With today's medicines and over the counter drugs there exists a tamper proof seal that if broken or not attached to the bottle of medication, the purchaser will know that the medication has been opened by someone and therefore should not be used. The one thing drug and pharmaceutical companies do not do, is to include in the medication package a way of testing for contamination and other elements that can occur when a medication is made in a pharmaceutical setting, sent by air ect, stored then and eventually placed on a shelf to be sold in stores and pharmacies.
Why would pharmaceutical companies waste time on providing quality check devices for medications?
To answer that would be similar to placing an expiration date goods that are consumed. If you notice expiration dates are not placed on items such as clothes or things that are considered "non perishable". This means that clothes even something from 30 years ago provided that it fits can still be worn, and with my paycheck I gets every use out of things. As long as most of the thread stays together, why worry! Regarding goods that do have expration dates on them, obvious reason is that those items or goods will go bad and will be unsafe for consumption. Medications, however are taken off the shelf and provided to third world countries or returned to the pharmaceutical company that makes them. The question is are these medications still good? Well, they should be if they are going to be given to another human, otherwise why give them to other countries? What does this have to do with vaccine testing? The answer is obvious. There needs to be a way to examine all medications from the batch or lot that they came from for patient safety and consumer use.
After reading this article thus far you may be saying, but the lab or pharmacy that manufactures these drugs or medications already does that. Are you doubting the pharmacist? Is the consumer suspicious of the pharmacy? Do I need a degree in pharmaceutical science just to take cough medicine?
I assure you that, I remember a time when there were no tamper resistant seals on a bottle of medication. Then suddenly, they became part of the medical safety dynamic. Problems arose that created a need for this type of safety mechanism to yet add another thing to do before you could get relief. In doing so, it took away the fear of buying over the counter items because of the safety precautions pharmaceutical companies now take in creating safer medication packages. Now it seems that this needs to be done to medications overall.
How so? Just like a medication that was intended for use in the USA, but there was a storage problem equivalent to third world conditions among other exposure hazzards; that could cause medications that were safe to use to now be toxic and harmful without any one knowing. Companies large and small do all they can to manufacture a product and to do it so that they remain in business. The hurry and the many, many tasks at one time can lead to things or crucial problems being unnoticed until harmful incidents occur. Let alone they type of medication is it and the larger the risk in getting it from one place to another among the different modes of safely storing them. So you say, how does the pharmaceutical industry take precaution against incidents to not only protect themselves but to prevent permanent and fatal consequences to the patient?
Just like that tamper resistant seal. There should be a safety check requirement for every hospital, doctor (any facility that dispenses medication to patients) and even those who inject or take medication within their own home to ensure that the medication they have injected (daily,weekly,monthly, yearly) in those amounts is safe to use.
For example: A physician orders the shingles vaccine. They arrive in a vial of 10. The physician then takes a tiny sample of that vial which has a lot number and expiration date and then checks it for molds, spores, fungus, bacteria and other elements by using Cellufluor with deionized water and potassium hydroxide along with a dye as a raipd test fungal kit. This rapid test fungal kit us used as the controls or testing mechanism to ensure that that particular bottle or even syringe of medication is safe for use. The vaccine testing or rapid test fungal kit is supplied to you through the vendor where you purchase your vaccines from. The rapid test fungal kit indicator will tell the physician by indication of the dye color if the medication is safe to be administered to patients. The rapid test fungal kit is done in an office wherever they dispense medications, to prevent bad batches of medications being accidentally administered to patients.
What can I say? It may raise the cost of getting a vaccine. But that is a very small price to pay when considering the risk and affects afterwards of potentially bad medications. Just like old clothes, there are times when things need to be adjusted. Vaccine testing with the rapid test fungal kit- keeping harm out of style!