Medicine residues in drinking water is a topic in the German Bundestag

Medicine residues in drinking water is a topic in the German Bundestag In January, the German Bundestag received a report from the Office of Technology Assessment. The topic: Pharmaceutical residues in drinking water. Due to the increasing consumption of medicines by humans and animals, residues are increasingly accumulating in the …

Don’t flush it – Proper disposal of antibiotics

Don’t flush it – Proper disposal of antibiotics Pharmaceuticals can enter our environment in various ways. Unfortunately, it is not only the medicines we already take in through our bodies that enter the environment, but also the incorrect disposal of unused medicines. These substances are often disposed of by the …

Global increase in antibiotic resistance in livestock farming

The global increase in antibiotic resistance in livestock farming To date, discussions on the increased use of antibiotics in agriculture have increasingly been held in industrialised countries. In particular in centres of mass livestock farming. So far, there was no global consideration of developments in emerging and developing countries. Now, …

Soil, water and vegetables contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Soil, water and vegetables contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria According to the European Commission, antimicrobial medicines and micro-organisms resistant to these medicines in the environment constitute one of the biggest health threats in the world (Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, March 2019). Recent research by the RIVM …

Wild swimmers have more multi-resistant bacteria in their intestines

Wild swimmers have more multi-resistant bacteria in their intestines Infections in people who regularly swim in rivers, canals and streams are less treatable with antibiotics. This is due to the fact that, during swimming, one ingests water containing bacteria that are resistant to several antibiotics. The National Institute for Public …

OECD Green Talks : LIVE | Pharmaceutical Residues in Freshwater: Hazards and Policy Responses

OECD Green Talks : LIVE | Pharmaceutical Residues in Freshwater: Hazards and Policy Responses Pharmaceuticals are essential for human and animal health but are increasingly recognised as an environmental concern when they enter freshwater systems. Residues of pharmaceuticals, such as hormones, antidepressants and antibiotics, have been detected in surface water …