Expiration dating antibiotics

The short, safe answer is a simple “no.” However the truth of the matter is much more intricate, a lot more interesting, and requires a bit of knowledge about the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Rummaging around in the medicine cabinet for something to help you feel better, you come across a leftover prescription and wonder: 'How long do antibiotics last anyway?Joel Davis, a former FDA expiration-date compliance chief, said that with a handful of exceptions – notably nitroglycerin, insulin and some liquid antibiotics – most expired drugs are probably effective.Again, you have to wonder if these expiration dates — which the government made mandatory in 1979 — aren’t just a way to get Americans to throw out their expired medications and buy new prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines.At coming near to the expiration date it does not mean that your drug has lost its potency and safety.After the expiration date it does not mean your drug lost its potential but it has still about 90% of its original potential and is not no longer effective nor becomes more harmful.

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