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Inside the Color Codes of Caps and Closures

Whether in the lab or the grocery store, the color of a plastic cap plays an important role in identifying the contents of a container.Some cap and closure colors, such as those on blood sample tubes, must adhere to industry standards. Others, including dairy and beverage products in the supermarket, generally share a range of common hues. And still others are designed to impart a sense of luxury, purity or passion to the contents of the container.Colored Caps and Closures in the Medical IndustryThe colors on phlebotomy test tubes contain information not only about what’s inside, but also wh

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Benefits of DMFs for the Medical and Pharmaceutical Industries

Plastics are widely used for medical and pharmaceutical applications, including packaging, medicine bottles, dental and surgical tools, catheter tubing and other uses.Having an up-to-date DMF is an indication of both credibility and reliability. Plastics Color Corporation offers a catalog of colors, additives and concentrates packaged with FDA-accepted DMFs.The 3 Primary Benefits of DMFsAll materials used for the storage or packaging of drugs and medical supplies fall under the FDA’s Type III designation. Filings are not required, but maintaining DMFs offers a range of business advantages, i

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Plastics Color’s Components Are Part of the Drug Master File

For medical device products and pharmaceutical packaging applications such as pre-filled syringes, it is helpful to our customers in these markets to know that the polymers, colorants and additives used in compounding custom colors are part of a Drug Master File (DMF). A DMF is a confidential, detailed document submitted by Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) manufacturers to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. A DMF contains the chemistry, manufacturing and controls of a drug component or the components used to contain the drug. This is important because some drugs can react with the

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Securing Your Pharma and Medical Supply Chain

The number one concern today for most manufacturers is how to secure their supply chain to ensure that their products are genuine and made to specification. That’s especially critical in the pharmaceutical industry where products such as prefilled syringes and inhalers are becoming more common. Some anti-counterfeiting measures that are being employed include holographic in-mold labels, molded into the syringe or inhaler device that can only be read under black light, and RFID (radio frequency identification) tags on the packaging. However, one effective key to securing and authenticating

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