OECD publishes report “Management of Pharmaceutical Household Waste”

The OECD published the report "Management of Pharmaceutical Household Waste: Limiting Environmental Impacts of Unused or Expired Medicine" which provides an overview of pharmaceutical consumption and disposal practices across OECD countries, and solutions to reduce waste and environmental pollution resulting from poorly managed waste. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYdlUEOyxlA&t=3s A webinar event was also hosted online with a presentation … Continue reading OECD publishes report “Management of Pharmaceutical Household Waste”

OHBP work on Baseline Data of Pharmaceutical Pollution in Scotland’s water presented at SAGES conference

The OHBP co-ordinator presented work from the Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW) project "Pharmaceuticals in the water environment: baseline assessment and recommendations" at the annual conference for the Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society (SAGES) in Dundee. Lydia's presentation highlighted the background and formation of the OHBP, and collaborative work carried out by … Continue reading OHBP work on Baseline Data of Pharmaceutical Pollution in Scotland’s water presented at SAGES conference

Faculty of Public Health’s virtual conference on 12-13 May will feature plenary by OHBP Co-Founder

The Faculty of Public Health in Scotland will host a virtual conference on May 12-13 "Public health - lighting the path for the next 10, 20, 50 years. Healthier lives and fairer futures through sustainable transformation, local and global action". This conference will reflect on the 50 years existence of the Faculty of Public Health … Continue reading Faculty of Public Health’s virtual conference on 12-13 May will feature plenary by OHBP Co-Founder

OHBP Co-founder speaks in Pharmaceutical Journal podcast on pharmaceuticals in the environment and antimicrobial resistance

Professor Sharon Pfleger (NHS Highland and Robert Gordon University) spoke in The Pharmaceutical Journal podcast "Pandemic plus? The antibiotic resistance lurking in our rivers" with Professor Alistair Boxall (University of York) and Professor Jason Snape (Global Head of Environmental Protection, AstraZeneca) on the issue of pharmaceutical pollution and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the environment. https://pharmaceutical-journal.com/article/feature/pandemic-plus-the-antibiotic-resistance-risk-lurking-in-our-riversContinue reading OHBP Co-founder speaks in Pharmaceutical Journal podcast on pharmaceuticals in the environment and antimicrobial resistance

OHBP contributes to CREW publication “Environmentally informed pharmaceutical prescribing in Scotland”

Researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University, with support from NHS Highland, carried out a policy fellowship to investigate environmentally informed pharmaceutical prescribing in Scotland, as one of the solutions to reduce pharmaceutical pollution in the environment. The policy brief was published by the Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW), and explores use of environmental criteria to … Continue reading OHBP contributes to CREW publication “Environmentally informed pharmaceutical prescribing in Scotland”

NHS Highland and UHI win a Scottish Knowledge Exchange Award – “Making an Environmental Difference”!

NHS Highland and the University of the Highlands and Islands (Environmental Research Institute), with the One Health Breakthrough Partnership, won a Scottish Knowledge Exchange Award in the "Making an Environmental Difference" category! The 7th annual virtual ceremony was organised by Interface, and celebrated "game changing innovation", with 8 categories and 24 total finalists representing companies, universities, and NGOs … Continue reading NHS Highland and UHI win a Scottish Knowledge Exchange Award – “Making an Environmental Difference”!

Report and database published on pharmaceutical pollution of Scotland’s water environment

A study carried out by researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), with the James Hutton Institute and the Environmental Research Institute (University of the Highlands and Islands) delivered the first national assessment of the emerging area of concern around pharmaceutical pollution of Scotland’s water environment. The One Health Breakthrough Partnership (OHBP) will use results to … Continue reading Report and database published on pharmaceutical pollution of Scotland’s water environment

Innovative UK-based study assess pharmaceutical pollution in the world’s rivers and presents global perspective

The University of York has led a world-first study assessing the occurrence of pharmaceuticals in rivers around the world, monitoring 1,052 sampling sites in 258 rivers and 104 countries. This is the most extensive and holistic study of it's kind - representing the "pharmaceutical fingerprint" of 471.4 million people in all continents. As many pharmaceutical … Continue reading Innovative UK-based study assess pharmaceutical pollution in the world’s rivers and presents global perspective

BBC One – Countryfile highlights the use of antibiotics in farming

The BBC series Countryfile episode "Allerton" (premiered February 6th) highlighted the use of antibiotics in farming - specifically the large quantities that are given as preventative medication and how the farming industry is looking to reduce this. This work is critical to reduce the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the environment, and … Continue reading BBC One – Countryfile highlights the use of antibiotics in farming

OHBP co-founder published article on Pharmaceutical Pollution with the Association of Anaesthetists

Sharon Pfleger (Consultant in Pharmaceutical Public Health, NHS Highland) published an article "Anaesthesia - is it really pain free for the environment?" with the Association of Anaesthetists, about the environmental impact of medicines used for anaesthesia. The article explains that pharmaceuticals used in anaesthesia and across healthcare have a clear potential to harm the environment … Continue reading OHBP co-founder published article on Pharmaceutical Pollution with the Association of Anaesthetists