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Handle with Care

Catizone states, “When you are in the business of creating lifesaving drugs, the mundane detail of shipping logistics is not usually the first concern that springs to mind.

“The biopharmaceutical industry, by its very nature, is one in which underlying business operations are often perceived as secondary to the higher calling of treating or even curing some of the most devastating diseases on earth. But ensuring that clinical samples reach their destination safely, securely, and at the right temperature is just as crucial as any element of the drug discovery process (1).”

Medical laboratory and clinical personnel have always needed to transport biological samples from the patient source, between clinics and laboratories for centralised testing in clinical trials. However, a growing number of trial projects are now being performed on a global scale, with activity significantly increasing in developing countries, particularly Asian and Latin American locations (2).

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Sue Fletcher is a BSc Hons graduate with a number of years’ experience working in research labs. Having attained the necessary standard on a Civil Aviation Authority-Approved course, Sue is certified in the Carriage of Diagnostic and Infectious Substances by Air and provides advice and training seminars across the country on UN3373 Dangerous Goods Packaging.
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