DRUGS HARMFUL FOR ENVIRONMENT
Levonorgestrel is a manufactured hormone used in a number of birth Control methods. The progestin Levonorgestrel
was detected in fish blood Plasma at concentrations between 8.5 and 12 ng mL-1 which exceed the human
Therapeutic plasma level. Studies show that the measured effluent level of Levonorgestrel in the river was shown
to reduce the fertility of the rainbow trout
Diclofenac is a popular anti-inflammatory ,arthritis drug and veterinary medicine. When given to cows it led to
disfunctioning of their liver and when the carcasses of these where eaten by scavengers like Vultures and
rodents it caused their death
Drugs harmful to the environment also include Aspirin, Caffeine, Codeine, Antibiotics and Warfarin
(a common blood thinner and sometimes a rat poison). Antibiotics, drugs used to treat mental illness and nicotine
contaminate underground water because they leak out of landfills. Antibiotics in the environment are a real problem
because bacteria can build up a resistance to them, which makes the medicine to treat infections less effective.
Each year, 65,000 Americans die from antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Properties of a solvent that make it 'GREEN'.
The properties that make a solvent 'GREEN' are as follows:
Bio-degradable, e.g. Acetyl like Methylal, 1, 3-Dioxolane, Ethylal, Butylal, etc.
Non-VOCs, g. Eutectic solvents, Ionic liquid, etc.
Non-petroleum, g. 2-MethylTetrahydrofuran, etc.
Eco-friendly, g. Water, etc.
Easily recycled, g. Supercritical Carbon dioxide, etc.
Dhanashree Pipare (F.Y.B. Pharm.)
Nikita Pukale (F.Y.B. Pharm.)
Tags: MET Institute of Pharmacy