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Yes, Ostomy Products Can Expire: OSTOMY TIPS

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(@G Precuado)
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you please tell me I have ostomy pouches 401544 lot 0C02150 can you tell me what is the experation date


   
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VeganOstomy
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Hello. Convatec doesn't usually list expiration dates, but rather, they put the manufacturer date instead.

The first two digits of that code are "02", which means 2020 ("0" is the last digit of the year) in March ("3" is the month). So your pouches were manufactured in March of 2020 and should be fine for several more years.

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.
~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


   
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 Rob
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I have some (roughly four year old) Hollister Centerpoint lock skin barriers as well as pouches. I have always thought this the best system ever marketed (i used it for a dozen years or more). I'd like to donate these to a needy user but I wonder if they are still 'good'. ? I opened a seal package skin barrier and the adhesive etc. all seems to be in good order. OR, should I discard them? A few boxes of each.


   
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VeganOstomy
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Hi Rob,

Are there any manufacturer or expiry dates on the package? It's possible that even after four years, they are still "good", but as an adhesive product, it may not stick as well as it should.

If you contact a place that accepts ostomy supply donations, they should be able to tell you if they'll take them or not, even if they are "expired". Good luck!

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.
~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


   
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What are the letters for convatec for the codes jan is a feb is b
March c April is d may is e June is f July is g August is h September is I October is j November is k and Dec is l is that right I have a box 2C04161 is it expires in March 27 is that right thanks Lisa Heffner


   
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VeganOstomy
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Hi Lisa,

Let's break it down.

2C04161

2 = 2022 (The year it was manufactured)
C = Batch C (ignore this)
04 = April (The month it was manufactured)
161 = The machine code. (ignore this)

So your products were manufactured April, 2022, and they should be fine until 2027.

I hope that helps :)

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.
~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


   
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