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Label provides important information, such as manufacturing date, expiry date and etc. These are mostly shown in abbreviated words, so it is important to know the meaning of abbreviations and must always make sure that you read and understand the label before using the product.
The following list presents some acronyms or abbreviations used in product labels:
EXP /EXD : Expiry Date / Expiration Date
MFG /MFD : Manufacturing Date / Manufactured Date
BB /BBE : Best Before / Best Before End
Batch No. : This is a code that enables the manufacturer to identify when and where the products were made.
L&C No. : Lot and Control Number – Meaning is similar to Batch No.
Reg No. : Registered Number – Issued by The Food and Drug Administration, Ministry of Public Health, by using A B C and 1, 2 to indicate the type of modern medicines.
A refers to a finished drug produced in the country
B refers to a finished drug imported from abroad
C refers to a finished drug imported from abroad with no later packing
1 refers to a single drug that contains single active ingredient
2 refers to a compound drug that contains multiple ingredients.