Medicines expiry dates are a critical element of the safety of medicines. Medicines that are not used within the expiry date can become spoiled, which reduces their effectiveness. The deterioration of the medicines may result in toxic effects that may not be expected. Expired medicines are especially hazardous for patients with serious diseases.
Pharmacy staff should be aware of medicines expiry dates and should not order large quantities. Some staff order large quantities just in case. They do this to save time. Inconsistent information about expiry dates was a common theme in comments from interviewees. Most respondents also felt that the central pharmacy should be able to provide more accurate information about expiry dates.
The FDA has launched a program to extend the shelf-life of medicines. This initiative aims to lower costs for the military and is being supported by the Department of Defense. According to the program, more than eighty percent of 122 drugs should be able to be used past their expiry date. In addition to extending the shelf-life of medicines, the FDA has conducted periodic stability testing on the products in federal stockpiles.
The FDA sets drug expiry dates based on the effectiveness and safety of the medication. A valid expiration date guarantees that the medicine will be safe to use for several years. However, a drug can lose its potency even after its expiry date. Therefore, it is important to check the medicines expiry dates before taking them.
Proper storage of medications can help prolong their shelf-life and prevent them from being wasted. For example, medicines should be stored in a cool and dry place away from direct sunlight. They should also be stored out of reach of children. In addition, it is important to keep medicines away from humidity and heat sources to ensure their safety.
In Canada, the manufacturers of prescription and over-the-counter medicines are required to provide information about their products’ stability and storage conditions. In addition, they must also provide evidence-based data on their products. In some cases, the expiry date is not a crucial indicator of the safety of a drug, as its efficacy may last for a longer period of time.
Lack of accurate information is a major hindrance in medicine supply planning. Many respondents felt that they had no means to accurately predict the demand for medicines. Despite this, it is important to note that there is no universal way to predict how much medicine a particular patient will need. An automatic medicine dispenser can assist in keeping track of medicine expiry dates and maintaining accurate inventory. In addition, it can help to rotate medicines more effectively and generate significant savings every year.