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PharmaPort 360 container receives FAA approval

US-based Cool Containers said its PharmaPort 360 temperature controlled shipping container has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for use in commercial and military air transport.

The PharmaPort 360 container, configured for standard NAS air cargo pallets, is designed for shipment of high value pharmaceuticals. The payload weight of the container is 1200 lbs.

The container maintains internal temperature of 5°C in extreme ambient from 60°C to -40°C in transport mode and a charge (ground) mode to assure safe movement of biologicals for optimum viability.

The PharmaPort 360 uses proprietary systems developed by Farrar Scientific for cold chain distribution. In flight, the container operates independently of the aircraft and requires no external system power, and generates no heat or hazardous vapours.

The company said a self-contained regenerative heat exchanger avoids hazmat costs associated with dry ice and eliminates the need for a refrigerated truck. The container is recharged by a standard AC power supply before deployment in fixed-based storage, ground, sea or air transport.