The Importance of Critical Storage Monitoring for Vaccines and Medications

The terms temperature monitoring and pressure differential monitoring may not mean something to most people. To others however, those terms are incredibly important. Both must be strictly and accurately controlled. Reputations, jobs, the success or failure of a business and lives depend on it.

In the pharmaceutical industry, there is little to no room for error. Human lives depend on those within the industry to do their jobs correctly, honestly and to the very best of their ability. Equally important is the equipment used to house vaccines, medications and other pharmaceuticals.

This critical storage equipment must maintain a combination of correct temperature, humidity level, CO2 level and differential pressure in order to properly maintain the sensitive items stored within. Not doing so, can lead to big problems. Earlier this month, a faulty refrigerator compromised 10 different vaccines stored at a medical office affiliated with Stanford Children’s Health.

In this particular case, the refrigerator reached below freezing temperatures, compromising vaccinations including those for whooping cough, polio, HPV, Hepatitis A and B and influenza. Because of this issue, doctors will now have to re-vaccinate more than 1,500 pediatric patients. In addition, Stanford Children’s Health is installing new refrigerators as well as a round-the-clock temperature monitoring system which will immediately alert the staff to any problems.

In May of this year, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation was forced to alert 4,000 patients about the possibility of having to be re-vaccinated due to a faulty refrigerator that kept the vaccines a few degrees too cold.

Mistakes such as these involving such important products can be devastating for the reputation of a medical office when people no longer trust the office, its staff and it’s equipment with their health and instead worry that seeking medical attention there could be detrimental to their health.

Additionally, the FDA monitors facilities that house sensitive medical items to ensure compliance for the health and safety of the public and will take action against those that are not.

Therefore, the importance of critical storage monitoring cannot be emphasized enough, especially when it comes to keeping the population as healthy as possible with properly stored vaccines and mediations. Fortunately, there are solutions to solve this problem. At the top of the list is PharmaWatch.

PharmaWatch is at the forefront of wireless technology that’s engineered and designed to monitor critical storage equipment, enabling users to access (24/7) real-time monitoring data and receive alert notifications regarding storage environment conditions.  In addition, PharmaWatch is fully FDA 21 CFR Part 11 Compliant and makes certain their equipment remains that way by automatically updating the system whenever a new Federal or State compliance regulation is added or amended.


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