My apologies for not posting as often as I'd like -- we've been slammed! Nonetheless, I wanted to get a quick post up concerning an important issue.
As a follow up to my New Year's Day activities of sorting through our medical supplies, several readers raised the question of drug expiration dates and the wisdom of storing over-the-counter drugs if their efficacy will only be neutralized over time.
By the grace of God none of us in my family are on prescription medications, so we don't have to worry about stockpiling those. And as far as over-the-counter stuff, it appears that many drugs have a vastly longer shelf life than we're led to believe.
Don found some online research which addresses this issue. Please see these articles:
Study Highlights Debate Over Drug Expiration Dates
Program Extends Drug Shelf-Life
I'm afraid I won't be able to answer any specific questions about drugs since I have no medical training. However these data suggest that many, if not most, over-the-counter drugs are efficacious for far longer than we've been led to believe.
Make of this what you will.