How to reduce the complexity and mitigate risk in qualifying active temperature controlled systems
Every shipment of life science products is precious cargo, not only to the shipper, but to the patient at the end of the chain. That transportation process must be strictly qualified to ensure that the product is not lost to damage or spoilage. Even with the most careful planning, losses may occur due to human error. This is the reason Envirotainer has labeled its containers with a picture of a girl named Dora, and the message, “Dora is 8 and has diabetes. Please handle this container with extra care. It contains the insulin that she needs.” It’s that extra care that the company hopes will close every link in the chain between supplier and customer in shipping temperature-sensitive life science products.
The main goal when shipping temperature-sensitive drugs is to control conditions such that quality is not adversely affected. To that end, it is necessary to qualify the shipping process before it begins. Qualification can at times conflict with schedules and budgets, but it is possible to reduce complexity and mitigate risk when shipping life science products in an active container so as to remain on time and meet cost goals.