Pharmacy Monitoring for Compliance and Quality Control
Pharmacies, whether large or small, have the responsibility of protecting medications, ointments, tablets, liquids, injectables, pills, and more from temperature and humidity damage. Pharmacy chains face stiff regulation requirements from the CDC and VFC programs and are actively implementing real-time remote monitoring and alerting systems to meet both state and federal requirements. Monitoring systems help pharmacies meet key business objectives, such as the replacement of manual processes (paper checklists) and maintaining quality standards for medications and drugs.
For example, immunosuppressants such as Humira can have different storage requirements (2-8°C) to maintain potency than does a chickenpox vaccine such as Varivax (-15°C). In both cases, and with nearly all other medications, the CDC, FDA, and Board of Pharmacy generally recommend around-the-clock monitoring at a 15 minute interval, automated reports for regulators and inspectors, along with ISO 17025 NIST calibrated sensors.