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Physical health and safety have been at the forefront of everyone’s minds due to COVID-19. With that comes the increasing demand for people buying medicines, supplements, vitamins, and the pharmaceutical supply chain needing to meet that demand. We’ve put together a few best practices on how to transport medicine the right way.

Following the Medicine Shipping Rules

Of course, larger governing bodies like the FDA and DEA have rules and regulations when shipping medicines. It is the shipper’s responsibility to abide by federal and state regulations when shipping medications. Make sure you are staying proactive and comply with any rules that impact your medicinal shipments.

Be aware of the procedures for shipping hazardous materials too. While this freight classification usually covers most fuels and bio-chemicals, it can extend to pharmaceuticals. Again, stay proactive in understanding the rules and regulations involved in shipping medicines.  Reaching out to your logistics partner and expert for information about shipping this type of cargo can help the process run smoother.

Choosing the Right Shipping Method

Medicine needs to be transported in temperature-controlled freight trailers. In the world of freight shipping, that means booking your pharmaceutical shipments via full truckload (TL) shipping provides the shipping services you need such as refrigerated and expedited transits.

Also, safety is the top requirement when shipping medicine.  With truckload, you have a whole freight trailer dedicated to your shipment only. No other shipments share the truck and no stops are made to pickup or delivery other shipments. Additionally, there’s less handling involved with your shipment, helping the medicine you ship arrive to where it needs to be on time and without loss or damage.

Read our recent blog for more tips on shipping temperature-controlled items that dives deeper into best shipping practices and offers additional guidance for finding the best carriers to meet your needs.

Packaging Is Key

Because medicines and other types of pharmaceuticals require special shipping services, it’s important to make sure you properly package your shipments prior to pick up. This helps ensure all best practices are met, including any additional requirements of your shipment.

For example, for fragile, perishable medications like injectables or liquids in glass vials, you may need bubble wrap, foam insulation, and gel packs to ensure your medications are safe within the packaging.

Learn more about freight packaging by downloading our free Guide to Freight Packaging.

Partner with the Right Provider

It’s essential you partner with a third-party logistics provider (3PL) that has the experience and knowledge in the pharmaceutical shipping field. We can help you find the solutions you need, including the best carriers, temperature-controlled and expedited shipping services, and a powerful TMS to help you track your shipment.

Even during these challenging times, we are here to serve the needs of freight shippers everywhere. When it comes to maneuvering around the COVID-19 challenges, FreightCenter has the resources and tools you need to keep your supply chain keep running.

Start by getting a free online quote today or call 844-212-7447 and talk to one of our shipping experts.

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