In every pharmacy warehouse across the globe, one issue remains the reason for massive product waste and monetary loss year in and year out. Although some medications don’t require any kind of temperature control whatsoever such as the common medications you may find in the pharmacy aisle at your local store, other medicines rely on cold temperatures in order to be preserved. But, why is this that these medicines must be stored in such specific temperature ranges and how does this temperature control factor greatly affect medical cost and waste over time? In order to understand just how important medicine temperature control is we must look at its significance and then one particular device that could solve these issues entirely in a highly cost effective and efficient way.
Every medicine currently on the market has specific storage instructions. Although some medications are far easier to store, there are plenty that are fairly specific and require different ranges and many more that even can become expired quicker if the proper storage requirements are not met.
While some medications require warm, dry environments, other medications are far more finicky such as Amoxicillin and Insulin. These are two very common and highly necessary drugs in every pharmacy and hospital across the globe but, without proper storage requirements being met, a pharmacy warehouse could run the risk of losing this inventory entirely.
On top of this, the inventory is far from cheap with Insulin costing roughly $250 per vial. This could quickly lead to thousands of dollars being lost all due to a malfunction in a given refrigeration system. Therefore, it is highly important that a pharmacy warehouse keeps track of its daily thermostat data in order to completely prevent this kind of error from happening. However, there are many ways to do so currently but most of them tend to be expensive and also cost massive amounts of energy each year. So, what is the answer to this highly important dilemma? Although it might not be initially clear, some believe that wireless sensors could solve these problems at a fraction of the cost. However, in order to understand how these sensors can be of use, we must look at what makes such a viable answer to begin with.
When refrigeration is necessary, it is highly important that this unit is consistently checked in order to find any and all discrepancies in the temperature threshold before they become a major problem. This is where a wireless sensor can come into play. Companies like Wireless Sensors UK have created wireless temperature sensors in order to monitor and track temperature data for any given area. Not only are these devices highly useful but they also are capable of being used in any area with only a small battery.
Therefore, a pharmacy warehouse could ultimately set given temperature thresholds on the wireless temperature sensor and be alerted via SMS or email if the temperature fluctuates. This could lead to a far quicker repair time and also ensure the preservation of medications as well.
Furthermore, the sensors are also extremely small and discrete meaning they can be placed anywhere within the given area and not be in the way of products or storage compartments. The sensors, like many devices that run off the IoT are also connected to the network meaning they are highly responsive and safe.
Lastly, the sensors also are NIST certified meaning they are proven to be efficient both in energy and environmental preservation but also in doing what they do best: monitor the temperature of their region.
In the end, although the preservation of medicine is highly important, perhaps, these wireless sensors can reduce waste, ensure freshness, and help keep our world a healthier place one alert at a time.