DHL launches medical express service for Brazil-US pharma products
30 / 01 / 2019
DHL Express has launched the DHL Medical Express Service (WMX) between Brazil and the US for the pharmaceutical and clinical research sector.
DHL said that WMX, piloted in Brazil since November 2018, “addresses increased customer demand for faster and more predictable lead times, given the regulatory complexities that can delay exports”.
The global logistics giant manages the export and regulatory requirements for urgent shipments with specific temperature needs from several major cities in Brazil to most US destinations in 24 to 48 hours.
DHL WMX service points in Brazil have been upgraded and validated to meet several Brazilian federal, state and city regulations around Ministry of Health & Sanitary controls and licensing requirements.
Mike Parra, chief executive of DHL Express Americas, said: "The launch of this service in Brazil completes our ambition to offer logistics solutions in the Latin and South American countries where most clinical trials are conducted.
“Our strong international network, compliant certifications and combination of responsiveness, reliability and cost-effectiveness will enable this service to be advantageous to all stakeholders in the clinical trial value chain."
The successful implementation of the DHL WMX clinical trial platform at DHL Express Brazil included a dedicated customer service center with bilingual staff and an on-boarding team to support investigator sites.
The WMX service includes dry ice supplies and temperature-controlled packaging fulfillment, online tools for placing bookings and ordering supplies, and a web-based interface – Express Logistics Platform (ELP) – that connects sites.
Brian Bralynski, director of life sciences healthcare Americas, DHL Express, said: "Given the complexity of regulatory requirements in Brazil, our technology solution pre-prepares many of the necessary documents required by investigator sites to complete, while enabling DHL to begin the export and fiscal approval process the day-of- booking to mitigate delays."
William Ferreira Rocha, Operations, DHL Express Brazil, said: "We successfully completed our first pickups and delivered them in perfect condition to their destinations.
"Investigator feedback regarding the flexibility of DHL in sample shipment preparation, extended pick-up times and overall site experience has been very positive."
Qualified customers for the service receive a choice of temperature options (ambient, chilled or frozen) through specialized thermal packaging. Pre-determined contingencies circumvent delays, and DHL quality control centers monitor the 24/7 shipments.
The service is capable of transporting laboratory kits and medical devices, biological samples (blood, saliva, urine, tissues, etc), research products, vaccines, drugs for commercial and non-commercial use and medical devices.