Medicating nature: Are human-use pharmaceuticals poisoning the environment?

Alistair B.A. Boxall*, John L. Wilkinson, Alejandra Bouzas-Monroy

*Corresponding author for this work

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Active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) are released into the environment during their production, use, and disposal. As pollutants, these “novel entities” can have significant impacts on human health and the natural environment. Here, we summarize the threat of API pollution to rivers around the world and call for global collaboration to address this threat.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1080-1084
Number of pages5
JournalOne Earth
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2022

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