How Old Is Too Old When It Comes to Expired Drugs?

And Everything Else You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Your Medication


  • Michelle Bell, BSN, RN Patient Safety Authority
  • Sharon Camperchioli, PharmD Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Caitlyn Allen, MPH Patient Safety Authority



“Can I use a teaspoon to measure my cough syrup?”

“Is it ok to crush my pills?”

“Are generic and brand name drugs really the same?”

Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) fellow and emergency room nurse, Michelle Bell, and medication safety officer for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Sharon Camperchioli, answer patient questions about medication.

Author Biographies

Michelle Bell, BSN, RN, Patient Safety Authority

Michelle Bell is the director of Outreach and Education with the Patient Safety Authority (PSA). Bell began working with the PSA in 2010 as a patient safety liaison for the Southeast region. She joined the PSA after completing a yearlong fellowship with the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, a world-renowned expert organization on medication safety.

Sharon Camperchioli, PharmD, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Sharon Camperchioli is the medication safety officer at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). In this role, she supports CHOP’s mission by helping make medication processes safe for patients and employees. Camperchioli received her Doctor of pharmacy degree from Temple University School of Pharmacy and is a board-certified pediatric pharmacy specialist. She also has a Six Sigma Green Belt certification from Villanova University. Prior to joining CHOP, her professional experience includes medication safety at a multihospital community healthcare system, over a decade as a pediatric and neonatal clinical pharmacist, retail, and long-term care pharmacy operations.

Caitlyn Allen, MPH, Patient Safety Authority

Caitlyn Allen ( is director of Engagement for the Patient Safety Authority and managing editor for Patient Safety, the PSA’s peer-reviewed journal. Before joining the PSA, she was the project manager for Patient Safety at Jefferson Health, where she also was the only nonphysician elected to serve on the House Staff Quality and Safety Leadership Council. Previously, Allen also was a project manager and patient safety officer for Wills Eye Hospital.

Pharmacist and Nurse in front of pharmacy, holding a text bubble with words.



How to Cite

Bell, M., Camperchioli, S., & Allen, C. (2022). How Old Is Too Old When It Comes to Expired Drugs? And Everything Else You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Your Medication. Patient Safety, 4(3), 10–15.
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