Speaker at Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery Systems 2022 - Andre Luiz Pereira
Hemominas Foundation, Brazil
Title : Medicine waste pollution: A Brazilian view about pharmacopollution and public health


Pharmacopollution is a public health and environmental outcome of some active pharmaceutical ingredients(API) and endocrine-disrupting compounds (EDC) dispersed through water and/or soil. Its most important sources are the pharmaceutical industry, healthcare facilities (e.g., hospitals), livestock, aquaculture, and households (patient excretion and littering). The last source is the focus of this presentation. Household Waste Medicine is part of the emerging contaminants, such as steroid hormones, pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCP), industrial chemicals, and pesticides. The Brazilian HWM case is remarkable because it is the fourth pharmaceutical market (US$ 65,971 billion), with a wide number of private pharmacies and drugstores (3.3:10,000 pharmacy/inhabitants), self-medication habits. The HWM generation is estimated in 56.6 g/per capita, or 10,800 t/year. National take-back programs were recently implemented.


Dr Pereira has a Ph.D in Sanitation, Environment and Water Resources (Federal University of Minas Gerais – UFMG, Brazil), Master in Administration – reverse logistics (FUMEC University), and bachelor in Administration (UESB). Author of international articles, such as Environ Sci Pollut Res and others. Author of “Reverse Logistics and Sustainability” (Cengage) and “Solid Waste Management and Management” (Juris Lumen). Top 6 Fedex Reverse Logistics Professional 2014 Award and Top 3 9th Public Management Award. Dr Pereira also has experience in Germany and Brazil. Dr Pereira is Springer Nature, Pan American Journal of public Health Journal and Waste Management reviewer.