Medications are labeled with a beyond use date (expiration date); beyond which they should not be used or dispensed for use. These dates are subject to change depending on storage conditions and repackaging. Products should be reviewed regularly for outdates. The following are suggested procedures:
- When a new product is shelved, ensure the product soonest to outdate is in front (rotate stock).
- Regularly, usually quarterly, all products should be reviewed, and outdated product removed to a quarantined area for destruction.
- Product whose beyond use date has been changed due to storage considerations should be stored separately from regular stock and clearly labeled to prevent confusion.
- When repackaging medication, use the actual beyond use date up to 1 year from repackaging.