pharmaceutical waste Articles

  • Pharmaceutical and Medical Sector Waste Review Service

    Pharmaceutical manufacturing plants generate a variety of waste streams throughout the production, supply and organisational processes. While the day-to-day activities are similar from one plant to the next, the actual processes used in pharmaceutical manufacturing ...


    By GPT Waste Management Ltd

  • Elimination of pharmaceuticals from the wastewater of a pharmaceutical plant

    Roche AG had commissioned the company EnviroChemie to develop a new procedure for a new production facility in Mexico, which prevents the undesired release of ecotoxicologi-cally contaminating drugs into the environment and eliminates pharmaceuticals in the wastewater directly at the point of origin, even before the\ enter the general sewage treatment plant. In the first step, the three different ...


    By EnviroChemie GmbH

  • Elimination of pharmaceuticals from the wastewater of a pharmaceutical plant

    Efficient decomposition of pharmaceuticals through ozonisation Roche AG had commissioned the company Envi-roChemie to develop a new procedure for a new production facility in Mexico, which prevents the undesired release of ecotoxicologically contaminating drugs into the environment and eliminates pharmaceuticals in the wastewater directly at the point of origin, even before they enter ...


    By EnviroChemie GmbH

  • Janssen Pharmaceutical Case Study

    Background Janssen (formerly Centocor Inc), a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, runs a state-of-the-art biopharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Cork, Republic of Ireland. The plant consists of a 10,000m² production building along with a central utilities building, a laboratory and administration block, waste water treatment plant and warehousing/storage. The facility ...


    By Scannell Solutions Limited

  • Understanding the Public Health Implications of Household Pharmaceutical Waste-Part One

    The following article is the first part of a comprehensive two-part series exploring  the  public  health  and  environmental  impact  of  household pharmaceutical waste in the US. Prescription and non-prescription pharmaceutical drugs are critical to maintaining the health and improving the quality of life for millions of Americans. In recent years, ...

  • Beware Hazards in Healthcare: New Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals

    Recently proposed EPA regulation provides a streamlined approach for healthcare facilities to better manage their hazardous pharmaceutical waste. To prepare for these changes, healthcare facilities, including manufacturers, distributers, pharmacies and retailers of pharmaceutical products in the USA will need to make operational adjustments around notification, training, record keeping and ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • Treating pharmaceutical wastewater - Case Study

    A pharmaceutical facility in the Caribbean had an existing wastewater treatment process that utilized a sequencing batch reactor (SBR). SBRs use large tanks to collect wastewater, then a number of different options can be employed to treat the water (such as chemicals addition, aeration and mixing). When an SBR aerobically breaks waste down, it can produce a high volume of air that needs to be ...


    By QED Environmental Systems

  • Recovery of Nitrification pharmaceutical company case study

    One Sunday in May our weekend standby service received a telephone call from a pharmaceutical company who’s waste water treatment system had suffered a plant upset, thought to have occurred the previous day, resulting in the loss of nitrification. The standard to be maintained is 10 mg/l. Because of the urgency of the situation our team traveled to the company that same day taking ...


    By Bio Systems Europe

  • Active pharmaceutical ingredients in wastewater: who are the major contributors?

    Active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) – responsible for the biological activity of drugs – have been widely found in the environment, yet the precise sources and relative importance of emissions via wastewater are not quite clear. This study assessed emissions from three health institutions in Germany – a hospital, a psychiatric hospital, and a nursing home - and found their ...

  • Pharmaceutical company cuts costs with baler - Case Study

    Wyeth is a global manufacturer of pharmaceutical and health care products. The company operates in more than 100 countries and employs 47,500 people. Wyeth’s manufacturing facility in Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland, employs 1,200 people and produces a variety of solid dose pharmaceutical products. In December 2008, Wyeth installed an Atex baler (X50), purchased through Bramidan’s ...


    By Bramidan Balers

  • Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing Industry - Pollution Prevention Guidelines

    Introduction Pollution Prevention Guidelines to provide technical advice and guidance to staff and consultants involved in pollution-related projects. The guidelines represent state-of-the-art thinking on how to reduce pollution emissions from the production process. In many cases, the guidelines provide numerical targets for reducing pollution, as well as maximum ...


