Topic: Medications

Drug disposal perplexes public

Oct. 29, 2010
Emily Maloney Bickle (left) and Jennifer Markley surveyed people on how they dispose of unused prescription drugs.

Only 2 percent of Austinites surveyed dispose of unused medications following the FDA-recommended method, according to a recent survey by two School of Nursing graduate students. When disposed of improperly, pharmaceuticals can enter the city's drinking water system.

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Painful economic downturn brings increased use of self-care health methods, but researchers advise caution

Jan. 12, 2009

To Cure What Ails You: A 43-year-old patient with well-controlled blood pressure replaced her prescriptions with a cheaper herbal treatment, a liquid containing an extract from a small fruit-bearing tree known as zapote blanco. Four months later, she ended up in an El Paso emergency room with stage IV hypertension. This is just one of the cases that University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy experts follow as the economy sours and more and more people turn to over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and alternative medicines such as herbals to treat their illnesses--sometimes putting their health at risk.

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