Leeds University

Pharmaceutical database

A global-scale analysis conducted by water@leeds researcher, Stephen Hughes, and supervised by Paul Kay and Lee Brown, has shown the presence of 203 pharmaceuticals in freshwater systems across 41 countries. In  their paper, entitled "Global Synthesis and Critical Evaluation of Pharmaceutical Data Sets Collected from River Systems" published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology (http://pubs.acs.org/doi/ipdf/10.1021/es3030148), they discuss the regional biases of reported studies and the focus of research effort on a small number of pharmaceutical compounds. They discuss the need for a more joined up and integrated approach to global assessment of pharmaceutical compounds in the environment.

A comprehensive database of all the compounds that have been reported in the scientific literature has been compiled by Hughes et al. and is available free of charge. To access the database, please complete the form at the bottom of the contact us page stating "Request for pharmaceutical database" in the enquiry section. It would also be helpful if you could tell us why you would like to access the database.

To discuss research in this area further, please contact the authors directly or any of the water@leeds team on the contact us page.