Question: Why was the shelf life extension program created?

The purpose of SLEP is to defer replacement costs of stockpiled drugs by extending their useful life. The program was established in 1986 through an interagency agreement between the DoD and the FDA in response to a Congressional directive to address U.S. Air Force drug stockpiles.

Is shelf life the same as expiration date?

The Facts. FACT: Shelf Life does NOT mean expiration date. FACT: A standards expiration date and shelf life are two entirely different entities. Chemical stability is only one of many factors involved in defining expiration date and shelf life.

When did they start putting expiration dates on medicine?

1979 Ever since 1979, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has required that pharmaceutical companies put expiration dates on prescription and over-the-counter medicines. That doesnt mean your bottle of ibuprofen will go bad in the same way as, say, an expired carton of milk.

What medications turn toxic after expiration?

Practically speaking, Hall said there is a handful of drugs known to degrade quite quickly, such as nitroglycerin tablets, insulin and tetracycline, an antibiotic that may become toxic to the kidneys after it expires.

How long does Cipro last after expiration?

Other long-life products include sodium thiosulfate (16 years), atropine sulfate (15 years), ciprofloxacin (13 years), and atropine autoinjector (10 years). Other products, Lyon noted, fail potency testing rather soon after the original expiration. Epinephrine and mefloquine (Larium, Roche) give us a lot of problems.

How long are supplements good after expiration?

If stored away from heat, light and humidity, supplements generally last about two years after the date of manufacture before the concentrations fall below 100 percent of the amounts listed on the label. But the window is only about a year for probiotics, liquids and oils, which are more fragile.

Is it OK to take expired antidepressants?

Medical authorities state that expired medicine is safe to take, even those that expired years ago. Its true the effectiveness of a drug may decrease over time, but much of the original potency still remains even a decade after the expiration date.

How long can you keep expired boxed food?

Most shelf-stable foods are safe indefinitely. In fact, canned goods will last for years, as long as the can itself is in good condition (no rust, dents, or swelling). Packaged foods (cereal, pasta, cookies) will be safe past the best by date, although they may eventually become stale or develop an off flavor.

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