If you want to stockpile medical supplies, there’s no doubt that you’ve wondered how much weight to give your medication’s expiration dates. If you’re prepping for something down the line, there’s no way to know when you’ll need these meds, but when the time comes, you want them to be reliable. Can you keep medication past it’s expiration date? Is it safe?
Are Drugs Safe After Their Expiration Date?
Before I start, I want to tell you that my focus is medical preparedness for major disasters and long-term survival. That means a strategy of putting together stockpiles of supplies that might save a life in times of trouble. In normal times, when you can just call your doctor for a fresh prescription, seek modern care by qualified professionals.
In many cases, drugs in pill, powder, or capsule form will be 100% potent for years after their expiration date.
A study was performed called the shelf life extension program, something I first wrote about years ago. This program found that most medications, as long as they are in pill or capsule form, were still effective after their expiration dates, sometimes for years. As such, I recommended not throwing them away but, instead, making them part of your survival medical storage.
This, by the way, was not the case for medicines in liquid form. They lost potency quickly after their expiration dates, so are not useful for long-term survival settings.
Of course, medicines should be stored in cool, dry, dark conditions. Their potency will fade twice as fast if stored at 90 degrees as if stored at 50 degrees. Freezing them, however, is rarely helpful. Even if stored in suboptimal conditions, a capsule or tablet that hasn’t changed color or consistency is probably still worth keeping for austere settings.
– via Doom and Bloom (TM)
You’ve probably heard a lot of talk by now about keeping fish antibiotics on hand. Is that really safe? How do animal medications compare with human ones? And if fish pills are safe, what about other veterinary medications? This physician might be able to help.
What’s The Deal With Fish Antibiotics?
As a physician and an aquaculturist, I am perhaps in a unique position to speak on this topic.
I examined a product called Fish Mox Forte. This fish medication contained only one ingredient: Amoxicillin 500mg. Investigating further, I found that it is produced in two dosages: 250mg and 500mg, the same dosages used in humans.
This piqued my interest, so I examined a sample of human Amoxicillin 500mg produced by Dava Pharmaceuticals and compared it to a sample of Fish Mox Forte (the 500mg version). The human capsule was red and pink with the numbers and letter WC 731 on it. Fish Mox Forte was a red and pink capsule with the numbers and letters WC 731 on it. Make your own conclusions.
I found a number of fish and bird (I own parrots also) antibiotics that met my criteria. They:
• Had only 1 ingredient, the antibiotic itself
• Were only produced in human dosages
• Were identical in appearance to antibiotics produced by at least one human pharmaceutical company
• Were available without prescription and could be bought in quantity
So let’s go back to the important question: Would the fish and bird antibiotics I write about be a useful addition to your survival medical storage? Some deaths may be unavoidable in a situation without rule of law, but does it make any sense not to have medicines that could possibly prevent an unnecessary death?
Of course, you’ll need to study antibiotics and their use and indications to be able to make a difference as the medic for a survival group. Antibiotics are not something to use injudiciously, and veterinary antibiotics are no different.
– via Doom and Bloom (TM)
How are you creating your prepper meds supply? Do you stockpile human medications, animal medications, or both?