Water and pharmaceuticals – a shared responsibility

Policy Brief Published: April 2016

Pharmaceutical products are essential to our society, and their use is likely to increase due to a growing, ageing population. In sufficient concentrations, pharmaceuticals will impact the recipient waterbody, although many tools to reduce environmental impact from pharmaceuticals are already available. Combining efforts along the pharmaceutical life cycle - production, procurement, consumption, and wastewater treatment - will be key for sustainable development and lead to increased transparency and understanding between stakeholders.