The Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council celebrating 25 years

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HCPC would like to thank our member sponsors for this edition of RxAdherence News:
Amcor, Howell Packaging, Legacy Pharmaceutical Packaging, QPSI, Reed-Lane
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Industry News

Letter from HCPC Board

Happy New Year, RxAdherence Readers! I trust your year is off to a great start. As an organization, we are gearing up for an exciting year. First, I'd like to welcome QPSI and Pharmaceutical Packaging Solutions to our membership ranks. We appreciate their commitment and support of our organization.

Our annual conference, RxAdherence2014, Strategies to Improve Outcomes, will be held on Tuesday, April 8 in Florham Park, NJ. If you haven't signed up to attend, do so now. (Visit This long-standing conference is now in its 22nd year and while other patient adherence conferences are cropping up around the globe, the HCPC conference is the only conference that traditionally highlights compliance-prompting packaging as a successful tool for improving patient adherence. Plus, it's the most economical one day conference located within the pharmaceutical manufacturing corridor with registration rates being far less than other similar conferences. This year, we have several professionals who will be presenting the latest trend for improving patient adherence, medication synchronization coupled with pharmacist driven appointment based models. Hear from Chris DuPaul of CVS Caremark and Tanya Schmidt of Thrifty White Pharmacy, amongst others, on this latest wave in altering consumer/patient behavior. In addition, the HCPC will be reporting on the results of our recent study that examined the product stability of three chronic condition pharmaceuticals packaged in different blister materials, HDPE bottles, and amber pharmacy vials. These multiple packaging formats were repeatedly opened under conditions simulating in-home patient use in order to better understand production degradation with different form factors. Attendees at RxAdherence2014 will discover which packaging formats provide maximum safety to doses and maintain product efficacy throughout a typical use cycle.

Register for RxAdherence 2014. You're bound to come back to your office with some exciting information to bolster your patient adherence efforts.

Best Personal Regards,
Ralph Mendoza,
HCPC Board Chairman 2013-2014

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Letter from the HCPC Executive Director

Hello Rx Adherence News Readers. Happy New Year! We at HCPC wish you a healthy and prosperous one. And if our government could get out of the way, it might just happen.

I'm not sure how many of you have had the pleasure of firsthand experience with Obamacare ( or as I like to refer to it, Obamination). As an independently employed person I was one of the many who although I liked my plan and was assured 567 times that I could keep it, well, it didn't quite work out that way. Not to worry. I'm sure the revised plan will be more efficient and provide better protection for less cost. (Dorothy . . . wake up, wake up, dear!) Oh, what was I saying? Ah yes, better protection, less cost. Well, not exactly. For another 40% of premium I'll get roughly the same coverage I have now.

What a bargain. I'm lucky though, it stings but I can manage. I am sure there are many in my boat who cannot.

This leads to the activities of 2013 where we've engaged other trade groups with larger voices to educate their members and broaden the audience for our mission.

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CVS Caremark to present "Improving Patient Care Through Design" at RxAdherence2014

HCPC is excited to have Chris DuPaul, Vice President, Enterprise Product Innovation, of CVS Caremark present at this year's RxAdherence, Strategies to Improve Patient Outcomes conference. Mr. DuPaul's presentation will get attendees to think differently about product design to improve patient care and adherence by simplifying the use of prescription medications while maintaining quality, and safety. Other presenters will cover the reasons behind the dramatic growth of the pharmacist driven appointment based model as means of improving patient adherence. The HCPC will present results of a recent study examining the product stability of three chronic condition drugs in a normal use environment, and will reveals the impact on critical product characteristics when products are packaged in different blister materials, HDPE bottles, and amber pharmacy vials. Discover which packaging formats provide maximum safety to doses, maintaining product efficacy throughout a typical use cycle. Register for RxAdherence2014. Visit Use coupon code HCPC1 to receive a $100 Early Bird discount.

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Entries Being Accepted for HCPC's Compliance Package of the Year Competition through February 28, 2014

Each year the HCPC solicits entries from the pharmaceutical industry for consideration in its Compliance Package of the Year competition to determine pharmaceutical packages best designed to optimize patient adherence. Qualifying packages for the Compliance Package of the Year category must:

  1. be in a compliance-prompting format with at least one patient adherence assistance feature
  2. have been commercially available during 2013
  3. not require drug products to be repackaged by patients.
  4. be in a child-resistant format, if intended for home use, per CPSC guidelines.

There is also an Innovative Design category for non-commercially available compliance-prompting packaging formats. Qualifying entries for this category must include patient adherence features and also not require repackaging by consumers.

There is no fee to participate. For more information, please visit

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Get Ready for Interphex!

The Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council is proud to again endorse Interphex, March 18 -20 in New York City! Walt Berghahn, HCPC Executive Director, will be presenting Improve Patient Adherence with Compliance-Prompting Packaging, Tuesday, March 19th 2014: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM, Room 1E20, Jacob K. Javits Center, NY, NY

Walt's presentation will

  • Provide data showing improved patient adherence with compliance-prompting packaging
  • Provide an overview of successful pharmaceutical compliance prompting packaging
  • Discuss future trends in smart adherence packaging

Sit in on Walt's presentation and later visit these innovative HCPC members!

Aphena Pharma Solutions Inc. 1432
Constantia Flexibles 1153
Howell Packaging 2152
IMA Life North America Inc 2553
Platinum Press 3742
Pharma Packaging Solutions 2067
Uhlmann Packaging Systems, LP 2505E
Winpak Heat Seal Packaging Inc. 1212

Please register as our guest by clicking See you there!

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Member News

PPS and QPSI Join the HCPC

The HCPC is proud to have PPS and QPSI join the organization to promote the increased use of compliance-prompting packaging to improve patient outcomes.

