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Pharmaceutical Packaging Forum taking shape

Packaging thought leaders from Johnson & Johnson, Merck, and Schering-Plough will be among the presenters at the Pharmaceutical Packaging Forum 2007, to be held next March 29 at The Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia.

See complete details of the program and registration information.

Here's a brief look at the topics and speakers for the Forum, which is sponsored by the publishers of Packaging World and Healthcare Packaging.

• Counterfeit drugs and the global supply chain; Jeffrey Gren, Director, Office of Health and Consumer Goods, U.S. Department of Commerce

• Automatic identification to improve patient safety, Ed Dzwill, Manager Package Technology Global Pharmaceutical Supply Group, Johnson & Johnson, and member of The GS1 HUG™(Healthcare User Group), a global voluntary group formed by 40 leading pharmaceutical and medical device companies, wholesalers, hospitals, and trade associations. Dzwill will be joined by Hugh Lockhart, Ph.D., School of Packaging, Michigan State University, to discuss the HUG's Business Case for Global Data Standards in the healthcare supply chain and the benefits to patients, consumers, and businesses.

• Packaging equipment design and integration upgrade on a budget; Rolando Vega, Manager, Global Technical Services Project Management, Schering Plough.

• Improving Overall Equipment Efficiency; Greg Anthos, Director, MMD Operational Excellence, Merck & Co. Inc.

• Drug delivery: Technical challenges of unit-dose oral film strip packaging; Michael Bergey, VP Business Development, Packaging Services, Cardinal Health.

• FDA and you: Current rulings, government inspections and defending your product; Eric F. Greenberg, Attorney at Law, and columnist for Packaging World and Healthcare Packaging.

• OTC package design; Richard Gerstman and Herb Meyers, brand identity and package design experts and authors.

• Packaging biopharmaceuticals, vaccines and heat-sensitive products; Geoffrey Glauser, Supply Chain & Logistics Executive, formerly with both Merck & Co. Inc., and Fisher Scientific International.

• Developing installation and operational qualification documents for your packaging equipment; Edward M. Sybert, Heritage Biotechnology Consulting.

• The growing combination products market; Michael Drues, Ph.D., President & Chief Technical Officer, Vascular Sciences.
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