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(The Consumerist)   If you're sure that the big pharmacy companies are putting early expiration dates on their products to make you buy more, then you must be on drugs   ( divider line
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1533 clicks; posted to Business » on 25 Oct 2012 at 11:04 AM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-10-25 01:11:19 PM  
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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).
2012-10-25 11:23:41 AM  
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vpb: Drug companies knowingly sell drugs that kill people. i can't imagine them stooping to such a girly man level of evil.

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