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MeadWestvaco MWV - Healthcare Packaging and Dispensing Solutions

Healthcare Packaging and Dispensing Solutions

Preservative-Free Applications

MWV developed the preservative-free nasal pump (PFP N) to address demand for delivery systems that protect preservative-free drugs from contamination. Patients taking preservative-free (PF) medications have a reduced incidence of nasal irritation and sensitivity compared to patients taking medications that contain preservatives. PFP N permits patients to benefit from preservative-free medications and their favourable side effect profiles.

The survey results were consistent with the responses of US physicians surveyed and demonstrated that UK pharmacists prefer preservative-free applications because they are trusted to cause fewer side effects and negative reactions. Pharmacists reported a lower incidence of nasal irritation and rebound as reasons for preferring preservative-free medications.

“The UK pharmacist survey results demonstrate that, given the option, preservative-free applications are overwhelmingly preferred by pharmacists,” said Julia Amadio, vice president Global Marketing, MWV Healthcare. “These results show the pharmacists’ concern for consumer preferences for gentler products that cause less uncomfortable side effects. As such, the PFP Nasal primary component is the preferred choice for nasal sprays for both health care providers and patients.”

PFP N provides key benefits to patients, drug manufacturers and brand owners:

• Patients can count on a safe and reliable pump that delivers consumer-preferred and preservative-free products and formulations
• Patients enjoy a gentler nasal experience with less irritation and stinging that can be caused by preservatives
• PFP N ensures protection from contamination while providing confidence in preservative-free formulation protection
• Patients can use preservative-free drugs in PFP N without worrying about the potential side effects caused by some preservatives and related the short- and long-term consequences, such as rhinitis medicamentosa (“rebound nasal congestion”)

MWV’s proprietary technology enables the pump to deliver completely preservative-free formulations while providing shelf life similar to traditional formulations. The PFP N is a safe pump for any liquid formula, and its sealing technology – a mechanical system that protects formulas by sealing in five places – ensures the drug is kept 100% germ-free after multiple uses. Unlike other pumps, MWV’s PFP N does not use a silver or metal coil for sterilisation. Silver and metal coils can have a negative interaction with the drug formula itself.

The PFP N are designed to deliver volumes ranging from 0.05ml to 0.14ml. MWV works with customers to ensure products are customised to meet specific needs, supported throughout the supply chain and that all regulatory and pharmaceutical standards are met.

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