Dr. Umit Kartoglu, VVM author and WHO scientist

Overcoming Logistical Challenges for Distributing COVID-19 Vaccines

Scholarly article explores solutions for ensuring ‘last mile’ efficacy of critical COVID-19 vaccines once they become available in shipping to ensure wide distribution and minimize wastage. Introduction by Umit Kartoglu, MD, DPH ... Read More
PQ performance qualification packout evaluation for specialty pharmacy medication shipments

Summer is Coming – Now is the Time to Start Planning for Biannual PPQ Testing

In late 2019, URAC revised its standards for specialty and mail-order pharmacies, including new requirements around PQ testing. Learn more about the phases and process of PQ testing ... Read More
Temperature monitoring of pharmacy medication distribution

Central Pharmacies and Drug Supply Chain Management

An essential part of delivering quality patient care is making sure that medication remains within the appropriate temperature range to maintain its efficacy ... Read More
URAC v 4.0 is Here – Changes to Performance Qualification Testing

URAC v 4.0 is Here – Changes to Performance Qualification Testing

URAC v 4.0 has expanded on requirements around Performance Qualification (PQ) testing. Read more about the two key differences that may affect your medication shipment practices ... Read More
Medical products being boxed up on a conveyor belt

The Impact of Poor Handling of Temperature-Sensitive Medications

This collection of articles focuses on the impact of “poor handling” on temperature-sensitive medications and biologic products in the hospital or pharmacy, during transport and in patients’ homes ... Read More
Thermal Profile Summer Packout Specialty Medications

Thermal Shipping Technologies: The Cold Hard Facts

Heat/Summer and Cold/Winter testing performed by an independent lab on the five most commonly used packaging technologies for specialty pharmacies medication shipments reveals possible gaps in the cold chain ... Read More
Zebra Technologies to Acquire Temptime Corporation

Zebra Technologies to Acquire Temptime Corporation

Zebra Technologies Corporation announced January 28, 2019 that it intends to acquire Temptime, advancing Zebra's integration of smart supplies into their Enterprise Asset Intelligence vision ... Read More
AIM & GS1 Introduce New Technical Specification

AIM & GS1 Introduce New Technical Specification

New sensor technical specification will provide universal method to interpret temperature threshold sensors, enhancing supply chain management and logistics ... Read More
Safeguarding the Integrity of Medications: Shipping Matters

Safeguarding the Integrity of Medications: Shipping Matters

In this white paper authored by USSC Pharmacist in Charge, Marlette Oelofsen, CSP, learn more about the testing performed and processes implemented for USSC's temperature sensitive medication shipments. Best practices are shared to assist other specialty pharmacies evaluating their own operations ... Read More
Medication Temperature Monitoring Tools

Medication Temperature Monitoring Tools

"With specialty pharmacy marking a growing component of community pharmacies’ business, inventory monitoring — particularly for specialty medications .. is becoming an added stressor for pharmacists." Hear more from Christopher Caulfield in this Q & A ... Read More
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