Legal question about laws governing Phramacies and convience stores
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Asked by: jaymichael-ga
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29 Aug 2006 21:36 PDT
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Question ID: 760694
Is it illegal to sell expired over-the-counter medication in colorado or the USA?
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Re: Legal question about laws governing Phramacies and convience stores
From: markvmd-ga on 29 Aug 2006 21:53 PDT
The state authorities will fine me for having expired product anywhere in my practice unless it is obviously in the process of being discarded. The state licensing board will reprimand and fine me if I use expired product; they have the right to impose other penalties as well, including suspension. Both of these situations even apply to autoclaved (sterilised) instruments. Any store that knowingly or otherwise has expired medicine on display should be avoided and (if a chain) notice sent to the headquarters office. Mind you, medicine doesn't "turn off" on the expiration date. A few days is okay, a few weeks less so, and a few months is inexcusable. Coincidentally, I found three cottage cheese containers that were a week expired in my local grocery store yesterday. Shameful.
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