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Pharmaceuticals: Global Overview
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The huge quantities of medicines ending up in waste or in aquatic systems are a major environmental health issue. The increasing documentation of low-dose health effects makes pharmaceuticals a priority area from an environmental health perspective.
While patients should be allowed access to the best available pharmaceutical treatment, other things being equal, we should consider the medicine's PBT (persistence, bioaccumulation and toxicity) when developing, manufacturing, prescribing, purchasing, donating and disposing of medicines. Our collective aim should be to protect people and the environment from contamination of hazardous chemicals that wouldn't otherwise be there.
Health Care Without Harm provides resources to increase our understanding of the issues involving pharmaceuticals and suggests ways to reduce their environmental impact.
For detailed information on this topic, in addition to tools and resources, select your region of the world from the links at the top of this page.
- Environmental Classification of Pharmaceuticals, Stockholm County Council 2008 (pdf)
- HCWH Policy Statements on Genetically Engineered Food, Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH), and Antibiotics
- Minding the Gap: Research Priorities to Address Pharmaceuticals in the Environment (pdf)
Health Care Research Collaborative
- Preventing Damage from Pharmaceuticals: : A HCWH Primer (pdf)
- Ten-Step Guide to Managing Pharmaceutical Waste (pdf)