The surge in mail-order drug deliveries, amid rising temperatures and climate volatility, presents a growing challenge to the security of the pharmaceutical supply chain, according to the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Every time a vaccine is subject to excessive heat or cold, its potency may be diminished, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A single exposure to freezing temperatures can destroy a batch entirely. With these trends in mind, a pair of New Jersey inventors set their sights on the “cold chain” – the controlled transport environment of medications traveling from manufacturer to customer – with a device that will alert health care providers if a medication has reached a temperature that may have compromised it.
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