Most of what is known about drug expiration dates comes from a study conducted by the Food and Drug Administration at the request of the military. With a large and expensive stockpile of drugs, the military faced tossing out and replacing its drugs every few years. What they found from the study is 90% of more than 100 drugs, both prescription and over-the-counter, were perfectly good to use even 15 years after the expiration date.
So the expiration date doesn’t really indicate a point at which the medication is no longer effective or has become unsafe to use. Medical authorities state expired drugs are safe to take, even those that expired years ago. A rare exception to this may be tetracycline, but the report on this is controversial among researchers. It’s true the effectiveness of a drug may decrease over time, but much of the original potency still remains even a decade after the expiration date. Excluding nitroglycerin, insulin, and liquid antibiotics, most medications are as long-lasting as the ones tested by the military. Placing a medication in a cool place, such as a refrigerator, will help a drug remain potent for many years.
Recently, We, the People has come out with a very interesting Civic Action Toolkit which explains the following to the layman in the context of making him a daily citizen. It is an attempt to simplify the steps which equip us with tools to make the system work and how to reclaim our space as citizens :
Identify the Issue
Identify the Legal background
Who are the authorities related to the issue at hand
Gathering maximum information related to the issue
How to approach when the laws and rules do not address the problem
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How do I know if the rupee note I have is pre-2005?
These notes can be very easily identified. Check the back (reverse) side of the currency note. All the post-2005 notes have the year of issue printed in the middle of the bottom row. The pre-2005 notes do not have this feature.
Which denomination of notes will be affected?
The phasing out is not restricted to any particular denomination of notes. The pre-2005 notes of all denominations will be phased out by the central bank after 31 March. So all notes, from Rs 5 to Rs 1,000 will be taken out of circulation.
What should I do if I have such notes?
Where and by when can I exchange these notes?
What happens if I am not able to meet the deadline?
Can a shopkeeper or bank refuse to take a pre-2005 note?
What if the notes I take for exchanging at the bank turn out to be fakes?
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It is more than you think! Water is a precious resource. More precious than you know, because very few of us have ever stopped to think how much we use of it a day, and how much energy it may take to filter, clean and produce all that water. Take a peek at a day in our lives takes in water.
A simple, porridge-like blend of beans and rice, khichadi is often referred to as the Indian “comfort food.” But perhaps contrary to the western idea of comfort food or even health food, khichadi has many nourishing and cleansing benefits.
Click Here to investigate the subtle magic of khichadi, its profound benefits, and a simple recipe to enjoy.
“In 2005, the FDA granted approval for a promising new cancer-fighting drug called Nexavar. Bayer took it to market shortly thereafter, and it is currently an approved treatment for late-stage kidney and liver cancer.
That is, so long as you live in the developed world. In a recently published interview in Bloomberg Businessweek, Bayer CEO Marijn Dekkers said that his company’s drug isn’t for poor people.
“We did not develop this medicine for Indians…we developed it for western patients who can afford it,” he said back in December. The quote is quickly making its way across Indian news outlets.
Speaking at Moneylife Foundation’s 4th anniversary, Dr Ashok Khemka, while reiterating that he would not join politics, said, good governance is not a rocket science and all it requires is right intent
Dr Ashok Khemka, an amazing Whistle-blower and Secretary to Government of Haryana delivered a short but powerful speech about good governance, justice and equality, to a packed hall at Moneylife Foundation’s 4th Anniversary in Mumbai.
Addressing a crowd of over 500 prominent citizens, activists and whistle-blowers, Dr Khemka said, “Governance is not a rocket science. All it requires is a good neeyat or right intent. For good governance, justice and equality, one has to be effectively good and honest.”
Talking about being called a ‘whistle-blower, Dr Khemka said, “I am not a whistle-blower as whatever I did and am doing is part of my duty and responsibilities. I will continue to do my duty. This is not about whistle-blowing, it is about doing your duty effectively.”