In pur­suit of un­bro­ken cold chain

Agility In­dia or­ga­nized a one of its kind in­dus­try sum­mit on Cold Chain ded­i­cated to the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal and life sci­ences sec­tor, their chal­lenges and achiev­ing ob­jec­tive so­lu­tions through col­lab­o­ra­tion, aware­ness, ed­u­ca­tion, and im­ple­men­ta­tion of tech­nol

Maritime Gateway - - Contents - By Sisir Prad­han

Agility In­dia or­ga­nized a one of its kind in­dus­try sum­mit on Cold Chain ded­i­cated to the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal and life sci­ences sec­tor, their chal­lenges and achiev­ing ob­jec­tive so­lu­tions through col­lab­o­ra­tion, aware­ness, ed­u­ca­tion, and im­ple­men­ta­tion of tech­nol­ogy and best prac­tice.

When it comes to life sav­ing drugs stor­age, tem­per­a­ture plays a crit­i­cal role in pre­serv­ing the medicines. Keep­ing this as­pect in mind Agility In­dia con­ducted ‘The Un-bro­ken Cold Chain event’ on Jan­uary 31 in Hy­der­abad to bring stake­hold­ers un­der one plat­form to dis­cuss cold chain re­lated chal­lenges for the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try and the strat­egy to fix the gaps. A panel dis­cus­sion was mod­er­ated by Satish Lakkaraju, COO, Agility In­dia. Other mem­bers of the panel were Shanker Iyer, Head of Cargo (Africa, Mid­dle East & In­dia), Swiss World Cargo In­dia; He­manth DP, COO (Aero Com­mer­cial, Cargo), GMR Air­ports; Ryan Vie­gas, Head of Lo­gis­tics

(Asia Pa­cific), Teva Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals; Dr. Ravi Mathur, Se­nior Di­rec­tor, SCM -Head of Lo­gis­tics and Cen­tral Plan­ning, Dr. Reddy’s; Masa­nari Arai, Founder & CEO, Kii Cor­po­ra­tion; Lau­rence Ja­cobi, Cargo Man­ager (Andhra Pradesh & Te­lan­gana), Emi­rates Air­line; and Eric ten Kate, Vice Pres­i­dent, Global Life Science, Agility.

Ex­cerpts from the de­lib­er­a­tions:

He­manth DP: The Pharma Zone at Ra­jiv Gandhi In­ter­na­tional Air­port (RGIA), Hy­der­abad is In­dia’s first pharma ter­mi­nal, and it serves only phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts with fa­cil­i­ties like hu­mid­ity con­trol, truck dock, and Cus­toms ex­am­i­na­tion within the tem­per­a­ture con­trolled area. But many times cargo was moved in open trucks from pro­duc­tion unit to the air­port which doesn’t serve the pur­pose of mov­ing cargo in uni­form tem­per­a­ture, re­sult­ing in re­jec­tion of con­sign­ment. In a bid to stop cargo move­ment in open truck, tem­per­a­ture con­trolled ULDS are on of­fer. Other ini­tia­tives in un­bro­ken cold chain were se­cur­ing the WHO GSDP Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for the Pharma Zone and pro­vi­sion of a large tun­nel X-ray ma­chine to screen full size ULDS. The air­port will have cool dol­lies in the near fu­ture to move tem­per­a­ture sen­si­tive ship­ments and the truck dock will be ex­panded. The air­port now has over 1,000 air freighter move­ments, and it looks to han­dle 140,000 tonnes of cargo in the cur­rent year, and there is a mas­ter plan to in­crease cargo han­dling ca­pac­ity to 1 mil­lion tonne. Cargo ter­mi­nal will have sep­a­rate ter­mi­nals for per­ish­ables, ex­press cargo, pack house, and a lo­gis­tics park. This is the only air­port in In­dia to have a FTZ. The air­port also has an aerospace and multi-prod­uct SEZ. A ma­jor phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany is con­struct­ing a fac­tory to gen­er­ate about 2,50,000 tonne of cargo from next year, to be ex­ported to the US and Europe. To ad­dress large size parcels which can’t be fit­ted into scan­ners, ship­pers need to de­pute Reg­u­lated Agents at their premises who can cer­tify and built large size units.

Masa­nari Arai: Kii pro­vides IOT

plat­form that helps to find so­lu­tions to var­i­ous prob­lems at a much faster pace and cheaper rate. It helps to im­prove ex­ist­ing ser­vices for a user lead­ing to bet­ter rev­enues. An ex­port con­sign­ment passes through var­i­ous in­ter­me­di­aries and the IOT plat­form keeps all stake­hold­ers in­formed via a dash­board about crit­i­cal in­for­ma­tion in real time like lo­ca­tion of the pack­age and the stor­age tem­per­a­ture. For ex­am­ple, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal ex­porters face chal­lenge of spike in tem­per­a­ture be­cause many times han­dling staff for­get to close the con­tainer doors. In such case the IOT plat­form can raise an alarm when­ever con­tainer doors are left open. As a re­sult the users can find so­lu­tions on their own. It helps to col­lect data, an­a­lyze and im­prove ser­vices.

Agility has started us­ing the

Kii IOT plat­form on trial ba­sis at Hy­der­abad and Mum­bai to track con­sign­ments. An­other stake holder at the event was Al­gor Supply Chain So­lu­tions, which is the truck­ing part­ner for Agility.

