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The Quest for an Unbroken Cool Chain

According to The World Health Organization (WHO), a quarter of all vaccines transported by air cargo will not give the intended protection because of broken or inefficient cool chains. The UK Medicines Control Agency backs up the WHO's findings, and states that 25 per cent of all serious deficiencies recorded by official medicine inspectors auditing pharmaceutical wholesale distributors in the UK were related to the control and monitoring of storage and transit temperatures.

These are startling and worrying statistics that can cost lives. Leading pharmaceutical companies invest hundreds of millions of dollars in order to research, develop and patent new products. It's a process that takes an average of eight to ten years from start to finish. Until recently, however, the transportation of their products by air cargo was far less sophisticated. Broken cool chains represent a significant cost to the pharmaceutical industry in terms of product integrity and performance. They can result in reduced product effectiveness, shorter shelf life, and even become potentially life threatening. However, there is no excuse for poor performance. Proven temperature control solutions are now readily available, the result of extensive research, development, investment and consultation with the pharmaceutical industry.


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By Lars Skarke, CEO of Envirotainer
Lars Skarke has founded and developed various companies over the last 30 years. In 1993 he entered the air cargo business, becoming part owner of Frigotainer, a company manufacturing insulated air cargo containers. As CEO, Lars has guided the company - now under the name Envirotainer - in its development as a provider of air cargo temperature management, with state-of-the-art temperature-controlled containers, a global logistic solution and temperature management know-how. .

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