Safeguarding the Integrity of Medications: Shipping Matters
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves medications only after vigorous clinical trials demonstrate the stability, safety and efficacy of the product. Since many medications, such as biologics, can be sensitive to temperature, manufacturers provide a specific temperature range that must be maintained for each drug.
Following these guidelines is essential to maintaining the integrity of medications during storage and shipping. To further ensure patient safety, the legal and regulatory landscape is shifting and pharmacies are expected to communicate the reliability of the cold chain with patients.
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