Cold chain is top issue for pharma

Miami, USA: Temperature control is the hottest topic in the life sciences and healthcare supply chain, according to DHL.

DHL Supply Chain polled attendees at its Global Life Sciences & Healthcare Conference in Miami and temperature control and the cold chain emerged as the number one issue for over 75% of conference attendees.

DHL said: “This has also been the number one issue for the last three years, confirming just how critical logistics is to the life sciences and healthcare industry. The integrity of the product is everything and maintaining, controlling, and monitoring the temperature of products through to their point of delivery – wherever that may be – is where the supply chain adds the most value for many of our customers today and also where it faces the greatest challenges and complexity.

“Temperature-controlled products are growing twice as fast as other products in the pharma market. 75% of biopharma and up to 15% of all vaccines, samples, and diagnostic tools require cold chain transportation. With the rise in biopharma, the emergence of therapies that require cryogenic conditions, and the continued global growth of clinical trials, particularly in emerging markets, the need to invest in cold chain and temperature-control solutions is sure to continue.”

Other concerns in the top 10 included supply chain resilience; sustainability and a green supply chain; network optimisation and distribution centre consolidation and digitalisation of supply chains and data analytics.

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