Residues of drugs in drinking water

How drugs get into drinking water
In Germany, approximately 3000 active ingredients are approved for use in about 9000 preparations for human and veterinary medicine.
After ingestion and metabolism, residues of pharmaceutical drugs pass from our bodies into the sewage system via urine. In this way, drug residues can end up in the water supply.

Several publications in the press have led to confusion about the quality of drinking water. In particular, residues of drugs create uncertainty because they are not included in routine monitoring.

Our service

We analyse residues of drugs using up-to-date analytical instrumentation, e.g. Triple Quadrupole-MS system (Agilent Technologies 6410) and LC- Quadrupole Time-Of-Flight system (Agilent Technologies LC-QTOF 6530).

We determine relevant active ingredients such as antibiotics, beta-blockers, anti-epileptics, analgesics, cytostatics, lipid-lowering drugs and X-ray contrast agents. The selection of the pharmaceutical ingredients to be analyzed depends on the application rate, the biodegradability and the persistence.

A qualified sampling can be performed by our accredited samplers.
If you are interested, we can provide a detailed quotation.

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