questions about drug expiration and "beyond-use" dating

A rash of short-dated product shipments to pharmacies is bringing up questions about drug expiration and "beyond-use" dating.

The most recent culprits include shipments of Kytril 1 mg tabs and albuterol HFA inhalers...with exp dates of just months. This is much less than the usual 2- to 3-year shelf life for most drugs.

A drug's shelf life is important. The manufacturer tests drugs to make sure they remain potent...up to the expiration date.

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