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Supplier News April 18, 2013

MWV Healthcare receives Walmart Responsibility Award for Total Health and Wellness

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.”

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