Expired Antibiotics

Excerpt from “Investigative Report: Do Antibiotic Expiration Dates Matter?”

Though SLEP is often cited as proof your antibiotics will outlast your dog, what’s not often emphasized is the fact that most people don’t store their prescription medications ideally, like they’re stored in the study.

For one thing, at home, prescription meds are usually in a pharmacy-provided pill bottle, not factory sealed, noted Svensson. These bottles aren’t humidity proof, “which is one reason that it is generally recommended that they not be kept in a bathroom that has a shower,” he said. (You’ve probably heard similar advice: the bathroom medicine cabinet is one of the worst places to store meds.) …

Even if the pills get really hot one time (for example, you leave them in the car on a hot summer day), that could be enough to render them unusable ….

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