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The award-winning Phase Change Matters blog tracks the latest news and research on phase change materials and thermal energy storage. E-mail tips and comments to Ben Welter, communications director at Entropy Solutions. Follow the blog on Twitter at @PureTemp. Subscribe to the monthly PCM newsletter. Or join the discussion on LinkedIn.




Veterans Affairs pharmacy program posts RFI on temperature-controlled packaging

Ben Welter - Monday, March 16, 2015

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' outpatient pharmacy program has posted a request for information in connection with efforts to standardize its cold-chain containers. The standardized packaging will be used to mail patient prescriptions in durable, secure, temperature-controlled packaging. It will be  made up of either a mailing pouch, a mailing bag or a cooler; phase change materials; and, if needed,  additional packing or shipping materials. The purpose of this RFI is to evaluate availability, obtain statements of capability, and gauge the interest and capability of small businesses.

Biopharma firms urged to get ahead of the multi-use packaging curve

Ben Welter - Friday, March 13, 2015

Stephen Healy, global sales director at DGP Intelsius, weighs in on the future of reusable packaging in the temperature-control supply chain. He concludes that widespread use of such systems appears to be inevitable and that biopharma companies would be wise to adopt them now:

"In an economy where patient safety, increased legislation and the pressure to use reusable and recyclable materials are rising, turning a consumable ‘single use’ item into a ‘multi-use’ logistics asset would reduce spend, as well as create a more sustainable solution."

PCMs in thermal packaging: Not just a phase

Ben Welter - Friday, February 06, 2015

In the latest issue of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Packing Sourcer, design engineer Richard Harrop notes that, not so long ago, water was the filler material of choice for most cooling packs. The initial response to using phase change materials was, well, a bit chilly. They were thought to be costly and unnecessary. But now, Harrop writes, "the benefits of size, weight and cost saving are apparent. It is becoming clear that the growing inclusion of PCMs is not just a phase, but rather something that we can be excited to see much more of."

Note: The link below leads Harrop's complete piece. Ignore the "Read full article from PDF" tease at the bottom.