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Australian Journal of Pharmacy : October 2006
letters letters Potential for vaccination cold chain breaches continue Editor, Recently, the Brisbane Southside Popula- tion Health Unit (BSPHU) received a report of a community pharmacy filling a prescription for a vaccine without provid- ing the additional support or advice to ensure the cold chain was maintained between the pharmacy and the medical practice. In this case, the parent involved was in a position to be aware of this defi- ciency and ensured the safe and immedi- ate transport of the vaccine. However, this is not the first report to the BSPHU of unsound cold chain man- agement in the community pharmacy sector and there are concerns that similar cases could remain unreported with potential consequences for the efficacy of expensive, privately purchased vaccines. There has recently been an enormous amount of attention focused on vaccine storage and cold chain management including a National Workshop and the development of National Vaccine Stor- age Guidelines aimed at the Primary Care Sector.1, 2 These Guidelines include updated advice on purpose-built vaccine refriger- ators, staff training and the use of ice and gel packs in the transport of vaccines. The Guidelines also recognise the merits of vaccine storage management as a quality assurance indicator in clinical practice. Undoubtedly, most community phar- macies are well versed in these quality assurance aspects and ensure the safe and efficient transport of vaccines between pharmacy and medical practice. The BSPHU has no convincing data to suggest these episodes are anything more than isolated events. However, the potential to deliver a heat damaged or useless vaccine remains as long as a mother’s handbag remains an alternative form of vaccine transport. We urge all community pharmacists to review their procedures, establish liaison with their medical practices and ensure that the cold chain remains intact during this last step in the movement of vaccines from manufacture to point of delivery. Bradley J McCall Public Health Physician Brisbane Southside Population Health Unit, Andrew Petrie Director, Medicines and Pharmacy Services Unit Queensland Health 1. Langley A, Grant S, (eds) Proceedings of the National Vaccine Storage Workshop, Brisbane 2004, Queensland Health 2004. 2. Commonwealth Department of health and Ageing, National Vaccine Storage Guide- lines, Strive for 5, Commonwealth of Australia 2005 http://immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immu nise/publishing.nsf/ ¦ THE AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PHARMACY VOL.87 OCTOBER 2006 ? 7