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LOOKING AFTER YOUR MEDICINES IN THE HEAT Posted on 18 Jul 2022

The effectiveness of many medicines can be affected by temperatures of over 25 degrees reducing their efficacy and longevity. With potential temperatures forecast to be in excess of 35 degrees this week please store “room temperature” medicines in a location that tends to remain cool. Drug cupboards and vehicles can reach temperatures significantly in excess of the ambient temperature. A closed “cold bag” in a cooler place out of the sun may be sufficient to guard against the temperature in that bag reaching these high levels. Monitoring is recommended. If your medicines have been exposed to temperatures higher than 25 degrees over a period of several hours, please ask your community pharmacist for advice.

 

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