Medication Expiration Dates

This week’s Tuesday Tip comes to us courtesy of Sandi Flores Consulting Group, and is in response to a question often asked by new medication aides/techs:

“If a medication label only has a month and year listed for the expiration date, does it expire on the first day of the month listed, or the last day of the month?”


While you should always verify with your state board of pharmacy and assisted living regulations, the generally accepted standard of practice is that the medication would expire on the last day of the month listed on the label unless an exact date is specified.

2 Responses to “Medication Expiration Dates”

  1. Where in title 22 is it written that a family member can be trained to assist with pain meds for a resident on hospice, living in an assisted living facility, if the trainig is completed by the licensed skilled professional from the hospice agency

  2. Hello Denise. This is not spelled out clearly in regulations. However, can be acquired from CALA.

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