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Your expired medicines may still be alive

You may be dumping your expired medicines believing lost efficacy or even fearing that it may be harmful. Research find that drugs expired 40 years ago were still effective

Medicines prices in India are rising steeply and consumers rely on buying the branded drug suggested by doctor. Many times we are unable to fully consume it till the expiration date. We fear taking the expired medicine or even when it is close to expiration. It goes to the garbage bin even though there may be poor patients who can safely utilize it in most of the cases. The thought is reinforced with research done to prove that the worry of medicines loosing its strength or being unsafe is unfounded in most cases. In India, few NGOs or individuals take partially used medicines that could be recycled to those in need.


Consumer Affairs, a US-based consumer news and advocacy site, says that research by University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) proves that medicines expired between 28 and 40 years ago not only maintained their level of potency, but also maintained the ability to work in the way they were intended to. It has nothing to do with the actual shelf life.


The UCSF researchers also found the amount of active ingredient present in the drugs was at least 90% of the amount shown on the label, only diminishing by a small amount. This was the case among 12 of the 14 drug compounds tested. The only active drugs that fell below the 90% mark were amphetamines and aspirin, say researchers.


Researchers say because pharmacies have to discard prescription drugs right after the expiration date, and consumers have been told to throw medicines away after they expire, a lot of money and effective treatments are being vastly wasted. Consumers think they have to discard their medicine simply because it stretched past its recommended date, is not only wasteful but illogical.


Some believe that drug manufacturers want consumers to keep buying medicines to make more money, and these same manufacturers are also responsible for creating the idea that medicine is ineffective and even harmful after the date on the bottle passes. Others may say it’s just the manufacturer's way of letting the consumer know how long their medicine is supposed to be its most potent.


 Colorado physician Dr Phil Mohler says using expired prescription drugs is far better than a person going without their medicine because it’s outdated. And for those who are more cash-strapped than others, using drugs past their expiration date may be their only choice to stay medicated and follow their doctor’s orders. As always, research studies should be taken only as general information.


Future studies may come to other conclusions and general findings may not apply in a specific instance. All of which is a way of saying, talk to your doctor before making a decision about using drugs past their expiration date. 


(Courtesy: ConsumerAffairs.com/ Daryl Nelson)


Read the original article here: http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2012/10/study-prescription-meds-still-potent-decades-after-expiration-date.html



Bhagavan ps

3 years ago

..... A new laboratory analysis of eight prescription drugs that expired between 28 and 40 years ago has found that most have remained just as potent as they were on the day they were made.

Read more: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/08/health...

Just as mans lifespan has risen from 40 to 60-70 due to quality of health and medical care, I think thre is a need to revisit the validation system on drugs as the era has moved from quality control and trminal testing to quality assurance and quality audit through GMP, WHO GMP, modified and updated schedule M and ACH concept so that drugs of not so serious indications can be saved from being wasted.


4 years ago

Using expired medicine is dangerous. Do you remember that few years back a child lost her life because the pharmacy gave recycled/expired medicine (http://www.hindu.com/2010/04/02/stories/...

Vaibhav Dhoka

4 years ago

The medicinal industry thrives on EXPIRY profit.This has been disclosed long back in US.

Ashok Visvanathan

4 years ago

I suppose that the way to proceed, is for govt or Pharma Industry to set standards and guidelines in determining the Expiry date. Currently it is my impression that the companies set Expiry dates on their whim in most cases.

Good news for LPG consumers in Maharashtra soon, says Chavan

The Centre had asked the Congress-led state governments in the country to raise the subsidised gas cylinders from six to nine for each household connection

Thane: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Tuesday hinted at a relief for LPG consumers in the state, reports PTI.


Addressing a programme in Dombivili town of Thane district, Chavan said the people of the state would soon get a 'good news' regarding the LPG cylinders. However, he did not elaborate further on it.


Earlier, the Centre had asked the Congress-led state governments in the country to raise the subsidised gas cylinders from six to nine for the people.


The chief minister, while expressing concern over the water shortage in the state, said if it continued, the Parli thermal power plant in Beed district would cease to function in the near future.


The storage in Marathwada's Jayakwadi dam is only 3%, he pointed out.


Chavan also said the octroi will be abolished in the state in a phased manner.


He also said the report from the revenue department regarding bifurcation of Thane district was already received and a decision would be taken soon in consultation with the concerned ministers.


India ranks 132nd in ease of doing business among 185 economies: WB

India is ranked 132nd the lowest ranked among BRIC nations as well as below neighbouring Pakistan at 107th and Nepal at 108th, according to World Bank survey. Singapore is the topper followed by Hong Kong and New Zealand

New Delhi: India continues to be a tough place for doing business even as the country has improved regulator processes for starting enterprises and trading across borders, according to World Bank and IFC, reports PTI.


In terms of ease of doing business, India is ranked 132nd among 185 countries. The nation's position for 2013 is unchanged from 2012.


Singapore is at the top position, followed by 'Hong Kong SAR, China' at second place and New Zealand at third spot.


Other nations in the top 10 are the US (4th), Denmark (5th), the UK (7th), Norway (6th), Korea (8th), Georgia (9th) and Australia (10th).


India is the lowest ranked among BRIC nations. Brazil (130th), Russia (112nd), China (91th) and 'Taiwan, China" (16th).


India is also below neighbouring Pakistan (107th) and Nepal (108th).


Titled 'Doing Business 2013 Smarter Regulations for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises', the report said that local entrepreneurs in developing countries are finding it easier to do business than at any time in the last ten years.


The ease of doing business in the developing world reflects the significant progress that has been made in improving business regulatory practices worldwide, it added.


"India focused mostly on simplifying and reducing cost of regulatory processes in such areas as starting a business, paying taxes and trading across borders," the report said.


The rankings are based on various factors -- starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts and resolving insolvency.


Only on two fronts -- dealing with construction permits and registering property -- India has improved its position in 2013 report compared to 2012. The ranking has remained unchanged in terms of getting credit and enforcing contracts.




4 years ago

If the rankings are based on factors like starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts and resolving insolvency, some amount of decentralization by India may bring about perceptible change in volume of business involving other countries in India, if not a change in the ranking. Ranking in such cases does not make much sense. But to improve business volume, Centre should allow states to play a bigger role. Initially, perhaps there may be need to give some indicative limits for transactions involving inflow/outflow of foreign exchange.


4 years ago

WB just su___,They change their views on their requinments and terms. They couldn't find the mortgage crisis.

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