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Despite the complexity of the manufacturing and distribution networks of medicines at a global level, the quality and security of medicines must be guaranteed! Those involved with logistics still refer to the last version of the GDP dated 5 November 2013. Review of Good Distribution Practice for wholesale distribution of medicinal products.
Good Distribution Practice of medicines
The official text of the guidelines on GDP only concerns the logistics of the medicinal product. It is intended for manufacturers, managers responsible for wholesale distribution operations, importers, agents, wholesale distributors and pharmaceutical companies.
Carriers are not subject to pharmaceutical regulations (transportation in a dedicated insulated packaging solution, etc.) or controls. That being said, pharmaceutical laboratories are responsible for the choice of their subcontractors. They have a regulatory framework and must ensure that the medicines are transported in good conditions.
In any case, it is imperative that everybody involved in the logistics chain ensures the integrity of the medicines being transported is maintained, and this involves notably compliance with the cold chain. We have already addressed the fact that the conditions for transportation of heat-sensitive products are covered better in the last update of the GDP.
Good distribution practice of medicines governs quality management, staff, premises, and equipment. The conditions for implementation of the following points are established in the official text (which you can find here):
The current version of the guidelines on GDP reinforces the security requirements at all levels of distribution. Orientated towards the security of the network (and not just the security of the product), it guarantees the preservation of the integrity of the supply chain, the quality of medicines, and their supply in a timely manner across the entire territory.