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Consider Refrigerated Meds in Your Medication Storage Safety Review

Posted on Sep 02, 2021 by Kristen Yawit

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Ambient medications stored throughout the hospital in medication rooms are often stored inside of automated dispensing cabinets which provide inventory tracking, organization, and security. Refrigerated medications, on the other hand, are often overlooked when it comes to these concepts. Temperature sensitive medications not only require tracking, organization, and security, they also need to be monitored for proper storage temperatures, making the process of managing them even more difficult than medications stored at ambient temperatures.

In addition, there are various guidelines and regulations that apply to refrigerated medications. For example, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) provides strict guidelines on the proper storage and temperature monitoring practices for vaccines. There are also specific regulations around storing controlled substances in the refrigerator as well as safely storing neuromuscular blocking agents used for intubation. All these guidelines need to be considered when thinking about your approach to refrigerated medication storage in the pharmacy, as well as on the units.

The industry-first BD Pyxis™ ES Refrigerator provides integrated and secure, single line-item access to high-risk and high-value refrigerated medications. With Helmer Access Technology, the BD Pyxis™ ES Refrigerator features precise temperature management and secure locking bins accessed only via the BD Pyxis™ MedStation™ ES. This enhances care by supporting medication safety, clinical workflow efficiency, and regulatory compliance, while helping to reduce waste and mitigate the risk of diversion of refrigerated medications.

The medical-grade refrigerator provides clinicians with secured access to refrigerated medications using the same patient-centered workflow currently available for medications stored at ambient temperatures through the Pyxis™ MedStation ES. The BD Pyxis™ ES Refrigerator extends the value of Pyxis™ MedStation ES to refrigerated medications to enable consistent, secure and safe medication management for all medications across the continuum of care.


Medication Safety: Individual locking bins allow for safe and secure storage of high-risk and high-value refrigerated medications.

Medication Security: Helps prevent diversion and its associated risk to medication safety and patient care.

Simplified Workflow: Provides secured access to refrigerated medications using an efficient, standardized workflow guided from the BD Pyxis™ MedStation™ ES.

Medical-Grade Refrigeration: Helps ensure medications and vaccines are stored at optimal temperatures to help reduce waste and support regulatory compliance.

Fully Configurable: May be configured with various combinations of standard bins, deep bins, and shelves to meet your capacity and workflow needs.


To learn more about the BD Pyxis™ ES Refrigerator or any of our other medical-grade storage products, visit the products page of our website.

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Kristen Yawit

Written by Kristen Yawit

With over 5 years of experience in healthcare marketing strategy and pharmacy product development and management, Kristen is the Segment Marketing Manager at Helmer Scientific, focused on the Pharmacy and Vaccine segments.

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