Benign by Design
Making drugs greener for our environment and water supply
A wide range of chemicals end up in our water systems, threatening both the environment and our drinking water. And pharmaceuticals are certainly on the hit list. Strategies to prevent APIs entering our water supplies can be expensive but they are not always effective. To that end, Klaus Kümmerer and his team at Leuphana University in Germany are attempting to give medicines a green makeover by redesigning existing pharmaceuticals to be biodegradable (1). Here, Kümmerer tells us more about his ‘benign-by-design’ strategy.
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