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Water: Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products

Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) in Water

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Federal Guidelines for Consumers:

Proper Disposal of Prescription Drugs

How to Protect Our Waters By Disposing of Medicines Properly:

How to Dispose of Medicines Properly (PDF) (2 pp, 498K)

Pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) are being discovered in our Nation's waters at very low concentrations. Pharmaceuticals refer to prescription and over-the-counter therapeutic drugs and veterinary drugs. Personal care products refer to products used for personal and cosmetic reasons such as soaps, fragrances, and cosmetics.

We are responding to the issues of PPCPs in water with a four-pronged strategy aimed at:

  1. improving science;
  2. improving public understanding;
  3. identifying partnership and stewardship opportunities; and
  4. taking regulatory action when appropriate.
Managing Unused Pharmaceuticals
National Academy of Sciences (NAS)
World Health Organization (WHO)
Fish Tissue
Aquatic Life
Sewage Sludge/Biosolids
Analytical Methods

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