(HealthDay News) -- Natural disasters often lead to power outages and lack of refrigeration and clean water. This may render some medications less potent and potentially harmful.
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration explains how this could occur:
- Drugs may be exposed to excessive heat due to fire or lack of air conditioning.
- Drugs may be contaminated by exposure to dirty water.
- Drugs that need refrigeration may be less effective or even dangerous if refrigeration isn't available.
- Drugs that need to be mixed with clean water (reconstituted) may be compromised. The FDA advises to use only bottled or distilled water to reconstitute medication.
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