The quality of the insulin is at high risk in your refrigerator. According to a new study, insulin’s are often stored at the wrong temperature in patient’s fridges at home which may affect its potency.
As per the study which was presented at this year’s European Association for the study of Diabetes (EASD) in Germany, usually injectable drugs and vaccines are highly sensitive to heat and cold and will perish when the temperature shifts a few degree.
It is mandatory that insulin needed to be stored between 2-8C/36-46F in the fridge or 2-30C/30-86F in a pen or vial.
On average of about 11% of time, insulin is stored in the fridge was out of the recommended temperature range. Dr.Katarina Braune said, “Many people with diabetes are unwittingly storing their insulin wrong because of fluctuating temperature in domestic refrigerators. When storing your insulin in the fridge at home, always use a thermometer to check the temperature. Long-term storage conditions of insulin are known to have an impact on its blood-glucose- lowering effect.”
More researches are needed to analyze the extent to which temperature deviations can impact insulin efficacy and patient outcomes.