Veterinary medicines and the environment

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Veterinary medicines and the environment

A paper recently published in Science of the Total Environment has received coverage in both the national and veterinary press, raising concern about the extent to which commonly used parasiticides for companion animals may contaminate the environment.  A summary of the paper is available.

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Further reading

While there is already a wide literature base available regarding the impact of pharmaceuticals on the environment these papers are mostly published in journals that cover toxicology and environmental science. For those who would like to read more about this subject there are a number of review articles published by the Royal Society.

Cuthbert, R. J. et al. (2014) Avian scavengers and the threat from veterinary pharmaceuticals. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2013.0574

Hutchinson, T.H. et al. (2014) Comparative metabolism as a key driver of wildlife species sensitivity to human and veterinary pharmaceuticals. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2013.0583

LaLone, C.A. et al. (2014) Leveraging existing data for prioritization of the ecological risks of human and veterinary pharmaceuticals to aquatic organisms. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2014.0022

Küster, A. and Adler, N. (2014) Pharmaceuticals in the environment: scientific evidence of risks and its regulation
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2013.0587

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