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J Am Board Fam Med. 2012 May-Jun;25(3):394-5. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2012.03.110250.

Many sample closet medications are expired.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Samples are widely used in office practice. It is not known how many sample medications are expired and therefore not useful to patients.

METHODS:

We inventoried 10 sample closets in primary care offices to quantify the number of expired medications.

RESULTS:

Of the 12,581 drug packages and boxes we inventoried in 10 sample closets, 14% of medications were expired. Sample closets varied widely in their organization; the range of expired medications in the 10 closets was 0% to 28%.

CONCLUSION:

Many sample closet medications are expired, indicating a substantial amount of waste.

PMID:
22570403
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