Thermal Protection for Control-Room-Temperature Products
Control-room-temperature (CRT) pharmaceutical products are the most abundant temperature-sensitive drugs on the market. They need to be maintained at room temperature during transportation and distribution but require the same attention for temperature maintenance as those that require more strict temperatures conditions, such as 35.6-46.4°F (28°C). The challenge with CRT products is maintaining the required temperature with package solutions and distribution methods that are minimal in cost as the majority of CRT products have low retail values. Over the past several years, there has been an increase in costly packaging solutions that promise temperature maintenance but offer little thermal protection. This article demonstrates how a better understanding of heat-transfer principles, the effects of environmental temperatures, and the purpose of each packaging component can make developing and shopping for a thermally protective packaging system more cost effective and thermally efficient.
By: Melissa Germain, Jean-Pierre Emond