Pharmaceuticals in the Terrestrial Environment: Resistance to Bacterial Degradation and Environmental Implications

Clare H. Redshaw, Steven J. Rowland and C. Anthony Lewis

Petroleum and Environmental Geochemistry Group, School of Earth, Ocean & Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA, U.K.

Presented at: 23rd International Meeting on Organic Geochemistry, Torquay, U.K., 9-14 September 2007

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Brief Summary

An extensive literature search was first performed to identify pharmaceuticals previously found in the environment. Selection criteria were then developed to aid in the choice of pharmaceuticals suitable for these studies. The criteria included, availability of toxicity data, information on human metabolites, UK usage (t a-1), environmental occurrence, information on biodegradation and photodegradation and removal rates in sewage treatment works.

From this process the pharmaceuticals ProzacŪ (fluoxetine hydrochloride), ValiumŪ (diazepam) and their human metabolites were selected for further investigation.

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