Archive for the 'Packaging & Labeling' Category
Last week’s post discussed industry reactions to the delay of California’s ePedigree implementation deadline from 2011 to 2015 for pharmaceutical manufacturers. This week, PharmTech Talk caught up with Arvindh Balakrishnan, vice-president of the Life Sciences Industry Business Unit at Oracle, to get his thoughts on the California Board of Pharmacy’s decision. Read more »
Gov. Schwarzenegger recently signed a bill that extends California’s serialization and ePedigree implementation deadline to 2015 for manufacturers, 2016 for wholesalers, and 2017 for pharmacies. The postponement gives industry more time to prepare, but meanwhile, the supply chain continues to be vulnerable without the ability to track and trace prescription drugs. Read more »
One of the greatest challenges for the pharmaceutical industry, as well as the healthcare sector in general, is ensuring drug safety through proper patient compliance. A company’s adherence to strict development and manufacturing standards and quest for quality is pointless if in the end the patient does not understand the dosing regimen or the danger of not following correct administration. And the consequence of noncompliance is as deadly as ever. Read more »
The European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA), the trade organization representing European pharmaceutical manufacturers, is advocating a comprehensive strategy to address counterfeiting of drugs. Among its recommendations is a proposal to extend good manufacturing practices (GMPs) to include good distribution practices (GDPs). Read more »
Next week I will be attending the RFID Journal LIVE! 2008 conference in Las Vegas, where I’ll be immersed in the world of radio frequency identification technology. The show will cover applications of RFID across the aerospace, manufacturing, supply chain/logistics, pharmaceutical, and retail industries. Read more »
Exhibitors packing up from this year’s Interphex show, 26-28 March, went home happy. Traffic in the aisles was steady, booth personnel were busy and the quality of the visitors was high. It seemed like a higher than usual number of packaging machinery makers were seen engaged in serious discussions with customers. So despite rising oil prices, the mortgage crisis and falling real estate values, there appears to be a fairly high level of active projects for new and upgraded lines. In addition, anticounterfeiting tools/techniques continue to draw a lot of attention along with the use of disposable product contact parts, pedigree solutions, robotics and quality control. Stay tuned for a report about the most interesting new packaging products we found on the show floor.
Posted by Michelle Hoffman for Hallie Forcinio, Packaging Forum Editor, Pharmaceutical Technology