Article | May 9, 2013

Shipping Specifications Are NOT Stability Data

Source: ShockWatch
Shockwatch

Pharmaceutical shippers are too cautious. That’s the verdict from regulatory experts and pharmaceutical logistics providers.

The specific problem is the disconnect between stability data and shipping specifications. Company researchers typically have detailed information regarding the stability of products and advanced compounds, but that information may not be transmitted to the logistics department. Instead, logistics personnel are told to ship products within an ideal, temperature range – frequently 2°C to 8°C. That range becomes the shipping specification.