Have we been ‘expiring’ perfectly good drugs?

Have we been ‘expiring’ perfectly good drugs? Would you spend a rupee if it saved you Rs 677? Eagerly, perhaps. The US Department of Defense has been saving billions of dollars for 30 years by continuing to use ‘expired’ medicines in its stock after testing them. Last year, the tests–part of its Shelf Life Extension Program–cost $3.1 million and saved $2.1 billion. Are drugs safe to use past their ‘expiry’ date? If they are, why do they come printed with expiry dates only 2-3 years from the date of manufacture? A recent article on ProPublica ‘That…

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Mammoth US health bill aims to approve drugs faster, but concerns linger

The US Senate is expected to vote Wednesday on a mammoth health bill that took two years to negotiate and passed through the House as few others do: with broad, bipartisan support. Like many bipartisan works, the $6.2bn 21st Century Cures Act is chock full of compromises. Critics argue it is part of a “deregulatory agenda”, that dilutes high Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards in return for the unrealized promise of biomedical research funding. High-profile liberal senators, such as Democrats Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, and some consumer groups,…

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