SHOW COVERAGE: 13th HCPC Symposium to Focus on Patient Compliance

Annual educational event in Philadelphia will feature a wide range of informative presentations and conference sessions.


The Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council (HCPC; Falls Church, VA) presents its 13th Annual National Symposium on Patient Compliance on May 10–11, 2005, at the Hyatt Regency at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia.

The show is one of the industry's only annual educational events to focus exclusively on improving pharmaceutical compliance. Attendees will be able to learn from a variety of industry presenters who are leading the charge for the advancement of compliance-enhancing packaging technologies.

In addition to tabletop exhibits and the introduction of the winners of HCPC's 2004 Compliance Package of the Year award, this year's event will present up-to-date industry news and information, presented by some of the top companies in the healthcare packaging industry.

Day one of the conference features a wide range of informative and educational topics, highlighted by a presentation by Russ Carlson of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), who will discuss "Bar Code Decodability...Are We Secret Agents?" In this presentation, Carlson will speak to attendees about lessons learned from his agency's bar code implementation, as well as bar code quality requisites.

Lucia Deus, vice president of product development for SupplyScape Corp., will address "State-Level Requirements for Pedigrees to Accompany Rx Drug Products." Deus' presentation will provide an overview of compliance with current pedigree requirements in California and Florida, both of which have recently enacted laws requiring that pedigrees accompany pharmaceuticals for sale.

"Jumpstart RFID/EPC in the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain," led by Greg Gilbert, director of RFID product management for Manhattan Associates, will discuss tips for successful deployment of a targeted or enterprise-wide RFID initiative.

Day-two highlights include "An Overview of Similarities and Differences in Pharmaceutical Distribution Systems Utilized by the United States and Europe," copresented by HCPC executive director Peter G. Mayberry and HCPC Europe executive director Thomas Dries, PhD. This session will focus on potential areas of change in both distribution systems.

The final session of the conference will be a roundtable discussion and Q&A session with representatives of several leading pharmaceutical companies. In addition to Mayberry and Dries, this talk will feature participation from Bruce Cohen of GlaxoSmithKline, Steve Hess of Merck, Rich Hollander of Pfizer. The panelists will provide their individual perspectives on the differences between the systems of the European Union and the United States, as well as potential areas of change that may occur over the next decade.

At press time, several other industry experts were invited to present at the conference, including a representative from the Centers for Disease Control, Craig Miner from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Frank Kilzer, director of material resources at St. Alexius Medical Center (Bismarck, ND).

HCPC Symposium attendees will also be advised of current regulatory changes that might impact the pharmaceutical packaging industry. In addition, presenters will address security issues in pharmaceutical packaging, recent developments in child-resistant packaging, and the packaging provisions of the Medicare prescription drug benefit.

More information is available on the Symposium page at, including updates, instructions for on-line registration, and exhibitor information.


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