This article is a Q&A interview conducted by Clinical Lab Manager and MadgeTech Sales Manager, Ken LaPage.
Q: WHY IS MAINTAINING ULTRA-LOW TEMPERATURE REQUIREMENTS FOR COVID-19 VACCINES SO IMPORTANT? ARE THERE SIMILAR CHALLENGES ASSOCIATED WITH MAINTAINING APPROPRIATE ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS FOR OTHER WIDELY AVAILABLE VACCINES?
Pharmaceuticals must be stored at specified temperatures, or it could result in physical characteristic changes such as taste, color, or smell. Improper temperature storage could also alter the intended potency or effectiveness and could cause harm to the person taking the drug.
Temperature and humidity monitoring play a major role in ensuring safety, quality, and potency in the pharmaceutical processing chain. However, an aspect that is sometimes understated is the importance of continued monitoring during transport and delivery.