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Pharmaceutical Technology Europe ; 35(2):24-27, 2023.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-20242829


Many best practices and lessons learned have emerged in recent years as pharma/life sciences companies, along with their third-party logistics partners and vendors that supply specialized packaging and monitoring solutions, have all weathered the COVID-19 pandemic together and continued to support ongoing growth in the pipeline of therapeutic products that must be continuously maintained at refrigerated, frozen, or ultra-frozen temperatures. Cold chain planning and execution "... continues to be impacted by not only the pandemic but by other factors, such as air cargo capacity being down, instability related to inflation, the Russia/Ukraine conflict, and more, but despite it all, you still have patients depending on what you're delivering," notes Rob Coyle, senior vice president, healthcare strategy, Kuehne+Nagel. "With careful planning, we're often able to replace active shippers with passive units by leveraging existing infrastructure, ongoing advances in insulation materials, phase-change materials (PCM), and container designs, using advanced GPS and other monitoring devices to ensure continuous access to real-time location, temperature, and other data," adds Scott Ohanesian, senior vice president, commercial operations, QuickStat, a Kuehne+Nagel company. Technology advances "The Holy Grail for the pharma cold chain is 'how do I get perfect service at a more economical price?'" says Dan Gagnon, vice president of global strategy for UPS Healthcare.

Pharmaceutical Technology Europe ; 34(8):19-21, 2022.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-20242828


(Note: The MIDAS database reflects vaccine doses that are dispensed with a prescription in retail or hospital settings, so the COVID-19 vaccines and other public-health-administered vaccines are not fully reflected in that data set.) Stamoran adds, "However, across the rest of the world, vial-based vaccines still make up the majority of the volume dispensed." [...]there is plenty of room for growth for this newer administration device. [...]PFS are now widely used for annual flu shots, heparin injections, and a growing list of injectable therapies across multiple disease states. According to a 2021 article authored byGuillaume Lehee, R&D Innovation Leader for BD Medical-Pharmaceutical Systems, the use of PFS to vaccinate 300 million individuals in the United States in the event of a future pandemic could save more than three million hours of healthcare practitioners' time (1). [...]today's PFS are not yet proven to be compatible with ultrafrozen temperatures as the existing glass materials and other components may not stand up to the extremely low required temperatures," explains Stamoran.