Viren­dra Chaud­hary, Di­rec­tor, Al­gor: Al­gor is more fo­cused into vac­ci­na­tion dis­tri­bu­tion, trans­porta­tion of for­mu­la­tions, in­ter­me­di­ates, and APIS. The com­pany pro­vides ser­vices at most of the pharma SEZS and nearby air­ports in In­dia. It of­fers the op­tion to users to keep track of Gps-en­abled con­sign­ment lo­ca­tion and tem­per­a­ture through mo­bile phone.

Udit Man­gal, Busi­ness

Man­ager- Health­care, Pluss Ad­vanced Tech­nolo­gies: De­spite the ad­vance­ment in tech­nol­ogy glob­ally 25 per cent of medicines are wasted. The avail­able tech­nolo­gies in tem­per­a­ture con­trolled pack­ag­ing are ei­ther com­plex or in­ef­fec­tive or ex­pen­sive. The aim of the com­pany was to de­velop de­vice which are ef­fec­tive to at­tain the goal of un­bro­ken cold chain by pro­vid­ing about 120 hrs of tem­per­a­ture con­trolled stor­age. The com­pany dis­played Cel­sure boxes which are de­signed to op­er­ate in trop­i­cal cli­mate con­di­tion in In­dia.

Af­ter the pre­sen­ta­tions, Satish Lakkaraju mod­er­ated a panel dis­cus­sion on ‘The Un­bro­ken Cold Chain’. Lakkaraju in­formed the gath­er­ing that there are fu­ture plans to start sim­i­lar in­dus­try ini­tia­tives in Mum­bai to ad­dress chal­lenges faced by ocean freighters. He said the ini­tia­tive is more ef­fec­tive to ad­dress the is­sues faced by the stake­holder as it is an in­dus­try ini­ti­ated event. The ob­jec­tive was to bring to­gether all part­ners in the cold supply chain to dis­cuss chal­lenges and ways to re­solve them. Among oth­ers, Mar­itime Gate­way was one of the me­dia part­ners which came in sup­port of the event. Apart from which ISCM was the ed­u­ca­tion part­ner at the event.

Ryan Vie­gas: The fo­cus should be equally on ex­port prod­ucts and im­ports. A sig­nif­i­cant vol­ume of im­port cargo like ac­tive in­gre­di­ents re­quire tem­per­a­ture con­trolled move­ment. But many times even in case of in­gre­di­ents in­side bot­tles and plas­tic packs are mis­han­dled and opened which needs to stop. It is time to give im­por­tance to pro­vide un­bro­ken cold chain to im­port goods as well.

Dr. Ravi Mathur: A ma­jor con­cern for pharma ex­porter or im­porter is tem­per­a­ture in­cur­sion and ex­cur­sion for a con­sign­ment dur­ing tran­sit. The threat of out­side tem­per­a­ture vari­a­tion is higher as pharma prod­ucts move through ge­ogra­phies with widely var­ied tem­per­a­ture. While the pas­sive tem­per­a­ture con­trol so­lu­tions are use­ful but these prod­ucts are more fo­cused on tem­per­a­ture ex­cur­sion but the im­por­tance is not given to ad­dress tem­per­a­ture in­cur­sion. The un­bro­ken cold chain is a myth but dam­age could be min­i­mized by putting in place a qual­ity system that re­acts and raises a red flag when there is an anom­aly in pre­scribed tem­per­a­ture, iden­tify the root cause and fix it.

Lau­rence Ja­cobi: There have been rarely any in­stances where all the stake­hold­ers in the supply chain, in­clud­ing ship­per and air­port de­vel­oper col­lec­tively dis­cuss the re­quire­ments be­fore con­struc­tion of a new in­fra­struc­ture. A CAPA is much more com­pre­hen­sive than just the air­line act­ing on the cor­rec­tive and preven­tive ac­tions. All stake­holder need to perk up ser­vice qual­ity to achieve the goal. It should be left to the dis­cre­tion of ship­per to chose pas­sive or ac­tive tem­per­a­ture con­trol unit.

Shankar Iyer: Typ­i­cally, cargo is moved from ware­house to the stag­ing about 120 min­utes be­fore be­ing loaded into the air­craft, and there are speed limit for ve­hi­cles mov­ing the cargo in­side the air­port which re­sult in ex­pos­ing of cargo to the out­side tem­per­a­ture. Hence, ac­tive cool­ing should be pre­ferred in case of crit­i­cal prod­ucts like phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal. Re­duc­tion in cargo han­dling pro­ce­dures and time, and live up­date about sta­tus can help to bring down num­ber cargo re­jec­tion in­ci­dents.

Pradeep Pan­icker, Deputy CEO, GMR HIAL was the chief guest for the event and Mo­hammed Esa, SVP, Global Busi­ness Devel­op­ment, Agility, was the guest of hon­our. Some of the other key take­aways from the event were: Need for com­pli­ances, part­ner­ship be­tween stake­hold­ers, need for all stake hold­ers to have an un­der­stand­ing of re­quire­ments of qual­ity system.

Mem­bers of the panel (left to right): Ryan Vie­gas, Head of Lo­gis­tics (Asia Pa­cific), Teva Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals; He­manth DP, COO (Aero Com­mer­cial, Cargo), GMR Air­ports; Lau­rence Ja­cobi, Cargo Man­ager (Andhra Pradesh & Te­lan­gana), Emi­rates Air­line; Masa­nari...

Satish Lakkaraju, COO, Agility In­dia, mod­er­at­ing the ses­sion

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