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OptumRx unveils sustainable medication packaging

In an effort to eliminate polystyrene, or foam, packaging and use packaging that is recyclable, pharmacy care services company OptumRx is trotting out sustainable medication packaging that will allow delivery of temperature-sensitive specialty and maintenance prescriptions to consumers’ homes.

The new packaging is made from 100% renewable cotton and is biodegradable, compostable, reusable and recyclable. By using the new packaging to deliver approximately 4 million prescriptions each year, OptumRx projects annual savings of nearly 2 million pounds of carbon dioxide, 17 million gallons of water and 4 million kilowatt hours of energy.

“Safeguarding medications during home delivery is vital. Many medications, including specialty prescriptions, must be kept within strict temperature ranges to arrive safely and undamaged at their destinations,” the company said in a statement.

“At OptumRx, our priority is ensuring people get the high-quality medications they need, when they need them,” OptumRx’s chief of operations Jon Mahrt said in a press statement. “Our new packaging ensures each shipment maintains the highest standard of quality and effectiveness, while reducing the environmental footprint of our medication home delivery services.”

OptumRx provides medication home delivery, in addition to specialty pharmacy and infusion services through BriovaRx, to consumers and clients in 53 facilities across the United States.
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