Expiration dates have only been government-mandated since 1979. The expiration date is simply the last day that the pharmaceutical company will guarantee 100% potency of the product. In other words, you won’t grow a horn in the middle of your forehead or other ill effect if you take the drug the week after it expires.
Indeed, it is rare for expired drugs, especially in pill or capsule form, to be any more risky than the non-expired versions.
Medicines, expired or not, should be stored in cool, dry, dark conditions. Their potency will fade twice as fast if stored at 90 degrees than if stored at 50 degrees.
- This is an important issue to those preparing medically for survival scenarios.
- The Shelf Life Extension Program tested over a hundred drugs in their possession and found that the vast majority were 100% potent 2 to 12 years beyond their listed expiration dates.
- It’s important to know that all drugs have side effects or restrictions in children, pregnant women, and patients with certain medical conditions.
Even if stored in suboptimal conditions, a capsule or tablet that hasn’t changed color, smell, or consistency is probably still worth keeping for austere settings.
Original Source: http://www.backdoorsurvival.com/expired-prescription-drugs/