Prescription Drug Expiration Dates are a Ruse Set Up by the FDA and Big Pharma
Prescription drug expiration dates were required for drug companies by the FDA in 1979. Until that time, most people kept them around much longer and only threw them away when they were sure they no longer needed them. What was the purpose of that change? I’m sure some of you that don’t like DRUGS in general can see the writing on the wall!
In most cases, prescription drugs have a shelf life of one to five years. Most people view the expiry date as mandatory because people have been brainwashed to think drugs are no good after that date – that the ingredients magically go rancid overnight. This is so untrue! Let me share a story.
Years ago, I was an AFL provider in my home for a young lady who was mentally disabled. It was my job to care for her. To keep my job, I was required to attend a class on convulsions/seizures every year. The nurse who taught the class told us that drugs rarely if EVER lose their efficacy. She repeated this point several times! Moot point? Believing that medications are no longer effective after drug expiration dates is a marketing ploy by the pharmaceutical industry! It’s blatant consumerism at its finest!
Potency Remains 30 Years After Drug Expiration Dates
There has been an ongoing debate between physicians, Big Pharma, and the FDA on whether medications lose their potency post drug expiration dates.
In a study published by JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers tested and analyzed the potency of medications that were found in their original packaging and unopened for 30 years. These drugs were found in a pharmacy however, and were stored away from light and heat in a cool and dry environment.
Lee Cantrell (professor of clinical pharmacy and director of the San Diego division of the California Poison Control System) had access to drugs that had expired earlier than 1970. Their sole purpose was to explore whether drug expiration dates should be extended, thus reducing health care costs.
In the study, researchers found that of the 8 medications tested, 12 of the 14 drugs had 90 percent concentrations the minimum standard for potency of a drug. Three of the drugs tested greater amounts of the active ingredients than the labeled content. Only two of the drugs (aspirin and amphetamine) had lost some potency over the years.
Cantrell concluded that on some drugs, the expiration dates could be safely extended. Big surprise right?
How Drug Expiration Dates are Determined
Expiration dates are basically a guarantee by the FDA and drug company for efficacy and potency. After the date listed, the pharmaceutical companies do not guarantee it. However, that also doesn’t mean that the drug automatically expires immediately thereafter.
Drugs certainly do NOT become dangerous just because some number’s written on the label. Few people have been harmed by using expired drugs. In fact, Cantrell and his associate Dr. Clancy said that neither one knew of any recorded instance of someone being harmed by using an expired drug. However in some drugs used in emergency situations, (epinephrine for instance), it would be vital to make sure to keep well within the expiry. It all depends on the drug and what it’s used for. [but most drugs keep for a long time].
The FDA overseas the data that drug companies report in order to establish expiration dates. The bad news is that said drug companies do not have to test for efficacy past the expiry – which may be one reason why medications are labeled with expiry’s well before said drug actually loses its effectiveness.
This Explains A LOT!
This is just one drug. Humira.
Is this image telling you that prescription drugs are dangerous? Or just dangerous to take beyond the expiration date? You decide.
Shocker! The US Federal Government Stockpiles Expired Medications
The Federal government knows very well that a drugs shelf life is much longer than the date that’s posted on the label. In ’86, the USAF asked the FDA to extend the expiration dates citing budgeting costs of stockpiling drugs to treat military personnel.
"Stockpiling drugs, vaccines, and medical products is critical to ensure public health emergency preparedness for both the U.S. military and civilian populations. To avoid the need to replace entire stockpiles every few years at significant expense, and because it was recognized through testing that certain products remained stable beyond their labeled expiration dates when properly stored, the Shelf-Life Extension Program (SLEP) was established in 1986."
The Truth About Drug Expiration Dates
From the military stockpile, prescription drugs have been randomly tested and analyzed each year since 1986. This program has determined again and again that the shelf life of drugs goes well beyond the expiration date that’s on the label. Furthermore, the FDA found that 90 percent of 100 different medications retained their potency 15 years past the drug expiration dates on the label.
In another study, researchers examined 122 different types of medications for potency and found that the shelf life for 88 percent of the drugs could be prolonged for 66 months – which is 5 1/2 years!
The FDA and Big Pharma Would Have You Throw Away Expensive Drugs Even Though Health Costs Have Risen Exponentially
Although it’s great that the SLEP program has helped our soldiers save on medications, the rest of us haven’t benefited. The insane costs of prescription drugs continue to plague the American public.
A poll conducted by the Associated Press in 2004 found that 1 of every 3 people who responded to the poll declared their drug costs to be a financial challenge. Furthermore, 3 out of 4 in the poll stated that the costs of their drugs were often a deterrent in getting a prescription filled. One in 10 respondents admitted to purchasing drugs from Canada or Mexico illegally. And we all know how high the price of drugs is now.
How to Properly Dispose of Unwanted Prescription Drugs
There are a couple things you do NOT want to do when it comes to throwing drugs away. You don’t want to risk drugs getting into the wrong hands or making their way back into the environment through land and water systems.
Never throw your pills out in the woods/yard/river/stream or flush them down a toilet or sink. Here are the best ways Dr. Mercola suggests to dispose of them.
If no take-back program exists in your area, throw medications away in the trash but remember to:
1)Mix pills with coffee grounds or kitty litter in a secure Ziploc-type bag. This will make medicines less obvious to small children and people who may search thru your trash.
2)Before you discard of drug bottles or containers, use a black magic marker and scribble through your personal and medical information and the name of the doctor and drug. Just mark through all of it.
3)Sometimes local pharmacies will take medicines for you so be sure to ask if you’re apprehensive of throwing them away yourself.
The DEA working with law enforcement have a take back program that collects unwanted drugs. In 2017, they collected 450 tons of pharmaceutical drugs. The goal was to garner opioid medications to get them off the street. They are bad news if they’re abused or not used per a doctor’s instructions and have caused too many deaths.
And while drug expiration dates are important to consider, they are not set in stone for most medications. Of course, it’s better not to have to take drugs in the first place. I make no bones about NOT LIKING Big Pharma nor having much respect for the FDA who is in cahoots with the CDC. It’s really the perfect plan for them but not so much for us.
If you need medication, don’t beat yourself up for needing it but at the same time, take caution to the amount of drugs you allow your doctor to prescribe. There are far too many dangerous side effects for EACH DRUG on the market and far too many prescriptions being handed out. Don’t be a statistic. Take control of your health by getting back to more practical natural ways to handle medical problems.
Always consult your physician before using natural remedies, especially for anyone with preexisting conditions or anyone currently taking prescription medications. Although many efforts are made to ensure that the advice given on this site is professionally sound, the advice is not intended to replace a mutual relationship with a medical provider.
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