DHL Global Forwarding establishes specialized solutions for the handling of all Life Sciences and Healthcare industry products
MIAMI, Fla. – September 21, 2011: DHL, the world’s leading logistics company, announces it is continuing to ramp-up its Life Sciences and Healthcare services offering to meet expected growth in generic medicine consumption in Latin America . The Latin American pharmaceutical market is one of the fastest growing markets in the world. In light of recent efforts made by Latin America ’s governments to provide citizens with access to healthcare and an increase in the 65 and over population, the use of generic drugs has grown exponentially within the region. The loss of several patents on popular drugs has also influenced the rise in generic drug use.
While generic drug consumption is increasing at different rates across the region, it is particularly high in Brazil and Mexico , the largest pharmaceutical markets in Latin America . In Brazil , generic drugs account for 20 percent of the pharmaceutical market in the country. Other countries with an increase in consumption of generic drugs include: Argentina , Colombia , and Peru .
“We have seen customers in the pharmaceutical industry shift, where possible, from requesting the standard air freight transportation option to utilizing our ocean freight service,” said Marco Quiros , director of Business Development and Regional Head of Life Sciences & Chemical for DHL Global Forwarding. “This shift is driven in part to increased fuel costs and the environmental benefits ocean freight provides by generating less CO2 emissions.”
To meet the specific needs of pharmaceuticals, DHL Global Forwarding offers cold chain solutions for air and ocean as well as road freights with innovative packaging materials and procedures to help maintain the product’s temperature range and integrity. The company also offers transportation sourcing and management; visibility and shipment tracking; short lead times and dedicated handling by experienced professionals. Our Ocean Secure product provides enhanced customized security through GPS technology, mobile or satellite network devices to meet customer’s increased security demands.
Generally, when medicines lose their patent protection, generic drugs enter the market as an alternative to the brand-name drugs. In the upcoming years, several brand-name drugs are set to expire, unless exclusivity dates are extended. In this regard, manufacturers awaiting patent expiration require a logistics partner that can quickly bring their generics to market. To provide the necessary services for these manufacturers, DHL established solutions to manage the quick turnaround times and all of the unique challenges faced when delivering medicines, from storage, flexibility, security, regulation requirements, and multi-temperature warehousing, among others.
Ocean freight provides cost savings but is not a good fit for shipment of all products, including those with a short shelf life or require rapid deliveries. It is a good alternative for semi-finished products, pills or active pharmaceutical ingredients (API), chemicals used in the manufacturing of drugs.
“We are investing in this sector by establishing Life Science Competence Centers so we can deliver the most effective solutions aligned to meet the needs of this particular sector that requires flawless end-to-end transport,” stated Angelos Orfanos , president of DHL Life Sciences & Healthcare. “With our dedicated Life Science experts in place ready to handle any quantity of shipments with the utmost care, we can guarantee consistent performance, operational efficiency and product integrity.”
DHL Global Forwarding currently has more than 20 Life Science Competence Centers worldwide, with an expected opening of close to 10 more by the end of 2011. The centers are designed to provide a quality controlled environment specifically for shipping of pharmaceutical, biotech and medical devices. In recent months, hundreds of staff members in the Latin America have undergone Life Science training sessions to help better understand customer requirements, trends and Good Distribution Practices (GDP) within the industry. Select customers also participated in workshops to provide insight and to help gauge industry needs.
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