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Why Temperature Control Storage Is Important In Pharmaceuticals

by Krin Murphy

Pharmaceutical products are temperature sensitive and are likely to spoil and become harmful to patients if stored at incorrect temperatures. Without proper temperature control, a pharmaceutical company or hospital may incur unnecessary costs of replacing spoilt drugs. Temperature-controlled storage keeps the chemicals and enzymes in the medication stable and prevents any unwanted chemical reaction that would make the medicine fatal to patients. Here are a few benefits of having temperature-controlled pharmaceutical storage. 

Prolonging the Medication's Lifespan

Pharmaceutical companies mass-produce medicines for distribution to hospitals and drug stores. Since all the medications cannot be used at once, some require storage for future use. Storing them in a temperature-controlled facility ensures they remain viable and safe for use. Modern trucks like reefers come equipped with temperature-controlled transport systems to help transport medications without compromising quality. A good example is the diabetes medication you must store at a specific temperature to keep the insulin active.

Adhering to Regulations

Every health center or pharmacy must observe strict regulations regarding medical equipment, especially storage systems. That ensures proper care when handling medication to avoid contamination. Operating against these regulations may expose you to legal actions attracting fines or jail time. For instance, it's unethical not to store temperature-sensitive medication within the required temperature as there's a risk of them going bad and becoming unsafe for use, which goes against every medical practitioner's oath of preserving lives. 

Preventing Contamination

Pharmaceutical temperature-controlled storage units have compartments for different medications based on their use and temperature sensitivity. This grouping strategy helps prevent contamination in case of accidental spills when the vails or bottles break. Contamination can trigger a chemical reaction that degrades and compromises the drugs' effectiveness. The racks also have compartments to hold the bottles in place to protect them from colliding and breaking. Some pharmaceutical storage systems also keep harmful and yet-to-be-approved medication away from people, especially those still under trial, as they await approval from relevant authorities. 

Control and Monitor the Medication

Medicine requires constant monitoring to ensure they don't degrade and become toxic for use. A temperature-controlled system is the best way to monitor the medication to remain in prime condition. It also helps to organize, categorize, and sort drugs based on their use, temperature sensitivity, and expiry date. Temperature-controlled storage helps to keep inventory and regulates access to medicines. 


Temperature-controlled systems are perfect for pharmaceutical products as they prolong their lifespan, ensure they remain safe for human use and regulate access to sensitive medicine. Contact a pharmaceutical professional if you need help setting up temperature-controlled pharmaceutical storage