As a physician, patients are always asking me about out-dates. Is this medicine still any good? Am I going to get sick if I take medicine that has outdated?
So I did some research. It seems that out-dates are established by a panel of probably government employed goons that sit around drinking coffee and counting the days until their early retirement, making wages far in excess of the private sector, and eventually collecting pensions that will make mine as a self-employed physician pale in comparison.
And there doesn’t even seem to be bona fied research into most of these dates. Many pills are chemicals coupled with salt . Take Naproxen sodium for example. See the word sodium? That’s salt! How long is a rock still a rock?
One of my daughters came down with a migraine headache. The only pill we had to give her outdated 5 years prior. That seems to be a common problem around my house. No comment. However, we gave it to her and it worked.
I had to laugh this week when I evaluated the laboratory supplies in my office. Only one thing had outdated and believe it or not, it was my glass slides. Go figure.