Administering Flu Vaccines During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted on Aug 06, 2020 by Donna Holpuch

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has released a website page called, “Influenza (Flu): What You Need to Know for 2020-21.” This question and answer style website page covers broad topics of questions related to influenza and COVID-19, and how those two viruses will...

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How Clinical Labs Can Benefit from Professional, Medical-grade Cold Storage

Posted on Aug 05, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

Patient specimens and reagents are temperature-sensitive and must be stored properly to ensure accurate test results. Clinical laboratories that implement medical-grade cold storage designed to maintain strict temperature ranges ensure the integrity of their reagents and...

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How Pharmacies Can Save Energy and Reduce Cost with GX Solutions Refrigerators

Posted on Jul 30, 2020 by Donna Holpuch

Temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals, medications, and vaccines must be safeguarded to ensure drug efficacy and patient safety. Storing pharmaceuticals at manufacturer recommend temperature ranges also supports regulatory compliance and prevents financial losses. 

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Helmer Refrigerator Safeguards Investigational Product for First US-Based Phase III Trial of COVID-19 Vaccine!

Posted on Jul 29, 2020 by Ben Greenfield

CNN reported that COVID-19 vaccine was injected into a volunteer on Monday, July 27 as part of the first US-based Phase 3 clinical trial in Savannah, GA. The trial uses a vaccine candidate developed by Moderna in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health.

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What Are Best Practices for Selecting Laboratory Freezers?

Posted on Jul 28, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

Helmer Scientific has been serving clinical laboratories for more than 40 years.  Over time we have received questions about what is important in the design of a Laboratory Freezer. What is it about the freezer that makes it suitable for storing reagents and patient...

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Pro Line Platelet Storage Evaluated at Large Teaching Hospital

Posted on Jul 23, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

Platelet products must be stored within a precise temperature range and with continuous agitation. They have a very limited shelf life. Blood suppliers invest a great deal of resources to collect, manufacture, and deliver platelet products to hospitals.

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Influenza (Flu) Season 2020-2021 and COVID-19: Patient Frequently Asked Questions

Posted on Jul 21, 2020 by Miranda Schroeder

While the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has not yet voted on the flu vaccine recommendations for 2020-2021, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has released a long list of frequently asked questions pertaining to the upcoming influenza (flu) season in...

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Cold Storage for COVID-19 Testing: Meeting CDC Guidelines & Manufacturer’s Requirements

Posted on Jul 16, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

Clinical laboratories have been working intensively to scale up testing for COVID-19. During this time, the FDA has issued numerous Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) for SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic tests and serology/antibody assays.

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Upcoming ASHP Webinar: Establishing Services Around Diversion Prevention

Posted on Jul 14, 2020 by Miranda Schroeder

ASHP is hosting a webinar titled, Establishing Services Around Diversion Prevention,” on Thursday, July 16th, 2020 at 2:00-3:00 pm ET. The webinar will be hosted in a question and answer type format with three panelists responding to common questions: 

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CDC Vaccine Storage: Helping you Meet the Guidelines

Posted on Jul 08, 2020 by Miranda Schroeder

Storage at manufacturer recommended temperatures is essential for maintaining vaccine efficacy. Loss of potency can result from exposure to excessive heat, cold, and/or light. Once potency is lost, it cannot be regained. Administering ineffective vaccine puts patient and...

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