Presence of therapeutic drugs in the environment.


Therapeutic drugs can contaminate the environment because of metabolic excretion, improper disposal, or industrial waste. To assess the extent of this contamination, we listed drugs thought to be putative priority pollutants according to selected criteria, and measured them in Lombardy, Italy. Most drugs were measurable in drinking or river waters and sediments, suggesting that pharmaceutical products are widespread contaminants, with possible implications for human health and the environment.

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@article{Zuccato2000PresenceOT, title={Presence of therapeutic drugs in the environment.}, author={Ettore Zuccato and Davide Calamari and Marco Natangelo and Roberto Fanelli}, journal={Lancet}, year={2000}, volume={355 9217}, pages={1789-90} }