MeadWestvaco Corp. reports that it has received Walmart’s "Responsibility Award for Total Health and Wellness” for the development of Shellpak Renew. Designed to promote patient medication adherence, Shellpak Renew is 40 percent smaller and 30 percent lighter than the original Shellpak, and it eliminates the use of plastic, MWV reports in a press release. The package consists of an outer carton made of MWV’s Natralock, a tear-resistant, paperboard-based solution using recyclable materials. Shellpak Renew also features an integrated calendar for patients to track their doses of medication.
“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, in the press release. “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.”
Shellpak Renew evolved from MWV’s Shellpak adherence solution, which originally launched in 2008, the company reports in the press release. In a 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, researchers reported that Shellpak, when used alone, was found to demonstrate a statistically significant impact over vials, improving adherence and persistence for long-term daily medications, the company reports.
MeadWestvaco Corp. has appeared on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index every year since 2005. For more details, visit www.mwv.com.