Blister pack foil serves as RFID antenna; Amgen names Hall manufacturing VP;

> Murata Manufacturing has developed a radio frequency identification tag that uses the foil of a pharma blister packs as its antenna. Item

> Kimball Hall, named VP for corporate manufacturing at Amgen, is relocating from the West Greenwich, RI, plant to HQ in Thousand Oaks, CA.  Article

> Disgruntled AstraZeneca workers in the UK, their union bosses failing in pension negotiations with the company, have returned to their posts. Article

> Retractable-syringe maker Unilife is relocating operations to a new, 165,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and global headquarters in York, PA. Video 

> Lifé Pharma, a Belgian pharmacy collaborative, has selected the IBS Enterprise ERP solution for Windows to streamline logistics, improve warehouse management and ensure traceability. Lifé release

> Formulations specialist ProJect Pharmaceutics has opened lab facilities in Martinsried, near Munich. Item

> In a co-distribution agreement, cold chain management software maker Alternatives Technologie Pharma has teamed with Escort Data Loggers, maker of real-time monitoring devices. ATP release

> Cold chain solutions provider Intelleflex, which just landed $115 million to fund an expansion, says it supports the recently published ISO/IEC 18000-6:2010 Standard Type C protocol for battery-assisted passive RFID. Intelleflex release

> Pharmaceuticals make up 8 percent of cargo thefts during the holidays. Article

> Eli Lilly has launched the HumaPen Luxura HD, a device that delivers half-unit dosing of insulin. Item

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