NASA’s Bad Medicine: Long-Term Space Travel Weakens Drug Potency

Astronauts marching off to the International Space Station (ISS), or further yet, to Mars, better double-check their medicine cabinets. Space travel appears to alter the stability of drugs flown on Space Shuttle and ISS flights. An on-going study of antibiotics, motion sickness drugs, and other remedies provided to astronauts show that some products degrade during space treks causing concern among NASA medical specialists.