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Adults across the UK are putting themselves at risk by using out-of-date medicines, experts have said.

Health workers urged people to take note of the expiry dates on medication after research suggested that 62 per cent of adults have products in their medicine cabinets which have gone past their use by date.

The study, conducted on behalf of over-the-counter medicine range Care, suggests that on average there are more than 73 million out of date products in medicine cabinets. A quarter of adults have knowingly taken medicine which is out of date and seven per cent did not know medicines had an expiry date.

Dr Sarah Jarvis said: “Just like food that goes off, medicines past their expiry date can deteriorate and make you ill.”