Redistributing unused or expired drugs, even those in their original packaging, is not permitted because the chain of custody and the integrity of the drugs cannot be ensured. Once the expiration date has passed there is no assurance that the drugs have the safety, identity, strength, quality and purity characteristics they purport or represent to possess. As such, Health Canada considers the sale of expired drugs to be the sale of unlicensed drugs.
A veterinarian must meet the same standards of care in all circumstances and for all clients and animals. Returned drugs must be disposed of in a safe and secure manner. Expired drugs should be discarded or returned to the manufacturer, in accordance with the College’s Minimum Standards for Veterinary Facilities in Ontario.