Understanding Pharmaceutical Warehousing

According to the Mayo Clinic, 71% of Americans take at least one prescription drug. These drugs can have life-saving or even life-saving benefits. However, quality and potency must be maintained from the point of production to consumption. To ensure that these drugs are safe and in optimal condition, great care must be taken across the supply chain.

Therefore, pharmaceutical warehousing is more than just the storage of products. It preserves the integrity and safety of drugs that have a significant impact on the well-being of millions of Americans.

Information about Pharmaceutical Warehousing

Pharmaceuticals have strict regulations from the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA’s industry standards are known as Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMPs) or “Good Manufacturing Practice” (GMP) standards. These standards apply to the healthcare logistics companies, processes, and drugs.

The following CGMPs are related to warehousing:

  • To prevent contamination of drugs, they must be kept safe and properly positioned so that inspection and cleaning can be done.
  • Every lot of drug products should be identified by a unique (and traceable code) and must also be identified as to their status (approved, rejected, quarantined, or in-process).
  • The distribution process must be described in writing. These procedures include recall procedures.
  • Written procedures should describe the proper storage conditions for each drug.

This is a major problem in pharmaceutical warehousing. Different drugs have different storage requirements. Each drug must be stored by the manufacturer’s requirements. This can involve temperature-controlled warehousing and/or climate-controlled warehousing space – both of which require state-of-the-art control and monitoring equipment to keep the space within specific environmental parameters.

  • Temperature-controlled space requires sophisticated control and monitoring equipment to ensure that the temperature of the facility stays within very specific parameters.
  • Climate-controlled space controls and monitors the temperature as well as the humidity.

Choose a Warehousing Partner

There are many things you should look for when looking for a logistics partner to manage a pharmaceutical warehouse operation. A potential logistics partner must be able to demonstrate the following in addition to the CGMPs mentioned above:

  • It should be clean, have enough storage space that allows inspection and maintenance, and be easy to maintain. The facility should provide adequate lighting, ventilation, and other environmental conditions to store the drugs. A quarantine area should be provided for expired drugs or drugs that are not able to be used.
  • Security systems and processes must be capable of preventing unauthorized entry to the facility and protecting against theft.
  • According to FDA, drugs that do not have specific storage requirements should be kept at “controlled temperature”
  • Provider inventory and WMS systems should be able to provide visibility into product locations.
  • Logistics partners must be able to provide written documentation regarding policies and procedures, inventories, and distribution.

Logistics for Pharmaceutical Warehousing

Kanban provides climate-controlled storage at fully-RF-enabled warehouses located in Plymouth and Rocky Mount (NC), with traceability down to the lot level. These services are only available to a few eastern North Carolina logistics providers.

Kanban is FDA-registered and follows all CGMP regulations. Kanban also undergoes voluntary audits by the FDA as well as new clients during the onboarding process. Kanban is also ISO-9001:2015-certified which allows us to consistently deliver quality to our customers, while continually optimizing performance across the board.

There are two types of the pharmaceutical industry: one that makes equipment, and another that makes compounds or drugs. Storage of components and/or ingredients is a priority from both sides. For drugs, compounds need to be stored in temperature-controlled spaces to avoid any kind of contamination or deterioration. The healthcare industry is closely linked to the pharmaceutical industry. As such, the demand for equipment and testing equipment is constantly on the rise. The COVID-19 situation suggests that the pandemic could be around for some time. Companies around the world are racing to develop effective test kits and a possible cure. However, many other illnesses and diseases require attention. The growth of the pharmaceutical sector is a sure sign that this is a positive. IBEF predicts that India’s pharmaceutical industry will grow to US$ 100 Billion by 2025, while the market for medical devices will grow to US$ 25 Billion by 2025.

About the Author: Brandon Ward

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