Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Other Toxic Substances - pharmaceutical compounds: In First, Study Links ‘Intersex’ Fish with Drug Plant Contamination

A group of European researchers (Sanchez et al) report finding that up to 80% of bottom-dwelling fish species– a group commonly called gudgeons *– living downstream of a pharmaceutical plant had mixed male and female characteristics in their sex organs.

“This evidence supports the hypothesis that pharmaceutical compounds discharged in stream are involved in recorded endocrine disruption effects and fish population disturbances and threaten disappearance of resident fish species.”

The results form the two year study were published in the June 30, 2001 edition of Environment International (vol. 37) under the title: Adverse effects in wild fish living downstream from pharmaceutical manufacture discharges.

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