Blink Health: How bad is it to take expired medication?

Bethanne Brown, PharmD, explains how to keep up with medication expiration dates

Pharmacists recommend properly getting rid of expired medications—especially prescriptions — rather than taking them.

“Expired prescriptions should be disposed of. Time can degrade the compounds, making them lose their potency and become less or totally ineffective,” explains Bethanne Brown, PharmD, clinical professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Cincinnati’s James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy.

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