How your company compares to the competition

April's Healthcare Packaging is only our fourth issue. One of the strengths of this new medium is the interactive nature of the experience. We can ask you a few questions and get answers in a matter of hours. Take a look at yourself and your peers from research compiled from our first three issues.

In February we asked, "What will be the most challenging packaging-related issue your company will face in the year ahead?" Here is just a small sampling of responses...

• "More uptime on packaging/labeling equipment - faster changeovers."
• "Higher costs of raw materials...foil, resin, films."
• "Advancement of process control integrated with 21CFR-11."
• "Potential shifts from rigid to flexible packaging."
• "Standardization of sizes and materials to reduce variables to a minimum."
• "Customer convenience packaging and cost-effective RFID solutions."
• "Anti-counterfeiting markings/track and trace."
• "If purchasing/importing drugs from Canada or other countries becomes a reality, then temperature tracking of sensitive drugs will become an important issue."
• "Automating clinical trial packs."
• "Multilanguage labeling and bar-coding standard for MD&D products."

--By Jim Chrzan, Publisher
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