BaseCamp Rx

Explore topics about pharmacology, drugs, vaccines, and other therapeutics pertinent to wilderness and travel medicine, written by a pharmacist. Equip yourself with the knowledge about what to get before you go on an adventure or work trip, and what to pack in your medical kit in case of an accident, medical issue, or toxic exposure.


Antidotes for Nature's Assailants

Nancy Pietroski, PharmD, NR-EMT, FAWM, CTH
July 30, 2022

Poisons, Toxins, & Venoms


It's Essential

Nancy Pietroski, PharmD, NR-EMT, FAWM, CTH
May 16, 2022

The World's Biggest Formulary


Expired Drugs

Nancy Pietroski, PharmD, FAWM, WEMT, CTH
April 19, 2022

Still Immortal or Still DOA?


Do you know enough?

Nancy Pietroski, PharmD, NR-EMT, FAWM, CTH
January 25, 2022

Websites, apps, and more, for drug info


Wherever You Work or Roam in the Wild

Nancy Pietroski, PharmD, NR-EMT, FAWM, CTH
October 7, 2021

Protect Yourself and Others. Get Your Shots.


Free Food and Medicine

Nancy Pietroski, PharmD, NR-EMT, FAWM, CTH
August 11, 2021

Part 4: Nature's High


Misery, Medicine, & Miracles

Nancy Pietroski, PharmD, WEMT, FAWM, CTH
January 17, 2021

A look inside the transcontinental explorers' medicine bag


Off-Label Use and Repurposing Drugs for COVID-19

Nancy Pietroski, PharmD, WEMT, FAWM, CTH
October 19, 2020

Can you teach an old drug new tricks?


Toxic Plants & Mushrooms

Nancy Pietroski, PharmD, FAWM, WEMT, CTH
June 9, 2020

From Wilderness Drugstore to Garden of Evil


Free Food and Medicine (Part 2)

Nancy Pietroski, PharmD, FAWM, WEMT, CTH
January 23, 2020

Use of common medicinal plants


Base Camp Rx

Nancy Pietroski, PharmD, FAWM, WEMT, CTH
August 6, 2019

Make Foraging for Edible and Medicinal Plants and Mushrooms Part of Your Every Day Wilderness Experience


Drugs for Travel: Rx, OTC, and BYO

Nancy Pietroski, PharmD, FAWM, WEMT, CTH
February 28, 2019

A follow-up to Base Camp Rx - Vaccines for Travel: The Three Rs


Vaccines for Travel

Nancy Pietroski, PharmD, FAWM, WEMT, CTH, EMR
August 31, 2018

The Three R’s (and a few more R’s)...


Base Camp Rx: PEDs in Mountaineering So are PEDs dope or hype?

Nancy Pietroski, PharmD, FAWM, WEMT, CTH
July 29, 2017

So are PEDs dope or hype?


Base Camp Rx: Medical Kits

Nancy Pietroski, PharmD, FAWM, WEMT, CTH
February 14, 2017

What to pack in a medical kit for a wilderness trip is a large topic to tackle...


Base Camp Rx: Temperature Stability

Nancy Pietroski, PharmD, FAWM, WEMT, CTH
May 11, 2016

A guide to keeping meds stored at the proper temperature...


Base Camp Rx: Expired Drugs

Nancy Pietroski, PharmD FAWM, WEMT, CTH
November 29, 2015

The question of whether drugs can be used past their expiration date regularly makes the rounds on the news and internet...


Base Camp Rx: The Right Stuff

Nancy Pietroski, PharmD, FAWM, WEMT, CTH
November 1, 2015

Welcome to Base Camp Rx, a new column focusing on drug topics in wilderness medicine...


Base Camp Rx: Effects of the Wilderness on Medications

Nancy Pietroski, PharmD, FAWM, WEMT, CTH
August 14, 2015

Now we're going to discuss the effect of wilderness environmental conditions on medications that are being taken for a pre-existing condition...


Base Camp Rx: Who Administers the Epi?

Nancy Pietroski, PharmD, FAWM, WEMT, CTH
August 4, 2015

The risk of anaphylaxis, a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction, remains for many people allergic to peanuts, other nuts, and other foods...