Is your Neosporin expired?

When Mom Central and Johnson’s offered an opportunity to blog about Neosporin, I eagerly volunteered. Having moved three times in two years, I had to examine the contents of our bathroom cabinets more than I truly cared. It’s amazing the number of ten-year-old prescriptions, half bottles of cold medicine in what I hoped was it’s original color, and tubes of ointment that were barely recognizable. Shameful. But, and unfortunately, I’m not alone.

It turns out that 40% of homes have an expired topical antibiotic in the medicine cabinet, an important issue as some products may lose their effectiveness once they reach their expiration date. The folks at NEOSPORIN® invite you to investigate your first aid supplies and share just how old your tubes of NEOSPORIN® are. We bet you might be surprised at some of the dates, so check the expiration date on your tubes. Neosporin is as essential for those boo-boos as bandages and Mommy kisses.

Did You Know:

  • 46% of people treat wounds to soothe them and relieve pain.
  • Painful wounds including splinters, shaving cuts, blisters, hang nails, ripped cuticles, paper cuts and burns account for nearly 40% of wound types that people sustain.
  • Even minor cuts and scrapes can become contaminated with dirt and germs, which may cause infection.

Product Description:
From the #1 doctor recommended brand, NEOSPORIN® + Pain Relief First Aid Antibiotic/Pain Relieving Ointment and Cream help prevent infection and provide temporary relief of pain or discomfort in minor cuts, scrapes, and burns.

Product Benefits:

  • Helps prevent infection in minor cuts, scrapes and burns.
  • Soothes painful cuts.
  • Soothes the pain of burns.
  • Suitable for ages 2 and up.
  • Available nationwide in food and drug stores, and mass merchandisers for $4.77 – $9.07.
  • Available sizes – Plus Pain Ointment: 1/2 ounce tube, 1 ounce tube; Plus Pain Cream: 1/2 ounce tube, 1 ounce tube.

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5 thoughts on “Is your Neosporin expired?

  1. I acually was just looking this up on the internet. My docotor recomended I use Neosporin on my cuts from sergury and I have been using it for the past week and just noticed that it expried 08/2007 almost three years ago. Of corse i went out and got a new tube today. But could you tell me? Are there any known side efects to useing Neosporin that is this old besides it not being as efective? Any info you could give would be greatly apreiceated. Thank you

  2. mine expired 2 years ago, and for some reason ( tho no one else has mentioned it) it smells like chocolate coffee….. why???????

  3. I just googled Neosporin expiration date because my husband was complaining that all of the tubes we had in the house had expired. He went and bought a new tube (in early June 2013) and the expiration date is 08/2013. REALLY?!?!?! I can’t believe that the shelf life is only 2 months. Ridiculous way to get consumers to purchase more of their product!

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