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On January 17th, 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that they had completed their testing of the DeltaTrak FlashLink Certified Vaccine Data Logger with Glycol Bottle and this product was now prequalified to be included in its list of recommended products.

This product is now available from DeltaTrak for use by global and local healthcare agencies, pharmacies, or hospitals, for monitoring the storage conditions of vaccines and other cold chain products (i.e. products that generally are stored in a 2°C to 8°C environment), within their facilities.

Typical use of this kind of device would be to monitor refrigerators and cold storage cabinets at pharmacies, clinics, hospitals, immunization centers and is directly related to maintaining compliance with new CDC guidelines. These guidelines were released in August/September of 2013 recommending that data loggers should be used in place of certified thermometers so that a permanent e-record would be available for audits and archiving, as opposed to the "old" method of the twice daily manual checking of temperature.

Many pharmacy chains and local health authorities will now be able to take advantage of this new method of record keeping and insure that captured data logs will be more accurate, as it will record unit internal temperature on a user selected time schedule, and not rely on human intervention - twice daily - to create a manual temperature log.

Another added feature is an alarm/alert function, so if the internal temperature does go out of range, corrective action can be taken thus potentially preventing the loss of batches of stored products.

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Peter Norton is a senior logistics and supply chain manager who is a consultant hired by clients in both the life science industry, and the food supply industry. Peter has extensive experience in both the domestic US and global markets specifically in the areas of cold chain management and security as this relates to the pharmaceutical industry to insure drugs that are supplied to the patient are at the required stability levels and peak efficacy.

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