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Medications Sent via Mail-Order Often Exposed to Unsafe Temperatures Risking Patient Safety

January 05, 2021

Karlee Paloukos, PharmD candidate, University of Utah College of PharmacyKarlee Paloukos, PharmD candidate, University of Utah College of Pharmacy, explains the risks of mailing prescriptions, which are likely to spend a substantial portion of time outside the recommended safe temperature range for most medications, and highlights why increased regulation of mail-order pharmacies are needed to ensure appropriate storage conditions. 


  1. ASHP. Mail-order Medications Often Exposed to Unsafe Temperatures, Study Shows [press release]. Published online December 10, 2020. 
  2. Paloukos K. Speckman M. Assessment of Unrefrigerated Shipping Methods Used by Mail-Order Pharmacies and Exposure of Medications to Unsafe Temperatures. Presented at: 2020 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition; virtual: December 10, 2020.

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