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Drug Companies Major Source of Water Pollution in U.S.

Water used by drug company manufacturing facilities is being released into the environment with drug concentrations that are up to 1000 times higher than normal.

The findings of a U.S. Geological Survey study call into question the extent to which good manufacturing practices are followed, as well as the water treatment technologies the companies are using to treat wastewater.

According to in-Pharma Technologist:

“... outflow from two New York, U.S. wastewater treatment plants receiving more than 20 per cent of their wastewater from pharmaceutical facilities had drug concentrations 10 to 1000 times higher than outflows from 24 plants nationwide that did not receive pharmaceutical manufacturers’ wastewater.”

Drugs discovered flowing through the outflows included metaxalone, a muscle relaxant, oxycodone, an opioid painkiller, and methadone, an opioid prescribed for pain relief and drug withdrawal.

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