Cheering up the Environment: The Environmental Fate of Prozac and Valium

Charles E. West1, Clare H. Redshaw1, Steven J. Rowland1, C. Anthony Lewis1, Simon T. Belt1, Malcolm J. Hetheridge2, Gary Roberts2 and Quintao Liu2


Petroleum and Environmental Geochemistry Group, School of Earth, Ocean and Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth, Plymouth PL4 8AA, U.K.
2 AstraZeneca, Brixham Environmental Laboratory, Brixham, Devon TQ5 8BA, U.K.

Presented at: 16th Annual Meeting of the British Organic Geochemical Society, Nottingham, U.K., 14-15 July 2004.
Awarded Best Student Poster Prize

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Brief Summary

There is growing concern surrounding the occurrence, fate, and possible effects of pharmaceuticals in the environment. Over the last decade many reports have been published detailing their presence in wastewater, river water, marine waters and even sewage sludge and soil. Since pharmaceuticals are developed with the intention of performing a biological effect it is surprising that relatively few studies have been undertaken to consider their environmental fate and effects toward non-target organisms in the environment. The major source of discharge of these compounds to the environment has been identified to be sewage treatment works, where the treatment technology used appears to be ineffective in completely removing these specific compounds and their metabolites from influents.

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