Clinical Trial Experts Saved Over $1 Million with New Temperature Tracing and the Cloud
Data loggers and cloud-based analytics reduce labor, packaging and freight costs for clinical shipments.
Managing multiple global and domestic clinical trials for temperature-controlled products requires attention to detail at a granular level. With adoption of Good Distribution Practices 2013/C 343/01, documentation requirements for transportation and storage conditions are more stringent than ever for medicines.
To capture the data needed and protect up to 150 shipments per day, The Coghlan Group, an expert in clinical trials, relies on data loggers and temperature-controlled packaging such as active and passive qualified shipping containers. Operating from a secured facility in Bastrop, Texas, near Austin Bergstrom International Airport, the 20-year-old secondary packaging and labeling facility also handles the logistics of shipping clinical materials worldwide including transportation charges, insurance, documentation, duties and taxes.
Unfortunately, the data loggers Coghlan included in shipments of refrigerated and frozen products weren’t providing sufficient visibility and required manual launch and recording of serial numbers. When a shipment arrived at its destination, recipients had to download temperature data, save it to a hard drive and email it to Coghlan. This cumbersome process meant recipients often were slow to transmit the data or neglected to send it at all. So if temperatures during the trip exceeded parameters, data often arrived too late for Coghlan to take action and save the shipment. Furthermore, linking temperature data to its data logger and shipment destination, a necessity for compliance requirements, was a time-consuming task. Reviewing data was laborious too because it required each downloaded file to be opened and renamed.
Source: Logistics for the LifeSciences