Simple temperature checks on vaccines avoid waste in the cold chain

Timestrip introduces temperature indicator for vaccines

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Timestrip Vaccine Freezer Moni-tor VFM -7°C. Photo Timestrip

Timestrip, a member of AIPIA, has introduced a new temperature indicator that helps healthcare professionals avoid wastage of vaccines. Travelling with packs of vaccine vials, the Vaccine Freezer Moni-tor VFM -7°C is activated just when monitoring is required.

The indicator is started by pressing a button on the back, and can then quickly be placed in the packaging along with the frozen vaccine vials. From then on, VFM -7°C follows the temperature precisely, and shows a clear alert if temperatures rise above -7°C. In this case, the vaccine should be discarded or sent for examination, says the company.

A built-in window shows the duration of the breach up to 72 hours, but should temperatures rise well above the -7°C set point, the window will fill faster, mirroring the effect of temperature on the delicate vaccines.

VFM -7°C can be activated at any point in the cold chain. The liquid based indicators are completely inert prior to use, and can be stored in the freezer, fridge, or at room temperature. In addition to vaccines, the indicators can be used to protect other sensitive pharmaceutical products.

“Use of the VFM -7°C avoids vaccine wastage and ensures vaccine efficacy is not compromised”, said Nora Murphy, commercial director of Timestrip. “It also encourages sound quality procedures throughout storage and transport of these important vaccine supplies.”

Originally produced as a custom indicator, VFM -7°C is now available for broader use in monitoring sensitive pharma products.

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This article was first published on AIPIA website.

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