Video | How doctors can help reduce pharmaceutical pollution

  • Europe

In our new animated video, we show how medical doctors can reduce unnecessary pharmaceutical emissions and waste by adopting simple prescription practices, educating patients, and ​​leveraging their trusted voice to change procurement and prescription practices.

Between 30 and 90% of orally administered pharmaceuticals are excreted into wastewater as active substances by patients. As wastewater treatment plants have a low removal efficiency for most pharmaceuticals, pharmaceutical residues can end up in the environment where they can negatively impact human, animal and environmental health.

Tackling pharmaceutical pollution requires a multidisciplinary approach, in which medical doctors have a key role to play.

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