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Healthcare PackagingPharmaceutical, medical device, and nutraceutical news    Editor-in-Chief, Jim Butschli
Sponsors: November 1, 2011 | Edited by Jim Butschli

Fast, reliable & accurate solutions for automating pharmaceutical & medical packaging

Automated Packaging Systems offers order fulfillment solutions that include compact, table-top options, semi-automatic "plug-n-play" systems, and high speed fully-automated multi-layer verification systems. Thorough and precise engineering, quality and dependability all contribute to a quick ROI.

Automated Packaging Systems

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

UPS uses the power of logistics to help safeguard your temperature-sensitive air freight shipments with an end-to-end system that delivers across the globe.


New Aclar® UltRx 6000 clear Thermoformable Film protects like no other in its class

Honeywell's Aclar® UltRx 6000 ultra high barrier film provides the ultimate in thermoformed protection. Ideally suited for oral solid drugs, UltRx 6000 helps you achieve critical shelf-life targets in all climatic zones.

Honeywell Aclar® Films

Rigid packaging project in the works?

New! Download this free, Rigid Container Design 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.

Packaging World


Healthcare Packaging launches supply chain playbook

Whether your job involves package engineering, logistics, package design, or production, this 40-page PDF e-book covers shipping strategies for global expansion, the temperature-sensitive supply chain, best practices for maintaining global compliance, and future packaging and supply chain technologies for pharmaceuticals, biologics, and medical devices.

Tags: Supply chain; UPS

Abbott's scaffold wins technology innovation award

Innovation is alive and well at Abbott Laboratories, where the global health firm earned a 2011 Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award for its Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold. The scaffold dissolves in the body after about two years, leaving patients with a treated vessel free of a permanent metallic implant.

Tags: FDA; Abbott; Stents

Reckitt Benckiser releases 2010 sustainability report

Reckitt Benckiser (RB) plc, a global producer of household, health, and personal care products, announced its 2010 Sustainability Report, which along with its associated data, details the company's major sustainability improvements, independently assured by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. The company announced that its Carbon 20 program achievements are ahead of schedule, with reduced packaging playing a part of the company's sustainability plans.

Tags: Sustainability; Reckitt; PwC

A dirty little secret is no longer such a secret

More than two-thirds of respondents to a survey about hand washing admit they've seen their co-workers not wash their hands after using the restroom, with men the most guilty. SCA, a global hygiene and paper company that develops and produces personal care products, including hand towels and soap found in many office and public restrooms, used KRC Research to conduct a telephone survey on the topic.

Tags: SCA

Cold chain courier services for healthcare manufacturers

As global health initiatives increase, many manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceuticals, and medical devices are shipping their goods globally. Doing so can be a lucrative practice. However, there are challenges from international regulations imposed by the World Health Organization and other entities, as well as regulations in the healthcare manufacturer's own country. Delivery companies that specialize in cold chain logistics can help, according to this guest blog.

Tags: Shipping; Delivery companies; WHO

Video: Palletized temperature-sensitive shipments

In this video taken at the 9th Cold Chain & Temperature Management Global Forum in Philadelphia, Mark Davis, product manager, Healthcare Logistics, UPS, describes the PharmaPort™ 360 container. Manufactured by Cool Containers for UPS Temperature True® service, the container helps reduce product losses by proactively maintaining product integrity as shipments move through the supply chain, limiting temperature fluctuations to within 2° of its preconfigured 5° set point, sustaining this range for hold times of more than 100 hours at an ambient temperature of 23°C.

NEW Products


Thin pharmaceutical barrier film

Pentapharm® ACLAR® PA600/02 barrier films for pharmaceutical packaging applications include PA600/02 two-layer (PVC/ACLAR®) laminated film that provides the highest moisture barrier in the product line. That film is made with Honeywell's 152-micron ACLAR® UltRx6000, and is suited for solid oral-dose packaging, powders, ethical drugs, OTC, generics, physician samples, veterinary medicine, and nutraceuticals. The 600/02 films are transparent, non-yellowing, and offer excellent machinability on existing standard form/fill/seal packaging lines and tooling.

Klöckner Pentaplast Group


PLC-controlled robotic palletizer

A ControlLogix PLC provides increased reliability and pattern-forming capability in a hybrid palletizer technology known as R-Factor. Marries robotics and conventional palletizing and is available with any of the company's floor-level or high-level palletizers. Works with challenging package types and positions cases upright just prior to layer formation.

Columbia Machine, Inc.

Upcoming events:

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.

Experience the newest packaging technologies and equipment, meet suppliers, and compare solutions at WestPack at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA on February 14-16.

Contract Packaging Assoc. Annual Meeting
Join Contract Packaging Asssociation members at their annual gathering, held this year at Gran Melia Hotel & Resort, Rio Grande, Puerto, Rico on February 23-26.

Ipack_Ima provides technology solutions for processing, packaging, internal handling, logistics, warehousing and POS; the 2012 exhibition will be held at Fiera Milano, Milan, Italy on February 28-March 1.



MODEX 2012 Expo and Conference

Showcasing the latest equipment and technology innovations for manufacturing, distribution and the supply chain, the expo will include over 500 exhibits and an educational conference. February 6 - 9 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

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Sustainable Packaging Symposium


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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