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Podcast: Pharmaceutical-filled waterways


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You cannot predict the effect on an aquatic organism, based on its known effect in humans - so all that safety testing we do is useless when trying to understand the risk to aquatic organisms.

When we think about waterway pollution, things like paracetamol and caffeine probably aren’t the first things that come to mind – but they’re among the alarmingly long list of pharmaceuticals and consumables that are literally passing through our bodies and into waterways.

Ecotoxicologist Dr Frederic Leusch joins us to talk about what’s turning up, why it’s turning up, where it’s turning up, and what it means for aquatic critters.

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