Latest Trustworthy News from Dr. Mercola - delivered straight to your inbox!

What Does the Expiration Date on Your Medication Really Mean?

medication expiration dates

Story at-a-glance

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration began requiring prescription medication be labeled with expiration dates in 1979. Expired drugs account for 25 percent of annual health care costs in the U.S.


This is an older article that may not reflect Dr. Mercola’s current view on this topic. Use our search engine to find Dr. Mercola’s latest position on any health topic.


By continuing to browse our site you agree to our use of cookies, revised Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.