Drugs shelf life
- Shelf life – a storage time during which the drug is safe to use and has an efficiency guaranteed by the manufacturer. Dates about storage are on the pill’s box- package next to the series, and batch number and date of manufacture. Responsibility for the consequences of receiving expired drugs rests solely with the patient.
Where to store?
- Terms of medication storage on the packaging and in the instructions. The most commonly used two heat settings: room temperature (from 17 to +22 ° C) and reduced (from +5 to +15 ° C). The refrigerator made to store candles (they suppositories), ointments, require low temperature to maintain the shape and quality characteristics, as well as some drugs for injection.
- If you want to store medicines in the refrigerator, it is better to place them on a separate shelf – medicines should not be in contact with food. In addition, it is recommended to store medicines in the refrigerator in a separate plastic packaging. Shelf should be selected such that the candle on and ointments are cooled but not frozen.
How to carry the drugs when you travelling?
Any prolonged deviation from the recommended storage temperature leads to irreversible consequences – the action of the drug is unpredictable and sometimes dangerous. Therefore, for the transportation of drugs that require refrigeration (candles, ointments, insulin), it is reasonable to use medical cold boxes that are sold in pharmacies, or portable cooler bags. Remember, drugs are afraid to temperature extremes!