SpotSee declared the blastoff of its newest temperature-monitoring device, the Vaccine Vial Indicator. Developed to help keep the cold vaccine chain, the indicator indicates that temperatures exceeded before oversight.
“The rush to bring vaccines into arms over the last year, and the temperatures in which they had to be kept, amplified an issue typically seen in the cold chain, temperature variations,” said Tony Fonk, CEO, SpotSee. “SpotSee’s new Vaccine Vial Indicator delivers a straightforward way for drug administrators to understand if doses have been kept within the necessary temperature range and, subsequently, if they’re viable for use.”
Observing the temperature of cold chain products, specifically, pharmaceuticals, from the plant through the last mile is essential to keeping control of the cold chain. Exceeding the final mile, the last 10 feet from the refrigerator to the patient’s arm are crucial as temperature deviations can negatively impact a vaccine’s efficacy.
SpotSee’s Vaccine Vial Indicator can be used at each stage of the cold chain to ensure it remains intact. SpotSee works directly with pharmaceutical manufacturers to integrate temperature indications onto the product label with this temperature solution.
“The flexibility that this delivers our clients is a true benefit in the manufacturing environment,” said Reuben Isbitsky, Temperature Solutions Director, SpotSee. “Because the indicator can be activated at any moment in the cold chain, it can be printed on a label, and the labels can be used to the product at the proper stage. The technology allows the pharmaceutical manufacturer to work with SpotSee on a solution that best fits their environment.”
Assuming each vial, bottle, or syringe’s thermal mass, the indicator transforms from green to yellow if a temperature excursion above eight °C has occurred. This color-changing feature makes the device comfortable to read and use, yet the handler. Given its size and comfort of use, indicators can be used in low-volume scenarios and high-volume manufacturing lines.