Presence of therapeutic drugs in the environment

Ettore Zuccato, Davide Calamari, Marco Natangelo, Roberto Fanelli

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1789-1790
Number of pages2
Issue number9217
Publication statusPublished - May 20 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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