Accurate and reliable temperature monitoring in a pharmaceutical warehouse is enabled through radio temperature data loggers.
Tinytag radio data loggers are used to monitor the temperature in climate controlled storage areas and for environmental monitoring to prevent overheating in a server room.
STD Pharmaceutical Products Ltd, a leading pharmaceutical and medical equipment manufacturer uses the Tinytag Radio Data Logging System to ensure that its temperature sensitive products are stored in the appropriate environmental conditions. The System sends temperature data via wireless communications technology for instant display on a PC.
As a family-run business established in 1967, STD Pharmaceutical Products supplied novel sclerosant (injectable medicine) to surgeons for the non-surgical treatment of varicose veins. Today, the company offers a variety of sclerotherapy products, antiperspirants, also provides treatment for excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis). This includes tap water iontophoresis devices, which use a water bath to transmit a low-voltage electric current through the hands or feet with a non-invasive procedure. Both products provide viable alternatives to surgical interventions.
A number of the company’s products need to be kept at storage temperatures below 25°C and to ensure full regulatory compliance, the products’ temperature conditions need to be monitored uninterruptedly. Six radio data loggers, some incorporating two probes, are situated in the main warehouse facility at different height levels with a distinct temperature differential of 2°C between the levels.
A logger is also placed in the cold store to detect any temperature deviation within that area, and there is a further one located in the server room to help protect the IT systems from overheating. Unless the logging system automatically generates an alarm, the data is analysed on a monthly basis. In the event of an alarm being triggered, swift action must be taken to determine whether any products are at risk. For the company’s Wholesaler Dealers Licence, an annual report is prepared in accordance with current MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency) criteria.
Gemini Data Loggers was first chosen by STD Pharmaceutical Products because of the information and experience that was readily available. The radio system was established as the most adaptable since the loggers can be placed anywhere they are needed, and they support each other by automatically re-routing the signal (or recording locally) if this is blocked or the battery dies, ensuring that the data is not lost. All of the radio loggers feed into a single hub, which is linked to the company’s server. Additional data loggers and probes can be added if needed at a later stage making the system extremely flexible and future-proof.
Louise Payne of STD Pharmaceuticals said:
“We are very satisfied with the results of the loggers; previously we used loggers which recorded the minimum and maximum temperatures for the previous day. Tinytag radio loggers use real time, and are also able to log historic data: if there is an issue an automated alarm can be sent direct to our e-mail, mobile device or telephone, and the software is simple and effective to use.”