Wednesday: Cracking Down On Eating Disorder Drug


Story Updated: Jul 6, 2011

A bill awaiting the signature of Gov. Andrew Cuomo would make it harder for people with eating disorders to stock up on a compound that induces vomiting.

The bill would require that syrup of ipecac be taken off open store shelves and be kept behind a pharmacy counter.

The liquid used to be a staple in home first-aid kits to be given to kids who ingest something poisonous. Pediatricians now advise against its use.

The bill that passed the Legislature was pushed by Debbie Begeny of the Buffalo suburb of Kenmore. Her daughter Heather had anorexia and died of cardiac arrest in 2003 after using ipecac to induce
vomiting for weeks.

If the bill becomes law, customers will have to ask a pharmacist or store manager for ipecac.

- The Associated Press

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