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Expiration dates on prescription drugs


Today’s Video of the Day from the American Chemical Society series Reactions discusses prescription drugs and whether they are safe to take after the expiration date.

The researchers found no evidence to suggest that expired drugs become toxic, but there is a good chance that they lose their potency.

Prescription drugs contain many different chemical bonds that change when they react with certain elements of the environment such as heat, moisture, and light.

The experts conclude that many drugs are still safe beyond their expiration dates, with the exception of aspirin, which is known to go bad.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: American Chemical Society

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