MWV Healthcare Receives Walmart Responsibility Award for Total Health and
RICHMOND, Va. -- April 16, 2013
MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE: MWV), a global leader in packaging and
packaging solutions, received Walmart’s "Responsibility Award for Total Health
and Wellness,” which recognizes MWV’s development of the Shellpak® Renew
medication adherence solution.
Shellpak Renew was launched in June 2012 to provide an improved and more
sustainable medication adherence package for prescription medicines. This type
of packaging is proven to help improve patient medication adherence. Better
adherence can lead to better patient health.
Shellpak Renew was developed based on feedback from pharmacists and patients.
The outer carton is made of MWV’s Natralock®, an environmentally-friendly,
paperboard-based solution that maximizes the use of recyclable materials and
is tear-resistant for a high level of child resistance. The new sustainable
and easy-to-use Shellpak Renew is 40 percent smaller and 30 percent lighter
than the original Shellpak®, and eliminates the use of plastic. This enhances
the sustainability profile, minimizes pharmacy shelf space and improves
convenience for patients. To improve adherence, Shellpak Renew includes an
integrated calendar for patients to track their doses of medication.
Shellpak Renew is an evolution of MWV’s Shellpak adherence solution, which
originally launched in 2008. In a first-of-its-kind study published in
Clinical Therapeutics, “A Pharmacoepidemiologic Analysis of the Impact of
Calendar Packaging on Adherence to Self-Administered Medications for Long-Term
Use,” conducted by Venebio and funded by MWV, when used alone Shellpak ^ was
found to demonstrate a statistically significant impact over vials, improving
adherence and persistence for long-term daily medications.
“The evolution of Shellpak Renew exemplifies our research-based approach to
innovation, working closely with customers and patients to directly address
their needs,” said Bruce Thomas, president of MWV Healthcare. “With Shellpak
Renew, we combine three key benefits: an adherence-enhancing medication
package that is child resistant and also senior friendly, and that maximizes
the use of recyclable material. We are honored to be the recipient of the
Responsibility award and excited about our work with Walmart to continue
making adherence-enhancing packaging available to patients.”
MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE: MWV) is a global packaging company providing
innovative solutions to the world’s most admired brands in the healthcare,
beauty and personal care, food, beverage, home and garden, tobacco, and
agricultural industries. The company also produces specialty chemicals for the
automotive, energy, and infrastructure industries and maximizes the value of
its land holdings through forestry operations, property development and land
sales. MWV’s network of 125 facilities and 16,000 employees spans North
America, South America, Europe and Asia. The company has been recognized for
financial performance and environmental stewardship with a place on the Dow
Jones Sustainability World Index every year since 2005. Learn more at
Rachel Kaplan, + 1 804.444.7101
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