Every day large amounts of pharmaceuticals, vaccines, clinical trials, diagnostics equipment and other medical devices are shipped around the globe. To ensure that they arrive safe and in time wherever patients need them, logistics experts are pulling the strings behind the scenes. As we rely on new medicines every day and now as the globe is relentlessly searching for a COVID-19 vaccine, healthcare logistics suddenly moves into the spotlight.
But what do we know about the complexity of shipping and handling such products?
Looking into the pharma product life cycle, we get an idea: From research and drug discovery through to launch and finally to the marketable medicine, each product stage has its specific requirements: some need to be shipped frozen or deep frozen in liquid nitrogen dry vapor, some just refrigerated or under controlled room temperature conditions. It’s the dedicated logistics experts who help pharma and life science companies to bring their product on the way.