Spotlight on WestRock Healthcare
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A deep understanding of the healthcare industry and our customers’ needs is critical to ensure our range of packaging products and services deliver value through the entire product life cycle. These insights allow us to stay ahead of regulation and offer an innovative, unparalleled range of packaging products including folding cartons, specialty labels, literature & booklets, adherence packaging, multiple component kits and printed foils.
In order to lower total cost and mitigate risk, our customers enjoy our global scale with local supply, an extensive range of products and services, supply chain solutions and advanced capabilities to integrate multiple components during manufacturing.
Leading healthcare companies around the globe choose to partner with us because we bring value well beyond standard packaging. We aim to lead the industry in product innovations, and we deliver on our promise of total healthcare packaging solutions.Get more information
We combine high-impact graphics with innovative features to leverage packaging to differentiate your Rx and OTC pharmaceutical brands behind the counter, on the shelf, or in the home. Governed by global cGMP, ISO quality systems, and the latest state-of-the-art inspection systems, you can be assured of the highest level of quality in every step of manufacturing.
We offer our customers a unique portfolio of products from folding cartons to labels and leaflets/inserts. WestRock operates on three continents and 13 countries with over 30 facilities in Asia, Europe and North America that are focused exclusively on healthcare packaging.
Precise engineering, creative services, dedicated account management, leading manufacturing technologies and global quality systems support these products from development through to commercialization.
We think about labels… a lot. How they can enhance a brand, enrich an experience, guide customers, protect families, transform a supply chain
With a broad range of styles, innovative space-saving options, the ability to add tamper-evidence and band multiple leaflets together, our literature and booklets educate, inform and improve customer experience
Addressing the issue of patient compliance throughout the product lifecycle. Starting with early drug development through patent expiration.
Global special packaging teams dedicated to complex, multi-component kits and rigid packaging designed to protect valuable medical devices while giving a premium feel
Ability to print and convert a variety of materials and supply on reels direct to your packaging operation
We offer a broad range of specialist packs to improve packing line efficiencies, reduce SKUs and improve the way information is presented to consumers.
Complete range of overt and covert solutions for serialization, anti-counterfeit, diversion, and tampering.
Solutions for all types of medical cards, carriers and mailers. Full production and distribution of open and closed loop cards.
Spiral wound and formed tubes bring a high level of brand differentiation. Custom materials, closures, and embellishments allow for complete top-to-bottom customization.
Decorative & functional inks, coatings, and finishes that turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.
Market leading innovations that make billions of packages more intelligent, more traceable and more valuable.
We collaborate with customers, fillers, machinery manufacturers, retailers and other partners to accelerate commercialization of consumer-centric packaging solutions.
Our artwork services are customized to the healthcare industry and begin with print and artwork consultancy all the way to packaging design.
Specialists in providing packaging artwork and lifecycle management for the Pharmaceutical & Healthcare sector. Esko tools enable full artwork status visibility.
We lower your total cost by providing a complete array of support services from R&D and design through testing, manufacturing and fulfillment.
Highly experienced sales, service, and production personnel who are understand the complexities of launching new products.
Web-based / real time VMI solutions speed up communication and reduce costs & enhance flexibility.
Print-on-demand operation located within customer’s facilities significantly reduced cycle times, reduce total delivered cost, and increase on-time delivery.
Full capabilities including adherence package filling, thermoforming, blistering, bottling, pouching, heat-sealed wallets, and white glove kitting and distribution services.
WestRock understands the importance—and challenges—of improving patient adherence at each stage of the drug life cycle, from phase II-IV of the clinical trial process to filling the prescription at a retail pharmacy. For instance, a clinical trial we funded evaluating the effect of calendared blister packaging on medication adherence and health outcomes showed an uplift in both medication adherence and refill rates among patients who received their medication in blister packaging as opposed to a vial.
We lower your total cost by providing a complete array of support services from R&D and design through testing, manufacturing and fulfillment. Whether your package is designed alongside patient education, prescribing information or information on medication adherence and health outcomes, we can take you from patient-first packaging concepts through to FDA-compliant fulfillment and delivery to retail pharmacies.
By combining global scale and local supply, we help our customers mitigate risk and give them the flexibility needed to meet their requirements at every stage of the product life cycle.
Cerepak® Smart Adherence Packaging
Dosepak® Medication Adherence Packaging
Shellpak® Renew Medication Adherence Packaging
Distinguishing non-responders from non-adherent patients during drug development is key to accurately assess dose response curves and medication efficacy.
As the leader in adherence measurement and analysis, we have designed solutions that deliver more adherent patients, better-informed development decisions, and faster speed to commercialization.
Our global clinical trial experts offer services that include:
WestRock partners with you to improve the accuracy of your data, saving you time and money.
increase in pharmaceutical spending on adherence programs
For pharmaceutical companies alone, global non-adherence represents revenue losses of $564 billion a year. As spending on adherence programs continues to climb, many brand owners are left wondering if programs are as effective as they could be.
Too often, programs are focused around two moments in the patient's medication journey:
But what happens in between and afterward?
Our adherence solutions help fill the gap, reaching patients every day with a proven high-impact solution. Our customizable adherence packaging features calendared blisters as well as readable space for medication information and links to other adherence programs.
This drives adherence in a scalable way, as well as building equity for your brand. Learn more about our proven ROI model and how our adherence packaging combined with patient education information drove increased adherence for a common high blood pressure medication.
Regression modeling has demonstrated that the single strongest individual predictor of prescription medication adherence was a sense of connectedness with a pharmacist or pharmacy staff. Yet, the US prescription dispensing process typically involves repackaging of pills from bulk manufacturer bottles into unit-of-use vials for patients. This consumes precious time that pharmacists could spend counseling patients or providing other value-added services.
For more than a decade, WestRock has delivered statistically proven adherence packaging solutions that drive adherence for patients and efficiencies for pharmacies.
Consumer-centric design for OTC solutions
Over-the-counter medications are no longer stored only on pharmacy shelves and in medicine cabinets. Instead, on-the-go consumers toss their medication packages in their purses, briefcases, glove boxes and pockets. The medication's packaging must protect the medication and fit with people's busy lives.
WestRock's packaging is designed based on insights from consumers, and integrates lifestyle-friendly features such as a discreet, compact and protective outer carton. The calendared blisters help keep patients on track with their medication routine.
This packaging benefits brands as well. The flat, readable billboard space on medication packages, including Shellpak® Renew, helps build brand differentiation and shelf appeal.
Did you know that innovative packaging can positively impact patient adherence to medication, and that non-adherence to medication has been a contributing factor to the opioid epidemic? Non-adherence to prescriptions is costly. Not only does it lead to poor health outcomes for patients, but also to missed opportunities for pharmaceutical companies.
“At WestRock, we believe packaging can make a meaningful impact on combating the opioid crisis,” says Dave Dwyer, vice president of Global Marketing, Adherence. “We’ve spent years studying how innovative and informed packaging designs can help change the way patients appropriately initiate, take as prescribed and discontinue their medication. We’ve invested in rigorous, peer-reviewed, published research on how well-designed packaging can help—and that work is continuing.”
Download our adherence packaging playbook to learn about the benefits of our innovative packaging designs, which can improve patient adherence to medication.
We work with you to understand your unique supply chain challenges. From inventory management to late stage customization to global supply chain solutions – we can recommend and implement streamlined workflows that implement cost reduction at every step
The only constant in healthcare is change. At WestRock, our experts work hard to stay on top of the latest trends and research in healthcare. We take pride in staying ahead of regulation and innovating to address customers' and consumers' pain points. When you partner with WestRock, our expertise is your advantage.