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Is there a list of drugs that require cold storage?

Looking for a comprehensive list of pharmaceuticals that require cold storage. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Nov 3, 2020.

Official Answer

by Drugs.com

Any specific storage instructions will be printed on the medicine label or package insert so it's a good idea to check. Your pharmacist should also point out any special storage recommendations.

Some medicines must be stored in a fridge. Ensure they are stored at the back of the fridge, out of sight of children.
Common medicines requiring refrigeration include:

1. Eye and ear drops: - most eye/ear drops can be kept at room temperature for 28 days after opening.
Chloramphenicol
Cyclopentolate
Latonoprast
Latanoprast/Timolol
AzaSite

2. Reconstituted Antibiotics: - once reconstituted most need to be discarded after 1 to 2 weeks.
Amoxicillin
Erythromycin
Augmentin

3. Tablets:
Leukeran
Alkeran
Ritonavir
VePesid

4. Injections:
All insulin: - Vial in use may be kept at room temperature for 1 month.
Interferons eg. Pegasys, Forteo, Rebif
Byetta - Device in use can be stored at room temp for up to 28 days.
Victoza - Device in use can be stored at room temp for up to 28 days.
All vaccines
Caverject
Botox
Humira
Epogen
DDAVP
Aranesp
Enbrel
Neupogen
Procrit
Sandostatin

5. Other:
Pulmozyme Nebuliser solution
MUSE urethral application - can be stored at room temperature for up to 14 days.
Rapamune
Miacalcin Nasal
Phenergan Suppositories
Regranex

This list is not exhaustive.

It is important that medicines are stored correctly so that they don’t degrade and lose their effectiveness.

To protect the medication in your home, don’t store drugs where they can be exposed to extreme temperatures, excessive light or moisture. Avoid storage locations such as the bathroom, above the stove or on a windowsill. Most medications should be stored at room temperature, up to 75-85°F. For example store medicines on a shelf, in a closet, preferably up high out of reach from children.