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As a healthcare professional, you are in the best position to inform your patient about the importance of storing their heat-sensitive pharmaceutical treatment at the correct temperature. Compliance with the cold chain is vital, even for products which are only purchased from time to time such as vaccinations.
How to educate your patient in 3 steps.
Biological medicines: take care to comply with the cold chain
80% of new
pharmaceutical molecules on the European market stem from biotechnologies. Biological medicines represent significant
advances in the fight against debilitating and serious chronic diseases such as:
In most cases, biological medicines are produced from living cells. They help to develop vaccinations, hormones, transformed viruses, modified plants or cells. Among these medicines, we have for example insulin, monoclonal antibodies, growth hormones, blood-derived medicines and vaccinations.
To maintain their integrity, these medicines must for the most part to be stored at a temperature of between +2°C and +8°C inclusive.
Do you have an insulated packaging solution to offer your patients so that they can transport their medicines home in complete safety? We have developed an approved insulated pouch that keeps heat-sensitive medicines at +5°C for up to 1 hour while they are transported from the pharmacy to the home of the patient. This insulated pouch, called Igloo, will be available to the general public from April 2016. You can already stock up for your patients!
Igloo insulated pouch
Without an approved insulated pouch for strict storage at +2/+8°C, the heat-sensitive medicine will not be able to maintain its integrity and must not be administered.
We have indicated 5 simple actions to secure the cold chain upon receipt of medicines. As for the patients, they must follow your advice.
Secure the cold chain for medicines
With the Igloo pouch, there is no more handling for your patient, they simply put the pouch containing the medicine directly into the refrigerator.
But if you provide another type of pouch or an insulated bag, it must be accompanied with gel packs (or eutectic gels) to keep the medicine between +2 and +8°C. Then explain how to proceed:
patient must then take the product to a medical appointment:
Your patient must understand that putting the medicines in the refrigerator after movement should not be delayed. While the insulated packaging solution keeps it at the correct temperature, it is only for a limited duration – especially in summer when the outside temperatures are high. It is therefore necessary to take all precautions to secure the cold chain as soon as possible.