Good Distribution Practice – Cold Chain Safety First

Good Distribution Practice (GDP) – legislation that ensures the continuity of the cold chain when transporting pharmaceuticals – is in place to protect the consumers of the products, but also those delivering them.

Any drugs kept outside of the temperature range specified on the product will degrade, making them less effective and potentially harmful.

Pharmaceutical Distribution – Safety First

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The legislation, which is already in force, applies to wholesalers delivering to pharmacies and MHRA inspectors who can visit multiple depot sites and make multiple visits, and can arrive unannounced.

As the leading refrigerated vehicle conversion company, we are experts when it comes to GDP. Over time we have developed a rigorous design that maintains and monitors temperatures within pharmaceutical vehicles.

Monitoring should include how long the drugs have been out of temperature range, whether the load has been quarantined; if the manufacturer has been contacted for advice, and whether the drugs have been destroyed. All of these points will be monitored by the MHRA audit to ensure companies comply.

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Each vehicle we convert undergoes temperature mapping and monitoring to find areas more susceptible to low and high temperatures and probes are placed in these areas. A recording device is used to monitor the temperatures where these probes are located and alert the driver and other relevant parties.

As well as the conversion of a van, there are a number of measures that can be introduced to improve efficiencies. To reduce the loss of cool air, PVC curtains and CurtAir can be fitted to the load space entrance. Both of these options work as effective climate separations, keeping the cool air in and the warm air out. Both have their advantages and benefits and, in most cases, it comes down to customer preference on which one to have fitted on the vehicle.

Each load can hold hundreds or possibly thousands of pounds worth of drugs and many vehicles are required to carry controlled drugs. We provide a range of lockable solutions such as drawers and units to ensure these items are stored securely.

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Many of our pharmaceutical vehicles are also fitted with both internal and external cameras. This is to ensure both the protection of the products, and also the driver. For example, AAH Pharmaceuticals vehicles are fitted with cameras on each side of the vehicle which are monitored to ensure the driver is safe, cameras facing forward for collisions, and a camera on the driver. There is also a camera in the load space. Panic buttons are also installed in the vehicle so they can be pushed in the event of an emergency.

To discuss your pharmaceutical van requirements, contact CoolKit today on 0845 459 5418 or email us at You can also follow us on Twitter @CoolKitLtd for the latest news, offers and blogs.

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