Posted by: juliegriffey | March 16, 2014

Time to stock up on refrigerated optical pharmaceuticals

thermometerAlmost everyone in the United States will agree that 2013-14 has been a long and cold winter.  In St. Louis we had a record 5 snow days and many days with highs in the single digits.  But I shouldn’t complain.  My friends from Minneapolis told me that this winter they had 40 days where the high temperature was not above 0 (degrees Fahrenheit).  That certainly gives you some perspective.

But times – they are a chagin’.  In St. Louis we are seeing signs of spring, and in the southern part of the United States temperatures are hitting the 80s.  Before too long, it will actually be hot.

So what does this mean to us in the optical industry?  This is the best time of year to stock up on refrigerated pharmaceuticals such as Fluress and Altafluor, Proparacaine and Vigamox.   The temps outside are like a natural refrigerator, so this is the ideal time to ship them.  And what’s even better… some of our pharmaceuticals that need to be kept cool are actually on sale right now (e.g. Proparacaine).  So what are you waiting for?

On a side note?  Does your practice use a lot of Phenylephrine?  We have a short dated lot that is almost half-off.  Take advantage of this great price and stock up for the summer.  (The lot expires 10/31/14). 



  1. Proparacaine/Fluorescein combo drop and Fluoresoft are also not able to ship during hot temperatures. Not sure of the proper storage temps? The Amcon catalog does list the safe storage temps for most pharmaceuticals as recommended by the manufacturer.

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