Updated on 27 December 2012
Talking about the challenges while managing the shipment of crucial drugs, Mr Ljunggren mentions that besides airport, the key challenge for is dealing with airport officials, authorities, customs, freight holders and ground holders that together can create impact on time and temperature of the product. The entire management of airport handling team needs to know what the special service is all about.
Handling the challenges
As a strategy to safeguard biologics from any exposure or mishandling, Envirotainer has developed its own quality assurance system that ensures quality standard of each airport for delivering the service. If certain airport does not comply with the quality measures, they are not qualified.
"Moreover, one cannot see the product getting damaged or spoiled like in perishables. Therefore, the difficult part that we face is to get everyone understand the crucial requirement of quality standards, the knowledge and believe in our requirement," says Mr Ljunggren.
Mr Brian Kohr, president and CEO of US-based AcuTemp, mentions in his website that process of effectively transporting temperature-sensitive items, such as pharmaceuticals and biologics, is a multifaceted endeavor, necessitating stable, reliable packaging capable of maintaining required temperatures for the duration of a journey, as well as coordinated communications between all parties along the cold chain transportation route. AcuTemp specializes in temperature-controlled shipping services.
"With the emergence of massive pharmaceutical and life sciences markets in China and India, adjustments in cold chain strategies and regulatory guidelines have been necessary in order to assimilate these markets on both infrastructural and logistical levels. Largely due to expansion of vaccination programs and increased demand for the latest life sciences products in China and India, the growth rate of Asia's cold chain market is projected to be almost double of the rest of the world over the next few years. Booming cold chain demand in Asian markets adds urgency to ongoing efforts to streamline the cold chain distribution process throughout Asia and to increase the efficiency of its cold-chain-related infrastructure," he mentions on his company's website.