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Specialty Logistics in Clinical Research Trials and The Benefits of Logistical Partnerships

Specialty Logistics in Clinical Research Trials and the Benefits of Logistical Partnerships.

The Pharmaceutical industry relies heavily on three factors in order to successfully produce, test, and implement new medications and treatments. First is the research involved in identifying the need for new drugs to battle new conditions and diseases. The second is the actual development phase and the third is the testing and implementation. CRO’s or CLINICAL RESEARCH ORGANIZATIONS are the project management glue that holds the trial and its outcome together. These organizations work closely with large and small specialty logistics providers in order to organize and implement the testing phase.

This can be simply delivering single doses of experimental drugs to patients or can be on a much larger scale meaning a nationwide deployment where the product is specially packed and distributed on a wide scale.

Our focus in 2017 is to continue to grow our specialty logistics operation and make a positive impact in the lives of patients who are participating in these research trials. Some important things to remember:

The success of a clinical study depends on the CRO’s or sponsor’s ability to bring together people, processes and technology in a coordinated effort to improve patient outcomes, one case at a time.

Logistics partners play a similar central role in the process by transporting medications and bio-materials between laboratories, apheresis centers, manufacturers and clinical sites around the world. The logistics partner’s role is critical to the success of the study as a whole, and never more important than in studies of personalized medicines, such as cell and gene therapies.

As logistics providers, of course, we can’t control the effectiveness of therapies, but we can give them the best possible chance of success. Our job is to make sure those samples and therapies arrive where they are needed, when they’re needed and in the same condition they left the lab or collection site.

Key indicators of successful logistics performance

Measuring logistics performance is important to everyone involved. For the logistics provider, measurement helps identify areas for improvement and refine future performance. For the trial sponsor or CRO, measurement hones in on specific reasons for trial delays or other unwanted results. It also helps in deciding whether you want to partner with that logistics provider again.

Logistics performance can affect the outcome of every aspect of clinical trials, from lab to therapy delivery to study costs and regulatory approvals. Six key indicators of successful logistics performance include:

  1. Minimizing temperature excursions
  2. Maintaining quality standards
  3. Optimizing production
  4. Ensuring on-time delivery of product
  5. Minimizing overages and shortages
  6. Maintaining regulatory compliance

 

 

Whether your transport needs are on a regular schedule, will-call or stat basis, we’re there when you need us 24/7 — first time, every time.

Each day, hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, dialysis centers, blood banks and labs nationwide trust American Expediting for secure, time-critical transport of healthcare supplies, tissue, specimens, biologicals including UN 3373, blood, pharmaceuticals and transplant organs.

Our medical couriers are highly skilled, bonded and insured, and equipped as necessary with dry ice, coolers, and blood and fluid spill kits. They are compliant with all state and federal regulations pertaining to the safe transportation of biohazards. They are also compliant with OSHA, HIPAA, DOT, TSA and other key regulatory agencies. Certified (HAZMAT) and biohazard specialists are on staff as well.

Partnering with American Expediting is a dependable, cost-effective alternative to having your own in-house medical couriers or maintaining relationships with multiple vendors.

You can even track your shipment’s every move, using our online Shipping Wizard. To arrange a medical courier for your next medical pickup and delivery, call us at 800-525-3278.

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Medical Couriers and Specialty Logistics providers are in the business of saving lives. Our job is important in saving lives at American Expediting.

Medical Couriers and Specialty Logistics Services Providers are in the business of saving lives.

Time and time again we are transporting essential medications, specimens, blood and fluids to hospitals and patients that are saving lives and curing disease. The need for stat medications and fluids could and sometimes is the difference between life and death. We at American Expediting take this very seriously and our dedication to quality and precise specialty logistics is setting us apart.

We handle everything from blood-bank transport to the delivery of essential medications in clinical trials and to aid in the fight against cancer.  It is both an honor and privilege for us to be tasked with doing so.  With patients and clinical staff depending on us we take every step of the process very seriously and dedicate ourselves to completing each delivery in a timely professional and compassionate way.

As a company we continue to grow and expand. We vow to continue to provide the highest quality of service to our customers.

 

Deliveries to hospitals and clinics from blood banks is the most essential and on demand service that is utilized by our customers. The following is a story that happens all the time. This is why we do what we do.

“October 17, 2013 did not go as anyone had pictured it. It started as a day filled with anticipation and excitement as I was admitted to the labor and delivery floor to have our first child – a baby girl we named Georgia. It was the day after my due date, so she was actually quite punctual. After a pretty easy labor and a smooth delivery of our 8 pound, 8 ounce healthy baby girl, I began feeling ill. The medical staff equated it with a drop in my blood pressure and tilted my bed back to make me feel better, which worked initially. I had lost more blood than normal during the delivery, and it still seemed like there was something wrong.  My doctor told me that I was continuing to bleed and she couldn’t see where it was coming from, so we needed to go to the operating room (OR) to get a better look.

I ended up developing a very rare condition called disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) that kept my blood from clotting normally. DIC has a high mortality rate and is difficult to control. I lost over three liters of my own blood and was in the OR for more than 3 intense hours while numerous physicians, CRNAs, nurses and technicians worked to stop my bleeding.  I received 12 units of blood, 6 units of fresh frozen plasma, and 2 units of platelets before I finally became stable and the bleeding was controlled. What had started as a happy, exciting day had ended in a roller coaster of emotions as my family waited to hear good news about my condition. The next morning I woke up intubated in the critical care unit where I stayed for two days before being able to move back to the labor and delivery floor with my husband and new baby girl. We stayed a total of 5 days in the hospital before we finally brought our little girl home with grateful hearts for the miracle that took place in our lives.

A few weeks after going home from the hospital I had the opportunity, along with my husband Todd and our daughter, to meet some employees from Arkansas Blood Institute. I was able to thank them and to let them see, first hand, the benefits and changed lives that resulted from the work that they do every day. It was a humbling experience to say the least.

Unfortunately, I have to say that I’ve never donated blood in the past; however, Arkansas Blood Institute has gained a lifelong blood donor after my experience. If it wasn’t for blood, plasma and platelet donors, the skilled medical staff wouldn’t have had the resources they needed to save my life and my Georgia would’ve grown up without her mother. I cannot express the extent to which blood donors have affected our family’s life. They kept our world from falling apart that day. Without them, I wouldn’t be enjoying the blessing of becoming a mother to a healthy, happy little girl.  Donating blood is such an easy way that each one of us can give back and change the lives of not only recipients but their loved ones as well. My daughter gets to know her mommy in part because a dozen people decided to donate blood.”

There are stories like this coming in from all over the country because of the work of hospital staff and the dedicated courier services tasked with stat transportation. We will continue to provide this valuable service and take pride in what we do.

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