Pharmaceuticals are now shown to be found in surface, ground, and drinking waters around the world. This could create some potentially damaging environmental effects. Minuscule concentrations of chemicals known as endocrine disruptors, often found in pharmaceuticals, are having detrimental effects on aquatic animals and possibly on human health and development.
Frequently used pharmaceuticals, such as physostigmine, warfarin, and nine chemotherapeutic agents (see below), are regulated as hazardous waste in most countries and bottom ash should be disposed into a recognised hazardous waste facility.
Trace Chemotherapy Agents
Incineration is still seen as the preferred process for the safe destruction of these materials. See our page on hazardous waste for more information.
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