The impact heat can have on medication

Almost all medications have recommended storage temperatures.

This could become a problem for people who have their medications delivered. Many common medications cannot be stored above 86 degrees. If your prescription is left in a hot mailbox this summer, that could be a problem. At Quality First Pharmacy, a delivery of medical supplies is underway with most supplies in the back, but some medications are in the front in the air conditioning.

“It’s cool up there,” says driver Tonya Price.

They make deliveries every day in the heat, but pharmacist Gina Carson says the medications stay at a safe temperature.

“All of our cars are air-conditioned, we make sure everything is at an even temperature,” explains Carson.

She says all of their clients have to sign for their medications, so nothing stays in a hot mailbox or on a porch. She says leaving them in the heat could be bad.

“Anytime a drug is stored outside of this range, it essentially has the potential to not have the full effect of the drug or not make it as effective as it would be if stored within the range. temperature in which it was studied,” Carson said.

She says it’s common for people to worry about their medications being exposed to heat.

“I took a lot of calls, I just left it in their car, at their house, ‘Oh I forgot to bring it, are you okay?’ and we had to call the manufacturer or research the temperature range,” she says.

Carson says another issue is the side effects of heat-related medications, such as sun sensitivity. She says things like birth control and acne medication can cause problems.

“Just be sure to speak to the pharmacist and make sure they educate you about side effects before you take your medications,” she says.

Carson says it’s good practice to wear sunscreen and avoid too much sun.

She says if you’re worried about your meds getting too hot, call your pharmacy to see if that’s a problem before throwing them away.

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