Temperature monitoring is a critical consideration when it comes to the safe, effective and compliant production, transport and storage of pharmaceuticals. Because medicines are intended for human consumption and they may contain ingredients that are extremely sensitive to temperature, humidity and similar factors, they must be kept at precise temperature at all times.
What is temperature mapping and monitoring in the pharmaceutical industry?
Temperature mapping is a core consideration in the larger world of pharmaceutical temperature monitoring. Temperature mapping uses temperature loggers to define potential weak points in climate-controlled storage areas for medicines that require holding in a specific range. By reviewing data provided by such tools, technicians and supervisors can identify areas where temperatures fluctuate too much for safe storage, then take steps to keep products safe in short term and address the issue in the long term.
A temperature monitoring system can play an especially powerful role in the effectiveness of temperature monitoring. By using a continuous monitoring system, your organisation can gather data from any point at which the cold storage area was in operation. Because regulations set by national and international authorities often require regular readings of climate controlled storage areas, it's important to have an effective and efficient system for recording accurate measurements in place.
The testo Saveris data logging monitoring system offers some key advantages in this regard. With Saveris, you can expect continuous and accurate automatic monitoring of pharmaceutical product for both temperature and humidity. The data is logged and collected automatically, saving valuable employee time that can be put to use in other areas. And Saveris doesn't just function as an automated monitoring system, it also collects data in its software, making analysis and review that much easier for your business.
How relevant is humidity for the pharma supply chain?
While discussions of safe handling and storage of pharmaceuticals often centre around temperature, humidity is a crucial variable as well. The Therapeutic Goods Administration takes humidity into consideration in many cases, such as when determining the efficacy, safety and stability of over-the-counter medications.
Humidity can cause major issues for a variety of pharmaceuticals. A lack of humidity in storage or an excess of it can lead to issues like doses physically degrading and negative affects on the efficacy of medicines in these conditions. Pharmaceutical Processing World said that some excursions outside of the optimal humidity range for medicines is often inevitable, but strong controls and oversight can help minimise their effects and provide valuable information for making corrections in the future. Companies that use the Testo Saveris wireless monitoring system have oversight covered in terms of data collection and review.
How can you monitor temperature remotely?
Remote temperature monitoring can serve as a force multiplier, freeing highly qualified and experienced staff from the need to engage in rote work such as manually recording temperature data. Depending on the size of your facility and the different types of medications produced and/or stored within it, temperature checks as part of a temperature mapping program can take up a substantial amount of employee time. And that time savings means staff can focus more on issues that benefit from their expertise, education and experience instead of having to focus on basic tasks. Not only is the quantity of basic work required of staff reduced, but the opportunities for them to engage in more high-level tasks increase.
A temperature monitoring system that includes data logging functionality can go a long way toward supporting your business's efforts to produce, transport and store medication in a compliant, consistent and cost-effective fashion. With data loggers placed in the correct position in all areas where temperature needs to be monitored and only very occasional maintenance, much of the most time-consuming work associated with temperature monitoring is effectively addressed. The loggers provide consistent, accurate readings and transmit that information back to a central database.
With extremely fast access to the relevant data, your staff can quickly identify issues and respond as necessary, correcting temperatures and engaging in maintenance to return an affected area to the proper levels of heat and humidity.
Testo provides dependable temperature monitoring systems
Selecting the best temperature monitoring system for your company's individual needs is a careful and deliberate process that requires plenty of assessment, review and discussion before a final decision is reached. At Testo, we know how important it is for companies in the industry to have effective solutions for pharmaceutical temperature monitoring. That's why we take pride in manufacturing compliant, effective, durable and centralised continuous monitoring systems. To learn more about how our wide range of solutions can support your business goals, get in touch with us today.