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This book is quite different from the typical prescriptive PDA/DHI "how-to" publication. Noted pharmaceutical cold-chain expert, Kevin O'Donnell, relates a series of engaging stories carefully crafted to elevate awareness, understanding, and criticality of temperature-sensitive drug products throughout the supply chain — not only for the stakeholders involved — but for the consumer in us all. O'Donnell deftly blends his cold-chain storytelling with charm and wit, history and science, and the wisdom of a practitioner's 35 years' experience. These thought-provoking narratives convey to the reader heuristic lessons that underscore the risks involved and the impending need to improve the processes that ensure these fragile pharmaceutical products arrive to their destinations — and to the patients who need them — in a safe, controlled way.
As an added bonus for both new and experienced colleagues, the World Health Organization has granted permission allowing readers to access, either by URL or QRs available in the book, training videos they have prepared on the subject.
Book written in September 2014
Table of Contents:
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Exploiting the Genius of Nature in Packaging
1. Of Beetles, Bees, and Butterflies
2. Magic Mushrooms
3. Got Silk?
Small World, Big Challenges
4. Welcome to Yakutsk! The Coldest City on Earth
5. Swiss Watches and Insulating Packages
6. Lake Superior: The World's Largest Gel Pack
Standards That Aren't
7. How Frozen is Frozen?
8. Defining Cold
9. Buddy, Can You Spare a Pain Reliever?
10. A Year in the Life of a Vaccine
Hope or Hype
11. Refrigeration Without Electricity
12. No. Deposit, No Return
13. Pharming: A Bountiful Harvest
14. Facts and Myths About Expanded Polystyrene
15. Plastics of the Future
It's Not Just Cold Chain; It's Personal
16. There Once Was A Woman From Pleasanttown
17. Captain Cold Chain to the Rescue!
18. Degrees of Attitude
Unsung Heroes of the Final Mile
19. A Sled-Dog, a Bacterium, and a Drug Company
20. An Urban Doctor's Patient-level Crusade
21. A Family Tragedy
About the Author
Kevin O'Donnell, is widely considered one of the principal architects of the modern-day biopharmaceutical cold-chain
movement and a champion for the advancement of good distribution and logistics practices for temperature-sensitive drugs. He is Senior Partner at Exelsius Cold Chain Management Consultancy, an international provider of consultative, research and training services to manufacturers, airlines, forwarders and other stakeholders in the life science logistics sector.
Kevin's pioneering efforts are reflected in his various roles within the industry and for his co-authorship of numerous standards and guidance documents including that as a member of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Expert Committee on Packaging, Storage and Distribution; temporary advisor and certified mentor to the World Health Organization (WHO); as founding member of the PDA Pharmaceutical Cold-Chain Interest Group and co-author of PDA Technical Report No. 39.