On call: Drug expiration dates

On call

Drug expiration dates

Published: August, 2009

Q. My husband subscribes to Harvard Men's Health Watch, but I read it and like it as much as he does. Since he listens to your advice, I hope you can resolve a problem that worries me. My husband refuses to throw out pills that are past their expiration dates. I never keep foods longer than I should, so I hope you'll convince him to clean out the medicine closet the way I take care of the fridge and pantry.

A. Your question poses a challenge to both diplomacy and science. Although there is relatively little scientific data about outdated medication, it seems diplomatic and accurate to say that you are both likely to be right. Keep policing your foods, but cut your husband a little slack about his pills.

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