3 Things You Need to Know About Cold Chain Shipping Pharmaceuticals

Posted by David Haan on May 7, 2019 4:38:28 PM

In the world of pharmaceuticals, you need to make sure that your products are getting from A to B without being compromised by humidity or extreme temperatures. However, if you don’t have a clear plan in place or a trusted supply chain partner, this is almost impossible to monitor.

That’s why it’s so important to have a cold chain process in place. By partnering with a reliable, expert shipping partner, you take all of the guesswork out of ensuring that your products arrive the way they’re supposed to.

Here are three things you need to know about cold chain shipping pharmaceuticals:

Earlier is Better

No two situations are identical. Ideally, you should involve your shipping logistics partner as early in the process as possible. The sooner they can understand the shipping requirements needed, the sooner they can build a customized solution fitting that application.

Temperature mapping is critical to identifying what temperatures may be met along the way to give a good feel for what range of solutions may be applicable.

The Keys to Temperature Monitoring

When it comes to temperature monitoring, you have the option to monitor at the product, box, case, pallet, or cargo level. By monitoring at the product level, you’re able to continue to keep an eye on the product even when shipments are broken apart to be taken to various destinations.

With electronic solutions, we’re able to pull digital data history so we can see which temperatures were hit at which time and upload the data to a Cloud Repository or Quality System. This has been a critical component of pharmaceutical cold chain shipping because it gives us the ability to identify any gaps or weaknesses in the supply chain.

The Importance of Thermal Management

Phase change materials offer thermal stabilizing solutions, which takes on various forms including:

  • Panels
  • Pouching
  • Pellets

These solutions can assist in keeping a product warm, cold, or simply work as an insulator to maintain a certain temperature longer.

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Topics: Cold Chain, Life Sciences, Phase Change Materials, Pharmaceuticals

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