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Schreiner MediPharm develops labels to curb counterfeiting

BY Allison Cerra

BLAUVELT, N.Y. A Germany-based global provider of specialty pharmaceutical labeling solutions has developed labels that provide tamper protection for product packs, as well as for variable printed data.

Schreiner MediPharm’s new labels feature special void effects that are integrated into the label for anticounterfeiting purposes. Void effects reliably indicate fraudulent re-use of previously used containers or alterations of variable data. The new labels — when detached from the surface — show an irreversible, previously hidden message or pattern, making the label unfit for re-use and therefore immune to tampering.

Based in the Munich area of Germany, Schreiner MediPharm provides specialty labels and label printing services to the biggest names in the healthcare market in more than 20 countries around the world. For more information, visit Schreiner-medipharm.com .

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Crown Crafts acquires Bibsters product from P&G

BY Allison Cerra

GONZALES, La. Crown Crafts has acquired a disposable bib product from Procter & Gamble, the company announced last week.

Crown Crafts said its subsidiary Hamco now will manufacture and distribute Bibsters products, a disposable bib that provides coverage for infants and toddlers while feeding, which was introduced by P&G in 2003. Hamco also acquired the inventory associated with the Bibsters product line and plans to integrate the distribution of the Bibsters product line into the Company’s facilities in Compton, Calif.

“We are thrilled to find an opportunity that will complement last year’s acquisition of Neat Solutions by expanding our business in the disposable products category,” said E. Randall Chestnut, chairman, president and CEO.  “Hamco already has the overwhelming market share in reusable bibs, and we are confident that the Bibsters line of disposable bibs will solidify Hamco’s position as the overall leader in infant and toddler bibs.”

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FDA to review Orexigen’s obesity treatment

BY Allison Cerra

SAN DIEGO The Food and Drug Administration has accepted a new drug application from a biopharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of obesity.

Orexigen said its investigational obesity treatment Contrave (naltrexone SR/bupropion SR), which addresses both physiological and behavioral drivers of the disease, was accepted by the FDA, following its Contrave Obesity Research clinical program, which included more than 4,500 patients.

“We are pleased the FDA has accepted our NDA for filing and look forward to working with the agency during the review process,” said Michael Narachi, Orexigen president and CEO. “If approved, we believe Contrave will become an important therapeutic option for obese patients, making weight loss and weight maintenance an achievable cornerstone in the treatment of obesity and its common co-morbidities.”

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