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TempAlert's Top Pharmacy Safety Articles of 2017

As 2017 is coming to a close, we wanted to take a look back at our top pharmacy blog articles of the year. This year, we have seen a rise in stricter regulations for storage and handling, stricter regulations for the Vaccines For Children (VFC) program, and a larger shift to continuous monitoring. Check out our top posts from 2017 as we move into the New Year!

Written by TempAlert | December 27, 2017

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Are You Prepared for the 2018 VFC Storage and Handling Requirements?

Beginning January 1, 2018, all Vaccines for Children (VFC) providers will be mandated to meet new storage and handling requirements. Are you prepared?

Written by Patty Kumbera | December 13, 2017

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Here’s Why Pharmacies Need Continuous Ambient Temperature Monitoring

In an article in the New York Times, journalist Walecia Konrad reported a personal story concerning her 10-year-old son’s medication. While vacationing in New Hampshire during a heat wave, the boy’s allergies kicked up. As usual, she gave him a dose of an over-the-counter remedy that usually brings him quick relief. However, this time the drug had no effect—day after day.

Written by TempAlert | November 21, 2017

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Remote Monitoring Is Key For Insight Into Drug Shortages In Puerto Rico

The hurricane season of 2017 has been one for the record books, and it’s only half over. Harvey and Irma both made landfall in the U.S. as Category 4 hurricanes—the first time this has occurred in the Atlantic since 1851. Both were then followed by Jose, yet another Category 4.

Written by TempAlert | November 1, 2017

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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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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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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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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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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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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. Accompanying these unseen excursions is a high likelihood of you administering ineffective vaccines and medications.

Written by TempAlert | August 2, 2017

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