Following the lead of freight carriers and logistics providers, IT vendors are targeting the growing need for cold storage and transport. In at least one case, vendors are delivering a one-two punch in the form of cold chain management coupled with track-and-trace systems for establishing drug pedigree.
Axway, among others, is working to capitalize on the data-gathering and transmitting capabilities of its solutions in the cold chain environment, reports Pharmaceutical Commerce. For vaccine and biologics manufacturers, end-to-end visibility may well be the holy grail of their regulatory affairs officers and supply chain managers. Aggregated data to provide such visibility would allow for making in-transit adjustments that could protect shipments.
In fact, temperature control and product flow visibility are two of the big three risk areas for healthcare supply chain managers, says a report in Industry Week. The third, of course, is fuel costs.