Making Sure Medications Are Good for You and for the Environment

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 17:07 in Mathematics & Economics

Before Dr. Lars Lööf writes a prescription for his patients, he checks a new database--but it's not just to search for the typical warnings about a drug. He wants to know whether the medication might harm the environment. In some cases, he even can find a more environmentally friendly drug, all with a click of his mouse.The new database, available to physicians in Sweden, is the first of its kind in the world, prompted by a broader law in Europe that transforms the way pharmaceuticals are evaluated before going to market. [More]

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