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Practical guidelines: cold chain for medicines.

Author(s) : AFF, SFSTP

Type of monograph: Guide/Handbook


This book is the English version of the French book (see the Bulletin of the IIR, reference 2009-0463) published in 2008 by AFF and the SFSTP (French Society of pharmaceutical Techniques and Sciences). It aims to present the current state of knowledge in the fields concerned. Temperature-controlled transport and storage of pharmaceuticals is expanding greatly. The technological evolution of the pharmaceutical industry results in the emergence of new temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products on the market. This essentially concerns vaccines, anti-cancer and anti-diabetes drugs, blood and biotechnology derivatives. Besides, the distribution networks are becoming longer, more diversified and more complex, in particular because of the exiting of these products from hospital reserves and the globalisation of their production sites. Extract from the table of contents: theory (thermodynamics and effects of temperatures on medicines; heat transfer and thermal characterisation of materials); resources (logistics, packaging, transport and storage means; measuring means and traceability); implementation (management of tools; controls). In the appendices: glossary; legal and contractual aspects; list of reference documents; list of links and addresses; units of measurement and quantities measured; abbreviations and acronyms; list of members of the Commission.