NASA, Virginia organize a drone delivery of medicine
On July 17th, a 10 lb package of pharmaceuticals was delivered via drone in Virginia, in a multi-leg shipment consisting first of an unmanned aircraft from Nasa, and later a drone from Flirtey Inc., and Australian company. If this type of delivery is to become commonplace in the future, cold chain considerations will need to be evaluated.
The medicine-by-drone event might be a first for NASA, but that application has been tested in Europe by DHL, which announced a program to deliver pharmaceuticals to a relatively inaccessible island off the coast of Germany last year. The goal is roughly the same: to demonstrate the ability to deliver medicine to remote areas or after natural disasters; more broadly, Amazon and others are seeking to broaden the applicability of drones to make home or local deliveries of all sorts.
Source: Pharmaceutical Commerce