Exposing pharmaceutical products to an incorrect temperature or too much humidity can render the products ineffective or even harmful. When drugs and medicine are shipped, they often have to be kept at a certain temperature to maintain their integrity.
Generally speaking the main facets hold true across the board, however the regulations around pharmaceutical shipping can alter depending on whether it's being shipped within the US or internationally.
These are the 4 basic rules for shipping pharmaceuticals:
They must be shipped and stored at the correct temperature
Although it may seem like an obvious one, it’s still worth pointing out, especially when it comes to prescription drugs and vaccines. At the very least the drugs should be kept at “controlled” room temperature to keep the strength and quality even if no requirements are set.
2. Shipments must be carefully inspected
Each one must be manually and carefully inspected for identity and damage, in order to preserve the integrity of the product.
3. When in doubt, throw it out
If any drugs or medication are exposed to conditions that create uncertainty for the drug’s safety, identity, or quality, the drug should be destroyed or returned to the supplier for investigation. There’s simply no benefit in taking any of these kinds of risks.
4. Keep electronic records
The advancements in electronic systems has provided significant benefits for data in temperature control and monitoring. The best way to ensure the shortcuts have not been taken is by keeping track of everything electronically.