Almedalen 2014 – ett par seminarier om läkemedel i miljön

Almedalen 2014

Almedalen 2014

SWEDISH SUMMARY: Nu har jag varit i Almedalen i två dagar. Som alltid en enormt hektiskt, spännande och kul upplevelse. I år är politikerveckan i Almedalen större än någonsin: Över 3000 olika seminarier och över 20000 besökare. Jag har föreläst och deltagit i panelen i två seminarier som har avhandlat läkemedel i miljön.

I have now been at the political gathering in Almedalen for two days. It is as always a fascinating experience. Over 3000 differrent seminars with more than 20000 visitors. I have given lectures and participated in panel discussions at two Pharmaceuticals in the Environment seminars.

Yesterday (Monday June 30 ) I gave a general description of the challenges with pharmaceuticals in the environment (PiE) at a seminar arranged by SIWI/Swedish Water House.

PiE-discussion with SIWI

PiE-discussion with SIWI

I also had the task to present different solutions to the challenges, especially of course the proposals from industry. I gave a short presentation of EFPIA’s (the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations) initiative EcoPharmacoStewardship. I also gave a brief introduction to the environmental assessment model for pharmaceutical products that has been developed by LIF (the Research-based Pharmaceutical Industry in Sweden) with me as the project manager and in close collaboration with all relevant stakeholders. Read more about the assessment model in my blog post from June 20 last year when we submitted the model proposal to the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs.

And today (Tuesday July 1) I have been part of an interesting discussion with academia and regulators on PiE. The seminar was part of a series of seminars focusing environmental challenges for the Baltic Sea. The series of seminars is arranged by Hållbara Hav (”Sustainable Sea”) and discusses potential chemical risks in an apartment (the kitchen, the bath room, and in the play room).

Hållbara Hav

Hållbara Hav

The Pharmaceuticals in the Environment (PiE) part of the discussion was introduced by Jerker Fick from MistraPharma.

Jerker Fick gives an introduction

Jerker Fick gives an introduction

Good and interesting discussions as always, and the discussion ended with all panelists giving a request/message to the politicians that will conclude the series of seminars on Wednesday (tomorrow). My message to them was that they have to understand that well documented, well controlled, and ”green pharmaceuticals” may cost a little bit more than products without solid documentation. We welcome sustainability requirements, but then public procurers need to understand that it is reasonable to pay ”a green premium”. You’ll always get what you pay for….

Now I need to go – more seminars to listen to! Almedalen has so many good seminars and meetings – it is great fun!

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