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Walmart debuts eco-friendly compliance pack

Now part of Walmart’s $4 presciption program, the Ecoslide-RX pharmaceutical compliance package contains no plastic and is made from a renewable resource.

Walmart_Ecoslide_highres.jpgNow in Walmart pharmacies, Ecoslide-RX is a prescription pharmaceutical package with eco-friendly features that is designed to improve patient dosing compliance. Manufactured by Keystone Folding Box Co., Ecoslide-RX has a secondary package that contains no plastic and uses 100% recyclable material. Additionally, the package design places a premium on both consumer safety and ease-of-use. Testing of the package in 2011 concluded Ecoslide-RX achieved the highest “child-resistant” rating (F=1) and is deemed "senior-friendly," says the company.

Compliance (or adherence) refers to the degree to which a patient follows prescribed dosing instructions. "Compliance packaging" is one way to help prompt patients to take medications correctly. Compliance packages offer day-of-the-week calendarization for each individual dose, which, according to several recent studies can significantly increase patients' likelihood to adhere to medication regimens.

"At Walmart, we are dedicated to quality patient care and have proven that adherence packaging assists in these endeavors," says Sandy Kinsey, vice president of Pharmacy Merchandising for Walmart. In 2011, a published peer-reviewed study of more than 300,000 Walmart pharmacy patients during a two-year period concluded that compliance packaging measurably improved adherence and persistency. The same study also shows a significant ROI for the incremental cost of the compliance package over traditional bottles. Ecoslide-RX is being utilized in Walmart's $4 prescription drug program.

In a recent consumer research study, both pharmacists and consumers gave Ecoslide-RX high marks when graded against competing blister solutions and traditional amber vials. Ecoslide-RX is a solution for prescription products, physician's samples, and clinical trial materials. Ecoslide-RX offers large, easy-to-read type on all sides and clear, simple opening instructions.

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