The War on Cancer Requires Powerful Weapons

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Jim Mullowney presents to CleanMed 2014 in Cleveland, OH on the dangers of cytotoxic chemo drugs in our drinking water.

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The War on Cancer Requires Powerful Weapons

  1. 1. Dr. Theresa O’Keefe PhD. Jim Mullowney Pharma-Cycle, Inc. Presentation at the CleanMed Conference Cleveland Ohio June 5, 2014
  2. 2. Origins of Chemotherapy
  3. 3. U.S. Department of Defense begins to study mustard gas as a cancer treatment during World War I
  4. 4. Therapeutic uses for liquid mustard gas are discovered in the 1930s and 1940s.
  5. 5. Use of chemotherapy begins in the 1950s.
  6. 6. In 1986, OSHA develops regulations to protect workers when handling chemo drugs.
  7. 7. In 2011 Hospitals Warned of Cancer Birth Defects Miscarriages Irreversible Effects Even After Low-Level Exposures.
  8. 8. Governments and Employers Zero Exposure for ALL WORKERS Drug Manufacturing
  9. 9. Governments and Employers Zero Exposure for ALL WORKERS Pharmaceutical Compounding
  10. 10. Governments and Employers Zero Exposure for ALL WORKERS Nursing Staff
  11. 11. Governments and Employers Zero Exposure for ALL WORKERS Cleaning Staff
  12. 12. It is a crime to throw an empty chemotherapy container in the trash.
  13. 13. Yet chemo patients are sent home after treatments without knowing: Chemo drugs are excreted in active form for 48 hours after each treatment.
  14. 14. Yet chemo patients are sent home after treatments without knowing: Families, pets, and caregivers are at risk of exposure to DNA-damaging chemicals.
  15. 15. Yet chemo patients are sent home after treatments without knowing: Pregnant women, babies, and small children are particularly vulnerable.
  16. 16. Yet chemo patients are sent home after treatments without knowing: Public drinking water supplies become contaminated.
  17. 17. Septic systems and wastewater treatment plants CANNOT REMOVE cytotoxic chemicals.
  18. 18. The US Geological Survey and the US EPA conducted a study to find the source of the contaminants.
  19. 19. In 2008 “Cancer Fish” were found on Cape Cod
  20. 20. The fish had extremely high levels of DNA damage caused by genotoxic chemicals.
  21. 21. Residents on Cape Cod have extraordinarily high rates of cancer.
  22. 22. 80% of the households on Cape Cod are entirely dependent on onsite septic systems.
  23. 23. Results suggest the genotoxic material was coming from surrounding residential septic systems
  24. 24. Danger of Exposure to Patients’ Excretia Organizations must manage their hazardous wastes and this extends to patients receiving highly excretable chemotherapy drugs
  25. 25. Danger of Exposure to Patients’ Excreta Safe administration of high alert and hazardous medications includes informing family about proper disposal when new medications are started (MM.06.06.01, MM.01.01.03)
  26. 26. Danger of Exposure to Patients’ Excreta Education/learning needs assessment must include safe use and disposal both during and after hospital discharge ( PC.02.03.01)
  27. 27. Danger of Exposure to Patients’ Excreta Cautionary labels covering proper disposal and danger to others must be provided to patients and others with whom the patient may contact (MM.05.01.09)
  28. 28. Danger of Exposure to Patients’ Excreta Organizations are required to be in compliance with law and regulation regarding proper use, handling and disposal of such medications including education of patients receiving high alert and hazardous medications (EC.02.02.01, LD.04.01.01)
  29. 29. In 2013, WHO warns of “disastrous ecological consequences.”
  30. 30. Cytotoxic Chemo Drugs Genotoxic Waste is:
  31. 31. Genotoxic Waste is: Empty Chemo Vials and IV Bags
  32. 32. Genotoxic Waste is: Used Chemo Gloves
  33. 33. Genotoxic Waste is: Patient Urine, Feces, and Vomit *For 48 Hours
  34. 34. Who is responsible for Genotoxic waste management, including urine, feces, and vomit Chief Pharmacist June 5, 2014 Pharma-Cycle, LLC 34
  35. 35. Who is responsible for the cost of managing Genotoxic waste: Health-Care Providers June 5, 2014 Pharma-Cycle, LLC 35
  36. 36. Rhode Island defines “Extremely Hazardous Waste” as Cytotoxic Chemotherapy Agents
  37. 37. Rhode Island Pending Legislation would protect families and our drinking water supply from Cytotoxic Chemotherapy Agents
  38. 38. Capture the chemicals before they get into the water
  39. 39. Cytotoxic Safety Kit Control Contaminated Waste at Source Urine and stool samples for 48 hours after each treatment
  40. 40. This is a worldwide problem with a local solution. Pharma-Cycle, LLC 55 John Clarke Road Middletown, RI 02842 Jim Mullowney (800) 409-0431 jmullowney@pharma-cycle.com www.pharma-cycle.com

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