In most cases all stakeholders in the health services industry have taken care of this important requirement. In fact, it is so important that in most developed and developing countries around the world, the safeguarding of medical packages is a matter of law. Heavy fines, and sometimes even prison terms, are meted out to those who contravene the laws. Also medium to large sized businesses that carry huge inventories of medical and surgical stock can be penalized by their insurers or reinsurers for contravening insurance contract agreements.
The consequences of not adhering to the agreement can have long-term damaging effects, impacting on the business’s survival. It only takes one bout of food poisoning, or worse, to turn a business into the ground. And just because you are a small scale operator does not mean that you are excluded from the need to ensure that medical packaging is not professionally handled. If you are a retail store operator, the very fact that you are selling one bottle of aspirin qualifies you in this responsibility.
Many excuses have been bandied about that there is just not enough time in the day to check each and every parcel that enters your warehouse, but fair enough. In most cases, in any case, wholesale warehouse operators are closely affiliated with pharmaceutical companies that supply medical goods which are retailed to the public over the counter or strictly through medical prescription only. So, the onus lies with them to ensure that all shipped packages are safely secured.
Not only that, professional handlers will be checking to ensure that these packages are well within the recommended or legally mandated selling date. They will ensure that anything way past expiry date never reaches a victim’s hands.