Author(s): Zuccato E, Calamari D, Natangelo M, Fanelli R
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Abstract 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.
This article was published in Lancet
and referenced in Journal of Environmental & Analytical Toxicology