Pharmaceutical Temperature Monitoring

Remote monitoring systems alert you to temperature changes in refrigerators and freezers that store pharmaceutical products.

Pharmaceuticals must be kept at a consistent cold temperature at every stage of the supply chain, from manufacturing and distribution to storage and end use. When drugs and critical vaccines are exposed to extreme temperatures for an extended period of time, they lose their potency. Small changes in medications can have huge consequences. For patients with chronic illnesses such as diabetes or heart disease, taking a damaged dose can be life-threatening. But even common medicines can break down and have harmful effects, and it’s difficult to tell the difference between a ruined product and a safe one.

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Avoid financial losses

If the compromise happens while the drugs are being stored at a hospital or clinic, the facility has to pay for the loss. A practice may be held responsible for thousands of dollars if the data log files and inventory are not properly recorded and documented.

That is why pharmaceutical and vaccine providers must take appropriate measures to ensure the correct temperature is maintained. By installing pharmaceutical temperature monitoring equipment, you can make sure that your products are never compromised and that you have the documentation to prove it.

Protect valuable pharmaceuticals stored in refrigerators and freezers

Pharmaceutical temperature monitoring systems like Sensaphone’s Sentinel help you verify that everything is constantly stored at the correct temperature. The system continually monitors your environment and alerts you in real-time. If temperatures fall outside of the preset range, you receive a notification via text message, email or phone call. This gives you time to take corrective action and avoid the costs of compromised vaccines.

Today’s more advanced systems also allow you to log both the maximum and minimum temperatures over a set period of time—often a 24-hour period. This provides a snapshot to make sure the temperatures were within range that day.

In addition to temperature, remote monitoring systems provide instant alerts of other environmental changes that threaten your medical assets. They can also monitor critical conditions like:

  • Power failure
  • Equipment failure
  • Water leaks
  • Humidity changes
  • Unauthorized access and break-ins

Prove compliance

If you can’t prove compliance under the CDC safe practice and handling procedure, your state health inspector may require the disposal of all drugs and vaccines. Remote monitoring systems include a data logger, so you can keep an ongoing record of temperatures to demonstrate compliance.

Sensaphone devices protect your assets 24/7 and provide an audit trail documenting their correct storage. All data is stored remotely and can be accessed by desktop, tablet or phone. This means that personnel no longer need to manually check the temperature of refrigerators or freezers. Data can be downloaded remotely through a website, either via a local network or cloud, and can be printed and exported as a .pdf, Excel spreadsheet or .csv.

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