How Do Pharmaceutical Drugs Get in Drinking Water When Taxpayers Support Water Treatment Systems?

Have you ever imagined that it was possible for prescription drugs to come out of your kitchen faucet? I know it seems hard to believe, but just how do pharmaceutical drugs get in drinking water when taxpayers support water treatment systems? When a recent probe finds drugs in drinking water, then it’s time to take this question very seriously.

The funny thing about this issue is that scientists didn’t begin studying this problem until it was brought to their attention by an award-winning science project conducted by a West Virginia high school student. This is how this amazing story unfolded:

1. Ashley Mulroy’s student scientific probe finds drugs in drinking water.

2. The EPA and National Geological Survey now want to know how do phramaceutical drugs get into drinking water.

3. Their investigations turn up traces of antibiotics, anti-depressants, birth control drugs and caffeine in numerous water samples taken from across the country.

4. Because this is a relatively new discovery, scientists are unsure about the long-term health effects on humans.

5. Medical experts worry about the development of “super,” disease-causing bugs that may be created from drug-infested water supplies.

6. Municipal, tax supported, water treatment systems are not currently equipped to remove pharmaceutical drugs from water supplies.

The majority of our local water treatment facilities are based upon chlorination. While chlorine is capable of disinfecting certain dangerous bacteria, it can’t filter out synthetic substances like pharmaceuticals. Ironically, just like prescription drugs, chlorine is also a synthetic chemical. With all the water pollution that comes from industrial chemicals, our inadequate water treatment systems desperately need to be updated.

Ok. So now we know that prescription drugs are, in fact, present in our water. But that still doesn’t answer the question, “how do pharmaceutical drugs get in drinking water?” The answer isn’t all that mysterious. The earth’s entire water supply is fixed. This means that this finite supply gets used over and over and over. Water flows down our drains from our sinks, tubs and toilets, into our local water treatment systems, carrying whatever substances that we’ve added from our daily usage…including any drugs that pass through our bodies.

So where does that leave us? Just because a probe finds drugs in drinking water, and our tax supported water treatment systems can’t get rid of them, are we sitting ducks for whatever dangerous effects these substances may or may not produce?

The answer is an emphatic, “NO!” You can safeguard your family’s drinking water from the potential dangers of pharmaceuticals and the majority of chemical toxins by installing an in home water filtration system.

Reverse osmosis and distillation systems can do the job, but you may find them to be expensive and inconvenient options. For my money and time, I have found that home water purification systems that use a multi-stage filtration method are the best at providing a clean, healthy, all-purpose water supply. This means we can drink, cook, bathe and shower, confident in the fact that we’re not being exposed to dangerous chemical contaminants…including chlorine.

If a probe finds drugs in drinking water then I think it begs the question, “how do pharmaceutical drugs get in drinking water when we pay taxes for clean water?” Until it’s possible to get a satisfactory answer, do you and your family a favor. Look into finding the best in home water filtration system.

Texas Relates To Import Safety Issues As China Executes Its Top Food and Drug Administrator

China’s official Xinhua news agency announced yesterday the execution of Zheng Xiaoyu, the former head of its State Food and Drug Administration, in an attempt to show the country’s seriousness about cleaning up obvious problems with exporting contaminated food and drugs.

Xiaoyu was convicted of accepting bribes totaling the equivalent of one million USD to approve untested drugs. The Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court carried out the sentence after denying appeals from Xiaoyu, who argued the punishment was too harsh for the crime, and that he had confessed to his wrongdoings. Evidently, it wasn’t enough. Xiaoyu was the first ministerial-level official executed in China in seven years, and only the fourth within the past thirty.

The execution is expected to be met with mixed reviews by the American public, which has been outraged by China’s continuous problems with contaminated food and drugs. Numerous industries — from major retail chains, to the health insurance and health care industries — have been trying to contain serious health and safety risks from the products. Hundreds of human and animal lives have been affected in the U.S. alone.

But putting an individual to death for accepting bribes also is riling up human rights’ activists, many of whom argue that, no matter one’s stance on the effectiveness of the death penalty, it should not be considered for nonviolent crimes. China’s reputation for violating human rights, after all, is no better than its reputation for exporting dangerously contaminated goods.

The nationwide contamination earlier this year of some of the U.S.’s top pet food brands by wheat protein imported from China was only the latest in a series of scandals involving compromised products from the country, including tires, children’s toys, vitamins used for baby formula, and toothpaste. Even phony anti-malarial drugs have been exported and used, killing or further sickening desperately ill patients.

