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In healthcare institutions, the temperature of medication in refrigerators is often recorded manually. In practice, this means that an employee of the institution goes through all the refrigerators every day to check and register the temperature of the medication. This data is then manually entered into the system. For healthcare institutions with multiple locations, this is a cumbersome, time-consuming and therefore expensive process. 

Various cold chain solutions are available that offer protection during both storage and transport. Temperature loggers, track & trace, Thermo boxes and online temperature monitoring are some of these solutions where resources are available that are also explicitly intended for the storage and distribution of vaccines. It is essential only to use high-quality solutions that provide the protection required to ensure patient safety. These solutions are usually offered by renowned brands that often also have the correct certifications.

Every day we are confronted with reports about the development of the corona vaccine. Who will develop the most influential vaccine, when is it available and for whom? Where will production take place, and what about worldwide distribution? But vaccine development is not the only challenge. Logistical issues arise; after all, the supply chains for vaccines are very complex. Many aspects must be taken into account, and the question is whether the (logistics) world is ready for this.

3.5 million tons of pharmaceuticals per year are transported by ship, 0.5 million tons per year by air. Although the majority of the drugs were produced in Europe, America and Japan 20 years ago, today, China and India are the leading suppliers. The main reason for this is that pharmaceutical companies were no longer able to make large profits because of too small margins. Producing in a country with low production and labour costs seemed the solution. Unfortunately, this method has been causing problems in recent years, with the current corona crisis as the lowest point.

It is an accomplished fact that safeguarding the prescribed temperature margins in the cold chain of vaccines and medicines is paramount. After all, patient safety is central. Deviations in temperature margins can lead to a shortened shelf life or reduced effect of the vaccine or drug. Therefore, these temperature margins must be continuously monitored. Temperature recorders, also known as data loggers, are usually used for this. However, registration often involves many administrative actions. LogTag Online has been developed to make this process easier and more user-friendly.

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