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Sponsor: UPS December 2, 2011 | Edited by Jim Butschli

Video: 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.


Device ID plan brewing: Drip, drip, drip

Attorney-at-Law and Healthcare Packaging legal columnist Eric F. Greenberg says to watch for proposed regulation on medical device identification by year-end. He says when it comes to creating useful information, and aiding with track and trace, safety, counterfeit prevention and many other goals, it's packaging, or in this case labeling, to the rescue again.

Tags: Regulatory; FDA; Medical devices

Dispensing system allows pain relief delivery from any angle

Medical device maker Gebauer Company's topical skin refrigerant container is easy to use, and it employs new actuator technology that benefits healthcare practitioners and patients. Sold directly to licensed healthcare practitioners, the product can be prescribed to patients. Its delivery system uses Crown's 45-mm slim containers with Gebauer's new actuator technology to allow clinicians to spray the product from any angle. The Sure Lock Technology on the actuator prevents accidental dispensing during storage, shipping or periods of non-use at the doctor's office. The slim design further eases dispensing because it is easy to grip and maneuver. The partnership of Crown and Gebauer created a quality-focused product, essential in the medical device field.

Tags: Drug delivery; Actuator; Crown; Closures

Contract packager adds stick-pack machine

Pharmaceutical contract manufacturer and packager Pharma Tech Industries (PTI), adds a Ropak Stik Pak 10-up S/N 307 machine to form, crimp, fill, and seal stick packs, primarily for OTC pharmaceuticals. The packs deliver ease of opening and dispensing, portability, and the convenience and accuracy of single-dose dispensing. The machine produces up to 600 stick packs/min across 10 lanes, features in-line collation and cartoning capabilities, and can produce several products with the same tooling and offers multiple-axis control.

Tags: Contact packaging; PTI; Ropak

MDPTC to hold annual meeting at HealthPack

Familiar with the Institute of Packaging Professionals' Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee? Learn more about the group here, and at the committee's annual meeting, scheduled to take place during HealthPack 2012, March 6-8 in Albuquerqe, NM.

Tags: IoPP; HealthPack; Medical devices; Beacon Converters; Sealed Air

Tween-tastic package design

This story provides tips on creating packaging for the $200-billion-per-year tween market--one of America's youngest, most desirable consumer groups. Creating and designing products that reflect this group's multifunctional, fast-paced lives is one of the most thrilling challenges out there for those working in the marketing and branding worlds. Reaching this audience is not as easy as you might think as tweens are full of dichotomies, according to story author Rick Barrack, chief creative officer, partner, CBX.

Tags: Package design; CBX

Video: Live from Pack Expo: Transdermal patch system

Pack Expo Las Vegas 2011: The Custom Delta Mod-Tech System can be built with many different process modules, allowing fast changeover. This particular system features the die-cutting of a transdermal patch, poucher, a vision inspection system, and heat sealer.

NEW Products


Tubular sample pack bottle

The 30-mL PET tubular bottle offers glass-like clarity and good barrier properties. Good for sample packs, amenities, and various market sectors with its contemporary shape.

M&H Plastics


Bundled permeation units

OX-TRAN® Model 1/50 for oxygen and PERMATRAN-W® Model 1/50 for water vapor testing are bundled in an entry-level package promotion that applies to one of each unit or two of the same model. Dual system works for educational or research institutes who wish to have on-site access to instruments for teaching or training purposes.

Mocon, Inc.

Upcoming events:

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.



Packaging Life Cycle Assessment Tools

The Institute of Packaging Professionals' Sustainable Packaging Technical Committee will present the webinar "Packaging Life Cycle Assessment Tools" at noon CST Dec. 6. The speaker will be Todd Van Gordon, senior technical associate, sustainable packaging, at the Colgate-Palmolive Co. For information and to register, visit >>


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