In order to guarantee the safety of patients, pharmacies must ensure drugs and vaccines are stored at certain temperatures, with all such measurements properly documented. The pharmacy guidelines on temperature monitoring, as issued by the MHRA, outline that controlled drugs and vaccines stored in pharmacy fridges must meet benchmarks to ensure the maximum efficacy and shelf-life.
With pharmacy audits becoming more thorough, compliance to guidelines in terms of climate control has become a key part of the regulatory process. To meet such strict protocols, both temperature monitoring and accurate record-keeping are absolutely vital for any facility storing prescription drugs.
Effective temperature monitoring is an absolute necessity for modern day pharmacies
The problem is, with the absence of an automated system in place, this not only requires time-consuming work from the pharmacy team, it also increases the risk of mistakes or oversights. Some pharmacists for example, simply perform a daily check on their fridges to see they are still working. What they fail to recognise however is, not only does this fail to reveal any fluctuations, for instance when the fridge door has been open too long, but more importantly it doesn’t give you the chance to react quickly should there be a malfunction.
If pharmaceutical products aren’t stored correctly, this can reduce their effectiveness
This can have a hugely negative effect on a pharmacy’s reputation, not to mention the loss of expensive drugs means an enormous financial burden. More concerning still, is the risk of prescriptions not having the intended effect, due to the product themselves being tainted because of improper temperature control.
So, what can pharmacists do to be sure their pharmaceuticals and therefore patients are kept safe? In the past, fully integrated temperature monitoring systems have been complicated to install and are often very expensive. However, with the availability of new wireless climate monitoring solutions such as testo’s Saveris 2, 24/7 continuous monitoring has never been simpler and more cost effective.
The biggest advantage of such a system is its simplicity. Saveris 2 for example can be installed quite easily without the need for studying complicated instructions. And just a few minutes after commissioning it, the wireless probes start transmitting the first measurement values by WiFi. Done.
Here is a short overview of the key advantages of a wireless climate monitoring system:
All in all, we hope this piece helps to just how important it is for pharmacies to monitor their temperature. We so often hear about the need to monitor conditions in pharmaceutical production and logistics, but as with all delicate produce, quality control must continue right through until it is the hands of the end-customer.
Testo offer our industry knowledge as well as a wide range of equipment for both food and pharmaceutical safety which will help you meet your quality requirements and give you the reassurance you are storing your produce safely. Our instruments include temperature monitoring systems, data loggers, thermometers, cooking oil testers, thermal cameras, PH meters and more.
Whether it is for spot checks or long-term monitoring, throughout the cold chain, testo has the right solution to ensure your piece of mind. Want to find out more about testo safety equipment? Why not visit our website www.testo.co.uk or give us a call on +44 1420 544433 and we’ll be happy to help.