vpb: Drug companies knowingly sell drugs that kill people. i can't imagine them stooping to such a girly man level of evil.
BarkingUnicorn: LinkAnd, really, if a drug manufacturer had to do expiration-date testing for longer periods it would slow their ability to bring you new and improved formulations. "
KyngNothing: People look at the expiration date on their medicines?
jimpoz: KyngNothing: People look at the expiration date on their medicines?If it's a prescription, you don't have to. Odds are the expiration date will always be exactly one year after the scrip was filled, regardless of what drug it is or when it was made. Had you gone to the pharmacy the next day, the expiration date would be one day later even though they're the same pills./IANAPharmacist, just my own observation
The Z Spot: I have to imagine that a single case brought for having a drug that expired before the stated date (and did not perform its intended purpose) would be way costlier than whatever this suit is.
YoungLochinvar: Um, I *know* how expiration dates are done... can their lawyers just give me money instead?Seriously, though, it's not an arbitrary decision, and a lot of it probably has to do with FDA regs. Basically, if you're a pharma company, you need to demonstrate product stability for the period of time you want to set for an expiration - so, if you want a three-year expiration date, you need to essentially have the product sitting around for 3 years on a shelf and then analyze it and prove that it still contains the listed amount of product (within 5-10% or so; I forget the exact specifications). There are also accelerated testing methods, for new drugs, but I forget the details for those as well.What it comes down to is that companies would have to spend money to continually push the expiration dates back, and at a certain point why waste the money? If you know most people who buy a bottle of tylenol finish it within 2 years, and you've already got a 4-year expiration, then you'd be pissing money away continually pushing the exp date back. Some execs, of course, may willingly *halt* additional testing, for the purposes of getting artificially high turnover rates but I'm not sure you can force them to spend cash on that - you'd have to change the way the FDA does this (and taxpayers would have to pay for it).
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