helicopilot wrote:Another article on medicine expiration: http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/how-soon-d ... -1.2320337
The US Government has been doing ongoing research/studies through the FDA and its called the "Shelf Life Extension Program." Some of the more recent papers are published on there website. To date, they have found some pharmaceuticals will last years and even decades with +90% potency. That being said many do not and those that do they note the conditions, and short falls of there studies that could vary those results...the research may lead rewriting expiry dates for many pharmaceuticals where they no longer need to be tossed if they exceed the current timelines.... The hesitation and second guessing we should all have is a blanket statement saying "all drugs will last way past there expiry dates." Thats dangerous imo. I think if the Physician, or Pharmacist who can speak with authority and has an expertise and advises to play by the label rules... best to play it safe and go with that.
My limited understanding here is that Health Canada is also doing similar studies. The potential for cost savings if certain drugs are found to last significantly longer (especially to Insurance companies or in Canada to public health care systems also) there is more to come out on this to the public. Everyone from "preppers' to the govt, etc. has a vested interested.