How to store medication.
SneakGuard storage keeps your medication safe from problems you can see as well as those you can’t. The visible ones are usually of the two – or possibly four -legged variety, but the less visible ones can come in the form of microorganisms, moisture, sunlight and even the air we breathe. Learning how to store medication is key.
Don’t let improper medication storage become your enemy.
|Stored medication is susceptible to a number of chemical and biological threats. Some degrade quality, while others can cause illnesses that can be life threatening in patients with weakened immune systems.
This page outlines the major environmental threats to the quality and safety attributes of medication storage, explains the science behind those threats, and how SneakGuard can control them.
Exposing your medication to light – and sunlight in particular – won’t make it toxic, but it will degrade its potency more quickly than any single environmental factor.
SneakGuard’s storage area consists of a stainless steel exterior, which is opaque and reflects light away from the interior of the device, surrounding a completely opaque, food-safe ABS plastic inner chamber. In addition, the locking lid, air-tight construction and vacuum seal ensure that no light will leak in through small openings, and you control when and where it’s opened.
The Center for Disease Control, does not recommend storing medications in the bathroom due to the harmful effects of humidity. SneakGuard offers built in humiddicant holders allowing you to keep the container’s relative humidity at the correct range.
Good to Know
RH – Relative Humidity (%)
The amount of water vapor present in air relative to the amount needed for saturation at the same time.
MC – Moisture Content (%)
The ratio of the mass of water in a sample to the mass of solids in the sample. Both RH and MC are expressed as a percentage.
For the nerdier among us, RH is defined as “the amount of water vapor present in air relative to the amount needed for saturation at the same temperature;” and MC as “the ratio of the mass of water in a sample to the mass of solids in the sample.” Both RH and MC are expressed as a percentage
Now that we’ve cleared that up, there is a recommended RH for storing medications. Storing medications at the correct range (and following the other guidelines offered here) will keep them fresh and potent for a good while.
|Beyond just being unsightly, mold produces mycotoxins, which may result in dangerous allergic reactions.|
SneakGuard’s double-walled, vacuum sealed architecture allows precise control over the storage environment, while integrated reservoirs that hold Integra Boost humidity control packs will maintain realtive humidity the storage area, which will help prevent the growth of dangerous microbiological contaminants.
Controlling the amount of oxygen the medication is exposed to by pumping the air out of an airtight container is key. SneakGuard achieves this with a manual pump and vacuum indicator built into the top of the device.
When using other vacuum sealed storage devices, one must be careful not to remove too much oxygen, as doing so can make it difficult to control RH, but that problem is eliminated when the recommended Integra packets are used with SneakGuard’s integrated humidiccant storage reservoirs.
As explained earlier, humidity is measured relative to temperature because the amount of moisture that air can hold increases with temperature (hence the ‘R’ in RH), which tells us that temperature and humidity are highly interdependent.
Once you understand that, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that moisture-loving mold and bacteria thrive in the ranges of 70-90℉ and 40-140℉, respectively.
Relative humidity in a fridge that’s been closed for a while can dip below 10%, but as soon as the door opens, warmer external temperatures cause internal temperature and RH to rapidly increase beyond the recommended levels discussed above, only to head in the other direction once the door shuts.
It is simply too difficult to control the internal environment of the containers that have traditionally been used for medication storage to use them in such a dynamic environment, but SneakGuard’s double-walled, vacuum-sealed design allows its owners to take advantage of the refrigerator’s lower temperatures by isolating its contents from rapid temperature fluctuation while using the recommended Integra Humidity Control Packets in their integrated humiddicant reservoirs keeps RH at a constant.
As you can see, maintaining the quality and safety of medications is all about controlling the storage environment, and with so many factors to consider, it can be a bit of a balancing act.
SneakGuard takes the guesswork out of how to store medication.