Managing Temperature-Controlled Supply Chain
Pharmaceutical manufacturers must ensure the safety, efficacy and quality of products remain stable for use by the consumer. Ensuring the quality and safety of products may require special types of transportation. One form of transportation is temperature-controlled transportation. A cold supply chain is a temperature-controlled supply chain. When products are transported by Cold Supply Chains, products are at higher risk and the supply chain process becomes more challenging than products that travel the typical supply chain route.
Products that are required to travel cold supply chains are vulnerable to temperature changes in its surroundings and are therefore time sensitive. These temperature changes are called temperature excursions.
Temperature excursions are temperatures that deviate from specified values. It is not unusual for temperature excursions to occur through temperature-dependent supply chains. Cold chain products can be vulnerable to temperature difference of a few degrees during transportation, which can not only affect the product, but can cause a loss in revenue and could possibly affect patient health. These temperature events can occur during the transportation, storage, retrieval, loading and unloading of product. When temperature excursions occur, it is the manufacturer’s responsibility to take adequate steps in understanding the location, how the excursion occurred, it's effect on the product, and containing the issue while taking action to eliminate reoccurrence.
Quality as you see it has experience in monitoring and managing cold supply chain transportation processes, while implementing solutions to resolve issues that occur throughout the process.