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Expiration dates are unclear on packages
by Eui Kyoung Yoon (ekyeun@dreamdrug.com)
Published : Oct 16, 2014 02:01:31
The expiration dates on drug packages are not legible, pharmacists complained on October 14.

Although pharmacists consistently raised the issue with illegible expiration dates, pharmaceutical companies didn’t make any improvement. The dates are still too small and unclear or covered by stickers.

A pharmacist in Seoul said, “I can’t read the expiration date even with a minifying glass. How do the manufacturers control their products? I don’t know why they didn’t take any action.”

Other pharmacist said, “I can read the date with the naked eye. Safety matters to patients as well as to us.”

Regional pharmacists associations made suggestions to pharmaceutical companies several times. As the companies would not listen, the associations now want Korean Pharmaceutical Association (KPA) to step up.

A pharmacist in Kyunggi said, “KPA should make a complaint to Korea Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association about unclear expiration dates for patients and pharmacists.”
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