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Pharmacy/Morphine sulphate durabilty


I have a few old Army sets from 1977 for personal protection
against chemical attack and I sell them as colectibles. I just found out one the plastic vial probably contains Morphine sulphate. Is there a chance it still to be active after 38 year?
It is not like I hope for it, just oposite, it worries me.
Many thanks in advance.

Hello Antonia,
I had the same problem, when I discovered my dad's first aid box from the  second world war time, which were over 50 years old. It was not possible to verify if the drugs were actively, though my  sister did try out a tube of ointment and got  a very severe reaction. I destroyed all medications, including the morphine vials.Presently no manufacturer claims more than 5 years of stability, it would be best to assume that the drug has degraded and destroy it.
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Dr. Ravindra Bhaskar Ghooi


I can provide information on drugs and medicines, their actions, uses, interactions and adverse effects. To avoid confusion, generic names of medicines may please be provided. I am a pharmacologist, having worked on animal and human pharmacology, and presently I am the Dean of Bilcare Research Academy, where we teach courses on clinical research. We dont work on saturdays and sundays, hence questions reachng me on these days will be replied on Monday, please bear with me.

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