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6 Reasons Why Pharmacies Are Moving to Continuous Monitoring

If you’re still using a paper temperature log, then there is a very high probability of undiscovered thermal excursions in your fridges and freezers....

Written by TempAlert | August 2, 2017

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Pharmacy Safety

How Different Agencies Help to Set Temperature Monitoring Standards

Pharmacy temperature compliance is inherently complex. That probably doesn’t come as a surprise. But, there’s a historical reason for this complexity. Currently, at least four different regulatory and non-regulatory bodies govern all of those rules and regulations: USP, CDC, FDA and State Boards of Pharmacy. Not only that, but the rules, regulations, and guidelines are constantly evolving.

Written by TempAlert | September 21, 2017

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Pharmacy Safety

3 Essential Considerations When Evaluating Temperature Monitoring Systems

Digital temperature monitoring systems are the way of the future. The days of manual monitoring are coming to a close. Quite simply, a clipboard system can’t compete with remote, continuous, automatic, wireless technology. But, if you’re thinking of adopting a digital system, it may seem a bit daunting, given the so many different technologies on the market.

Written by TempAlert | September 6, 2017

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Pharmacy Safety

Interactive Pharmacy Temperature Compliance Map

In our previous blog posts, we discussed the industry’s move toward continuous monitoring, and its benefits beyond compliance. Since the guidelines are changing so rapidly, we partnered with Bula Intelligence to create an interactive tool that allows you to see a state-by-state overview of temperature compliance rules and recommendations for medications and vaccines. Let’s take a closer look.

Written by Patty Kumbera | August 31, 2017

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Pharmacy Safety

5 Benefits of Continuous Monitoring Beyond Compliance

In our last post, we presented an overview of the US regulatory landscape and a comparison of manual and digital monitoring systems. We demonstrated how continuous temperature monitoring is a more proactive approach than a paper-based/clipboard system, and much more likely to meet compliance standards accurately as they change over time.

Written by Patty Kumbera | August 16, 2017

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Pharmacy Safety

How Stricter State Regulations are Leading to Continuous Monitoring

Accurate temperature monitoring is necessary to ensure the safety and efficacy of all medications and vaccines. That should be a given in the pharmacy industry. But the truth is, for many pharmacy chains and independents, temperature monitoring is merely guesswork. Too frequently staff responsible for temperature monitoring don’t understand the “why” of recording temperatures.

Written by Patty Kumbera | August 9, 2017

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Pharmacy Safety

6 Ways to Protect Your Vaccine Inventory

With flu season fast-approaching, your pharmacies will be receiving a large influx of vaccines. As they are inherently unstable, flu vaccines require temperature control during storage and transit along the cold chain. Sub-optimal temperatures can result in wasted product, or worse, costly re-vaccination programs.

Written by TempAlert | July 26, 2017

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Pharmacy Safety

Vaccines and Power Outages: Steps You Can Take to Monitor Temperature

When storing vaccines in a pharmacy or hospital, a power outage is qualified as an emergency. Since maintaining their optimal temperatures is essential to preserving their integrity, safely monitoring vaccines during a power outage is, therefore, a top priority.

Written by TempAlert | July 12, 2017

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Pharmacy Safety

Best Practices for Transporting Vaccines

The CDC does not recommend the transport of vaccines - with good reason. However, there are ways to do it safely in an emergency situation.

Refrigerated and frozen vaccines must maintain their optimal temperature values to preserve their potency. Transporting them only multiplies the opportunities for temperature loss due to the potential of uninsulated packaging, warm storage spaces in transport vehicles, or...

Written by TempAlert | June 28, 2017

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Pharmacy Safety

6 Steps for Handling Temperature Excursions

What is a temperature excursion? In the pharmaceutical industry, it refers to any temperature reading outside recommended ranges from the manufacturer’s package insert. Why is it important? Because out-of-range storage temperatures or inappropriate conditions for any vaccine can negatively impact the efficacy, and will require immediate action.

Written by TempAlert | June 21, 2017

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