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Archive for the ‘Cold Chain’ Category

US Pharmacopeia Takes Up Supply Chain Security

Monday, December 19th, 2011

The United States Pharmacopeia is placing supply chain security at the forefront with a new general chapter on best practices for ensuring supply chain integrity and protecting consumers from poor quality and counterfeit medicines. USP General Chapter <1083>, Good Distribution Practices-Supply Chain Integrity, with the recently published USP General Chapter <1079>, ...

Streaming Green

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Earlier this year, AMERIPEN emerged in an effort to bring a "material-neutral" approach to sustainability in packaging. Founders include The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive, ConAgra Foods, The Dow Chemical Co., DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers, Kellogg Company, MeadWestvaco (MWV), Procter & Gamble, Sealed Air Corp., and Tetra Pak Inc. AMERIPEN is initially ...

Shipper Assembly, for One?

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Pharmaceutical shippers are increasingly interested in bulk product shippers, Bill Hingle, marketing director, Cryopak/TCP Reliable (Edison, NJ), told me at Pack Expo International. But the real challenge is to devise a pallet-sized system that won't be too tedious for users to assemble, Hingle added. To meet industry's need, Cryopak focused on ...

Cold Chain Show Features Pharma Innovation

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Day One of IQPC's 8th Cold Chain Distribution For Pharmaceuticals Global Forum featured reporting on upgraded packaging for extending shipment durations and removing packaging costs. Ben Romero, senior engineer, pharma and packaging development, Genentech, described an interim approach for upgrading traditional gel pack based systems with newer technologies. Systems using high performance ...

Finding Lapses In the Last Mile

Monday, July 26th, 2010

While drug manufacturers have refined their packaging and management of temperature-sensitive shipments, a physicians' survey, and a recent first hand study of wholesaler and hospital practices, point to major quality lapses in the "last mile" of distribution. Physicians perceive cold chain breaks as commonplace, according to a Harris Interactive survey announced ...

Are You Ready for the 100% Cargo Screening Mandate?

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

I listened to an informative roundtable  courtesy of American Airlines Cargo on the upcoming 100% Air Cargo Screening Mandate, which becomes law on August 1, 2010. All cargo to be shipped on passenger airplanes will need to be screened before it is loaded. The law is to "ensure the safety ...

Pallet-Sized Shippers Target Global Transit

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Growth in bio-engineered products more susceptible to variations in temperature and humidity. Emerging global markets that require packaging that will stand up to the handoffs, complexities, and climate variations of extended supply chains. The proliferation of guidelines and regulations from countries around the world promoting best practices for handling sensitive ...

More Breaks in the Supply Chain

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

If I read the recent theft news correctly, stealing pharmaceuticals and medical devices isn't netting much these days, yet people keep trying. Last week the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Western District of Washington charged two men with Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud and Engage in Interstate ...

Big Green

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Aton Pharma (Lawrenceville, NJ) has started using the Greenbox Pallet Shipper from Entropy Solutions. The up-sized version in the Greenbox line combines Entropy’s phase change technology with a 16-cu-ft-box. Aton Pharma recently used the container for a refrigerated shipment to Korea of its drug Syprine (trientine hydrochloride). Syprine treats Wilson’s disease, ...

Cortegra Offers Cold Chain Solution

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Cortegra has launched a cold-chain management solution that deploys flexible, reusable temperature monitors. A portfolio of programmable sensors includes an RFID Temperature Data Card that is wirelessly programmed and read. Sensor data can be captured without the need to open the shipment container. The solution includes software for logging shipment status along ...