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Military Health System

Shelf Life Extension Program

The Defense Health Agency (DHA), in coordination with the FDA, the Military Departments, the Defense Logistics Agency, Center for Disease Control (CDC) Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), State Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Veterans Administration and several other federal agencies; administer a comprehensive SLEP in order to avoid replacement costs for potency-dated pharmaceuticals in pre-positioned stockpiles.

  • The DHA acts as the single interface between the program participants who submit candidate products for testing.
  • Program participants fund the testing, manage their portion of the program, and receive the benefit of deferred materiel replacement costs.
  • The FDA conducts potency testing with a goal of extending product life beyond the original expiration date.

The SLEP enables each program participant to provide adequate oversight, ensure effective inventory controls, and monitor stockpiles for shelf life extension opportunities. The intended outcome of the SLEP is measurable cost avoidance returned to program participants and continued availability of potency-dated contingency stocks. The program also enables us to develop and implement more efficient stockpile replenishment plans.

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Shelf-Life Extension Program, Change 1

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Policy Number: 6430.05

Establishes DHA's procedures to manage and provide guidance on the SLEP within the Military Health System and contingency operations.

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This manual implements policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures for the shelf-life program to identify and manage items having deteriorative characteristics and to mitigate the risk of shelf-life expiration.

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Last Updated: October 21, 2022
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