By Paul Schmitt
Keeping prescription medications away from extreme temperatures is important to protect the potency of the drugs. Jake Blazkovec, a pharmacist at Bay Hometown Pharmacy in Sturgeon Bay, says when traveling, it’s best to keep your medications close by.
Extreme heat can also affect prescription medications because for every ten degrees of increase you double the rate of reaction, according to Blazkovec. Shipping or storage at high temperatures may quickly degrade the potency and stability of many of your medications. It’s recommended that most drugs be stored at about room temperature of 77 degrees Fahrenheit.