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Choosing the Right Service to Transport Pharmaceuticals

For pharmaceutical manufacturers transportation is considered the weakest link in the supply chain. This is because once the products leave the manufacturing plant they are put in the hands of a third party and producers lose control of their goods. If you take into account the high value of these products, above all considering the importance of affecting the health of people, producers of pharmaceuticals need to feel confident about the service transport companies can offer them.

Pharmaceuticals are high value products that frequently have transportation requirements like speed of delivery, special handling and/or temperature control to maintain their effectiveness. Vaccines, for example, are sensitive biological substances that with time lose their potency, and thus their ability to give protection against diseases. This could happen even more quickly if they are exposed to higher temperatures. In order to maintain their quality, they must be continuously stored at the appropriate temperature from the time they are manufactured up until the moment of use. Once they lose their potency, they can not give protection against the target disease and may become life threatening. If you can not provide the proof of quality, then you could possibly be held liable.


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By Roger Curfs, Senior Marketing Specialist and Business Analyst at FedEx Custom Critical

Roger Curfs is Senior Marketing Specialist and Business Analyst at FedEx Custom Critical, an operating subsidiary of FedEx Corporation. Roger joined FedEx Custom Critical in May 2000 as a Business Analyst.

In February 2001 he was appointed Senior Marketing Specialist. In this position he is responsible for the marketing and sales support for FedEx Custom Critical, Europe. Among other projects, he has been co-responsible for creating Europe's web-based track and trace service. Roger is a graduate of the University of Maastricht and has a degree in Business Economics, with a specialisation in Marketing.

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