Chilled drug cen­tre opens

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The new SkyPharma com­plex at Dubai In­ter­na­tional Air­port will al­low Emi­rates to com­pete in a mar­ket that has tra­di­tion­ally been a dif­fi­cult one for firms in the Mid­dle East, ac­cord­ing to a top com­pany of­fi­cial.

The 4,000sqm fa­cil­ity, ded­i­cated to the trans­porta­tion of tem­per­a­ture sen­si­tive phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, was of­fi­cially opened yes­ter­day by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Mak­toum, Chair­man and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Emi­rates Air­line.

Fol­low­ing the SkyPharma move, Emi­rates is also the first Mid­dle East­ern firm to be cer­ti­fied un­der the EU Good Dis­tri­bu­tion Prac­tice (GDP) fol­low­ing an au­dit that was car­ried out by the Bureau Ver­i­tas agency from Ger­many.

“Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals are one of the most im­por­tant prod­ucts we trans­port be­cause of the im­pact on peo­ple’s lives and com­mu­ni­ties across the world,” said Na­bil Sul­tan, Emi­rates Di­vi­sional Se­nior Vice-Pres­i­dent.

“As a leader in the global air cargo in­dus­try we de­cided that it was not only im­por­tant for us to build state-of-the-art cool chain fa­cil­i­ties for the trans­porta­tion of pharma prod­ucts but to also go the ex­tra mile and en­sure the com­pli­ance of our op­er­a­tions against the high­est in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.”

The mar­ket had pre­vi­ously been a dif­fi­cult one for com­pa­nies in the Mid­dle East due to the weather con­di­tions.

“This demon­strates that we have the abil­ity to trans­port phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts in ex­treme weather con­di­tions,” said Sul­tan. “Most of the com­pa­nies in the Gulf were avoided be­cause of the hot tem­per­a­tures in the sum­mer.”

He went on to ex­plain how it was an in­dus­try in which only the high­est stan­dards will do.

“It’s an in­dus­try in which it is ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to get an ac­count,” he said.

“But you could lose that ac­count overnight if even just one thing went wrong.”

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