SATURDAY, Aug. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Medications can be harmed by high temperatures, say pharmacists.
Although just a handful of drugs have been tested at temperatures above 86F, all medications could be altered by extreme heat, they warn.
According to Dr. Amy Peak, clinical pharmacist and director of Drug Information Services at Butler University, several medications have been tested at high temperatures. She outlined some of the changes the researchers found:
Peak says several more medications may be susceptible to excessive heat, including:
Although the United States Pharmacopeia Convention Inc. recommends that medications be protected from excessive heat, only a few drugs are actually tested at temperatures above 86F, Peak pointed out.
Nevertheless, she noted there are a number of steps people can take to ensure the quality of their medications during heat waves, including:
The National Institutes of Health provides more information on storing medicine safely.
-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
SOURCE: Butler University, news release, August 2011
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