How to Keep Pharmaceutical Drugs Secure During Travel

Written by Wall Street News on September 23, 2016. Posted in Bottle filling companies, Clinical trial material supply, Serialisation

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Ensuring that medical supplies and pharmaceutical drugs are properly transported and kept safe the entire time is incredibly important to the integrity of not only the sending manufacturer and receiving store, it also says a lot about the transportation company. However, unfortunately, it’s not possible to make 100% sure that every single person hired at all three points is going to be suitable and honest. The traveling part of the process is the most dangerous as far as keeping drugs safe and secure. There are a lot of things that work together to make sure that any negative activity is caught. Here are just some of the ways that drugs and supplies are protected during their transportation period.

E-pedigree Serialisation
An e-pedigree serialisation which is also called an electronic pedigree, is a type of electronic document that is used to give data regarding a particular collection of a drug. There is a requirement for a drug pedigree so an e-pedigree serialisation satisfies that requirement conveniently. It usually is a simple statement that includes every previous sale, purchase or trade of the particular drug as well as the date of the transactions and the names and addresses of all parties that were involved. This helps in the security process for pharmaceutical packaging companies.

Medical Packaging Techniques
Different types of blister packaging is used to seal drugs and supplies. This not only keeps out contaminants and problematic debris and dust, but also ensure security to the supplies. If a package is opened along the way, it is going to be very obvious. Once a blister package is opened, there is no way to put it back together in the exact same fashion as before. So, if someone tries to switch out the drugs or steal some, then it will be very obvious to the receiving company that the product has been tampered with. These products cannot be sold of course and must be tested again to ensure that it was not the fault of sloppy packaging. If it is found out that someone along the way has tried to open the product, then action must be taken.

Exact Records
Because the transportation of products has been going on a long time, it is possible to track the movement of the transport down to the second. If there are any delays, the sender and receiver must be informed and the information verified. There are people constantly tracking the movement of the transport in order to make sure that no delays hold it back. If the information of a delay report turns out to be fraudulent, you can almost be sure that there is some sort of stealing going on regarding the products. If a shipment arrives late and there is no explanation for the time frame, that will raise suspicion and the transporting company will be held liable until everything is checked and confirmed.

Unknown Product
Often times, a transporter does not know what they are transporting. Those who need to know in the transportation company will be informed but the actual drivers and shippers are often not told. This helps to keep the risk down but if something does happen it is easier to pinpoint who was involved because only a handful of people were even aware of the shipment. The only problem with that is when transporters are not told what they are transporting, they will assume that is it high priority and expensive and/or important and any unscrupulous activity could ensue. However, one of the other security measures is likely to catch them before anything terrible happens.

Transportation is one of the most riskiest times for products. There are a lot of steps and measures that are taken to ensure that the product is delivered safely from movement tracking to e-pedigree serialisation. Everything works together to keep consumers safe. This really is the main priority for a sending company. They need to make sure that their product is going to arrive untouched to the receiving store. This is the only way that they are going to get paid. Should something get stolen or tampered with, the sender is out of money, not the receiver. However, both companies work together to ensure security and safety at all times during the transport.

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