To Your Good Health
By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.
How to Deal
With Expired Medicines
DEAR DR. DONOHUE:
I have a friend who takes expired medicines. He
claims its better to do so than not to take
any. What is the proper way to deal with expired
medicines? -- S.T.
ANSWER: The Food
and Drug Administration requires drug
manufacturers to estimate the longevity of drugs
both for their effectiveness and for their
safety. That estimate usually is one to three
years from the date the drug was packaged by the
manufacturer. If the drug is repackaged before
being distributed to the public, the expiration
date is usually listed as one year from the date
are estimated on the conservative side.
true life span depends on how and where it is
kept. Drugs degrade more rapidly in hot, humid
places, so the bathroom medicine chest is not the
ideal storage place.
The military has
studied this issue and has found that most
medicines are safe and potent long after their
estimated expiration dates. However, if medicines
show any signs of degradation -- color changes,
powdery disintegration, strong odor, cloudiness
-- they should be discarded. Many medicines,
however, are still potent and safe for one to two
years after their expiration date. If there is a
question about a medicines safety, the
local pharmacist can provide an answer.
not be stockpiled for future use, especially
antibiotics. Saving them all but guarantees they
will be used inappropriately and contribute to
the rise of resistant germs.
Letter to the Editor.
expressed are those of the writer and not
necessarily those of the Mornin Mail.
I have been reading your
anti-fireworks campaign with amusement. It looks
like this could be, if passed, the ending of
Carthage as we know it. Too bad we dont see
this kind of interest in something of relevance.
As the "instigator"
of this heinous idea, I would like to once again
express my reasons for bringing this up. Of
course, these thoughts could have been heard at
any of several public meetings all of which were
properly announced in the agendas, but it is a
lot more dramatic to show up at the last minute.
The 4th of July is an important
holiday for me and my family, and we celebrate it
every year. Fortunately, we have a place outside
of the City to do so. By the way Jake,
tranquility is usually associated with a tranquil
rural setting. However, I know that fireworks are
constantly shot off in the City from the time the
firework stands start selling them until a few
days after the 4th. The evening of the 4th this
year, it was constantly going on and anyone who
doesnt acknowledge this is in denial. Our
Police Dept. will verify this as well as the
Street Dept. who clean up the mess in the
I dont like having
unenforceable ordinances; it puts both the Police
Dept. and the Citizens in a difficult situation.
Since this is universally done, it seems to me
that we should allow this celebration of Freedom.
I also understand the need for us to find ways to
gain sales tax revenue to fund our ever growing
need for increased services. That is why I think
we should allow the sale of fireworks in the City
so we can participate in the sales tax revenue. I
am sure you notice the fireworks stands across
the street from the City limits. The Council
should have passed that ordinance even if we
dont intend to allow the legal shooting of
fireworks in our City.
Personally, I dont care
if we dont continue this process; in fact
the Council wrongly "tabled" the two
bills so according to my understanding of Roberts
Rules of Order it is non-debatable and
shouldnt even come up again. The reality is
that those who want to shoot fireworks in
celebration will continue to do so. In a way it
is fitting to celebrate it in this fashion, as we
are celebrating the securing of our Independence
from an oppressive government.
I do have an issue with the
insinuation that the Council was trying to pull
something over on the public. These bills went
through the process just like every other bill;
several committee meetings, where it was approved
unanimously, to first reading. It was interesting
to see how fast the votes were changing in the
Council meeting though; it seems that
flip-flopping is not just a national political
I could go on about patriotism,
but I have said enough.
Thanks for listening,
Councilman 2nd Ward.