The pharmaceutical sector is one of our fastest growing markets. To achieve a trusted reputation, We prides ourselves on asking potential clients the right questions to ensure that the refrigerated vehicle is built to meet their needs.
Unfortunately, GDP guidelines do not provide a tick list of things you need to consider when transporting medicines. They do however outline the actions and measures you have to take to adhere to the strict temperature conditions required.
Here are our top 10 things to consider to ensure you comply with the GDP regulations:
1. Who it applies to. GDP legislation applies to the transport of drugs from the place of manufacture to pharmacies. It does not yet cover the transportation of drugs from pharmacies to end users.
2. Different drugs require different storage conditions. Check the manufacturer’s advice and select your transportation method based on this. Controlled and non-controlled drugs have different requirements.
3. Think about the journey. Time, length, contingency planning, weather and multi-drop deliveries are all questions that will determine the type of refrigeration unit required, and the configuration of the vehicle. Solutions to minimise the loss of cool air may also be required – such as PVC curtains or Curtair. We can also create bespoke solutions, depending on the client’s specific needs.
4. The use of transit storage – some items may require chilling, rather than an ambient temperature. This can be achieved through the use of a refrigerated compartment, such as the Melform insulated containers within an otherwise ambient vehicle.
5. Temperature mapping and monitoring of the vehicle – we can install probes in the parts of the vehicle more susceptible to high or low temperatures, which trigger alarms if the temperature is out of range.
6. Air circulation – How the vehicle is loaded and unloaded will have an impact on the air circulation.
7. Security of both the load and the driver. To improve security, include a lockable drawer or compartment for controlled drugs. To protect the driver, we recommend panic buttons and cameras mounted both internally and externally, sending live feeds to a control room.
8. Cleanliness – The load area should be easy to clean and hygienic. CoolKit use hard-wearing gel coated resin flooring to address this need, or an anti-slip material – depending on requirements.
9. Driver training – we recommend cameras mounted internally to monitor driver behaviour. They also offer protection and live updates about the vehicle and its whereabouts.
10. Mixed consignments and the risk of contamination – Companies need to review their procedure for drugs that have gone out of temperature range. These should be quarantined or segregated and the distributor and recipient should be informed.
To discuss your needs, contact our today on 0845 459 5418 or come and see us at The CV Show taking place on the 24-26 April at the NEC Birmingham, where we will be showing the new Volkswagen Crafter converted into a high-specification pharmaceutical refrigerated vehicle.