When pharmaceutical products, like drugs and medicine are shipped, they often have to be kept at a certain temperature to maintain their integrity. If they are exposed to the wrong temperature or too much humidity, they could be rendered ineffective or even harmful.
The regulations around pharmaceutical shipping vary depending on whether it’s being shipped within the US or internationally, but generally speaking the main facets hold true across the board.
Here are the 4 basic rules for shipping pharmaceuticals:
They must be shipped and stored at the correct temperature
Okay, that’s an obvious one right? It’s still worth pointing out, especially when it comes to prescription drugs and vaccines. If no requirements are set, the drug should at least be kept at “controlled” room temperature to keep the strength and quality.
2. Shipments must be carefully inspected
In order to preserve the integrity of the product, they must be manually and carefully inspected for identity and damage.
3. When in doubt, throw it out
If any conditions create doubt on the drug’s safety, identity, or quality, the drug should be destroyed or returned to the supplier for investigation. There’s really no benefit to taking any risks with these.
4. Keep electronic records
Keeping track of everything electronically is the best way to ensure the no shortcuts have been taken. With the advancement in electronic systems comes significant benefits for data in temperature monitoring and control.