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Dr Brian Chrichton believes GPs are putting themselves at medicolegal risk by failing to store drugs at the correct temperature.
Dr Chrichton, a GP in Solihull, West Midlands, recorded temperatures of up to 40.5°C in sealed surgery cupboards and doctor's bags. His research, published in this month's Journal of the Royal Society, found that on 12 consecutive summer days, temperatures in storage areas were above the maximum recommended of 25°C, even when the ambient temperature was not. None of 10 local dispensing pharmacies had air conditioning or monitored the temperatures at which they stored drugs.
Dr Chrichton said 'We have evidence that some drugs have a link between temperature and efficacy.' He said the Government needed to act on the problem nationally, since there were 'huge resource implications'.