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The Life-Cycle of Pharmaceuticals in the Environment, 1st Edition

The Life-Cycle of Pharmaceuticals in the Environment, 1st Edition

Pages: 268

Publisher: Woodhead Publishing

Year of Publication: 2015

Author(s) : B.M. Peake, R. Braund, Alfred Tong and Louis Tremblay

Book Description:

The Life-Cycle of Pharmaceuticals in the Environment identifies pathways of entry of pharmaceuticals into the environment, beginning with the role of global prescribing and disposal practices. The book then discusses typical levels of common pharmaceuticals and how they can be determined in natural waters such as raw and treated sewage, and in potable water. In addition, sections examine methods currently available to degrade pharmaceuticals in natural waters and some of their ecotoxicological impacts, along with future considerations and the growing concept of product stewardship.


This book encompasses the full lifecycle of common pharmaceuticals, from prescription and dispensing practices to their occurrence in a range of different types of natural waters and their environmental impact and explores the role of the healthcare system and its affect on users. It proves to be beneficial for environmental engineers involved in the design and operation of appropriate degradation technologies of the pharmaceutical prescription and disposal practices.

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