MeadWestvaco Corp. (NYSE: MWV), a global leader in packaging and packaging solutions, introduced Shellpak® Renew with Optilock™ technology. This smaller, more discreet medication adherence package is designed to meet patient and pharmacist needs by enabling greater patient portability and improving pharmacy efficiency. The package features an advanced locking mechanism for the highest level of child resistance (F=1) in a significantly reduced package size. It is 23 percent smaller than the original Shellpak Renew, while still accommodating the same medications. The package will launch at Walmart pharmacies this summer with medications from Mylan, a leading generics and specialty pharmaceutical company. Additional medications will follow later this year through MWV.
The development of Optilock technology exemplifies MWV’s long-standing commitment to improved solutions for child resistance in packaging. Shellpak Renew with Optilock technology is one of nearly 40 child-resistant packages from MWV that have tested to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s highest standard, F=1. Consistent with the MWV Shellpak platform, Shellpak Renew with Optilock technology can be used for multiple medications/SKUs without re-testing for child resistance.Hung Le, vice president, Global Design for MWV, said: “At MWV, our design mandate is to develop packaging that is not only child resistant, but also convenient for patients. Shellpak Renew with Optilock technology was designed using insights from both our customers and consumers regarding the importance of efficiency and convenience.” Based on these insights, every element of Shellpak Renew with Optilock technology is optimized to be space well spent. The package’s outer carton is made of MWV’s Natralock®, a paperboard-based packaging solution that maximizes the use of recyclable materials and minimizes waste. The secure, tear-resistant carton does not require paper backing on the foil blister, making pill expression easy. In addition, the package contains enhanced adherence features, including a smooth-slide blister for easy medication access and color-coded spine labels to help distinguish among medications. About MWV 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, 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 www.mwv.com.