AcuTemp Thermal Systems (Dayton, OH) and CSafe LLC are offering relief agencies their temperature-controlled containers for use in shipping and storing blood, vaccines, and other critical temperature sensitive medical supplies for the Haitian relief effort.
As manufacturers of pharmaceuticals and biologics focus on ensuring quality in temperature sensitive shipments, they are investigating prospects for containing the costs of distribution and packaging. In offering shipper solutions that promise predictable shipper performance, container vendors are also expanding programs in areas such as reverse logistics and leasing.
Optimal placement of temperature monitors within product shipping containers that will most accurately document temperature variation during transit is important to maintaining temperature control for heat-labile pharmaceuticals and biologicals. The operating principles discussed apply to all sizes of insulated, noninsulated, active, and passive shipping containers used to protect product for the duration of transit.
Faced with the need to transport large quantities of a deep frozen drug substance, Amgen Cold Chain Engineering (Thousand Oaks, CA) developed a custom insulated shipping system working with Entropy Solutions (Minneapolis).
Cost control is a major impetus behind the trend among larger pharma firms to employ direct shipment as a distribution channel strategy, says John Menna, marketing director of healthcare logistics, UPS.
UPS’s 2009 Pain in the Healthcare Supply Chain survey found that more than 50% of firms with revenue of more than $1 billion are planning direct shipment to customers as a strategy, compared with 39% percent in the previous year’s study.
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Shipper and component reuse supports cost control and sustainability.
AcuTemp Thermal Systems (Dayton, OH) has added a line of five passive AcuTemp boxes. Qualified to ISTA’s 7D test protocol, the units reduce cost through reduced box size and weight, and are fully recyclable, says Todd DeVore, director of product development and quality, AcuTemp Thermal Systems.
Pharma firms focus on logistics, as new shipper solutions extend cargo protection.