75 Years of SoftGel Capsules

  In 1934, Robert Pauli Scherer invented a machine—a rotary die press—that could produce soft gelatin capsules to contain medications. His company, Gelatin Products Corp., became R.P. Scherer Corp. in 1947, and in 1998, was acquired by the organization that […]

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More Tools for Handling Temperature-Controlled Shipping

The spring PDA Pharmaceutical Cold Chain Management Conference (Bethesda, MD, March 23-24) brought the members of the Pharmaceutical Cold Chain Interest Group together with many of the leading vendors of packaging, services and solutions for managing temperature-controlled logistics. Here is […]

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HCPC 2008 Compliance Packaging Winners Announced

The Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council (HCPC; Falls Church, VA) has selected the winners of its annual competition for innovative packaging that enhances patient compliance. They are: 2008 Compliance Package of the Year: Prempro Starter Kit by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals First Runner-Up: […]

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Out With Pedigree; In With Patient Safety

Just as the tide is slipping out for broadbased information systems to establish drug pedigree, it is rising for preventing medication errors, especially in healthcare settings. A new association, the Consortium for the Advancement of Patient Safety (CAPS) has formed […]

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Syringe Design Gets a Makeover

It is no longer sufficient to have a valued specialty pharmaceutical available in prefilled-syringe form; now, manufacturers and syringe developers are competing to provide the best convenience and safety factors with their delivery systems. Cases in point are Teva Pharmaceuticals, […]

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Refinements in Cold Chain Secondary Packaging

With the rising volume—and value—of temperature-controlled specialty pharmaceuticals, it makes sense for suppliers of secondary packaging to upgrade their product offerings. One new entry is for individual cases; the other is to accommodate recent changes in the Envirotainer RKN t2, […]

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The Packaging Contribution to Patient Adherence

Perhaps catching the hints that the pharma industry is redoubling efforts in patient compliance, the contract packaging industry has announced a flurry of new designs and product-development initiatives on compliance packaging. This is occurring against a backdrop of a greater […]

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Colorcon Opens West Coast Technology Center

  Colorcon’s newest center is in Irvine, CA, and contains state-of-the-art tablet coating suites and labscale production equipment, as well as a “tablet design laboratory” for customer-interactive design sessions. Colorcon, headquartered in West Point, PA, supports all phases of solid-dose […]

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