Paper Proves Perfect


The Paperboard Packaging Council has honored two suppliers and their healthcare product customers for designs in paperboard packaging. In its 60th National Paperboard Pack-aging Competition, PPC gave Thoro Packaging (Corona, CA) a Gold Award in the Medicinal Products category and also the Structural/Technical Innovation Award for its work on Thayer Medical Inc.'s Thayer Lite Aire Pop Up. MeadWestvaco Global Healthcare Packaging (Mebane, NC) won both a Gold Award and an Excellence award in the Medicinal Products category for its work on packages for Procter & Gamble Health Research Center and GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, respectively.

Packages were judged for their performance according to three criteria: PPC members' internal production and converting excellence, excellence in the consumer product company environment, and retail consumer environment.

Thoro Packaging was recognized for its design for Thayer Lite Aire Pop Up, a spacing chamber for metered-dose inhalers. Made from paperboard instead of plastic, the device enables users to inhale and exhale as needed while still getting drug benefits. It also is free of loose paper particles that could be inhaled by patients, and its window is completely sealed to minimize drug leakage during inhalation. User instructions are printed on the side to further ease inhalation. According to a Thayer Medical spokesperson, paperboard "provides the benefit of reduced cost and far greater portability, making using inhaler drugs that much easier, [more] affordable, and convenient to use."

The judges, who are industry professionals and academia, found the Thayer Lite Aire Pop Up "very innovative," and "portable, and very convenient." Judges also said that the device "improves product performance."

MeadWestvaco was honored for its packaging design for Procter & Gamble's Actonel, which prevents and treats osteoporosis caused by steroid medicines in men and postmenopausal women. Judges liked Actonel's package for its "creative design and excellent conversion." Also, the "package/dispenser meets all customer demands, while giving the end-user an easy-to-use/reuse storage and dispensing unit." Judges also recognized the package for its "extremely neat design, [which has a] hard-to-achieve child-resistant feature with paperboard."

Finally, MeadWestvaco was recognized for its carton for GlaxoSmith-Kline's Commit Lozenge Mints.

PPC is an association of converters and suppliers of paperboard packaging. Members manufacture cartons, cylindrical containers, rigid setup boxes, carded packaging, and laminated grades of paperboard for use in small-flute corrugated containers. For more information about the awards, visit

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