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Transporting Pharmaceuticals Safely – Credihealth Blog


We all know that shipping and postage can be a little tricky. There are all kinds of delays that could crop up, your parcel could be damaged, or – worst of all – your parcel could go missing altogether. 

This is annoying, but usually, we can get it sorted out. If your Amazon package is a bit late, you probably won’t die. 

When it comes to transporting pharmaceutical products, however, it’s a different story altogether. Late shipping, damaged parcels, and extremes in temperature can mean ruined medicines and lives in danger. 

So, if you’re planning to transport pharmaceutical products or something else equally fragile, here’s what you need to know. 

The Basics of Transporting Pharmaceuticals 

If you’re transporting something like medicine or pharmaceuticals, you can’t just toss the parcels in the back of a truck and merrily drive across state/country lines. No, there are rules you need to follow, and if you don’t, you can lose your shipment, one way or the other. 

Here are the absolute basics for successfully transporting a load of pharmaceutical products. 

  • Work with a good shipping partner. 

If you’re not going to be the one physically loading and transporting the products, choose a shipping partner that you trust. This person needs to get the shipment to its destination on time, intact, and without breaking any laws. 

Transporting something you aren’t permitted to take across the borders – or transporting it illegally – will get your shipment confiscated. You might also get a fine or some other punishment. You might need to have vehicles with a certain design or particular equipment. Your personnel might need to hold certain qualifications, and you will certainly need to keep records. 

  • Prepare the correct paperwork and other requirements. 

You may well need to produce certain forms or licenses, depending on your shipment. This ties in nicely with the previous point of knowing the law properly. If you arrive at border control without the proper documents, you won’t be able to get through. You might also need to carry certain documents at all times. 

  • Label your products – or else. 

Medicines need to be correctly labeled. This includes information on allergy advice, directions for taking the product, warnings,  its purpose, its ingredients, its name, and more. If your products aren’t correctly labeled, you will not be able to sell the products. 

  • Keep the shipment temperature controlled. 

When it comes to transporting pharmaceutical products, the clock starts to tick as soon as they leave the lab. Keeping the products in a temperature-controlled environment for all of the product’s journey is essential.

Who To Trust?

So, is there anyone you can trust to work with you on pharmaceutical logistics and distribution? Fortunately, yes. Some couriers specialize in transporting pharmaceutical products. 

These companies are familiar with the laws and have the correct vehicles and equipment to keep your products safe. While you need to do your research and check that what they can offer matches up with what you need, pharmaceutical couriers are generally the best option for getting your products from A to B.

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