How Does EPS Play a Role in the Pharmaceutical Industry?

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Some of the newest drugs require refrigeration while shipping to patient’s homes. Airpop® EPS (expanded polystyrene)  is the right foam material for protecting the efficacy of these life-saving drugs during shipment. Plymouth Foam produces insulated shipping boxes made with Airpop® EPS for the pharmaceutical industry.

If you know someone who has had an organ transplant or who has Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, or Parkinson’s disease, then you know someone who probably receives refrigerated medications at their doorstep. Drugs to treat these diseases are expensive and need to be shipped while maintaining temperatures between 36° F and 46° F. If these drugs freeze or are left at in the summer heat, they will not be effective and lives are at risk.

The International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) published results of a temperature monitored study to help assure shipping packages are not over or under designed. The results of the study help mail order pharmacies select the right foam shipping boxes and cooling materials for shipments headed to any zip code during any season. Plymouth Foam designs shipping boxes with Airpop® EPS to optimize pharmaceutical product safety and shipping cost.

The pharmaceutical industry has seen an increase of 65% in the products requiring cold chain transportation services since 2014. With the advent of biologics, that number is expected to increase. Plymouth Foam’s Airpop® EPS will have an even greater role in the pharmaceutical industry in years to come.

Contact Plymouth Foam to design an optimized shipping box with Airpop® EPS for life enhancing pharmaceuticals.

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