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 assesses 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 assesses 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

SETAC Pharmaceuticals Interest Group: Pharmaceutical Monitoring Exposure Assessment

The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) will host two free, online webinars in February on "Pharmaceutical monitoring exposure assessment: which databases are available and what are the differences?” At this webinar, you will hear discussions on different large-scale monitoring work and databases from around the world, and the management and quality of data. … Continue reading SETAC Pharmaceuticals Interest Group: Pharmaceutical Monitoring Exposure Assessment

OHBP co-founder interviewed in the Press and Journal on work to reduce pharmaceutical pollution

Sharon Pfleger (OHBP co-founder, NHS Highland) was interviewed by the Press and Journal on the OHBP mission and her work to reduce pharmaceutical pollution in the environment. https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/lifestyle/health-and-wellbeing/3809235/medicines-pollution-environment/ As a consultant in Pharmaceutical Public Health, Sharon has first hand knowledge of our culture around pharmaceutical usage and the need to develop sustainable solutions to reduce … Continue reading OHBP co-founder interviewed in the Press and Journal on work to reduce pharmaceutical pollution

Water pollution in UK rivers – BBC News highlight

The BBC News highlighted today that rivers in the UK are becoming increasingly contaminated due to sewage dumping, agricultural activity, and road run-off. It was estimated that only 14% of England's rivers are in "good condition" - while up to 66% were considered in good condition in Scotland. Increasing pollution from chemicals (e.g. pharmaceuticals, pesticides, … Continue reading Water pollution in UK rivers – BBC News highlight

How doctors can help reduce pharmaceutical pollution – Healthcare Without Harm video

Healthcare Without Harm (HCWH) published a video informing doctors and clinicians on the issue of pharmaceutical pollution in the environment, and ways in which this can be avoided. The video was made by the SaferPharma focus group within HCWH - which focuses on up-stream solutions, preventative measures, and sustainable prescribing options to reduce pharmaceutical pollution. … Continue reading How doctors can help reduce pharmaceutical pollution – Healthcare Without Harm video