Saturday, July 22, 2017

Fact Is, This Is True For Nearly Every "Expiration" Date on Everything

via Neatorama

The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates


  1. I will not argue with the ONE case you mention but your story specified that "All the drugs tested were in their original sealed containers."
    I am not any sort of expert but I would suspect that drug shelf life is predicated on two things:
    1) Drugs are designed to be used in a short term regimen with a periodic dose and despite how much better you feel before you have consumed all of them, the entire prescribed amount is intended to be used as prescribed. Not using all of an antibiotic and eliminating ALL the bacteria only leaves the more robust specimens and is the root of much of the current antibiotic resistance.
    2) The drug manufacturer has no control over how well the consumer closes the jar. A drug that will not SPOIL in 10 days in a poorly closed jar may be lethal when left in a poorly closed one by an inattentive user for an extended period of time-- YEARS? In the 1970s, there was a girl named Kathleen Quinlan who felt poorly and took one leftover antibiotic capsule from an old prescription belonging to her Mother. The drug HAD SPOILED (at least that was the narrative) and it put the young woman into a coma that lasted for years until her emaciated corpse finally got the message that it was to all intents and purposes dead a long time ago. This case was so often in the press from the ugly situation that the people I knew started calling her "The New Jersey State Vegetable". Not a way I want to die!
    On the other hand, I read several years ago how a hoard of well sealed food from Napolean's army (heat canning was invented to help provision his busy army) and several daring scientists decided to try some 200 year old Army food with good results. I have to admit that I never trusted (or enjoyed) military food even when it was freshly made.

  2. True. Ingesting expired things always carries risks.

    Mostly I object to how some people treat them as divine laws instead of best-guess guidelines.