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The Oakland Press

Your water! Tests of Philadelphia's drinking water reveal the presence of 56 pharmaceuticals or byproducts

March 12, 2008

By JEFF DONN
AP National Writer

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A total of 56 pharmaceuticals or byproducts have been detected in this city's drinking water, largely in tests conducted last year, according to the Philadelphia Water Department.

The list of drugs is the longest among 62 major water providers surveyed by the Associated Press. However, this city's water officials say they probably found more drugs simply because they did more testing. They say their water is safe to drink.

Researchers found trace concentrations of drugs including antibiotics, pain relievers, heart and psychiatric drugs, and veterinary medicines. Here's the list of drugs and some of their uses:

ANTIBIOTICS
Amoxicillin -- for pneumonia, stomach ulcers Azithromycin -- for pneumonia, sexually transmitted diseases
Bacitracin -- prevents infection in cuts and burns
Chloramphenicol -- for serious infections when other antibiotics can't be used
Ciprofloxacin -- for anthrax, other infections
Doxycycline -- for pneumonia, Lyme disease, acne
Erythromycin -- for pneumonia, whooping cough, Legionnaires' disease
Lincomycin -- for strep, staph, other serious infections
Oxytetracycline -- for respiratory, urinary infections
Penicillin G -- for anthrax, other infections
Penicillin V -- for pneumonia, scarlet fever, infections of ear, skin, throat
Roxithromycin -- for respiratory, skin infections
Sulfadiazine -- for urinary infections, burns
Sulfamethizole -- for urinary infections
Sulfamethoxazole -- for traveler's diarrhea, pneumonia, urinary and ear infections
Tetracycline -- for pneumonia, acne, stomach ulcers, Lyme disease
Trimethoprim -- for urinary and ear infections, traveler's diarrhea, pneumonia

PAIN RELIEVERS
Acetaminophen -- soothes arthritis, aches, colds; reduces fever
Antipyrine -- for ear infections
Aspirin -- for minor aches, pain; lowers risk of heart attack and stroke
Diclofenac -- for arthritis, menstrual cramps, other pain
Ibuprofen -- for arthritis, aches, menstrual cramps; reduces fever
Naproxen -- for arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, aches; reduces fever
Prednisone -- for arthritis, allergic reactions, multiple sclerosis, some cancers

HEART DRUGS
Atenolol -- for high blood pressure
Bezafibrate -- for cholesterol problems
Clofibric acid -- byproduct of various cholesterol medications
Diltiazem -- for high blood pressure, chest pain Gemfibrozil -- regulates cholesterol
Simvastatin -- slows production of cholesterol

MIND DRUGS
Carbamazepine -- for seizures, mood regulating
Diazepam -- for anxiety, seizures; eases alcohol withdrawal
Fluoxetine -- for depression; relieves premenstrual mood swings
Meprobamate -- for anxiety
Phenytoin -- controls epileptic seizures
Risperidone -- for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, severe behavior problems

OTHER HUMAN DRUGS
Caffeine -- found in coffee; also used in pain relievers
Cotinine -- byproduct of nicotine; drug in tobacco, also used in products to help smokers quit
Iopromide -- given as contrast agent for medical imaging
Nicotine -- found in tobacco, also in medicinal products to help smokers quit
Paraxanthine -- a byproduct of caffeine
Theophylline -- for asthma, bronchitis and emphysema

VETERINARY
Carbadox -- for control of dysentery, bacterial enteritis in pigs; promotes growth
Chlortetracycline -- for eye, joint, other animal ailments
Enrofloxacin -- for infections in farm animals and pets; treats wounds
Monensin -- for weight gain, prevention of severe diarrhea in farm animals
Narasin -- for severe diarrhea in farm animals
Oleandomycin -- for respiratory disease; promotes growth in farm animals
Salinomycin -- promotes growth in livestock
Sulfachloropyridazine -- for enteritis in farm animals
Sulfadimethoxine -- for severe diarrhea, fowl cholera, other conditions in farm animals
Sulfamerazine -- for a range of infections in cats, fowl
Sulfamethazine -- for bacterial diseases in farm animals; promotes growth
Sulfathiazole -- for diseases in aquarium fish Tylosin -- promotes growth, treats infections in farm animals, including bees
Virginiamycin M1 -- prevents infection, promotes growth in farm animals

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Good grief! And they say the water is safe?

Safe for the superbugs.

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Oh my goodness!

Can't do anything about medication spill over inot our pee, but I hope that officials try to raise public awareness about the dangers of dumping medications down the drains or into toilets.

Just think of all the chemicals they don't even test for or report on. Yuck. And for some silly reason they can't figure out why we have an increase in developmental defects in America and more autoimmune diseases. hmm Doesn't take a rocket scientist.

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There may be a bigger problem at hand than what consumers are causing.

Check this out: http://tinyurl.com/28vak8

It's a report on the biomed industry in the Philadelphia area.

Yeah, I know. I've posted this before. I'm not into conspiracy theories, per se.

Still, this link - in conjunction with the article - does make me raise an eyebrow.

Gotta wonder about their waste water disposal practices.

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