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Knowledge is Power

Maintaining an acceptable temperature range is vital for the successful shipping of thousands of different types of temperaturesensitive drugs and medical items. There is now a wide range of insulated packaging technology available to ensure these pharmaceuticals arrive at their destination with their integrity intact, but choosing the right solution for a particular application can be problematic when there are so many options available.

To complicate matters further, there is more information available than ever before, in the form of standards, regulations and guidelines. Virtually every region and organisation, from the Parenteral Drug Association to the World Health Organization, has something to say on the matter. However, in each case, the guidance offered is generic in its nature, making it difficult to apply to a specific product or operation.

By far the best way to overcome this problem is to gather as much information on the needs of the application in hand as possible. With a thorough understanding of the drug’s requirements and the kinds of conditions that can be expected en route, a solution can be found that firstly protects its contents effectively, and secondly meets the necessary regulatory requirements.

This level of understanding is particularly important in the case of passive cooling systems (as opposed to electrically powered and controlled active systems). This article will lay out the areas for consideration in a logical order that will make it considerably easier to find the right solution for a specific application.


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Geraint Thomas graduated from Brunel University in 1996 with a BSc (First Class Honours) in Industrial Product Design. After working as a board game engineer for Hasbro toys, he joined Laminar Medica in 1998 as a packaging development technologist with responsibility for packaging solutions and qualification packages for insulated shipper design. Now employed as Technical Director, Geraint has been instrumental in realising Laminar Medica’s development programme.
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