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MWV Healthcare To Present At Inaugural Pharmapack North America Conference

MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE: MWV), a global leader in packaging and packaging solutions, will present at Pharmapack North America’s inaugural conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, May 22 – 23, 2012.

The first presentation, entitled "The Demonstrated Impact of Packaging on Patient Adherence," will be led by John Grinnell, vice president and managing director, of MWV Healthcare's Secondary & Adherence Packaging Division, as part of the “Exploring the Human Interaction with Pharmaceutical Packaging” session to be held Tuesday, May 22 from 9:15am-10:40am.

Grinnell will review MWV research demonstrating packaging’s role as a scalable and cost-effective solution to improve poor medication adherence, a significant public health threat recognized by the Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Surgeon General. MWV’s unprecedented peer-reviewed study, A Pharmacoepidemiologic Analysis of the Impact of Calendar Blister Packaging on Adherence to Self-Administered Medications for Long-Term Use, evaluates the impact on adherence of using reminder packaging compared to traditional pill vials in a real world setting.

The second presentation, “Equivalence in Nasal Pump Systems for Generic Products in the US Market,” will be led by Rabih Karam, North American sales manager, MWV Healthcare, as part of the “Emerging Technologies in Drug Delivery” session to be held Wednesday, May 23 from 10:50am-12:40pm.

Karam will discuss how bioequivalence studies are an essential part of registration dossiers for the formulation and manufacture of generic medicines; the rigorous standards for performing bioequivalency studies; and how equivalence criteria extends to the drug delivery components used in generic medicines. As part of the discussion, Karam will reference the process and capabilities required to generate equivalence data for MWV nasal devices.

The media are invited to the conference, and Grinnell and Karam are available for interviews.

Please click on the names below for more information on the speakers:

For more information on MWV’s healthcare packaging solutions, please visit:

About MWV

MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE: MWV), provides packaging solutions to many of the world’s most-admired brands in the healthcare, beauty and personal care, food, beverage, home and garden, and tobacco industries. The company's businesses also include Specialty Chemicals, and the Community Development and Land Management Group, which sustainably manages the company’s land holdings to support its operations, and to provide for conservation, recreation and development opportunities. With 15,000 employees worldwide, MWV operates in 30 countries and serves customers in more than 100 nations. MWV manages all of its forestlands in accordance with internationally recognized forest certification standards, and has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for eight consecutive years. For more information, please visit

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