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Pharmacy Fridges - Keeping Pharmaceuticals at Exact Temperatures

Modern pharmaceuticals need to be stored at exact temperatures. Designed-for-purpose pharmacy refrigerators maintain an internal air temperature between +2°C and +8°C with an audio/visual alarm that activates upon higher or lower temperatures.

PRLog - July 26, 2011 - HULL, U.K. -- Modern pharmaceuticals need to be stored at exact temperatures. Designed-for-purpose pharmacy refrigerators maintain an internal air temperature between +2°C and +8°C with an audio/visual alarm system that activates upon higher or lower temperatures. They are fully lockable to prevent unauthorised access and to ensure that all medication remains secure. Failure to store the drugs at this temperature can have devastating effect. Vaccines for example will die and become ineffective if they reach freezing temperatures.

The MHRA (The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) have recently revisited this issue with vengeance, clarifying their policies and making cold-chain procedure a prominent part of GDP inspections of both pharmacies and wholesale dealers. Failure to comply with cold chain procedure features on the top list of deficiencies found and published by the MHRA for each of the last three months.

The MHRA comment on their website specifically that Standard domestic refrigerators are not ideal for storing cold chain products for a number of reasons, including an uneven temperature distribution (as a result of minimal air circulation) and as they normal operating range of between 0 and 10C. Opening and closing the fridge door can cause significant temperature fluctuations, making monitoring of the internal temperature difficult. There is also a risk that products could freeze if they come into contact with the chiller plate or coil at the back of the fridge.

During GDP inspections of pharmacies that also hold a wholesale dealer’s licence, the MHRA have logged instances where the pharmacy refrigerator is also being used by staff for the storage of milk and food as well as medicinal products!

Consequently, any company storing refrigerated medicines should take steps to comply now. Don’t wait to be caught out at your next MHRA inspection. A large number of organisations needs to comply, pharmacies are obvious culprits but equally medical suppliers holding a WDL (Wholesale Dealers Licence) as well as end users, such as occupational health departments within British Industry.

Give yourself piece of mind, purchase a designed for purpose medical fridge today. First Aid Warehouse stock an extensive range starting from just £465.00 + VAT for the Shoreline SM45 fridge.

For a full range of Pharmacy Fridges and other Medical Furniture visit First Aid Warehouse.

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