Parexel introduces temperature control process
Parexel International of Boston, a global biopharmaceutical services company, has introduced an integrated temperature recording solution for study drug transportation as part of its expanded Clinical Logistics Services. Its temperature control process saves 24 to 48 hours over traditional cold chain methods in which temperature devices shipped out to investigative sites need to be transported back to a hub to be read out and analyzed before study drugs can be released for use. A central hub receives and disseminates confirmations of temperature data in real-time, allowing clinical site investigators to quickly begin using study drugs according to trial protocols. Working in cooperation with Stora Enso, a global paper, packaging and wood products company, and MediXine, specializing in multimodal communication e-services for health care and wellness, Parexel has developed a temperature recording process specifically designed and optimized for the clinical trial supply process. The packaging container for study drugs incorporates a Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) tag for temperature recording and a dedicated compartment for a mobile phone, providing automatic tracking and remote, high-speed transmission of the complete temperature record. The RFID tag records study drug temperature at pre-defined time points, while a mobile phone application and web-based portal allow secure, controlled data transmission and access to temperature data in real-time between a central hub and an investigative site.