Many Medications Remain Safe and Effective Well Past Their Expiration Dates (“Prescription Drugs Still Viable Up to 40 Years Past Their Expiration Date, Study Finds”) by Joseph Mercola
Researchers analyzed eight prescription drugs that expired between 28 and 40 years ago and found that most were just as potent as when they were made
Nitroglycerin, insulin and liquid antibiotics are three drugs that do NOT tend to keep well past their expiration date
The federal government advises throwing most unused or expired medications into the trash rather than flushing them down the toilet, but comprehensive water testing across the entire US shows that no matter how the drugs are disposed, they end up in the water supply
Trace amounts of more than 150 different human and veterinary medicines have been detected in environments. According to the USGS, 80 percent of the streams in the US, along with nearly 25 percent of the nation’s groundwater is contaminated with a variety of pharmaceuticals
Now, as you know, I am not a big fan of using prescription drugs for just about any reason. I don’t take them, nor do my parents who are 77 and 83. However, I realize that many reading this are in a transition phase or simply unwilling to get off of them at this time.
The information in this article can save you enormous amounts of money if you are throwing away your medications because you are following the inaccurately listed expirations dates on the prescription bottle.
Prescription drugs typically have an expiration date of one to five years, and if you’re like most people, you would probably think twice before taking a medication past its expiration date. Medication turnover based on stated expiration dates also costs the medical industry, such as hospitals, pharmacies, and the US military, billions of dollars.
According to a new study,1 prescription drugs can actually remain sufficiently potent well past their expiration date, as long as it’s unopened. (It’s important to remember that drugs need to be stored properly, as humidity, temperature and exposure to light can affect the drug’s shelf life.)
Prescription Drugs Still Viable Up to 40 Years Past Their Expiration Date, Study Finds