When it comes to the transit of pharmaceuticals, public safety is of paramount importance. CoolKit explains how they have helped client AAH win an industry award for technical excellence.
In 2016 CoolKit secured a deal for 900 temperature controlled Ford Transit conversions for AAH. The conversion, named the PharmaVan II, won the Technical Excellence Award at the Motor Transport Awards 2016.
With 3,800 employees and 20 locations across the UK over a suite of subsidiaries and brands, AAH is the nation’s leading distributor of pharmaceutical and healthcare products and services to pharmacies, hospitals and doctors.
“Our fleet will be the most technologically advanced pharmaceutical vans on the road, having been built exclusively for AAH by CoolKit to ensure product is delivered within GDP 2013 guidelines. At AAH we strive to innovate and provide the best service we can to our customers. Our new state of the art fleet of PharmaVans does just that, enabling us to deliver an enhanced pharmaceutical distribution service without compromises. The temperature controlled vans are born out of AAH’s commitment and determination to excel in delivering an exceptional first class, reliable service, providing customers with the best in pharmaceutical distribution so that they can meet the needs of their own communities.”Steve Anderson, AAH Pharmaceuticals
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The quality and the integrity of medical products can be affected by a lack of adequate control of temperature, hygiene and security.
In 2013 the European Commission published guidelines on Good Distribution Practice (GDP) of medical products for human use in the form of a Commission Guideline (2013/C 343/01). CoolKit understands the importance of uniformity of the temperature in the load area and has vast experience dealing with the requirements of these complex standards, which are managed in the UK by the MHRA.
Steve Anderson, Operations Director at Celesio UK, AAH Pharmaceuticals’ parent company, spoke when the contract was signed. He said:
“Our fleet will be the most technologically advanced pharmaceutical vans on the road, having been built exclusively for AAH by CoolKit to ensure product is delivered within GDP 2013 guidelines. The temperature controlled vans are born out of AAH’s commitment and determination to excel in delivering an exceptional first class, reliable service, providing customers with the best in pharmaceutical distribution so that they can meet the needs of their own communities.”
Each PharmaVan II vehicle is fitted with a Seven Telematics Transcan unit linked to the SevenEye portal, allowing drivers to constantly monitor the temperature of the fridge, which is maintained between 2 & 8 degrees, and the cargo area, between 8 & 25 degrees.
The fridge and cargo area, which are independent of each other, continue to operate while the driver makes deliveries ensuring no deviation of temperature. Each vehicle comes with a full reporting suite and key AAH personnel are able to track the vehicle’s every movement as the driver is on the road.
Temperatures can automatically be logged with real temperature recording, which is visible to the AAH branch and distribution network, and an audible alarm will be triggered, and group email alert generated, if there is any deviation of temperature. An alert notification has also been added which will signal when the doors to the cargo area are open. The vehicle has additional security features comprising of six CCTV cameras which provide a safe and secure environment for the products, the drivers and the public, live GPS vehicle positioning and GSM connectivity.
After discussing specific requirements with clients, CoolKit produce CAD visualisations of their products prior to production. This allows the customer to see the mass, dimension and overall specification to ensure optimum productivity. CoolKit’s refrigerated vehicle conversions are renowned for their light weight, durability, versatility and strength, which provides customers with the highest payload and most reliable performance throughout the vehicle lifetime. CoolKit conversions have also been validated by an unrivalled combination of ISO Standard Certifications and vehicle manufacturer Approvals and Accreditations.