The Mitochondrial Toxicity of Prescription Pharmacopoeia

Mitochondria, which are present in every cell of the body except red blood cells, are responsible for creating more than 90 percent of the energy needed by the body to sustain life and support growth. The failure of the mitochondria can cause pain and weakness, as well as problems with the gastro-intestinal tract, heart, liver, diabetes, developmental delays and other complications. In this presentation, Bruce H. Cohen, MD, director of pediatric neurology at Akron Children's Hospital, discusses the potential toxic effects some prescription drugs may have on an individual with a mitochondrial disease.

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