Human Pharmaceuticals in the Environment

Current and Future Perspectives

  • Bryan W. Brooks
  • Duane B. Huggett

Part of the Emerging Topics in Ecotoxicology book series (ETEP, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Bryan W. Brooks, Jason P. Berninger, Alejandro J. Ramirez, Duane B. Huggett
    Pages 1-16
  3. Alistair B. A. Boxall, Jon F. Ericson
    Pages 63-83
  4. Lina Gunnarsson, Erik Kristiansson, D. G. Joakim Larsson
    Pages 85-108
  5. David Lattier, James M. Lazorchak, Florence Fulk, Mitchell Kostich
    Pages 109-137
  6. Daniel Gerrity, Shane Snyder
    Pages 225-255
  7. Kati I. Stoddard, Duane B. Huggett
    Pages 257-285
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 287-302

About this book


Fish on Prozac. Drugs found in drinking water. India’s drug problem. Chances are you’ve seen these headlines. Human pharmaceuticals represent environmental contaminants of emerging concern, and receive unprecedented attention from the scientific, regulatory and public sectors.  This timely contribution, prepared by international experts in the field, synthesizes and critically examines topics ranging from regulations, environmental chemistry and exposure analysis, to comparative pharmacology, environmental toxicology, water treatment technologies and pharmaceutical take back programs. Compared to historical contaminants, chemical and biological attributes of human pharmaceuticals present unique challenges to environmental management, but lessons learned from the study of pharmaceuticals promise to advance prospective and retrospective approaches to assess the impacts of industrial chemicals. Students and environmental scientists, managers, regulators, and public health professionals will benefit from this forward-thinking treatment of human pharmaceuticals in the environment.

Editors and affiliations

  • Bryan W. Brooks
    • 1
  • Duane B. Huggett
    • 2
  1. 1.Baylor UniversityWacoUSA
  2. 2.University of North TexasDentonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-3419-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-3473-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1868-1344
  • Series Online ISSN 1868-1352
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