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Rx for Action

A blog devoted to helping people find local medicine take-back programs and highlighting current research findings and pending legislation.

Triclosan: It's all about the treatment

Triclosan, an antimicrobial agent used in many personal care products, commonly ends its useful life in municipal wastewater treatment plants, where chlorination causes it to break down into substances known as chlorinated triclosan derivatives (CTDs). Following exposure to sunlight, the CTDs further degrade into polychlorodibenzo- p -dioxins, which, like all dioxins, are carcinogenic. B...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 1:20PM on 1/29/2013
Categories: Latest Research

FDA advisory panel recommends tighter controls on narcotics

From the Journal Sentinel: In a monumental pushback against America's narcotic painkiller epidemic, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recommended Friday that stricter controls be placed on popular narcotic painkillers such as Vicodin. The 19-10 vote will be used by the FDA to decide if drugs containing...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 2:27PM on 1/28/2013
Categories: In the News

Read all about it: Antibiotic-eating bacteria

It likely comes as a surprise to no one that antibiotics found in soil can pose a threat to human and environmental health. Research has shown that bacteria exposed to low-doses of antibiotics found in livestock manure or wastewater runoff can develop a resistance to the drugs. And the concern that antibiotics currently used to fight diseases could become ineffective has inspired the U.S. Food...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 12:11PM on 1/24/2013
Categories: Latest Research

Doctors urged to prescribe lower medication dosages to reduce patient side effects and protect the environment

A new paper in the journal Science of the Total Environment argues that carefully lowering dosages of many medications has the potential to not only lead to more effective treatment, but also reduce environmental impacts of pharmaceuticals. Christian G. Daughton and Ilene Sue Ruhoy, in "Lower-dose...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 2:28PM on 1/16/2013
Categories: Latest Research Resources

Wisconsin drug take-back programs prove insufficient, new report finds

Despite extensive efforts, Wisconsin programs collect just 2 percent of household pharmaceutical waste; the remainder is landfilled, flushed, or stored indefinitely, posing health and environmental risks...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 2:21PM on 1/16/2013
Categories: Collection Programs In the News Latest Research Resources

Four federal agencies to share information about pharmaceuticals in drinking water

A new agreement between four federal agencies aimed at improving collaboration on issues related to pharmaceuticals in drinking water is now underway. Under the agreement, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Health and Human Services (HHS), and Department of Interior (DOI) will share research on the causes of pharmaceutical pollution and its effects on h...

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 12:22PM on 1/14/2013
Categories: In the News Latest Research Resources