Drug Box Alert: Expiration Date Extensions on Specific Lot Numbers; March 6, 2020

Scope of Impact: All regional drug boxes; specific medication lot numbers

Provider Levels:

  • EMT
  • AEMT
  • Intermediate
  • Paramedic

Mitigating drug shortages, the FDA has approved expiration date extensions for specific lot numbers deemed safe.

Details:

Certain drugs are experiencing continuing shortages in the United States. As such, you may find expired drugs in the regional drug box. The FDA has approved expiration date extensions for specific lot numbers deemed safe beyond the manufacturer’s labeled expiration date.

Look up expired medications at link below before discarding and reporting the medication incident.  

If you find an expired medication, please look up the medication at https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-shortages/search-list-extended-use-dates-assist-drug-shortages before discarding and reporting the medication incident.  

Some pharmacies have hand-written the approved date extension to help identify approved medications, though relabeling is not recommended or required.