The cost of artificially short expiration dates: Worsened shortages, higher costs and more waste

As drug shortages have made headlines over the past few years, the FDA has announced the extension of expiration dates on a variety of drug products. And just last week, the agency announced an extended expiration date for the opioid reversal agent, Narcan. Though regulations guide some aspects of how expiration dates are determined, the agency has but limited power to extend those dates unilaterally. Here AgencyIQ analyzes the connection between expiration dates, beyond-use dates, drug shortages and increased drug waste.

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