Timestrip Temperature Indicators Boost Confidence in Medicines – Study Finding

Timestrip smart indicators were used in a study by academics at Reading School of Pharmacy, part of The University of Reading, into people’s confidence in the quality of medicines.

medicine temperature return reminder

The study focused on the potential re-use of returned medicines. It found that participants’ intention to take part in medicines re-use increased with the presence of the Timestrip® Plus temperature sensors on the packaging. The perceived social pressure to accept the medication also increased. The effect of the indicators was even greater than the promise of pharmacist visual checking of the medicines.

Although medicines re-use is not at present allowed in the UK, the presence of Timestrip indicators on packaging is understood to be a marker of their quality.

Ref: Lam, Y.; McCrindle, R.; Hui, T.K.L.; Sherratt, S.; Donyai, P. The Effect of Quality Indicators on Beliefs about Medicines Reuse: An Experimental Study. Pharmacy 2021, 9, x. https://doi.org/10.3390/xxxxx. Read more here:  https://www.mdpi.com/2226-4787/9/3/128

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New Timestrip Electronic Indicators Launched

eTimestrip Smart Indicator with Mobile App for Report Storage

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Timestrip®, the developer of smart indicator technology, is launching a completely new range with two electronic temperature indicators. They will be important in monitoring the safe storage and transportation of a wide range of goods including pharmaceuticals, vaccines, healthcare, food produce, adhesives and inks.

Timestrip Complete (‘TC’) indicators are extremely easy to use, highly versatile and can be attached to products at unit, case or pallet level. They track any breach of temperature outside the designated range, helping manufacturers and logistics staff to safeguard product quality and meet regulations.

The new Timestrip range comprises two indicators. The TC489 is an intelligent device that monitors temperature data every minute with high accuracy. The key alert temperatures can be selected as standard e.g. 2-8ºC, or can be specified as bespoke across a wide temperature range as low as -30ºC or as high as 60ºC.

etimestrip temperature app report

The TC489 has upper and lower limit alarms, and can communicate wirelessly using near field communication (NFC) via a free app, creating a comprehensive data report that includes: number of times limit exceeded, total time limit exceeded and alarm status. Weighing just six grams, it also provides a clear visual signal using built in LEDs.

The TC490 is a simpler device monitoring similar ranges with a 180 day service life, irreversible alarms, and provides a highly cost effective solution to monitoring a wide range of sensitive products.

The new eTimestrip TC products offer our clients solutions for applications that need accurate temperature monitoring, and where strong functionality is needed in most critical applications. They provide clients with the assurance that products have been correctly stored and transported all the way from manufacture to the point of use.

Nora Murphy, Commercial Director of Timestrip.

The new TC range follows the successful introduction last year of Timestrip’s first electronics product, the eTimestrip TIR.

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ITV News interviews Timestrip

ITV News sent a film crew to interview our Commercial Director, Nora Murphy recently.

Timestrip has responded rapidly to the coronavirus challenges, andNora was asked about the role of the new products in ensuring that vaccine supplies can move safely through the cold chain.

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Timestrip Indicators Safeguard Vaccine Distribution

ultra low pharmaceutical storage

Timestrip® has introduced new time indicators to support the storage and handling of coronavirus vaccine supplies. These smart single use indicators provide an irreversible alert if the vaccine is stored in refrigerated conditions (2-8°C) for too long after thawing from deep freeze storage.

In an early case example, now that the Pfizer / Biontech vaccine has been approved for UK use, attention has turned to the logistics of supplying it to huge numbers of people. Timestrip indicators can travel with the vaccine supply and withstand the coldest storage temperatures e.g. down to -70°C, yet react when the vaccine consignment is thawed.

From the Timestrip vaccine range, the VRM30 indicator shows the time that vaccines have been held in the chilled 2-8°C range, and has markers for 1, 5 days up to 30 days, making it a suitable solution for the management of many vaccines including from Pfizer, Moderna / J&J and AstraZeneca. VRM30 is designed to compensate automatically for changes in temperature, responding more quickly in warmer conditions.

When the vaccine has been removed from the fridge into room temperature ready to be administered, a VOR12 indicator can be deployed to alert logistics and healthcare professionals that an 8°C threshold has been breached.

It will show the duration for which the vaccine has been Out of Refrigerator, as the indicator window gradually fills. A completely full window indicates that the maximum allowed storage period has been reached, and the vaccine may be compromised.

The eTimestrip range of electronic indicators comprises single use devices that generate a report via a mobile app, and provide detailed information on time and temperature to responsible healthcare staff. This report can be sent for centralised storage, eliminating the need to return the device itself for data analysis.

Conventionally, data loggers can be used in these applications, but the scale of the current challenge means that Timestrip’s small, robust indicators are a lower cost, practical solution, while supporting compliance with regulations.

We continue to innovate at a rapid pace to provide cost effective monitoring solutions, considering the efforts of the WHO, FDA and government bodies in their respective countries. Our main objective is supporting healthcare teams as they provide safe care to nations worldwide.

Nora Murphy, Commercial Director
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New Timestrip Indicators for Vaccines

Novel Indicators Support the Fight Against Coronavirus

Timestrip® , the developer of smart indicator technology, has moved fast to develop a range of products that support use of the coronavirus vaccines now promising to become available. Special liquid indicators have been created by Timestrip which can travel with the frozen vaccine supplies as
they move from manufacture to the point of care, ensuring that any excess
temperature breach can be identified.

As one or more vaccines are planned for distribution, attention is focusing on the ultra-cold chain, as Covid-19 vaccines may need to be stored and transported at temperatures as low as -70C. Any breach of the specified temperature conditions is revealed by the new Timestrip smart labels with a clear irreversible indication.

After thawing, vaccines must be used quickly, usually within a few days, and Timestrip indicators are also available to monitor this critical period and alert medical staff to time expired product.

Antiviral treatments such as Gilead’s VEKLURY® product have also to be kept cool, and then after dilution, can be stored for between one and two days – depending on the storage temperature – prior to administration.

Timestrip indicators are available to monitor these conditions and automatically adjust the time to expiry as conditions change.

virus specimen transport storage tti

Other applications now being made available are a range of indicators for virus specimens as they are sent for laboratory testing. The Virus Specimen Transport (VST) series of indicators includes a time / temperature indicator (TTI) that mirrors the response of the virus specimens, and can alert healthcare organisations to compromised samples.

In yet another initiative, Timestrip has introduced ‘Rapid Diagnostics 15’, a short term time indicator designed for use with the new rapid turnaround lateral flow test kits now being rolled out more widely.

As market leaders in the time and temperate indicator sector, we must play our part and support the great work being carried out during the pandemic. We are working to develop cost effective, bespoke solutions to support the regulatory bodies in their efforts to deliver product safely through the cold and ultra-cold supply chains.

Nora Murphy, Commercial Director of Timestrip
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