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Pilot Program Recycles 40,000 Pounds of Used Medical Devices

As technology advances, companies often look to create materials that can be reused or at the least, recycled. Medical Devices are an industry that creates a large amount of waste. In response to this “medical technology company BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), and Casella Waste Systems, a solid waste, recycling and resource management services company, […]


The intricacies of FDA regulations

The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) provides regulation for food, drugs, medical devices, radiation-emitting products, vaccines, animal and veterinary products, cosmetics, and tobacco products.  Just in the radiation-emitting products category alone, they are responsible for regulating firms that manufacture, repackage, relabel, and/or import medical devices sold in the U.S. That is a lot of oversight! The […]


Pediatric Labeling Changes

“A pediatric labeling change refers to any update to a product’s labeling to add information about safety, effectiveness, or dosing for children.” As you can imagine, the number of labeling changes to pediatric medications has increased over the years due to more research, new findings, and better information. There are a number of legislative initiatives, […]


What’s the skinny, on skinny labels?

We recently wrote about the Hatch-Waxman Act and the negotiation that occurred to allow for longer patents for new drugs on the market.  Now we dive into skinny labels, what they are, and how they may prevent brand-name drug manufacturers from delaying the competition. In this blog, we will share the skinny, on skinny labels. […]


The Hatch-Waxman Act and pharmaceutical costs

How is it that we have a “prescription drug price crisis when 90% of prescriptions are filled with generic drugs that cost, on average, $1 a day? The answer: The remaining 10% of prescriptions have an average cost of $20 a day and account for 80% of all prescription drug spending.” The intent of the […]


Front-of-Package Nutritional Labeling

“The FDA is prioritizing its nutrition initiatives to ensure people in the United States have great access to healthier foods and nutrition information” enabling healthier food choices. One of these initiatives is front-of-package nutritional labeling. This initiative would not be in lieu of the full nutritional facts labeling typically found on the back of most […]


Leveraging GS1 standards and services in marketplaces

The establishment of Global Standards, a nonprofit organization that standardizes business information globally,  leverages GS1 standards and services in the marketplace providing a faster listing process, improved counterfeit detection, and simplified regulatory compliance. GS1 is a common language to identify, capture, and share information globally. GS1 Standards provide unique identification of items and products that […]


Transform label artwork management

When we look at the labeling regulatory environment, we often focus on critical data like expiry date, product identification information, and manufacturing date that must be present on a label. What is not realized, is the time and effort that goes into label artwork management, including design and automation. “As packaging artwork becomes more important […]


How the FDA handles drug shortages

  We have heard a lot through the news lately of drug shortages, mostly over-the-counter cold and flu medications, but what is the process when prescription drugs are in short supply?  The FDA works closely with the pharmaceutical industry and stakeholders to “prevent drug shortages and lessen the impact on patients anytime there is a […]


Lack of digital security expertise leaves you vulnerable

We’ve talked a lot about moving labeling operations moving to the Cloud to gain efficiency and accuracy, but also increased security. This same security is becoming less reliable due to a lack of digital security expertise.  “According to a recent survey performed by Rackspace- a provider of multi-cloud services and security, two of the top […]