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Title: Psychiatric pharmaceuticals in the environment
Author: Calisto, Vânia
Esteves, Valdemar I.
Keywords: Anxiolytics
Environmental persistence
Analytical methods
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Elsevier
Abstract: Psychiatric pharmaceuticals, such as anxiolytics, sedatives, hypnotics, and antidepressants, are among the most prescribed active substances throughout the world. The occurrence of these widely used compounds in environmental matrices (wastewaters, surface, ground and drinking waters, soils, sediments, bio-solids and tissue), as well as the first studies indicating their high persistence and toxicity to non-target organisms, justify the growing concern about these emerging environmental pollutants. Despite this increasing interest, there is a considerable lack of knowledge about the environmental fate of a large number of psychiatric pharmaceuticals and further research about this topic is needed. This paper aims to review the literature data related to the occurrence, persistence, environmental fate and toxicity for non-target organisms of this group of pharmaceuticals. The analytical methods developed for the determination of psychiatric medicines in environmental matrices are also highlighted.
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2009.09.021
ISSN: 0045-6535
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