How to Measure Sustainability of Pharmaceutical Packaging

Apr 28, 2012

This article by Dr Manfred Zurkirch of Dividella AG presents a method to measure the environmental impact of different products or services in an analytical way. The LCA method enables the customer to rank packaging solutions and to choose those that help him to reduce his ecological footprint. In general, this environmental ranking goes hand in hand with the economic ranking. In other words, sustainable packaging solutions also save substantial money and can help improve the bottom line of pharmaceutical manufacturers. ...

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Ensuring the Safety and Authenticity of Pharmaceutical Drugs with Innovative Packaging Technologies

Apr 28, 2012

The World Health Organization (WHO) currently estimates the global trade in counterfeit drugs to be worth £75 billion, with continued growth predicted to be at a staggering rate of 13% a year. As the counterfeit trade grows, criminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated and capable in the way they package their products. Richard Burhouse of Payne Security explains the global regulatory bodies that have introduced strict legislation to ensure maximum security of pharmaceutical packaging. ...

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Good Pallet Practice – Product Recalls Highlight Need for Clearer Guidance

Apr 28, 2012

Many countries have legislation that requires pharmaceutical and medical device companies to follow good manufacturing practice (GMP) and good distribution practice (GDP) guidelines to ensure the proper production and distribution of medicinal products for human use. In Europe, the EU GDP guidelines (94/C 63/03) offer companies guidance on personnel, documentation, premises and equipment, deliveries to customers, returns and self-inspections. Jim Hardisty of Goplasticpallets.com considers why guidelines fail to address one key element in the distribution process: the use of pallets. ...

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The End of the Defective Carton?

Apr 28, 2012

Pharmaceutical packaging manufacturers have become the trailblazers of the packaging world when it comes to ensuring carton quality. In every pharma packaging plant, multiple checks are carried out right through the production process from sales, through design and print, to die-cutting, gluing, and beyond. Yet even this is not enough to ensure the ‘zero fault’ supply that brand owners increasingly require. Jacques Reymond from Bobst explains what carton makers can do from now on. ...

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Recent Advances in Raman and Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy: Pharmaceutical, Forensic and Biomedical Applications

Apr 28, 2012

Iqbal T Shadi from Imperial College London NHLI and Roy Goodacre, Professor of Biological Chemistry at University of Manchester, explore how Raman spectroscopy has advanced in recent years, and how its use in both industry and academia has increased significantly and is redrawing the landscape in many fields, such as biomedical and pharmaceutical R&D. ...

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