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Heat-sensitive medicines (vaccines, types of insulin, anti-cancer drugs, etc.) are sometimes sold to patients and taken to their homes without suitable protection. However, their effectiveness is at risk! There is little room for manoeuvre, since a medicine can exceed a temperature threshold of +8 °C in less than 5 minutes; not only that, its effectiveness can be impaired by frost. In either case, it has to be discarded immediately. What is the best way to maintain the cold chain for medicines, even during the shortest journeys?
Choose the best insulated packaging solution
Faced with the multitude of cold chain packaging solutions available on the market (pouches, shoulder bags and insulated cooler bags), it is not easy to identify the best way of keeping medicines cool during the journey from the pharmacy to the patient’s home. The factors determining the choice of packaging solution are the storage period and the type of container. It is also necessary to analyse the transport conditions (journey time, ambient temperature, etc.), the volume of product to be transported, the number of times you need to use the solution (some types are reusable), etc.
The Certicold Pharma label guarantees the quality of equipment used for transporting medicines via the cold chain. It is issued by the Cemafroid certification laboratory. Insulated packaging solutions certified to the Certicold Pharma standard satisfy a precise set of specifications: the performance and reliability of the solutions are carefully screened in order to ensure that medicines are stored in complete safety!
When you buy the most
appropriate insulated packaging solution for your requirements, remember to ask
to see the document that shows the temperature graph and attests that the
product will maintain the medicines at the correct temperature for the
stated period. This is confirmation that your product has been tested and
validated by a laboratory responsible for conducting thermal tests.
The Igloo cooling pouch
The new Igloo insulated cooling pouch, bearing the Certicold Pharma label, is supplied complete with a cold source. It has been specially designed for storing heat-sensitive medicines at temperatures of between +2 °C and +8 °C. Storing the cooling kits at +5 °C prevents the medicines from freezing.