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Research has shown that expired drugs does not mean that it has lost its power

Research has shown that expired drugs does not mean that it has lost its power

7 Aug 2017 10:16, views: 814

Many drugs, including very expensive, pharmacies and ordinary users have to throw away due to the fact that is over marked on their packaging the expiration date. Losses from such practices amount to 765 billion dollars a year. However, a study conducted by two experts – Whether Kentrell and Roy Gerona, showed that the expiry date does not mean that the drug lost its effect. The term “expiration date”, indicate the researchers, only means that the Federal office for food and drug administration (FDA) and pharmaceutical companies ensure the effectiveness of the medication (usually two or three years) during this period, and does not mean that it will not work after this date. Cantrell and Jaron tested 14 different types of drugs, including painkillers, stimulants and antihistamines, they discovered in the closet of a pharmacy, and have lain there from 28 to 40 years after the expiration date. 12 of the 14 drugs proved to be quite effective their active ingredients in a number of cases remained at 100%.

This does not mean that the researchers recommend that patients continue to take medication after the expiration date. Their goal is to redefine “arbitrary”, according to them, the process of establishing this date.

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