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Chemosphere. 2006 Sep;64(11):1808-17. Epub 2006 Mar 15.

Occurrences of pharmaceutical and personal care products as micropollutants in rivers from Romania.

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National Institute of Research and Development for Isotopic and Molecular Technology, INCDTIM, 400293 Cluj-Napoca, Romania.


The occurrence of pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs) was investigated in the Somes River. The aim of this study was to obtain a first overview about the contamination of Somes River (Transylvania) with PPCPs. The samples were preconcentrated by Solid Phase Extraction (SPE) procedures and analysed by GC/MS. A number of 15 compounds including pharmaceutics, metabolites, intermediates and musk fragrances were detected in concentration ranging from 30 ng/l to 10 microg/l. The detected pharmaceuticals are included in following therapeutic groups: analgesics, antiepileptics, psychiatric, stimulants, anticoagulants, antineoplastic and disinfectants.

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