Pharma Technology Focus - Issue 6

This month we look at pharmaceutical packaging and labelling.


Faced with increasingly strict regulations for the packaging and labelling of medicines, as well as the threat of counterfeits, the packaging industry relies on sophisticated procedures to ensure the safety of pharmaceutical products.

In this issue we take a look at innovative drug packaging that protects against misuse and helps to improve patient compliance. We also round up new drug labelling standards that have recently come into force and look at the implications for producers of pharmaceutical packaging.

Regulators and industry are working hand in hand in the fight against counterfeit medicines. We investigate new tracking and identification models aiming to increase the traceability and safety of medicinal products, and also find out how the European directive on falsified medicines will impact on the pharmaceutical packaging line.

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Smart Packs

Pharmaceuticals are the perfect area for the packaging industry to show off some of its advanced technology. We discover how new packaging concepts are helping patients to make the most of their medicine.
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What's on the Label

With new standards for drug labels coming into force earlier this year, packaging companies have to pay extra attention to how they produce product labels for pharmaceutical products.
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Code Makers

As secure and reliable models for tracking drugs from manufacture to dispensing point promise to increase traceability and improve safety, we ask industry experts how this is playing out along the packaging line.
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Security in Serialisation

The pharmaceutical packaging industry is experiencing a time of growth and great change, with new regulations coming into force and pressing issues such as counterfeits demanding innovative approaches. We talk to technology provider Systech International about how serialisation systems are helping to tackle some of the biggest challenges the industry faces today.
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Lines of Defence

Packaging is the first line of defence in the pharma industry's battle against counterfeits. Desmond Hunt of the US Pharmacopeia and Andreas Maack of Merck Serono explain how a global regulation effort, combined with advanced packaging technologies using multi-layered protection, can help to catch the dodgy copies.
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Identify and Authenticate

A new European directive aims to tighten the net on counterfeit medicines.
We talk to Jean-Marc Bobée of Sanofi-Aventis and Tassilo Korab of the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council about the implications for pharmaceuticals packaging.
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Next Issue: Drug Development

With R&D budgets being slashed across the industry, we investigate how this trend will impact on the future of drug development. In a bit to carry on the work while keeping costs low, pharma companies increasingly seek research collaborations with specialist biotech firms and academic institutions. We profile such pairings and find out where the challenges lie.

We also investigate how big pharma prepares to tackle the patent expiry cliff that looms with a number of blockbuster drug patents due to expire, opening the door for a new wave of generics. Moreover, we explore how scientists use bioinformatics to devise new drug discovery processes, and find out if virus-like particles are the key to a cheaper and quicker new way to develop the vaccines of tomorrow

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