Diklofenak spårat i många svenska vatten – nu behövs det åtgärder på flera nivåer
Data compiled by Svenskt Vatten show that in recent years, the levels of diclofenac measured in Swedish lakes, streams and coastlines have exceeded the limits for good ecological status in 18 locations. There is a risk that the limit will be exceeded in an additional 109 Swedish water bodies. Thus, the prevalence of diclofenac is more widespread than previously known. Svenskt Vatten asks pharmacies and food retailers to stop selling over-the-counter pharmaceuticals containing river basin-specific pollutants, RBSP, such as pharmaceuticals containing diclofenac. Diclofenac is an active substance that relieves pain and inhi-bits inflammation. It is belonging to the group of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Diclofenac is sold under more than ten brand names such as Voltaren, Eeze, Eezeneo, Diclofenac Zentiva, Diclofenac Orifarm. With the report ReningsVärk, Svenskt Vatten is focussing on the problem of pharmaceuticals in the water environment. It is due time to get a much wiser use of diclofenac. The report describes how various measures and interventions are used – or could be used – to reduce the environmental impact of pharmaceuticals in our waters. This can be achieved by a series of measures presented in the report. Measures which are to be implemented by the European union, the Swedish Government, Authorities, Prescribers, Pharmacies and Food retailers.