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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