Upgrading of Traditional Cold Chain Shipping Systems Using 2-8°C Phase Change Materials (PCMs)
Does Your Passive Cold Chain Shipping System Use a Combination of Frozen and Refrigerated Gel Packs to Protect Your Refrigerated, Freeze-sensitive Product?
The pharmaceutical industry has seen the rapid growth of biologics, products that are typically temperature sensitive, and need to be refrigerated. This has led to increasing awareness by the regulatory agencies towards distribution practices of most temperature-sensitive products. These factors have increased the demand for better performing distribution systems and services.
An application of particular interest involves shipments of freeze-sensitive refrigerated (2-8°C) products, a category where most biologics belong to. For many years, the industry has relied on the use of water-based passive cold chain packaging systems, where water is present in both frozen and refrigerated states. These systems have suffered from important performance limitations which have resulted in heavy, large, and complicated shippers, that can transport relatively small amounts of payload, for restricted shipment durations. In addition, these systems pose serious environmental challenges, due to limited reuse and recyclability options.
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Source: Pharmaceutical Outsourcing