MISCO Digital Handheld Refractometer

Refractometer for
Pharmaceutical Applications

Stop Drug Diversion in its Tracks!

Ready access to potent opioids and synthetic narcotic compounds by healthcare professionals in hospital pharmacy settings is a potential source of theft, leading to substance abuse, compromised patient care, and increased medical costs. The predominant number of cases involves fentanyl and sufentanil and includes many other drug compounds used primarily for pain management.

Refractometers have become an essential tool to prevent the theft or diversion of injectable drugs. The MISCO digital handheld refractometer, programmed with Brix and Refractive Index measurement scales, is the perfect device for hospital drug control and surveillance programs. Different scales are available to check the sugar concentration of drug carrier solutions for injectables.

Another beneficial area refractometers are useful in the hospital is in compounding drugs. Besides the hospital, there are several chemical reagents used in pharmaceutical production. A refractometer represents a simple and accurate method for mixing and monitoring chemical reagents and can be quickly validated for your process.

Pre-Configured Refractometers

Easy Order: Here are a few of the most popular Scale Combinations and Refractometer Models. If you require different programming, you can mix and match scales through the Flexible Custom Programming section below, or call customer service for assistance:

Flexible Custom Programming Options

MISCO Palm Abbe Digital Refractometers can be custom-programmed with up to 5 scales to your exact specifications. There are two easy online options to create your customized units from hundreds of measurement scales:

“Build Your Own” Tool

  1. Use the Industry, Application and Fluid filters to quickly find your scales.
  2. Click scale boxes to add scales to your device.
  3. Select Accessories
  4. Add To Cart

Order Refractometer by Scale#

  1. Browse the refractometer scale options in the dropdown tabs below and record the scale numbers you want.
  2. Type in your scale numbers on the Order by Scale# page.
  3. Select Accessories
  4. Add To Cart
Drug Diversion

Ref. Index (nD20)

Scale# 001
UoM: Refractive Index (nD20)
Range: 1.3330 to 1.5000
Resolution: 0.0001
Precision: 0.0001

BRIX

Scale# 003
UoM: BRIX
Range: 0 to 85
Resolution: 0.1
Precision: 0.1

BRIX

Scale# 004
UoM: BRIX
Range: 0 to 56
Resolution: 0.1
Precision: 0.1
General Scales

10440VP 0-30 Units

Scale# 308
UoM: 0-30 Unit Arbitrary Scale
Range: 0 to 30
Resolution: 0.1
Precision: 0.1

Ref. Index (nD20)

Scale# 001
UoM: Refractive Index (nD20)
Range: 1.3330 to 1.5000
Resolution: 0.0001
Precision: 0.0001

BRIX

Scale# 003
UoM: BRIX
Range: 0 to 85
Resolution: 0.1
Precision: 0.1

BRIX

Scale# 004
UoM: BRIX
Range: 0 to 56
Resolution: 0.1
Precision: 0.1

Refractometer Platform Choices

Inline-Process Refractometer:

The above scales are also available on any MISCO inline process refractometer or concentration sensors. They are made for continuous concentration measurement of process fluids.

MISCO Handheld Digital Refractometer:

MISCO has the most extensive refractometer scale library on the planet. Don't see what you want? Browse by handheld refractometer model or by refractometer application. Or give us a call. We can help!

From our Q&A Forum

Pharmaceuticals (2)

I am looking at ordering a Palm Abbe Digital Refractometer to use to test for drug diversion in our hospital. Which of the three models would you recommend? I would like to use it to test mainly for Fentanyl, Morphine, Meperidine & midazolam. Thank you.

A refractometer has become an essential tool in the fight to prevent the theft or diversion of injectable drugs. The Palm Abbe PA202 is probably the best choice for testing injectable narcotics. It has both Brix and refractive index scales against which drugs may be standardized. A refractometer can be used in the central pharmacy, satellite pharmacies, surgical units, and nursing units. They are equally useful to pharmacists, nursing supervisors and security personnel or drug diversion investigators. Letting hospital staff members know that drugs are under surveillance, and that they will be tested when returned, will also have preventative effect.

Category: Pharmaceuticals

I am looking for a chart of what the medication should show up as on the brix scale. I want to use the Palm abbe digital refractometer mostly for Fentanyl, midazolam, morphine pf, ketamine, morphine, meperidine, sufentanil, and astramorph. If you know of where I can find this information that would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your question. There is no standard chart of Brix or refractive index value of injectable narcotics as measured by refractometer. The reason is that there are small variations between lots and also between manufacturers. The best method is to characterize each of the fluids that you commonly use yourself to create a uniform control standard (reference measurements). All future measurements of the reference drugs can then be compared to your control standards.

Category: Pharmaceuticals