Even your prescribed medicines, pill form or liquefied, have a shelf-life. It is critical that these medicines are always ingested within the prescribed period of time if you will. This may be why the good doctor will always slowly go through the scrip with his patient before she leaves his surgery. Just think how challenging sound medical health is for those who are characteristically illiterate, and usually occupying the lower rungs of the socio-economic ladder.
The majority of readers here, however, are well and able to read and write. But even so, it is surprising, perhaps alarming, just how many people choose not to read the instructions of their prescribed medicines’ product labels. How much worse then, the consumption of over the counter and supermarket shelf products which often do not display warning labels on the shelves. It remains a weak facet of human nature.
Fortunately, most professionals, including the good doctor, have responded proactively and responsibly. While consumers in general tend to take life and all its material needs for granted, these professionals, including the pharmacy store owner, leave nothing to chance. And fortunately for them, they are able to comfortably and safely rely on the professional handling of their medical packaging and servicing requirements.
They and their source suppliers and custodians also have international law to fall back on. This is a global imperative. No tarnished goods are allowed to enter busy ports or will be cleared for entry. Professional medical packaging nerve centers, usually in the form of warehousing facilities, remain fully compliant with international laws that govern the correct safeguarding of all medical goods, from the time it is manufactured and processed, to the time it is packaged, and to the time it leaves the warehouses.