Protect Your Pharmaceuticals in Shipment and Storage

    Posted by Carissa Smith on November 26,2018


    In Shipment

    Pharmaceuticals require a high level of expertise to ensure they are shipped safely throughout the supply chain. This is one of the most difficult tasks for logistics providers and freight forwarders. The integrity of pharmaceutical products must be protected from the point of manufacturing to the final delivery.

    Temperature control is a major factor when it comes to shipping pharmaceutical products. With just a 2% drop in temperature variation can result in less effective pharmaceuticals.

    iStock-1063009702The unique nature of shipping pharmaceutical drugs makes it necessary to rely on time and temperature monitors to protect the shipment. The most effective temperature monitors record temperature throughout the entire life cycle of shipping and distribution.

    In Storage

    Any changes in temperature or disruption of the temperature chain may compromise the quality or efficacy of a pharmaceutical drug. Pharmacists should have a foundational understanding of temperature requirements to ensure that the product is stored in the proper environment, protecting the overall integrity of the drug. Although pharmacists may be aware of the requirements for medications, newer specialty medications (such as biologics) often require an alternative storage and handling condition.

    There are specific storage requirements for standard controlled room temperature (CRT), refrigerated or frozen temperatures for pharmaceuticals: 


    Temperature range

    Room temperature storage

    20°C to 25°C with excursions between 15°C and 30°C 
    (68°F to 77° F with excursions between 59°F to 86°F) 

    Cool storage

    8°C to 15°C 
    (46°F to 59°F)

    Refrigerator storage

    2°C to 8°C 
    (36°F to 46°F)

    Freezer storage

    -25°C to -10°C  
    (-13°F to 14°F)


    Safe handling and vaccine storage mishaps can occur anywhere in the cold chain process. These temperature fluctuations can also decrease the potency of the vaccine to varying degrees, which may lead to inadequate immune responses, as well as creating the need for revaccination.


    Topics: Cold Chain, Life Sciences, Data Logger, Medical Safety

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