"Calendar blister packaging (CBP) of medication prescribed for daily, self-administered, long-term use was associated with modest improvement in prescription refill adherence and persistence." That was the conclusion of a study to be published in Clinical Therapeutics and discussed in a June 16 teleconference. The original dispensing data for the study represented 3.1 million individuals filling prescriptions for the angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) lisinopril or enalapril. The study population came from Walmart pharmacies in U.S. states and Puerto Rico between Dec. 1, 2006 and July 31, 2009.

Tags: Patient compliance; MWV; Blisters & clamshells

Video: Live from Interphex: Moisture and oxygen protection

Desiccant and absorbent products that meet the rigorous requirements of the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries are described by Mark Florez, global marketing manager, S¨d-Chemie Performance Packaging, in this video from Interphex NY.

NEW Products


Rx medication safety container

Lok Top™ is a tamper-evident aid to help prevent unauthorized access or intentional abuse of prescription medications. Made of recyclable plastic, the device can be locked by setting a three-number combination on a tumbler component and then affixing the device to the top of a Lok Top bottle.

Lok Top, LLC


New checkweigher series

Designed for speeds up to 250 pieces/min, the HC-Medium checkweigher is the link between the company's EC-E (Essential) and HC-A (Avantgarde) models. Compact design and sloping edges meet the criteria of a quick visual inspection and a high ground clearance for easy cleaning. Operated by an industrial PC, it offers the same control concept of the HC-A, making crosstraining between various controllers a thing of the past.

OCS Checkweighers, 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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