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October 17, 2012

Pharma Technology Focus – Issue 18

Packaging & Security Issue: In this issue we tackle the problem of counterfeiting in the pharmaceutical industry and take a look at the technology companies and regulators are using to halt the spread of counterfeits.

By Stephanie Phillips

Packaging & Security | Issue 18 | October 2012

While the US has adopted the FDA Safety and Innovation Act to battle counterfeit drugs, the EU has rejected the controversial Anti- Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. In the next issue we discuss the different regulatory approaches and ask what steps are being taken to protect patients and safeguard profits.

We also profile the most promising innovations in packaging to protect pharmaceuticals, such as 2D codes, RFID, DNA authentication and sophisticated tracking software, as well as looking beyond packaging to find out what other measures the industry can take to tackle the counterfeit problem.

Moreover, we find also review technological trends and legislative developments that can aid manufacturers to win the fight against pharmaceutical counterfeiting.

Read the latest issue here.

In This Issue

Gaining GroundWhile the US has just adopted the FDA Safety and Innovation Act to battle counterfeit pharmaceuticals, the EU has rejected the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which is now feared to boost the online trade of generic and counterfeit medicines. In this feature, we discuss the two different regulatory approaches and ask what steps are implemented in both countries to increase pharmaceutical efficiency, and ensure patient safety and industry operations. Click here to read the full article.

A Battle On All FrontsReviewing technological trends and legislative development, Dr Jérôme Freissmuth of Bosch packaging technology explains how manufacturers can help win the fight against pharmaceutical counterfeiting.Click here to read the full article.

Tackling CounterfeitsThe pharmaceutical packaging industry is investing millions in anti-counterfeiting products to safeguard pharma companies’ profits and protect patients from potentially lethal fakes. We profile some of the industry’s most promising recent innovations, including 2D codes, RFID advances and sophisticated tracking software. Click here to read the full article.

Track & ProtectAnti-counterfeit packaging technologies are evolving as quickly as the black market for fake drugs grows. We profile some of the most promising systems used to identify, secure and track pharmaceutical products.Click here to read the full article.

Take Your MedicineTassilo Korab, executive director of the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council Europe, explains how packaging can play a key role in the crucial area of patient compliance.Click here to read the full article.

Smart PacksGSK’s principle packaging technologist Keith Allen explains the advances being made in smart packaging and how they are helping to ensure compliance among patients.Click here to read the full article.

Next Issue Preview

Medical advances are leading to more new therapeutics but it is small biotech rather than Big Pharma which stands to gain the most. We meet the developers of promising medicines currently breaking into the market to find out whether it is time for the giants to move aside.

We also look at the Gates Foundation’s new collaboration for the research of new TB drugs, ask why Alzheimer’s researchers are turning back to previously discarded drugs, and find out if the discovery of an enzyme that gradually counteracts the efficacy of antipsychotic drugs could lead to the development of more effective schizophrenia treatment.

Moreover, we check in on the progress of major international research projects and investigate changing trends in early phase clinical trials.

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