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Pharmaceuticals and the Environment - Physicians Role in the Dissemination of Information

Floer Miller, Hannah LU (2011) MVEM11 20101
Studies in Environmental Science
Abstract
Pharmaceuticals have been gaining environmental attention on a global scale. It is estimated that approximately 4,000 medical compounds are used in the drugs applied today. As middle hand providers, licensed physicians are the third to last representative in the distribution chain of prescription drugs. The aim of this study was to examine if Swedish and Danish physicians consider environmental effects of the products that they prescribe and if there is a difference between the environmental considerations being taken today. Interviews with 24 medical participants have been conducted. Physicians are environmentally aware. They do think about the fact that the products they are prescribing do have potential negative effects on the... (More)
Pharmaceuticals have been gaining environmental attention on a global scale. It is estimated that approximately 4,000 medical compounds are used in the drugs applied today. As middle hand providers, licensed physicians are the third to last representative in the distribution chain of prescription drugs. The aim of this study was to examine if Swedish and Danish physicians consider environmental effects of the products that they prescribe and if there is a difference between the environmental considerations being taken today. Interviews with 24 medical participants have been conducted. Physicians are environmentally aware. They do think about the fact that the products they are prescribing do have potential negative effects on the environment. They already disseminate information to patients about antibiotics and to some extent the importance of returning discarded pharmaceuticals to the pharmacy. Physicians could, with the right foundation of environmental information and support, disseminate important environmental information to patients. (Less)
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author
Floer Miller, Hannah LU
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organization
course
MVEM11 20101
year
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H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
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language
English
id
2343216
date added to LUP
2012-02-17 13:45:30
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2012-06-08 10:53:28
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  abstract     = {Pharmaceuticals have been gaining environmental attention on a global scale. It is estimated that approximately 4,000 medical compounds are used in the drugs applied today. As middle hand providers, licensed physicians are the third to last representative in the distribution chain of prescription drugs. The aim of this study was to examine if Swedish and Danish physicians consider environmental effects of the products that they prescribe and if there is a difference between the environmental considerations being taken today. Interviews with 24 medical participants have been conducted. Physicians are environmentally aware. They do think about the fact that the products they are prescribing do have potential negative effects on the environment. They already disseminate information to patients about antibiotics and to some extent the importance of returning discarded pharmaceuticals to the pharmacy. Physicians could, with the right foundation of environmental information and support, disseminate important environmental information to patients.},
  author       = {Floer Miller, Hannah},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Pharmaceuticals and the Environment - Physicians Role in the Dissemination of Information},
  year         = {2011},
}