Use of Expired Drugs And Biomaterials in Research Involving Animals
Approved January 18, 2001 (Download)
Background: The use of expired medical materials such as drugs, fluids, or sutures on animals is not considered to be acceptable veterinary practice and does not constitute adequate veterinary care as required by current animal care and use regulations.
Policy: No expired drugs, fluid replacements, or surgical/medical materials are allowed for use in animals utilized for research or teaching purposes. All expired drugs, including anesthetics and analgesics, and surgical/medical materials must be discarded on, or before, their expiration date. Expired drugs or materials are also not allowed for use in terminal procedures, unless described and justified in a particular research protocol, and approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.
We recommend that each laboratory establish an inventory procedure to facilitate the identification and removal of expired drugs and biomaterials utilized for research purposes involving animals. This may take the form of a drug log, signed by a member of the laboratory each month, indicating that they have checked for and discarded, any expired drugs or other biomaterials from their laboratory. The IACUC reserves the right to make this recommendation a requirement if a laboratory is cited for having expired drugs or materials. Any questions about how a particular drug or biomaterial should be discarded may be directed to Drug Services at 598-6058 or to Environmental Health and Safety at 543-9510.