Pharmaceutical warehousing involves physical movement of medicinal stock in and out of a medical store warehouse. Also, it ensures the constant flow and availability of essential quality health commodities in a timely and cost-efficient manner and appropriate quantities through the supply chain system.
A major pharmaceutical warehousing challenge involves these “appropriate storage conditions.” Different drugs can have vastly different requirements in terms of temperature, humidity, and lighting. The warehousing provider must ensure that the storage of each drug is in line with its specific requirements defined by the manufacturer. 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.
Warehousing management in the pharmaceutical industry has its own place of unique rules that have to be adhered to, in order to stock, pick, and ship product in a method that conforms to the many regulations that the market sector demands.
Selecting a Warehousing Partner
When looking for a logistics provider to handle a pharmaceutical warehousing operation, there are plenty of things to look for. In addition to the CGMPs listed above, a prospective logistics partner should be able to demonstrate the following:
The facility should be clean and have adequate space for storage that also allows for maintenance, and inspection. It should have adequate lighting, ventilation, and environmental conditions for the drugs being stored. There should also be a quarantine area for drugs that have expired or otherwise can no longer be used.
The facility’s security systems and processes – both inside and outside – must be able to prevent unauthorized entry and protect against theft.
Drugs without specific storage requirements should be stored at “controlled room temperature” (according to the FDA).
The provider’s inventory and WMS systems must be able to provide visibility into product location.
The logistics partner must be able to provide written documentation of policies and procedures as well as inventories and distribution.
Top leading companies operating in this research are
Alloga, Bio Pharma Logisics, Rhenus SE and Co. KG, Hanse Service Intern. Fachspedition GmbH, ADAllen Pharma, WH BOWKER LTD, Pulleyn Transport Ltd, TIBA, Schenker AG, CEVA Logistics, Kuehne + Nagel International AG, DACHSER Group SE and Co. KG