    By The World Bank

  • Aplication of Solar Energy for Drying of Sludge from Pharmaceutical Industrial Waste Water and Probable Reuse

    Sludge, which is produced as a by-product of all treatment processes, has considerable potential as a fertilizer and soil conditioner. Many authorities now discharge the sludge after treatment directly to agricultural land in liquid form, while some others dewater and dry it first. In either case, with proper marketing, it is generally possible for an authority to earn revenue ...


    By University of Tehran

  • Fluxes of 13 selected pharmaceuticals in the water cycle of Stockholm, Sweden

    Mass flows of 13 pharmaceutical active ingredients (APIs) found in drinking water were studied in the water cycle of Stockholm. Data were collected by analyzing samples of surface water, raw water and drinking water as well as influents, effluents and sludges from waste water treatment plants (WWTPs) in Stockholm area. A mass balance was performed, based on sold amounts of pharmaceuticals and the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Coal cinder filtration as pretreatment with biological processes to treat pharmaceutical wastewater

    This study aims at coupling coal cinder filter with biological process to improve pharmaceutical wastewater quality and reduce the disposal cost. In the coal cinder filter, the removal efficiencies of COD, BOD5, SS and color were 90±2%, 72±2%, 95±2% and 80±2%, respectively. The results attribute to the big specific surface area and strong adsorption ability. Coal cinder filter removes a large ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Pharmaceutical: HCI Fumes Eliminated at Two Plants Case Study

    Little Maintenance Needed On Jet-Venturi Scrubbers; New Solutions Of Plant Problems: Two plants -Tenneco Chemicals, Reading, Pennsylvania and Hoffmann-La Roche, Nutley, New Jersey – are preventing the escape of HCl fumes from their plants by the use of jetventuri wet scrubbers and separators. Fiberglass-reinforced polyester construction of scrubber units is major factor that ...


    By CR Clean Air Group, LLC

  • Pharmaceutical occurrence in groundwater and surface waters in forests land‐applied with municipal wastewater

    The occurrence and fate of pharmaceutical and personal care products in the environment are of increasing public importance due to their ubiquitous nature and documented effects on wildlife, ecosystems, and potentially humans. One potential, yet undefined, source of entry of pharmaceuticals into the environment is via the land application of municipal wastewater onto permitted lands. The ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Cost reduction of solvent recovery in pharmaceutical plants – Case Study

    Use of Solvents The pharmaceutical industry relies on the use of large quantities of organic solvents in a great number of manufacturing steps including chemical synthesis, fermentation, extraction, formulation and finishing of products. Solvents such as acetone, methyl ethyl ketone and tetrahydrofuran are commonly used as reaction media and for extracting products in the ...

  • Cost reduction of solvent recovery in pharmaceutical plants – Case Study

    Use of Solvents The pharmaceutical industry relies on the use of large quantities of organic solvents in a great number of manufacturing steps including chemical synthesis, fermentation, extraction, formulation and finishing of products. Solvents such as acetone, methyl ethyl ketone and tetrahydrofuran are commonly used as reaction media and for extracting products in the pharmaceutical, ...

  • Modeling of an IFAS Process with Fungal Biomass Treating Pharmaceutical Wastewater

    The project involved the dynamic modeling of a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) treating pharmaceutical wastewater. The WWTP uses an integrated fixed-film activated sludge (IFAS) process with suspended carriers for biological treatment. The plant is unique in that it uses both fungal and bacterial IFAS reactors. The fungal biomass has been shown in laboratory testing to degrade a portion of the ...

  • Modern Wastewater Treatment Solutions in a State-of-the-Art Pharmaceutical Production Environment

    From traditional wastewater treatment to zero-discharge strategy Traditional end-of-pipe solutions for dealing with effluents coming out of the production plant have being gradually substituted for an increasingly decentralised approach to treat selected wastewater streams in the most effective and economically sound way. Moreover, additional goals like reducing overall effluent emissions ...


    By EnviroChemie GmbH

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