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MeadWestvaco introduces Shellpak Renew

BY Allison Cerra

RICHMOND, Va. — A packaging and packaging solutions leader has introduced a new package designed to meet patient and pharmacist needs.

MeadWestvaco said its Shellpak Renew — which will launch at more than 3,600 Walmart pharmacies this summer and nearly 2,000 other retail pharmacies across the country — features a tear-resistant, recyclable outer carton, an easy-slide blister and an integrated calendar for patients to easily track their medications. The development of Shellpak Renew is part of MWV’s longstanding commitment to further awareness and solutions for poor medication adherence, the company said. The package is based on the company’s original Shellpak, but is sustainable as is made of MWV’s Natralock, an environmentally-friendly paperboard-based packaging solution that maximizes the use of recyclable materials and minimizes waste.

"Among the many adherence solutions that are available to help patients take their medications as prescribed, medication packaging may be uniquely effective as one of the last opportunities to educate patients about how to take their medications safely and effectively," said John Grinnell, VP and managing director for MWV Healthcare’s secondary and adherence packaging division.


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Sanofi, Joslin Diabetes Center enter collaboration

BY Allison Cerra

PARIS — A drug maker and a teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School announced a new collaboration to promote the development of new medicines for the treatment of diabetes and related disorders.

Sanofi and Joslin Diabetes Center said their collaboration will "focus on four key areas within diabetes and related metabolic disorders to identify potential new biologics or small drug candidates for the treatment of late complications of diabetes and new insulin analogs with more targeted efficacy, [while] research will address the challenges of insulin resistance and personalized medicine, with the overall aim of improving the lives of people living with diabetes."

Under the terms of the agreement, Sanofi has options to commercialize the results of the research, while both parties will have access to intellectual property for internal research use. Financial details of the collaboration were not disclosed.


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Pfizer: Phase-3 study of Xalkori met primary endpoint

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NEW YORK — Pfizer announced the results of its late-stage clinical trial of Xalkori (crizotinib).

The drug maker confirmed that its Profile 1007 study met its primary endpoint, demonstrating that the drug significantly improved progression-free survival in previously treated patients with anaplastic lymphoma kinase-positive advanced non-small cell lung cancer, compared with those treated with pemetrexed or docetaxel. The study also marked the first randomized phase-3 study in ALK-positive advanced NSCLC patients, Pfizer said.

"These results are important because they demonstrate, for the first time, that Xalkori is superior to standard chemotherapy in prolonging survival without progression in patients with previously-treated ALK-positive advanced NSCLC," said Mace Rothenberg, SVP clinical development and medical affairs for Pfizer’s oncology business unit. "This study provides further support for the precision medicine approach to drug development being taken at Pfizer by demonstrating how knowledge about the underlying genetic abnormalities within a cancer can be used to improve the standard of care for that disease."


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