Monitoring pharmaceutical and personal care product compounds in the environment
Pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) include any products used in personal healthcare, cosmetics, and medicated products, and contain a diverse collection of 1000s of chemical compounds ranging from drugs, fragrances, lotions, and more.
PPCPs find their way into the environment through excretion, household waste, trash and sewage, bathing and wastewater, and direct disposal. While many of these compounds are broken down and degraded, many are not, and could persist in soil and reclaimed water, and create potential hazards to environmental and human life.
Due to the breadth of PPCP compounds, LC/MS/MS is an ideal tool for monitoring these residues in environmental samples to:
Analyze 1000s of compounds in a single run
Direct injection of water samples for quick screening
Simplified soil or other sample prep procedures due to sensitivity of the analysis
Utilize unknown screening approaches to identify unknown or emerging PPCP compound or possible metabolites