In theory, all medications would traverse the path from creation by a pharmaceutical company to the medicine cabinet of the patient without a mishap in the cold chain resulting in it being out of the recommended temperature range for too long. The reality is that the “last mile” is often the worst part of the equation. Mail-order prescriptions, homes kept too warm or too cold, prescriptions being left in a car while continuing shopping or running errands, and other situations can put many medications at risk for degraded effectiveness and potency. Both summer heat and winter cold can be detrimental, and while you cannot control what happens in that last mile, you can do your part to keep it safe during the shipping process by using a temperature monitor.
It is impossible to control how the end consumer takes care of the product once in their hands, but It is critical to ensure that the product is kept safe and effective until it is handed over to the consumer. Also, if you were to have an entire shipment rendered unsafe, you would be out a lot more money than the end consumer deciding to toss out a medication that was deemed ineffective. With an accurate and reliable temperature monitor, you won’t have to worry, as you’ll be notified while there is still plenty of time to make necessary adjustments and prevent the loss of valuable medications.
If you oversee the distribution or storage of pharmaceuticals and would like to know more about high-quality thermometers, high-temperature data loggers, or a humidity or temperature monitor, give us a call at Global Sensors or check out the products on our website. Our team of professionals is experienced in the fields of transit temperature monitoring, sensor technology, and food & pharmaceutical safety and can handle any questions you have about the right product for your application.