Impacts of climate and climate change on medications and human health

P. J. Beggs*

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Abstract

Objective: To examine impacts of climate and climate change on medications and human health. Methods: Literature review and analysis of MIMS. Results: Changed climate associated with the enhanced Greenhouse Effect (e.g. increased temperature) may lead to medication-related health impacts through deterioration of storage conditions, increased heat stress from medication-induced heat intolerance, and by influencing pharmacokinetics. Increases in UV radiation from stratospheric ozone depletion may increase the significance of medications that can lead to an increased sensitivity to the damaging effects of UV radiation (i.e. photosensitivity). Conclusions and implications: Raising awareness of the impacts of climate on medications, and of climate-related side-effects, among both health care professionals and the public, should modify behaviour and therefore reduce the risks of such adverse impacts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)630-632
Number of pages3
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Volume24
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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