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Temperature Controlled Logistics: Reusable vs Single-Use Containers:

In the face of various packaging modes, Pharma Logistics IQ explores the advantages and drawbacks that should be considered when making decisions on the application of reusable or disposable packaging solutions within the cold chain.

Remedies to Strengthen Audit Readiness:

In this Remedy Resource pack, Pharma Logistics IQ presents a few measures to apply to bolster audit readiness within temperature controlled logistics.

The Supply Chain Owner’s Guide to Planning:

To add to the discussion on continuous improvement within temperature controlled logistics, Cold Chain examines the notion of planning with a few key experts, more specifically in the areas of stability budgets, supply chain integration, temperature control with high value products, ambient ranges and oncoming trends to account for. 

Pharma partnerships - Mistakes that risk a break in your cold chain:

Cold chain partnerships are largely a matter of trust. Once cargo is handed to a forwarder or carrier, shippers must rely on their partners to safely steward their temperature-sensitive products through the cold chain. Effective, reliable partners should show low levels of wasted product from supply chain errors, because a tested and refined process best controls temperature fluctuations. We enlisted insight from; Guy Hoskens, Clinical Supply Chain Logistics Expert, Janssen, Alan Kennedy, Founder, Team-up Global and Luiz Barberini, Operations Manager- External Manufacturing Latin America Head, Bayer to examine some key collaboration mistakes that could trigger a break in a cold chain.

Stress Testing Your Containers:

Temperature control containers are vital to protecting the stability of life‑saving medicines during transit. When comparing models, many firms struggle to determine which packages they should invest in; due to the lack of standardisation in qualification testing conducted by the manufacturers. The existing guidance on qualification testing is helpful, but the number of different thermal profiles and testing procedures used in the market (regarding product loads, preconditioning requirements, etc.), can create confusion when trying to directly compare containers. Selecting the wrong container would be a significant waste of investment and risk the safety of high-value drugs as they travel through challenging climates. To assist with the navigation of this problematic landscape, this infographic provides insight on how to keep costs low and quality high when validating and qualifying temperature control containers.

Temperature Excursions on a Global Scale:

Ahead of his participation in the Temperature Controlled Logistics Summit 2019, Pharma IQ spoke exclusively to Saddam Huq, Global QA Senior Manager, Distribution & Cold Chain, GSK Vaccines about temperature excursions on a global scale and managing the risks associated with different regions, freight types and the challenges of data management.

Expert Insights: Supply Chain Efficiency and New Technologies:

The future of the pharma logistics sector will be characterised by solutions that are software driven rather than hardware driven. In this article, with insights from Amy Shortman, Founder and CEO of ASC Associates Ltd we will explore how the latest technologies will affect the sector, including: 

How new technologies will bridge communication between all parties and stakeholders in the supply chain

What real time and predictive software systems mean for temperature excursion management

How IoT and blockchain will shape a touchless, wireless, and secure logistics operation offering an ‘immutable level of traceability’ for products