Research: Informed Container Choices Reduce Risk and Cost for Temperature-Sensitive Pharmaceutical Shipments

Research: Informed Container Choices Reduce Risk and Cost for Temperature-Sensitive Pharmaceutical Shipments

Peli BioThermal white paper addresses active and passive container options and provides selection guidance

Peli BioThermal, the global name in temperature controlled packaging, recently released a white paper addressing market solutions for protecting temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals while in transit. The white paper, titled “Active Shipping Containers vs Passive Shipping Containers,” provides guidance on making the optimum choice to eliminate confusion, reduce risk and save money evaluating the two main classes of containers used to ship temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products.

“When it comes to maintaining the clinical efficacy of pharmaceuticals, one of the most important criteria is often temperature,” said Kevin Lawler, VP of sales at Peli BioThermal and contributor to the new white paper. “While there are many cold chain container options out there, making the best choice — one that reduces risk and is most cost-effective — involves assessing a variety of factors. And, these factors can vary payload to payload. There’s not a one-size-fits all solution.”

Given the highly competitive nature of the cold chain sector that has evolved to meet the needs of temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals, there are many different positions regarding the best ways to address this physically complex issue. This white paper presents an overview of both active and passive containers and provides guidance for the selection of the most appropriate solution for a given payload.

Topics addressed in the white paper include:

● The need for pharma temperature monitoring, including regulatory compliance, cold chain route qualification and temperature profiling

● Benefits and drawbacks to both active and passive containers

● What it means to ‘pre-qualify’ containers

● Advanced passive packaging system options and how to evaluate the differences between solutions

● Additional considerations for selecting the optimum temperature-controlled packaging, including modeling, single-use vs reusable shippers and environmental considerations

In addition to the team at Peli BioThermal, experts referenced in the white paper include representatives from PWC, Dickson Inc. and World Courier.

For more information on making the optimum temperature-controlled shipping container selection for a given payload, download the Active Shipping Containers vs Passive Shipping Containers from 'White Papers' in the 'Resource' section of their website

Peli BioThermal is a division of Peli Products, S.L.U., which is the European arm of Pelican Products, Inc., a portfolio company of Behrman Capital, a private equity investment firm based in New York and San Francisco.


For further information please contact Amanda O’Hare on 01604 250900 or email

About Peli Products Peli Products, S.L.U. is the global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance protective cases, temperature controlled packaging solutions, advanced portable lighting systems and rugged gear for professionals and outdoor enthusiasts. Headquartered in Torrance, CA, Pelican Products, Inc. operates in 21 countries, with 22 international sales offices and six manufacturing facilities across the globe. For more information, visit or

About Peli BioThermal

Peli BioThermal Ltd. offers the widest range of temperature controlled packaging and service solutions to the global life sciences industry. The company’s products ensure that delicate biological materials arrive intact and effective, despite exterior environments. Peli BioThermal is dedicated to developing innovative products designed to fulfil the complex needs of the global life sciences industry. The company’s customers benefit from its extensive expertise in ensuring that temperature stability is maintained throughout the distribution chain. The company also offers a complete portfolio of services and software to support end-to-end temperature-controlled packaging asset management. Outside of Europe, the company does business under the name Pelican BioThermal LLC.

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