Proper Vaccine Storage is Critical
Research has shown that minor variances in temperature such as those in a household refrigerator can compromise the effectiveness of your biologicals, risking up to thousands of dollars in valuable contents.
Gain Security and Peace of Mind
Ideally suited for vaccine storage in clinics, hospitals, retail pharmacies and laboratories, Panasonic units range in size from compact undercounter freezers and refrigerators to large capacity and combination units in upright configurations.
Variation in temperature can drastically affect the effectiveness of vaccines. At the same time, failure to follow proper storage and monitoring practices will result in non-compliance to regulatory standards set by governing agencies. Following are some of the resources that provide information on the regulatory compliance and best practice recommendations for Vaccines storage techniques and strategies.
• CDC – Vaccine Safety
• CDC – Vaccine Storage
• Immunization Action Coalition - Vaccine Storage and Handling
• Storage and Monitoring of Vaccines
• Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Information on Vaccines
CDC and Vaccine for Children (VFC) Preservation Recommendations
How do Panasonic products comply with CDC Regulations?
The Panasonic MPR Series vs. The Domestic Refrigerator
CDC Equipment Recommendations
|Panasonic MPR Series vs. Domestic Refrigerators|
Panasonic offers a selection of Biomedical refrigerators and freezers that include significant design and performance properties, making these units more suitable for pharmacy and biomedical use than conventional household refrigerators.
|CFC-Free, reliable temperature control not affected by ambient temperature||Yes||No|
|Digital Display of chamber temperature||Yes||No|
|Precise temperature setting of chamber with microprocessor control||Yes||No|
|Variable temperature control of refrigerator (2°C - 4°C)||Yes||No|
|Variable temperature control of freezer (-20°C - -30°C)||Yes||Max/Mid/Min|
Uniform temperature at all shelf levels
|Separate operation of refrigerator and freezer||Yes||18°C|
|Window for viewing||Yes||No|
|Rack (SUS-304, MPR-41R)||Yes||No|
|Monitoring hole / port||Yes||Some models|
|Temperature recorder (option)||Yes||No|
|Door ajar option with indicator light and audible alarm||Yes||Some models|
|High / low alarm and under cooling overheating protection||Yes||No|
|Remote alarm terminal||Yes||No|
|Set temperature deviation||Yes||No|
|Self diagnostic function||Yes||No|
|Unique cycle defrost automatic defrost system||Yes||No|
Don’t let this happen to you!
Vaccine Storage Case Study.
In 2010, approximately 82 million vaccine doses were administered to an estimated 40 million children at a cost of $3.6 billion. However, none of the providers properly managed the vaccines according to government requirements.
How is our MPR Series built for compliant preservation of samples?
Key Advantages of the MPR Series for Application Specific Refrigeration:
• Accurate temperature sensors inside the refrigerator and controllers built specifically to maintain a set temperature within the 2°C to 8°C temperature range
• Alarms and temperature monitoring for quick notification of adverse operating conditions
• Evaporator operates at above freezing temperatures, reducing the need for defrost and avoiding product exposure to freezing temperatures
• Fan-forced air circulation for precise temperature uniformity
• Efficient temperature recovery properties ensure minimal temperature fluctuations from set points
Comparison of Panasonic Products with Respect to the
CDC Regulatory Recommendations – November 2012.
|MPR Series vs. Domestic Refrigerators|
|All Refrigerators / Freezers Must:||MPR-514/1014||MPR-215F/414F/715F||SR-L6111W||MDF-U731/M||SF-L6111W|
|All refrigerators must maintain
required vaccine storage temperatures
(2°C – 8°C) year round, preferably set at 5°C.
|All freezers must maintain vaccine storage temperatures (-15°C or below) year round.||N/A||N/A||N/A||✓||✓|
|Have automatic defrost and are free of any frost, ice, or water.||✓||✓*||✓||MDF-U731 - Auto|
MDF-U731M - Manual
|Manual defrosters for freezers are acceptable only if the office has an alternate place to store vaccines when defrosting the freezer.|
|Combination units must have separate |
temperature controls (thermostats) for the refrigerator and freezer.
Have doors that seal tightly and close properly.
|Have a working thermometer placed centrally in the unit. Thermometers must be certified in accordance with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) or the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards.||Min/Max Temperature MM-125||Min/Max Temperature MM-125||Recorder with probe in glycol MM-120||Recorder with probe in glycol MM-120||Recorder with probe in glycol MM-120|