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Fridge Items (Storage After First Opening)
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Last updated 3 Jul 2023

1) Drug Product Inserts for respective drugs

2) Weiner AL, Airy S, Chiou JS, et al. Travatan is stable to extremes of temperature and light exposure. Presented at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Annual meeting; May 5-10, 2002; Fort Lauderdalee,FL

3) Morgan PV, Proniuk S, Blanchard J, et al. Effect of temperature and light on the stability of latanoprost and its clinical relevance. J Glaucoma 2001;10(5):401-405

4) McGrath TM, Lam S, Walt J, et al. Evaluation of the stability of Xalatan and Lumigan after dispensing and simulated patient use (abstract). Presented at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Annual Meeting: May 4-9 2003; Fort Lauderdale, FL.

General Pharmaceuticals (Use-by Dates After First Opening)

Last updated 4 Jul 2023

*Multidose Vials for Injection

1)  Cleanse the access diaphragm of multidose vials with alcohol before inserting a device into the vial

2)  Use a sterile device to access the multidose vial and avoid touch contamination of device before penetrating access diaphragm

3)  Discard multidose vial if sterility is compromised

      Reference: CDC FAQs on Safe Injection Practices (2016), CDC Questions about Multi-dose Vials (2019)

Additional Notes

1)  Record the date of opening for all products that have shorter expiry upon opening

2)  All drugs should be stored below 25°C in the treatment room unless otherwise stated on product label

3)  All expiring/expired drugs should be sent to the Pharmacy store for proper disposal

4)  Preparations with any change in appearance, such as colour, smell or presence of particles are deemed as unsuitable for use.

     Please send them to the Pharmacy Store for disposal

5)  If in doubt, always consult your friendly pharmacists!


These lists are NOT exhaustive. The medications listed here are not fully representative of the drug formulary of any particular institution. The above recommendations are general principles based on Product Inserts, Product Labels, USP and/or NHS best practice guidelines. Its purpose is for internal handling of pharmaceuticals for storage and disposal. For more information, or for medications not listed in this table, please consult your friendly pharmacist, or refer to the respective product inserts.

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