Month/year only expiration dates

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2 nurses at my work are in disagreement on what day we dispose of a med that expires Jan/2022. One says it expires Jan 1st and we can only give it through Dec 31/2021. The other says it’s good to give through the last day in January and we dispose of it at the end of the month. I’m inclined to agree with the second one but for years I’ve worked in facilities that don’t have meds sitting around for so long, I just didn’t  remember for sure. Most of our meds are month/day/year. 

Davey Do

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We always took it as it expires after, for example, January is no more.

Meds that expired in February on Leap Year got "one day more!"

Jedrnurse, BSN, RN

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3 hours ago, Davey Do said:

We always took it as it expires after, for example, January is no more.

Meds that expired in February on Leap Year got "one day more!"

Yup. Month-only means through the end of that month.