Global supply chain harmonization is so complex, but the focus must ultimately be the patient. Go to a healthcare-centric trade show, such as the Sept. 24-28 Cold Chain & Temperature Management Global Forum , and patient safety is generally assumed to be the bottom-line goal of the complex pharmaceutical/biologics supply chain. Yet sometimes a gentle reminder helps bring patient safety...Full Article »
Truly understanding your product and distribution process will help prevent over- or under-engineering your cold chain packaging. In a heated presidential election season, we often hear about government spending, but when it comes to the development, contracting, and supply of vaccines, antivirals, diagnostics, therapeutics, and ancillary products, particularly for influenza, watching costs is a...Full Article »
Lack of federal or global guidelines on track and trace and e-pedigree leaves more questions than answers. Where does all the data go? That was just one of many questions raised on Day 2 of the Cold Chain and Temperature Management Global Forum, Chicago, September, 27, 2012. We can create the data, we're just not sure what we are going to do with it, was the tone of the session. With no...Full Article »
Cold chain experts agree you have to have people "in country" to help negotiate rules, regs and local customs. Many markets are emerging for clinical trials because the FDA requires "naïve patients," or places like the Ukraine are used to easily fill quotas, or even because the drug being tested might be sold into that country eventually. The number-one emerging market...Full Article »
Reusable 'cold chain' shipper provides sustainability, economic, and customer benefits. A pilot program is underway in which LifeCell, developer and marketer of tissue repair products for the reconstructive, orthopedic, and urogynecologic biosurgery markets, is employing reusable packaging systems from Minnesota Thermal Science . Launched in May, the pilot program was the focus of a...Full Article »Events of Interest
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