6 Things You Need to Know About Pharmaceutical Packaging

Posted by David Haan on Aug 26, 2019, 3:54:09 PM

Did you know that 70% of pharmaceutical products require temperature-controlled shipping? 

That’s a staggering majority! There are many options out there that promise temperature and humidity regulation across the board, but the truth is that there’s no “one size fits all” solution for pharmaceuticals. Each product is unique and has vastly different specifications. That’s why it’s important to work with a trusted, experienced partner who can provide a solution specific to your needs.

When it comes to packaging pharmaceuticals, it’s critical to use insulated containers that can protect products from temperature fluctuations, damaging sunlight, humidity and more. Another option is to use insulated thermal pallets, which offer another layer of protection.

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Here are 6 things you need to know about pharmaceutical packaging:

  1. Pharmaceutical products need to be maintained at a precise temperature, humidity, and sunlight levels to retain their efficacy. 
  2. Thermal blankets for pallets can be used to maintain a constant temperature range of around 15°C to 25°C.
  3. Biologic material (e.g., blood, tissue, reproductive material) and clinical trials need to be stored in a cryogenic container that can hold the temperature at -150°C for at least 10 days.
  4. Just 2°C of temperature variation could completely ruin a pharmaceutical product.
  5. Pharmaceutical companies lose an average of $150,000 per small package shipment due to temperature slips. For larger freight shipments, this could cost up in the millions. 
  6. The threat of cargo theft is real, especially when hauling valuable products like medicine and other pharmaceuticals. An experienced logistics provider can help manage these threats and keep pharma products safe.

Ultimately, there’s a lot to uncover when it comes to packaging and shipping pharmaceuticals and a seemingly countless array of laws and regulations that govern them. That’s why you should work with a knowledgeable, progressive leader in temperature management for your shipping needs. Contact us to get started today!

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Topics: Life Sciences, Supply Chain, Temperature Monitoring, Pharmaceuticals

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