Miljödiskussioner med Sveriges Farmaceuter

SWEDISH SUMMARY: I tisdags höll jag ett läkemedel och miljö-föredrag för medlemmar i Sveriges Farmaceuter. Det blev en kul och spännande diskussion där deras miljöengagemang blev tydligt. Oerhört glädjande tycker jag att en sådan central yrkeskategori inom läkemedelssektorn som farmaceuter både förstår och vill engagera sig i miljöfrågan!

On February18, I gave a lecture on ”Pharmaceuticals and the Environment” for members of the Association for Pharmacists in Sweden (Sveriges Farmaceuter). The lecture resulted in a lively and interesting discussion on several aspects of pharmaceuticals and the environment. We talked upon patient excretion of pharmaceutical substances, releases of substances from manufacturing operations and improper disposal of unused medicines. We looked into possible solutions to such challenges, e.g. the introduction of green economic incentives within the generic substitution system and green public procurement. We also discussed what pharmacists in general can do in their professional life to minimize environmental impacts, and also specifically pharmacists working in pharmacies. It is obvious from surveys conducted that patients are interested in green pharmaceuticals (see figures below from the work by Goran Jassim – Bio Entrepreneurship Program, KI). How could this sector meet that interest? Environmental aware pharmacists are of course crucial here!

Have you asked for green pharmaceuticals

Have you asked for green pharmaceuticals

Would you pay more for green

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