What are the right temperatures for storing and transporting medications?

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The question is often asked “What temperature should products in a wholesale area be kept at”, and the answers can vary wildly depending on who you speak to.

The primary response to this question should be “Under label conditions” or “As per the outer packaging.”

So, what are the temperature ranges that the majority of wholesalers hold their ambient stocks?

Many run the temperature range of 8-25 degrees Celsius for ambient, but we would say that this actually includes two temperature ranges, cool and room temperature, cool being 8-15 degrees Celsius and room temperature 15-25 degrees Celsius. ”

– Some people will say cool “does not exist as a temperature range” … but how else should you classify the range of 8-15?

Why 8-25, you ask. It gives latitude and a more manageable variance for many, as not all sites are modern, well insulated or climate controlled. The complication with this range comes when your ambient stock has a range of 15-25, for example many types of test strips, oncology products and hospital lines.

8-25 is also “Store below 25, do not refrigerate.”

We recently saw an invoice from a company with the text “Store at room temperature, 2-20 degrees Celsius” and are aware that some wholesalers have been transporting stocks with thermo logistic couriers like Igloo and Polar Speed at the range of 2-8 degrees Celsius.

Surely this is fine, as it states “Store below 25 degrees Celsius” on the label.

Well… yes… and no. The products are stored at below 25 and as long as they don’t freeze surely there is no risk to product quality or efficacy?

Perhaps not, but there is an inherent risk with the packaging.

When you have a cold drink you see condensation form on the glass… this can happen with the external packaging of the product. This can cause ink to run or packs to stick together. Damp packaging that has dried can distort.

See where we are going with this?

Products should be transported under label conditions/within the boundaries of the MA.

If you cannot afford a temperature controlled logistics option, perhaps you should look into validated shippers for cold chain or ambient deliveries? Or active shippers that can provide serious protection for your shipment.

Your transport should be considered as an extension of your warehouse… temperature mapped and monitored at a minimum summer and winter per route.

Can you afford to protect your products with high cost shippers, passive or active?

Can you afford NOT to protect your products?

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