Commentary

Environmental Health

, 6:20

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Pharmacoenvironmentology – a component of pharmacovigilance

  • Syed Ziaur RahmanAffiliated withDepartment of Pharmacology, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University Email author 
  • , Ali Rahat KhanAffiliated withDepartment of Pharmacology, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University
  • , Varun GuptaAffiliated withDepartment of Pharmacology, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University
  • , Misbah UddinAffiliated withDepartment of Pharmacology, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University

Abstract

According to WHO, Pharmacovigilance activities are done to monitor detection, assessment, understanding and prevention of any obnoxious adverse reactions to drugs at therapeutic concentration on animal and human beings. However, there is also a growing focus among scientists and environmentalists about the impact of drugs on environment and surroundings. The existing term 'Ecopharmacology' is too broad and not even defined in a clear manner. The term 'Pharmacoenvironmentology' seeks to deal with the environmental impact of drugs given to humans and animals at therapeutic doses.