Good Distribution Practice (GDP) for pharmaceutical products
Good distribution is an essential activity in supply chain management of medical products and it requires human resource for functionality of this process. Good distribution practice (GDP) follows guidelines on the proper distribution of pharmaceutical products delivered for human use. The GDP guidelines objective is to ensure quality of medical products intended for human consumption. GDP regulates movement of medical products from manufacturer to the end user.
Pharmaceutical products storage conditions defined by GDP: Most of the medical products require specific conditions to be stored within, and needs particular instructions for storage handling:
• Not to exceed 30 Degree Celsius: Product needs to store within the range from +2 to +30 Degrees Celsius.
• Not to exceed 25 Degree Celsius: Product needs to store within the range from +2 to +25 Degrees Celsius.
• Not to exceed 15 Degree Celsius: Product should be stored within the range from +2 to +15 Degrees Celsius.
• Not to exceed 8 Degree Celsius: Product should be stored within the range from +2 to +8 Degree Celsius.
• The product should be protected from humidity: You must protect it from conditions where humidity exceeds 60%, and should be kept in a humidity resistant container.
• Keep it away from light: Product should be stored in places not exposed to light. It should be kept in light proof containers
Good Distribution Practice (GDP) conditions for personnel:
All employees of distribution activities should be skilled on the basis of right education, training, and experience. Worker training should be based on writing standard operating procedures (SOPs). They should be a part of initial and continuing training relevant to better distribution and storage tasks. Appropriate training records should be maintained, including details of topics covered and trainee’s details. Personnel involved in the pharmaceutical products distribution should be dressed in suitable garments according to their work. Staff dealing with dangerous pharmaceutical products such as highly active, toxic, and infectious or sensitizing products should be given with protective garments as necessary.
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