Shelf Life Extension Program

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The Shelf Life Extension Program (SLEP) is a joint program of the United States Department of Defense and the Food and Drug Administration that aims to reduce the cost to the military of maintaining stockpiles of certain pharmaceuticals by researching the expiration of drugs. It tests medications for safety and stability for extended periods of time in controlled storage conditions. In many cases, medications remain effective for years after their printed expiry dates.[1]


  1. ^ Lyon, Robbe C.; Taylor, Jeb S.; Porter, Donna A.; Prasanna, Hullahalli R.; Hussain, Ajaz S. (July 2006). "Stability profiles of drug products extended beyond labeled expiration dates". Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. 95 (7): 1549–1560. doi:10.1002/jps.20636.

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