CDC Suitable for Safe Vaccine Storage
Undercounter, upright single door, double door and combo models
Panasonic refrigerators, freezers and combo refrigerators/freezers are available.
Medical Grade Pharmacy, Biomedical and Laboratory Refrigerators and Freezers
- Refrigerators incorporate specifically designed refrigeration systems, protecting vaccines from freezing
- Microprocessor controls assure precise temperature throughout the chamber
- Easy to view control panel displays with alarm systems that have access to remote monitoring
- Forced air systems provide close top-to-bottom uniformity at all shelf and drawer levels
- Reserve cooling for rapid temperature recovery following door openings
- Tolerance for high ambient temperature with high performance refrigeration systems and superior CFC-Free Insulation
- Availability of independent monitoring worldwide, 24/7/365, with LabAlert® monitoring system
Panasonic biomedical and laboratory refrigerators and freezers are available in a variety of configurations including undercounter, upright and combo refrigerator/freezer cabinets.
Vaccine Storage Recommendations
If a vaccine freezes, its efficacy may be diminished or destroyed without visible indication to administering clinicians. Thus, vaccines inadvertently frozen in cold chain distribution or local storage may not offer protection to patients. 1
In an effort to assure the quality of vaccines at the end of the distribution cold chain, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published guidelines for best practices in vaccine storage.2 These guidelines, which continue to evolve, are based on studies conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).3
LabAlert Monitoring System - Panasonic offers a real-time monitoring and notification system developed to protect your stored product investment. Panasonic LabAlert provides independent wireless monitoring for refrigerators and freezers. The secure, cloud based solution offers comprehensive monitoring with customizable dashboards for easy user interface. No software installation is required. Supoprts FDA 21 CFR Part 11 compliance. LabAlert is scalable to meet corporate enterprise standards for pharmaceutical / vaccine efficacy and safety. It works across multiple units, multiple locations and easily adapts to growing facilities.
Panasonic Healthcare Corporation of North America
Panasonic Healthcare Corporation of North America is a subsidiary of Panasonic Healthcare Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, and offers laboratory equipment and services to biopharmaceutical, life sciences, academic, healthcare and government markets. For information call Panasonic Healthcare Corporation of North America at 800-858-8442 or visit http://www.panasonic-healthcare.com/us/biomedical
1 A 2012 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report revealed improper storage of some vaccines from the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program serving an estimated 40 million children through a national network.
2 NSF International (NSF) and The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention have assigned industry consultants comprised of leading refrigeration and freezer cabinet manufacturers, including Panasonic, to establish vaccine storage guidelines with an emphasis on establishing criteria for storage refrigerators to protect refrigerated vaccines from freezing. These criteria will require that all vaccines be stored in refrigerators that meet performance standards currently offered by Panasonic.
U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. (2009). Thermal analysis of refrigeration systems used for vaccine storage
. Gaithersburg, MD: Chojnacky, M., Miller, W., Ripple, D., & Strouse, G. Retrieved from http://www.nist.gov/customcf/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=904574