Texas understands this issue well. With so many products legally and illegally imported from the border, and with only 1% of all of the nation’s imports being inspected by the Food and Drug Administration, it’s likely that nearly any establishment in the state selling almost any goods — from Dallas, to Houston, to Austin, to the tiny border towns — is making available a product American regulatory industries would never allow to be produced in the U.S. Even fruit is subject to different regulations in Mexico, and is often sprayed with chemicals now banned in this country. The problems with Chinese imports, then, which circulate throughout every state, only adds to the problem, and Texans have been shown to be less than tolerant about products on the market that could put public health at risk.

China knows America’s outrage, and is making overt efforts to reassure the Western public of its commitment to safety, including the conviction and execution of Xiaoyu. Without its exports, the Chinese economy would collapse. Wal-Mart alone is China’s eighth largest trading partner, and over 90% of the vitamin C sold in the U.S. is produced there. In fact, Americans would be surprised to know that much of their aspirin, pain relievers, and antibiotics, including penicillin, are produced in China. Labels stating a vitamin or drug’s country of origin are not required in the U.S., however, and few products actually reveal it. Fewer Americans probably even think about it when picking up a prescription from the pharmacy.

This is certainly not to say that all products from China are dangerous, or even of poor quality. It’s the fact we simply don’t know that makes us cringe. We don’t know which exports are safe or, at times, even when we’re buying imported products, let alone imported drugs from a facility in China that may or may not be clean, and that may or may not be producing untested products. Xiaoyu’s willingness to accept bribes to approve untested drugs forces most of us to count our blessings that we weren’t one of the many malaria patients trusting phony medication, or one of the many beloved pets ingesting contaminated wheat protein. Perhaps this will be a turning point for China’s regulatory industry. Perhaps. But until then: buyer beware.

Making sure the products you buy are safe is one very important part of taking care of your health. How you take care of yourself will certainly affect you as you age, and eventually your wallet, as well.

Buying a Pharmacy: What You Need to Know About This Industry Before You Buy

The outlook is good for the pharmacy industry. It’s stable and growing. The 2010 Healthcare Reform Act, expanded insurance coverage for many Americans, making prescription drugs more affordable. As a result of this there has been an increased demand for pharmaceuticals creating some growth in the industry. As America’s growing population ages, owning a pharmacy sounds like a good investment. Keep in mind the this industry is highly regulated by the government which is not the case with other traditional commercial businesses. If you are considering buying a pharmacy there are several things you will need to know including deciding on what kind you want to own, assessing your personal finances, and checking a company’s financials against industry benchmarks.

Decide What Kind of Pharmacy You Want To Own

You need to decide what kind of pharmacy you want to own; a franchise or an independent one. If you want to go the franchise route keep in mind that industry leaders who are dominating the market including chains like Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid are not currently offering any franchising opportunities. However, there are many small companies that exist that are offering franchising opportunities.

If you decide to go the independent pharmacy route, there are several options to consider. It is common practice to buy into a partnership of an existing operation. This is advantageous because your initial investment will be much lower than if you were going it alone. The best option would be to get into a pharmacy where the owner plans to retire in the next 3-5 years. You can learn from their expertise and also share in expenses. Another option to consider is buying a pharmacy that caters to a niche market. An example of a niche market pharmacy is a compounding pharmacy. These types of operations can be highly lucrative.

Know Your Finances

Most pharmacy sales are all cash. If you plan to finance your business keep in mind banks want to see around 20% of your own money down. Banks may not fund the entire purchase price. You will need to know how you will make up the difference. Seller financing may be an available option. Sellers offer financing typically for 3-7 years with an interest rate at prime plus or minus 1-2 percent.

Financial Benchmarks

According to IBISWorld.com, pharmacies and drug stores in the US generate $248 billion each year. 52,193 businesses are sharing in that revenue and within those businesses, 775,721 people are employed. The average pharmacy will fill 54,427 prescriptions annually or 174 per day and the average independent pharmacy typically generates $2.8 million in sales each year. Cost of goods sold will be your highest expense running at about 75% of annual sales.

Conclusion

Traditional brick-and-mortar pharmacies are facing increased competition from online retailers of prescription drugs. However, overall, buying one can be a good business investment as it is a pretty stable industry that will most likely grow as America’s population ages.