Providing the devices and information to accurately monitor temperature sensitive medications, indicating if they have been exposed to temperature events that could impact their effectiveness in treating patients.
More than 30 years ago, Temptime Corporation developed the first miniaturized technology to monitor time-temperature exposure of vials containing the oral polio vaccine. Since then, the company has deepened its commitment to public health by expanding its suite of easy-to-use, patient-centric temperature monitoring solutions to include those designed for both pharmacy and patient use. In 2019, Zebra — an innovator at the edge of enterprise solutions with expertise in healthcare, among other industries — acquired Temptime.
Through Temptime’s manufacturing facility, Zebra offers a comprehensive range of temperature monitoring solutions to meet the cold chain needs of specialty pharmacies and their patients. Their products include:
• Visual, low-cost, chemically-based heat and freeze indicators for blood products, vaccines, biologics, and other medication during storage.
• Heat and freeze indicators for monitoring medication during shipment.
• Sophisticated electronic, wireless temperature and humidity monitoring systems with cloud-based data storage and sharing.
Zebra is striving to improve supply chain efficiency, global health, and patient care through the effective deployment of devices and solutions that identify temperature excursions and provide information so that action to be taken.
-Wireless Monitoring Systems
The family of wireless Bluetooth®-enabled sensors monitor and record temperature data 24/7.
The W-200 is designed for facilities and warehouses, monitoring both temperature and humidity in medication storage areas to help with accreditation compliance and regulatory requirements. Data can be accessed remotely using a web-based application and customized alerts notify users instantly if any areas have exceeded temperature limits. The M-300 and S-400 programmable dataloggers are ideal for monitoring temperatures during transport or storage, letting users:
• View and share temperature data with a free mobile app.
• Customize alarm limits, datalogging intervals, startup options, and more.
• Store unlimited data on the cloud and generate reports with a complementary web app.
-Package Performance Qualification Testing
For specialty pharmacies, Package Performance Qualification (PPQ) testing ensures that the shipment packaging is able to provide the necessary temperature range for the required period of time during transport of critical and often life-saving medications to patients. More than that, PPQ testing is also required for certain pharmacy accreditations, such as URAC.
These wireless monitoring devices help specialty pharmacies simplify PPQ testing while providing data and information to optimize pack-outs. Customized Third-Party PPQ Testing services also help meet the requirements of pharmacy networks that make third-party validation testing a condition of participation.
-TransTracker® Shipment Indicators
TransTracker® visual temperature indicators monitor medication heat and freeze events during shipment. They are simple to read and understand, so patients can tell at a glance if medication has been handled within the appropriate temperature range. These devices instill a higher level of patient confidence so that unnecessary, costly reshipments due to suspected temperature damage can be reduced or eliminated. These cost-effective, single-use indicators also help specialty pharmacies comply with state regulations.
97% of medication recipients said they prefer a specialty pharmacy that uses the TransTracker® indicator in its shipments.*
* Based on “Experience of Specialty Pharmacies in TransTracker Product-in-Use Patient Research” with over 8,000 patient responses.
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