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Sponsors: October 27, 2011 | Edited by Jim Butschli

Video tour: UPS healthcare facility

UPS has more than four million square feet of dedicated healthcare distribution space around the globe. See inside one of our facilities and hear from our dedicated team of healthcare logistics experts. Watch the video.

UPS survey unveils healthcare supply chain trends

The 2011 UPS "Pain in the (Supply) Chain" survey explores top business and supply chain concerns at pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies worldwide. See the results.

Video: UPS executive on healthcare supply chain trends

UPS's Director of Global Strategy, UPS Healthcare Logistics, describes the most significant global healthcare trends and discusses their implications for the healthcare supply chain. Watch the video.

Video: The logistics of moving temperature-sensitive meds

Listen to experts from UPS's healthcare logistics team discuss UPS's approach to maintain compliance while managing the movement of temperature-sensitive products through the supply chain.

New cold chain container solves "hot" issue in pharma

The PharmaPort™360 Container, manufactured by Cool Containers exclusively for UPS, provides a new layer of protection to help ensure the safe transport of 2-8?C products vital to patients. Learn more.

CONTRACT PACKAGING

Giving sight to packaging lines

Maximizing efficiency is challenging for virtually any manufacturing facility, but when 95% of your direct labor employees are legally blind, those challenges are magnified. This is the case at Lighthouse for the Blind-St. Louis (LHB Industries), a contract packager and manufacturer of products provided to commercial customers and the U.S. government. Read about some of the steps the organization has made to help its workers and improve efficiency in packaging products such as medical devices, personal care and household products.

Tags: Multivac; DuPont Tyvek; AiSquared; Efficiency; Form/fill/seal; Contract packaging

Packaging powers P&G's sustainability plans

The Procter & Gamble Company released its 2011 Sustainability Report, "Commitment to Everyday Life" that outlines the CPG's global progress over the last year in decreasing the environmental footprint of products and operations, fulfilling social responsibility commitments, and delivering sustainable product innovations to the market. Packaging changes and material reductions playing an important role in near and short-term goals.

Tags: Sustainability; P&G

Duke think-tank evaluates the state of medication adherence

Poor medication adherence is a growing national concern. Research shows that half of all patients in the U.S. do not take their medicines as prescribed, despite evidence that medical therapy prevents death and improves quality of life. Approximately 125,000 deaths per year in the U.S. are due to medication nonadherence, with total cost estimates ranging between $100 and $300 billion annually. A recent World Health Organization report states that, because the magnitude of medication nonadherence is so alarming, more health benefits worldwide would result from improving adherence to existing treatments, than from developing new medical treatments. This article reports on a Duke think-tank evaluation on the subject, with input from packaging supplier MWV and other adherence experts.

Tags: Patient compliance; MWV

U.S. demand for flexible packaging to top $18 billion in 2015

Pouches and bags will help grow demand for converted flexible packaging by 3.8% annually to $18.2 billion in 2015. That's according to a new study, "Converted Flexible Packaging," from industry research firm The Freedonia Group. The study adds that gains will be similar to the pace of the 2005-2010 period based on the well-established presence of pouches in a number of food and nonfood markets coupled with overall deceleration in raw material price growth. Converted flexible packaging's source reduction capabilities will also be increasingly advantageous in light of initiatives by major retailers and packaged goods firms to evaluate their packaging in terms of eco-friendliness and cost reduction.

Tags: Pouches; Flexibles; Freedonia

FPA achievement awards deadline Nov. 21

The Flexible Packaging Association announced that Nov. 21, 2011 is the entry deadline for the 2012 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards competition. To enter the competition, download FPA's Call for Entries, complete and submit the online competition entry form.

Tags: FPA; Entry form; FPA awards

Video: Live at Pack Expo: Compact and flexible tablet press

Pack Expo Las Vegas 2011: S250 Smart tablet press from IMA presses up to 300,000 tablets per hour and is compact. Easy turret removal along with access to the inner parts of the press shortens cleaning time and improves flexibility. The press also features touchscreen controls which allow for more efficient machine operation.

NEW Products

MATERIAL

Unit-dose line additions

Aimed at patient safety and bar-coding initiatives, new unit-dose items are bar-coded to the dose level and feature extended shelf life, and color-coded labels with "tall man" lettering for easier distinguishing between similar products when dispensing.

American Health Packaging

MACHINE

Package inspection system

ScanTVS™ allows users to verify that printed materials, such as inserts, cartons, labels, foils, tubes, etc., match approved "master" copy. Inspection system can optionally verify and translate printed Braille and verify and grade bar codes. Inspects for print defects, missing or added broken elements, and color differences.

Global Vision

Upcoming events:

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.

Contract Packaging Association Fall Workshop
Contract packagers can acquire industry knowledge, connect with suppliers of goods and services and network with peers in a hands-on educational environment, held at Chicago Marriott O'Hare, November 7-8.

Waste-to-Energy Exchange
Learn more about this increasingly important technology and the value of WTE for brand owners, packagers and materials suppliers at Waste-to-Energy Exchange, New York Institute of Technology Auditorium, New York City on November 9.

ANNOUNCEMENT

Your Playbook for Healthcare Logistics

Creating more efficient and agile supply chains. We picked the brain of leading supply chain experts to compile this must-have, 40-page PDF e-book jam-packed with strategies for success, best practices, and pitfalls to avoid.

Download the Playbook >>

UPS Playbook
Sustainable Packaging Symposium

EVENT

Waste-to-Energy Exchange, November 9 in New York City

Learn about the value of solid waste as a renewable source of energy in a resource-limited world. Discover how packaging fits into the future of WTE. Join respected presenters from business, industry, and academia for an educational day, produced by Greener Package and the Institute for Sustainability. Learn more >>




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