Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN)–Some people may have a forgotten chest of various medicines that have accumulated over the years. It is important to check the expiry date of medicines before consuming them.
And the Saudi Food and Drug Authority indicated in a tweet on Twitter that the expiry date may be printed or stamped on the outer drug packaging, or the medicine box, and it also added the need to destroy the drug when it expires, and not leave it within the reach of children.
Here is the effect of using the drug after its expiration date:
- The active ingredient may become chemically unstable
- The efficacy of the drug may change
- The decomposition of the drug may result in toxic and harmful substances to the patient
- Increases the chance of drug contamination