Walmart Implements Ecoslide-RX Compliance Pack
Published: October 8th, 2012
Ecoslide-RX, a pharmaceutical compliance package that has been called “more environmentally sustainable” than traditional packs, will soon be arriving to Walmart’s pharmacies.
Walmart will use the pack for repackaging drugs it buys in bulk, in the business model it employs with the Shellpak format.
Legacy Pharmaceuticals in St. Louis has installed a fully automated line for running the Ecoslide-RX pack for supplying Walmart, and was running product at the end of September, says Ward Smith, director of marketing, Keystone Folding Box in Newark, NJ.
“This is the first adoption of the Ecoslide-RX pack in a commercial application. Product will be on store shelves in the month of October, in a nationwide launch,” Smith says.
Introduced in late 2011, Ecoslide-RX is senior-friendly and achieves the highest child-resistance rating of F=1. Customer safety and ease-of-use are two ongoing, previously unmet challenges for environmentally sustainable products in the pharmaceutical industry, the company announced.
“At Walmart, we are dedicated to quality patient care and have proven that adherence packaging assists in these endeavors,” said Sandy Kinsey, vice president of pharmacy merchandising for Walmart.
Ecoslide-RX is a solution for prescription products, physician’s samples, and clinical trial materials, offering large, easy-to-read type on all sides and clear, simple opening instructions.
The pack tests well among both pharmacists and consumers. Both groups in a recent independent survey gave Ecoslide-RX high marks when graded against competing blister solutions and traditional amber vials. Aside from the product’s increased environmental sustainability—and lack of associated “landfill guilt”—both groups were impressed with several of Ecoslide-RX’s benefits, including:
Ease of Opening. Large, clear directions show users how to unlock the simple child-resistant locking mechanism, which opens with little force by a thumb press on a release button located on the corner of the carton’s front panel. Inside the outer carton is a film/foil, push-through blister card that slides out when the CR lock is released, yet remains connected to the carton at all times. Once open, the pack offers push-through pill access.
Compliance and Safety. Ecoslide-RX offers the compliance and safety benefits that blister packages often present when compared with bottles, including a diminished risk of contamination from dropping or spilling or moisture; increased compliance via a pill reminder/weekly calendar; and additional package printing space enabling large, bold labeling—important for any visually impaired consumers. All of these attributes proved reassuring to pharmacists and consumers participating in the survey.
Ease of Storage/Transport. Compared with amber vials, Ecoslide-RX is more stackable in medicine cabinets and convenient for use in purses and suitcases. Pharmacists noted that the package was large enough to incorporate the range of benefits listed above, yet compact enough to be somewhat discrete.