Anything related to the health services industry should be treated as seriously as possible and as a matter of life and death. This is generally the case when traumatized patients enter the portals of the emergency hospital wards. There tends to be less appreciation of this fundamental way below the health services food chain, so to speak. A good example of this could be your corner store, usually open to late at night in order to cater for clientele who wish to ‘take care of emergencies’.
In their haste, customers quickly snap up their purchases without checking the products’ sell by or expiry dates. It does not matter whether it’s a bottle of aspirin or a pregnancy testing kit, sanitary provisions were originally made during the manufacturing and medical packaging stages. So, when a customer is harmed by a product which he or she should not have bought who is held accountable or made liable? This is a complex question still under review.
Specialized health-services related packaging, however, has installed a number of checks and balances that go some way towards curbing the rot of irresponsible retail practices. The expiry date should be clearly legible, and no wholesaler, formal or informal should be allowed to pass redundant goods onto the above mentioned night time store. In any case, medical packaging is strictly regulated. Those stakeholders who are in the positions of responsibility can be held liable when contravening regulations. There are usually heavy fines involved.
The question can be asked where contraventions are endemic will even harsher penalties such as jail time be imposed. Dealing with medically sensitive packaged products is, after all, a matter of life and death. Handled wrongfully, a packaged product could cause the loss of a life.