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Drug Companies Responsible for Severe Environmental Pollution

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  • Between 2010 and 2015, the number of contaminated waterways in India more than doubled, and the severe water pollution problem can be, to a significant extent, traced back to the drug industry
  • In the past two years, pollution in India has worsened, despite calls for action in 2016. A major investment firm is renewing the call for action, asking the drug industry to take responsibility for pollution within its supply chain
  • Water sampling near drug factories in Hyderabad reveal significant amounts of toxic industrial solvents and heavy metals are being released into the city’s waterways
  • Previous studies have also concluded that untreated effluent released by factories manufacturing antibiotics pose a grave risk by creating antibiotic resistance in the environment
  • Drug companies that outsource production of ingredients to India are urged to take proactive steps to end pollution within their supply chain. Regulatory agencies and medical agencies also need to add environmental criteria to the good manufacturing practices standards

By Dr. Mercola

Environmental pollution is a tremendous concern, and the sources of toxic pollution are many. One source that has managed to skirt below the radar is the drug industry. In 2016, the nonprofit foundation Changing Markets issued a report on “Impacts of Pharmaceutical Pollution on Communities and Environment in India,” on behalf of Nordea Asset Management, a major investment firm in Sweden.


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