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Short-Dated Drugs: Pharma’s Options

The World Health Organization (WHO) has established guidelines for donating drugs to countries in need. The 12 guidelines are listed below, but the one guideline that is the most problematic for pharmaceutical companies is: “After arrival in the recipient country, all donated drugs should have a remaining shelf-life of at least one-year.” This guideline was established because of logistical problems in many recipient countries. There are limited possibilities for immediate distribution, and it may take as long as six to nine months before drugs reach dispensing sites…