Pharma Packaging Solutions is an agile, compliant and innovative contract packager and folding carton producer, serving the healthcare and specialty food markets. PPS delivers primary and secondary packaging in the forms of bottle filling, blister packaging, folding carton production, pouching, repackaging, cold chain packaging and compliance packaging. They offer a patented CR-SF solution, the CRx PackTM. PPS serves markets such as pharmaceuticals (Rx, OTC), personal care, nutritionals, medical device and veterinary care. They also serve private label and contract manufacturers, as well as retail pharmacies. For more information on PPS, visit

Quality Packaging Specialists International (QPSI) is a Supply Chain Management Expert that focuses on Outsourced Packaging. QPSI serves several market vertical such as the Pharmaceutical, Personal Care, Home Care, Confection and Consumer Packaged Goods Industries. Its Headquarters reside in Burlington, New Jersey, the first location 20 years ago. Today, QPSI operates 10 facilities across the country, employing nearly 1000 talented individuals. Its most recent investment was in 2012, a state-of-the-art Pharmaceutical Packaging Facility whose commissioning took only 8 months, successfully receiving its FDA Establishment Inspection Report. In 2012, QPSI made a significant investment in a new Pharmaceutical Contract Packaging Facility in Macungie, PA that included a Best-in-Class facility, equipment assets and infrastructure such as a robust, flexible Quality System and talented, industry-knowledgeable employees. As QPSI has continued to grow its customers and applications for this new Site, Adherence Packaging has been at the forefront of this success.

QPSI will, in 2014, have several active production suites deploying industry-leading Adherence Packaging Solutions with varying degrees of automation and flexibility. It is for this reason that QPSI welcomes the opportunity to join a successful organization such as the HCPC that has been an advocate and source of knowledge for Adherence Packaging for over 23 years. "We are excited to begin our journey with the HCPC in 2014 and we look forward to many more years of collaboration with this successful Trade Organization," said QPSI Founder and President, Mike Ricketts. "QPSI recognizes the dire need for better patient adherence to their medication regimen and we wholly agree that packaging can play a fundamental role in this improvement. QPSI is committed to contributing to this need in a positive way." QPSI has competencies that include primary, secondary, retail display, sampling and fulfillment packaging. For more information on QPSI, visit

Platinum Press to Showcase New 266-Fold Outsert at INTERPHEX NYC

Platinum Press, a leading supplier of healthcare packaging solutions for the pharmaceutical, medical device and animal care sectors that specializes in labels, folding cartons, blister packaging and printed literature, will showcase its new 266-Fold Outsert at INTERPHEX NYC Booth #3742, March 18-20 at the Jacobs K. Javits Center. The outsert allows for an expanded number of panels which, in turn, yields a significant increase in copy space for necessary product information and instructions. As a result, the need for a "twinsert," or piggybacked outsert, often is eliminated. Read More


Packaging Coordinators Inc. (PCI) is pleased to welcome Tim Enterline to its Sales team. Enterline joins PCI as an Account Director. With an extensive history in pharmaceutical packaging, Enterline brings significant experience to the position. Enterline has worked in the pharmaceutical packaging services industry for over 25 years, most recently with Aphena Pharma Solutions in the same capacity. Read More


SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF QUALITY RETIRES AFTER 27 YEARS WITH PCI Packaging Coordinators Inc. (PCI) has announced the retirement of Steve McNett, Senior Vice President of Quality. McNett has worked at PCI, formerly Anderson Packaging/AndersonBrecon, for over 27 years. He has overseen Quality functions at the Rockford location through substantial growth and expansion during his time with the company. Founded in Rockford as Anderson Packaging in 1967 and acquired by PCI in May of this year, the company has grown to now operate nine facilities in the Rockford area, employing over 1,200 highly trained associates. Read More


Packaging Coordinators Inc. (PCI) is pleased to announce it has undertaken construction of a new stand-alone Clinical storage and global distribution facility to support its growing business. PCI plans to break ground this week in anticipation of completing construction in mid-2014. Read More

Joe Luke, VP of Sales & Marketing at Reed-Lane, Appointed to Board of Directors of Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council

Joe Luke, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Reed-Lane, a New Jersey-based contract packaging provider that serves leading RX, OTC, and generic drug manufacturers has been named the newest member of the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council's (HCPC) Board of Directors. Read More

Once Again, Constantia Flexibles Receives Most Recognitions at European Aluminium Foil Association's Alufoil Awards

Constantia Flexibles, a global corporation that develops, manufactures and supplies flexible packaging solutions for the pharmaceutical, healthcare, food and beverage markets, received more honors than any other entrant in the European Aluminium Foil Association's prestigious Alufoil Trophy Awards. Of the contest's five categories, Constantia Flexibles was recognized in four – the only company to receive that number of accolades. Read More

February 2014

Register for RxAdherence2014 by March 10 and save $100!

RxAdherence is the only broad-based adherence conference with a special focus on compliance-prompting packaging.

Tuesday, April 8
The Wyndham Hamilton Park Hotel & Conference Center,
175 Park Avenue,
Florham Park, NJ

Hear from Adherence experts from CVS Caremark, ThriftyWhite Pharmacy, National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, Pharmaceutical Quality Alliance, plus more.

Use coupon code HCPC1 to receive your $100 discount.

Membership Information

The HCPC offers its members a "voice" in pharmaceutical packaging issues and the opportunity to help promote the many benefits of patient compliance packaging. From suppliers of pharmaceutical packaging components, to machinery manufacturers, to contract packagers, to industry consultants and experts, our members share the mission of promoting broader adoption of compliance-prompting packaging to improve patient outcomes. Become a member of this dynamic organization today!