Has this ever happened to you? You head to the pharmacy to pick up your child’s most recent epinephrine prescription, take it home, and open it up to discover your new auto-injector expires in 8 months.
Frustrating, right? I don’t remember this being an issue a decade ago, but this is increasingly becoming a reality for food allergy parents and patients everywhere. Nobody likes to see an early expiration on their life-saving medications. Prescriptions are supposed to last a year, right?
Well, the good news is that there are some things you can do about it. What are they? Well, keep reading.
If you can remember to do so, the best way to deal with this problem is to head it off before it starts. When dropping off your prescription, specify that you want a 12 month or greater expiration. Tell them you’ll wait for them to order one, if necessary.***
They get shipments and reorders regularly, so this shouldn’t take very long.
Whether you remembered to request a good expiration at drop off or not, open the bag while you’re still at the pharmacy counter, preferably before you’ve paid any co-pay or money due. If the expiration is too soon, hand it back and politely but firmly request one that lasts 12 months plus. If they have one there, switching boxes and labels should only take a few minutes. If they say that’s the best they have, tell them you can come back after they reorder.***
Make it clear that you don’t intend to leave with medicine that expires too soon. Again, reordering is not something that should be a problem, and shouldn’t take more than a few days. If you didn’t open the bag until you got home, take it back to the pharmacy with everything it came with as soon as you are able, and make the same request as above.
If, however, . . .Read the rest of the great tips on getting a longer expiration date here!