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A review of occurrence of pharmaceuticals in sediments

Serpil Savci

Abstract


There is no doubt whatsoever that an increasing number of pharmaceuticals are being discharged in the aquatic environment. They may be present at trace levels. However, pharmaceuticals and their metabolites adverse effects on aquatic lives, animals and humans are a growing concern in the worldwide. Pharmaceuticals contamination of aquatic environment has been of major concern in recent years. Many studies have been published occurrence of pharmaceuticals in different parts of the world. Until now, there is little information about the occurrence of pharmaceuticals in sediment system. Therefore, in this review, focuses will be more on recent studies on the occurrence of detected pharmaceuticals in sediments.

Keywords: Pharmaceuticals, sediment, aquatic environment.

African Journal of Biotechnology Vol. 12(29), pp. 4539-4541



http://dx.doi.org/10.5897/AJB2013.12030
AJOL African Journals Online