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Data Explorer: GDP Index and Pharmaceutical Concentrations


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Economies and Pollution

National economies and the extent of pharmaceutical contamination appear to be linked. The highest concentrations of pharmaceuticals in the environment were found in lower-middle income countries. The theory behind this is that these countries may sit in a sort of ‘sweet spot’ where medicines are readily available/affordable relative to lower-income nations but the wastewater infrastructure used to treat sewage and other pharmaceutical sources is not as readily in place or as effective as in high-income nations. 

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