Drug Waste From America-Bound Medications Produced In India: Shocking!Submitted by SteveMT on Mon, 01/26/2009 - 01:04
Now I know why there is so much antibiotic drug resistance in the world.
"If you take a bath there, then you have all the antibiotics you need for treatment,"
At first, Joakim Larsson, an environmental scientist at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, questioned whether 100 pounds a day of ciprofloxacin could really be running into the stream.
World's highest drug levels entering India stream
1/25/2009, 9:54 p.m. CST
By MARGIE MASON
The Associated Press
PATANCHERU, India (AP) — When researchers analyzed vials of treated wastewater taken from a plant where about 90 Indian drug factories dump their residues, they were shocked. Enough of a single, powerful antibiotic was being spewed into one stream each day to treat every person in a city of 90,000.
And it wasn't just ciprofloxacin being detected. The supposedly cleaned water was a floating medicine cabinet — a soup of 21 different active pharmaceutical ingredients, used in generics for treatment of hypertension, heart disease, chronic liver ailments, depression, gonorrhea, ulcers and other ailments. Half of the drugs measured at the highest levels of pharmaceuticals ever detected in the environment, researchers say.
Those Indian factories produce drugs for much of the world, including many Americans. The result: Some of India's poor are unwittingly consuming an array of chemicals that may be harmful, and could lead to the proliferation of drug-resistant bacteria.