Safe and reliable pharmaceutical distribution
Ensuring safe pharmaceutical distribution and availability of pharmaceuticals is the highest priority in our operations and our most societally significant task.
Pharmaceuticals must be delivered safely and on-time irrespective of external conditions. Our operations are designed to ensure that pharmaceuticals with marketing authorisation are continuously available and that they are handled in a manner compliant with the pharmaceutical sector’s regulatory requirements.
Oriola ships around 29,000 transport boxes daily to a total of 2,500 customers in Finland and Sweden. We deliver medicines to customers within 24 hours. In Finland, our distribution centre and central warehouse are based in Espoo; and in Sweden, our distribution centre is based in Enköping, and our central warehouse in Mölnlycke.
Reliable handling in special conditions
Pharmaceuticals are temperature sensitive products. The normal temperature requirement in warehousing is 15-25 °C, and 2-8 °C for products that require cold conditions. Appropriate conditions are continuously monitored throughout the supply chain, including during transport.
Insulin for diabetes and many vaccines are examples of products that need cold conditions. Oriola has strong cold chain expertise; in Sweden, for example, most vaccines pass through us. In 2020, we distributed all influenza vaccines intended for adults in Sweden, totalling 1.8 million doses in only a few months. Also, special biomedicines are a growing product group that require unique solutions. To meet these increasing needs, we are bringing our renewed cold chain into use in both countries in spring 2021.
In addition to ensuring the appropriate conditions for pharmaceuticals, we promote pharmaceutical safety by preventing counterfeit pharmaceuticals from entering the market by dealing directly with pharmaceutical companies and complying with the EU Falsified Medicines Directive.
The pandemic has increased collaboration to ensure availability of pharmaceuticals
In the Nordic countries, the availability of medicines has long remained at a high level, but disruptions in the global supply chain have increased significantly in recent years. There are several reasons for this, from global supply problems or challenges with the availability of a single raw material to the small size of the Finnish and Swedish markets.
It takes collaboration between all operators in the pharmaceutical market to ensure the continued availability of medicines. Oriola is actively working with the authorities and other operators to develop the pharmaceutical market and ways of operating.
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased stakeholder dialogue in the healthcare sector to ensure patient safety and pharmaceutical availability. In Finland, we contribute to maintaining obligatory stock of critical medicines, and in Sweden in spring 2020, a national stock of critical pharmaceuticals was set up in cooperation with the authorities. The pandemic has also accelerated the preparation and implementation of regulatory projects related to pharmaceutical availability. This has been the case, for example, with information sharing and regulations on the storage of pharmaceuticals in pharmacies.