Sunday, September 21, 2014

Ensure the Cure

It is important to keep pharmaceutical products at the right temperature all the time. The continuation of our ongoing series on industries most affected by power interruptions…

Keeping medicines and other pharmaceutical products at the optimal temperature is important in ensuring that they remain effective and capable of saving a patient’s life and health. Insulin, for instance, might lose its effectiveness the moment it is exposed to temperatures below 0°C. Other pharmaceutical products, like cortisone creams, can be rendered useless by exposure to temperature above 35°C.

As a testament to the salience of the concern, industry authorities like the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) have defined two main temperature ranges for the climate-controlled transportation and storage of pharmaceutical products: Two to eight degrees Celsius for cold chain products and 15°C-25°C for temperature-controlled products.

While it is ideal that temperatures as prescribed are maintained during manufacture, storage and transportation of pharmaceutical products, there may be cases that can cause extreme aberrations. One of them is when power supply is interrupted, either from planned or from unexpected circumstances. Electricity outages can be caused by several reasons, including plant shutdowns, overloaded facilities, peaks in seasonal demands, natural calamities and operational errors, among others. Whatever the cause of interruption is, it is important for pharmaceutical companies and other allied entities to be prepared and proactive in case of power-related problems.

One of the most efficient ways to prepare for and counter the effects of a blackout is to engage the services of temporary power providers. Rental generators represent a cost-effective and rapid solution in times when power is cut off. With interim power plants, the temperature across the pharmaceutical cold chain can be maintained, and temperature abuse can be avoided. Because temporary power stations are relatively affordable compared to constructing dedicated permanent electrical energy plants on site, pharmaceutical companies and their allied entities can procure the systems without needing to dent their budget allocations for a particular period of time. Since rental power plants are operationally efficient when used temporarily, the cost that will be involved running them will largely be lesser than the lost profit, opportunities, production time and raw materials should pharmaceutical firms stay without power. Because mobile generators are flexible and scalable, their output can be fitted to the exact requirement of the customers, precluding the chances of over- or under-sizing.

Nowadays, medicines have become part of the world population’s basic necessities. With the delicate illnesses that are now existent, like HIV, Ebola and MERS, to name a few, pharmaceutical products are highly essential to keep people healthy and to prevent the spread of deadly ailments. Temporary power plants can help supply the necessary electricity in times when dependable, sustainable and viable power is crucially needed, as in maintaining the prime temperature for medicines and pharmaceutical products.


Robert Bagatsing
Altaaqa Global
Tel: +971 56 1749505

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