Airlines boost temp-control services

Airlines' management of temperature-controlled pharmaceutical shipments is increasing dramatically.

But you have to be thorough in investigating cargo handling services, including not just warehouse management but also warehouse to plane and back again, says Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Packaging Sourcer magazine. "A good program will entail regular monitoring of ambient temperatures experienced by shipments in the warehouses and on the ramp. A really good program will track those monitoring points, plus aircraft cargo bay temperatures, down to the aircraft tail number and loading position onboard the aircraft," writes Mark Mohr of Continental Airlines Cargo.

In addition, expanded regulations from the International Air Transport Association can serve as a guide for airlines working to develop healthcare-product-handling capabilities. "The IATA has elevated self-regulation to an art form," writes Mohr, "by getting out in front of government entities."

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