Medicines likely to degrade in favoured storage spots

Interviews with a representative sample of 104 people in a qualitative study covering four cities in New Zealand, found a third of households stored medicines in kitchens – where the temperature rose above 30 degrees – because it reminded them to take the pills with food.

People also chose backpacks or car glove boxes, in which the researchers measured temperatures reaching 60 and 54 degrees respectively. Checked-in airline luggage was also a common spot, leaving protein-containing medicines and emulsions vulnerable to degradation, the researchers said.