Background: The biologic drug market continues to outpace the traditional chemical-based drug market – estimates suggest a $100 - $120 Billion market in 2010, representing an annual grow rate in excess of 10%. As the growth in the biologic market continues to outpace the traditional chemical-based market – cold chain continues to be an increasingly important component of the global pharmaceutical supply chain. The growth in the biologic-based drug market has created increased awareness of the global regulatory and standards-based guidance for the storage, handling, and distribution of temperature sensitive medicinal products. Biologic drugs, including vaccines, are temperature sensitive and require special handling to mitigate the variability often found in later-stages of distribution.
Setting:This presentation will review the regulatory trends and industry best practices for the storage, handling, and distribution of vaccines. The presenters will evaluate the use of temperature indicators for the “last mile” of distribution. The benefits and challenges faced when incorporating temperature indicators into a temperature monitoring program will be explored. And, the importance of applying a risk-based approach to decrease cold chain variability thus ensuring product quality and patient safety will be explored.
Population: Vaccine distribution market
Project Description: Evaluation of good cold chain management practices for the storage, handling, and distribution of temperature-sensitive medicinal products.
Results/Lessons Learned: A thorough review of risk mitigation strategies for cold chain distribution. Henry Ames, Director of Strategic MarketingHenry Ames joined Sensitech in 2004 as the director of strategic marketing. He focuses on global market analysis and strategic marketing initiatives for the Life Science Vertical. Prior to Sensitech, he was a principal at Megunticook Management, a venture capital firm in