Shin Min Daily News
16 August 2022


Dr. Ang Sue May's interview with Shin Min Daily News has unveiled vital insights into the safety and shelf life of medications and healthcare products.

In the interview, she emphasised the importance of understanding the implications of medication expiry dates. Dr. Ang pointed out that medications that have exceeded their expiry date cannot be relied upon for safety, stability, or effectiveness. Furthermore, she highlighted that some medications can rapidly spoil or lose their efficacy shortly after opening the packaging. To help consumers navigate this, Dr. Ang discussed the "period after opening" (PAO) concept, which is indicated by a symbol on product or medicine packaging, denoting durations such as 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, or 12 months.

Expanding on the theme of healthcare product safety, Dr. Ang Sue May also shared the significance of managing skincare products. Expired skincare items, she noted, not only lose their effectiveness but can also lead to skin irritation and the risk of bacterial infections.

Even seemingly commonplace items like plasters are not exempt from expiration concerns. Dr. Ang revealed that the adhesive on plasters can degrade over time. While they may still adhere, their use can result in skin soreness and irritation. Moreover, sterile plasters may lose their sterility, which can compromise their ability to effectively protect wounds.


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