Temperature-controlled Logistics Address Cold-Chain Challenges
As temperature-sensitive drug products travel worldwide, packaging serves as the barrier to a potentially hostile ambient environment. Temperature-controlled shippers not only maintain payloads within frozen, refrigerated, or controlled room-temperature (CRT) ranges, but also help brand owners and other supply-chain participants meet good distribution practice (GDP) standards. The careful control of payload temperature not only protects product quality, but also reduces losses due to temperature excursions and ensures profitability.
“There is plenty of evidence that suggests that a product’s temperature (and the associated fluctuations) can have profound impacts on a product’s stability, and therefore, its therapeutic effectiveness,” explained Désirée Valentine, senior supply-chain manager at BioConvergence, a contract service provider offering formulation development, testing, production, and supply-chain services, in a statement associated with a presentation at the 11th Annual Cold Chain GDP & Temperature Management Logistics Global Forum, organized by IQPC, Sept. 30-Oct. 4, 2013 in Chicago, IL (1).
“We are seeing growth in the number of temperature-sensitive shipments due to the increasing cold-chain regulations and expansion of generic products,” said Dirk Van Peteghem, vice-president of UPS Healthcare Logistics, in an announcement discussing UPS’ participation at the same meeting (2).