Weigh the Situation When Patients Ask About Expiration Dates

You'll be asked whether it's okay to use a med after its expiration date...especially as patients "stay at home" due to COVID-19.

Manufacturers assign expiration dates...usually 2 to 3 years under proper storage...based on federal stability standards.

But FDA regularly tests meds in federal stockpiles...and about 90% remain potent for years past their expiration date.

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