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Healthcare PackagingPharmaceutical, medical device, and nutraceutical news    Editor-in-Chief, Jim Butschli
Sponsors: September 22, 2011 | Edited by Jim Butschli

Metal detection -
pharmaceutical & nutraceutical industries

PHANTOM series metal detectors meet stringent industry quality assurance requirements. These inspection systems detect tiny metal fragments in tablets and capsules. Integrate into any tablet press by flexibility in the head tilt angle and powered height adjustment. Designed and constructed for FDA compliance.

Fortress Technology, Inc.

Advanced thermal ink jet printer enables high speed coding

Engineered for complex coding requirements including remote printer control, high speed serialization, and DataMatrix marking. Learn more about the Wolke m600® advanced!

Videojet Technologies Inc.

Schreiner MediPharm develops label for eco-friendly inkjet printing on plastic film

Schreiner MediPharm, a provider of specialty pharmaceutical labeling solutions, has developed a label allowing for inkjet printing of plastic films with eco-friendly water-based inks. The water-absorbing coating is applied to part of the plastic label, allowing for marking with variable data. Other recent innovations:

Schreiner MediPharm

Contract packaging for medical devices

LHB Industries offers a complete line of small to medium package size contract packaging services and is a single source for components, packaging, EtO gas sterilization and bio-burden laboratory testing. We offer form-fill-seal, tray sealing, auto pouching and heat seal options.

LHB Industries

Constantia Flexibles offers new laser-perforated stick pack material

Constantia Flexibles offers laser-perforated stick pack materials providing user-friendly features at 40% lower cost than sachets. The foil laminate used comprises PET/AL/PE or paper/AL/PE to protect the contents against moisture, oxygen and light. Laser perforation below the seal ensures easy opening of the stick.



Packaging error leads to oral contraceptives recall

On Sept. 16, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Web site reported, "Qualitest Pharmaceuticals issued a nationwide, retail-level recall of multiple lots of oral contraceptives because a packaging error may result in the daily regimen for these products being incorrect and could leave women without adequate contraception, and at risk for unintended pregnancy. Select blisters were rotated 180 degrees within the card, reversing the weekly tablet orientation and making the lot number and expiry date no longer visible." The agency said, "These packaging defects do not pose any immediate health risks. Pharmacies are being instructed to contact consumers who have received affected product."

Tags: Recall; FDA

Smith & Nephew launches wound therapy system in Canada

In an effort to help reduce the human and economic cost of wounds, the Advanced Wound Management division of Smith & Nephew announced the commercial launch of its PICO system—a single-use, negative pressure wound therapy system for acute and chronic wounds, high-risk surgical incisions, and skin grafts. The PICO system was officially approved by Health Canada in April 2011 and has been in preliminary use by a select group of hospitals and physicians.

Tags: Wound care; Smith & Nephew; Medical devices

Flavored glucose in stick packs provides tasty relief to diabetics

New stick packages make it convenient and 'cool'—particularly for children—to prevent low blood sugar. For diabetics, managing blood glucose can be a matter of life or death. From Meals to Live, these Glucose Quick Sticks come in two flavors. Stick packs tear open easily, offer portability, require no refrigeration, and pour glucose directly into the mouth to help bring up blood sugar in time of need.

Tags: Diabetes; Stick packs; Patient compliance; Flexible film; McDowell Label

Just Chill offers new four-pack

Colorful cans and matching cartons help California company The Chill Group market its all-natural stress relief and relaxation beverage Just Chill. Now available in a four-pack option, the packaging is designed to allow for better storage and easier distribution to consumers.

Tags: Package design; Cans; Cartons; Rexam; General Paper Products; Coldspring Brewing

Pallets: slippery sustainability subjects

If you think that being the backbone of supply chains worldwide is enough to give pallets a sustainability pass, you haven't been paying attention. The criticism against wood pallets that's the most hammering concerns the number of them that end up in landfills. Plastic and hybrid pallets are discussed in this article by consultant Sterling Anthony.

Tags: Pallets; Sustainability; Distribution

Video: PMMI market expert addresses pharmaceutical packaging trends

In this exclusive video, Jorge Izquierdo, vice president, market development for the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, discusses key packaging issues and trends as they relate to the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.

NEW Products


Insulated shippers with refrigerants

Designed for 2° to 8° C (with excursions of 1° to 10° C) for 24-hour applications, the Tempak Plus insulated shippers with refrigerants are pretested against the standard ISTA 7D summer profile. Each Tempak Plus comes with the EPS insulated shipping container and specified refrigerant gel packs; available either assembled or unassembled and include conditioning and packout instructions.



Front-and-back bottle labeler

Model 1600 is a turnkey system that applies labels to the front and back panels of a product. Uses a wipe-on brush applicator so labels can conform to slight variations in a product's shape. Stepper motors, PLC controls, and a self-teaching label sensor provide reliability and flexibility.

Labeling Systems Inc. (LSI)

Upcoming events:

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.

Cold Chain & Temperature Management Global Forum
This event, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, examines the modern cold chain as well as evolving sectors such as medical devices and diagnostics, generics, APIs, clinical and biologics and cell therapies, September 26-30.

Process Expo
The industry's only single-destination food equipment expo featuring end-to-end food processing and packaging machinery and services across all food sectors, held at Chicago's McCormick Place, November 1-4.

Flexible Playbook


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