Kaiser Family Foundation. Copyright 2008 Advisory Board Business and Kaiser Family Foundation. All rights reserved.. Associated Press examines medicine disposal practices of hospitals, long-term care facilities Hospitals, hospices and nursing homes dump at least 250 million pounds of unused medicines and contaminated packaging in to the U.S. Drinking water supply each year, according to an ongoing Connected Press investigation, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports. The Associated Press centered the estimate on a little sample, as few of the 5,700 hospitals and 45,000 long-term care facilities maintain records on the quantity of unused medications of which they dispose. According to the AP/Chronicle, the medicines are expired, spoiled, over-prescribed or unneeded. And others are simply unused because patients refuse to take them, can’t tolerate them or die with nearly complete 90-day items of multiple prescriptions on their nightstands.For the patient, the message of the studies is that the recommendation for calcium intake can’t be generalized since the aftereffect of calcium intake on rock formation depends on the type of rock, oxalate intake, existence of stones and the efficiency of calcium absorption from the bowel, said Dr. Pak. Our future challenge is to comprehend various elements that modify the result of calcium restriction on urinary calcium and stone-forming propensity, also to determine how better to use diet plan and drugs to regulate hypercalciuria and stone formation. Also participating in the first study were Dr.