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Why Best Before Dates on Medication Don't Matter

By Andrew Pennington 1 min read

Q: Can I take medication that has expired?

Expiry dates are meant to make sure a medication is effective and they are required by law. Essentially, the manufacturer of the medication is guaranteeing its potency to the stated date.

In most situations, it is safe to take an expired medication in that it will not likely harm you, but it may be less effective. That being said, a study by the US Food and Drug Administration has found that many medications can still be effective many years after their expiry date.


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Andrew Pennington is a GP with Sanctuary Lifestyle Clinic.


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