Prescription data used to predict drug levels in rivers

A new model  can fill data gaps relating to the levels of pharmaceuticals in European rivers, scientists at the University of York say.

The ePiE model (exposure to Pharmaceuticals in the Environment) will give scientists and drug manufactures the ability to estimate the concentrations of pharmaceuticals across large tracts of waterways.

The model uses prescription data to estimate the levels of drugs, taking into account population, climate, river flow and geochemical factors.

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