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Power outages and refrigerated medicines: The need for better guidelines, awareness and planning

Kosari, S, Walker, EJ, Anderson, C, Peterson, GM ORCID: 0000-0002-6764-3882, Naunton, M, Castillo Martinez, E, Garg, S and Thomas, J 2018 , 'Power outages and refrigerated medicines: The need for better guidelines, awareness and planning' , Journal of clinical pharmacy and therapeutics , doi: 10.1111/jcpt.12716.

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Abstract

What is known and objective: Vaccines and other pharmaceuticals are essentialmedical supplies that require continuous storage at specific temperatures to maintainviability. Power outages can lead to a break in the cold chain, resulting in thedegradation of essential medicines.Comment: After a power outage, the stability of vaccines and other medicines can bedifficult to ascertain. Many public health guidelines therefore recommend discardingpotentially compromised pharmaceuticals unless the cold chain can be guaranteed—acostly endeavour. There are government guidelines aimed at minimizing exposure tohigh temperatures in the event of a power outage; however, the usefulness of theseguidelines is uncertain.What is new and conclusion: The actual cost of vaccine and pharmaceutical loss dueto a break in the cold chain is poorly studied and requires further research. Additionalrecommendations regarding the stability of specific medicines would also be a valuableresource.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Kosari, S and Walker, EJ and Anderson, C and Peterson, GM and Naunton, M and Castillo Martinez, E and Garg, S and Thomas, J
Keywords: Stability vaccines temperature electricity
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of clinical pharmacy and therapeutics
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
ISSN: 0269-4727
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/jcpt.12716
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© 2018 John Wiley & Sons Ltd

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