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Old 09-02-2009, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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So I learned something new yesterday and it just proves that you need to question "everything" that we are ever told.

I got a new prescription filled for my DH yesterday. It was supposed to be for 20 pills. The pharmacy gave me a bag and I went home. I opened the bag and there were 2 bottles. First mistake. I opened up his filled prescription and there were the 20 pills. The expiration date the Pharmacy typed on the bottle is for 2/28/10.

The other bottle was the manufacturers bottle from which this prescription was filled. The expiration on that bottle for the same medicine is 04/2011.

Sorry I just had to vent. I am just amazed at how corrupt we have become. From now on when I get a prescription filled I will ask to see the bottle it was filled from.

Why so many lies?
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Old 09-02-2009, 07:57 AM
 
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Once pills are handled their expiration date is reduced.
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Old 09-02-2009, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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The date on the script bottle is the expiration of the written script. You have/had 6 months to fill it. The date on the manufacture bottle is the actual expiration of the medication.

My dd's script for Prevacid is good for a year (date written on bottle)...the medication itself expires in 2011 which is printed on the blister package they come in.
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Old 09-02-2009, 08:27 AM
 
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Once pills are handled their expiration date is reduced.

Good to know. But by over a year for one time opened? That's seems pretty crazy.
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Old 09-02-2009, 09:56 AM
 
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Federal prescribing laws mandate how long a prescription is "good for."
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Old 09-02-2009, 01:54 PM
 
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Federal prescribing laws mandate how long a prescription is "good for."
That explains it then. I knew it was a scam, lol. So what's the truth? The prescription bottle that was filled, the drug manufacturer's bottle which was opened the same day as your prescription was filled, or the Feds.

And as a poopy said if it's true that the more pills are handled the quicker they expire then why do they sell aspirin and antibiotics in 500 quantities? I hope I'm not the last person buying my prescription from the manufacturer's bottle it will be expired before I get it home if I listen to the laws. So do I get a discount for older medicine, lol?
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Old 09-02-2009, 02:12 PM
 
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IMO, expiration dates are mostly just a scam to get people to buy more drugs, scaring people into thinking that their present ones are no good. Personal example: I have a bottle of 500 Ibuprophen tablets from 10 years ago. They still work as well as they did when I first opened the bottle. I generally take 2 at a time and there are less than 100 pills remaining, so I know that I've opened that bottle at least 200 times. According to their silly logic, those pills should be completely inert by now.
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Old 09-02-2009, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Northern NH
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Expiration dates are really just a guide but the pharmacy has to live by them. The expiration date cannot take into account how the pills were stored etc. I work in a pharmacy so I have a very good idea what is going on and you don't have a lot to worry about as far as expiration dates. Nobody is scamming you or ripping you off in fact it is the pharmacy that suffers because we send back pills that are expired that we never used or sold.
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