Occurrence, sources, and fate of pharmaceuticals in aquatic environment and soil

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With the rapid economic development, a better living condition leads to longer life expectancy, which increased the total population, in particular the elderly group. It may result in increase in the demand of pharmaceuticals for people in domestic use or in hospital. Although most sewage treatment plants or waste water treatment plantsmet the regulatory requirement, there are still many pharmaceuticals removed incompletely and thus discharged to the environment. Therefore, the pharmaceuticals residue draws the public concern because they might cause adverse effects on the organism even human beings. Recently, many studies have published on the source and occurrence as well as the fate of pharmaceuticals all over the world. This paper summarized and reviewed the recent studies on the sources, occurrence, fate and the effects of the most common pharmaceuticals. Finally, it gave the suggestion and risk management for controlling the pharmaceuticals. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-201
JournalEnvironmental Pollution
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014


Drug products
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Water Purification
Sewage treatment plants
Economic Development
Social Conditions
Risk Management
Waste Water
Life Expectancy
Risk management
Water treatment

Bibliographical note

Li, W. C. (2014). Occurrence, sources, and fate of pharmaceuticals in aquatic environment and soil. Environmental Pollution, 187, 193-201.


  • Pharmaceutical residuals
  • Waste water treatment plants
  • Pollution
  • Emerging organic contaminants