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MWV unveils Shellpak Renew medication adherence packaging

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MWV unveils Shellpak Renew medication adherence packaging

August 09, 2013 - 09:22

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 9, 2013 (PPI Pulp & Paper Week) -MeadWestvaco(MWV) introduced Shellpak Renew using Optilock technology, a 23% smaller, "more discreet," and child resistant medication adherence package for patients and pharmacists. The package launched inWalmartpharmacies this summer with medications from Mylan, a generics and specialty pharmaceutical company. The new package's outer carton is made of MWV's paperboard-based Natralock. MWV said the carton is tear-resistant and does not require paper backing on the foil blister. Also,MWVsaid findings from its Retail Security Solutions Study, which explored consumers' perceptions of common retail security measures, like clamshells and pull cards, indicate that the types of security retailers and brand owners implement to protect products from theft can influence consumer purchasing behavior. The study revealed that almost all consumers (98%) prefer open merchandising, such as being able in the store before purchase to pick the product up and read about it, and possibly talk with a store associate about it. Nearly 60% said that they decided against making a purchase because they could not easily get to the product/package and "interact" with it, according to the MWV report. This includes consumers who decided against purchasing a product in a glass encasement (39%) or that was only accessible by a store sales person (37%), MWV said. Three of MWV's security packaging products were studied including Natralock, a paperboard alternative to traditional plastic clamshells, Natralock with Siren Technology that features a small alarm that sounds if the package is tampered with or when taken out of a store illegally, and newly-launched Intercept, using Proteqt Technologies. The Proteqt is an on-product lock that "removes motivation to steal by disabling the product until it is wirelessly unlocked at the point of purchase," MWV said...

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