The T-value in the score for hazard refers to chronic toxicity. Underlying data for P, B and T are from Fass.se, see below.
Fluoxetine is a SSRI, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor.
The concentrations analyzed in the environment in Sweden by several SSRIs exceed reported levels of environmental impact, especially for invertebrates. However, the studies reporting the lowest effect concentrations are questioned. Fluoxetine has been found in wild fish, but not at levels corresponding to therapeutic levels in humans.
Fluoxetine is included in the Stockholm County Council's table of pharmaceuticals with risk for negative environmental impact according to the environmental programme 2017–2021. The substance has been detected in treated wastewater in Stockholm County in the last five years (2012–2016).
Is recommended in The Wise List. Environmental classification of pharmaceuticals is taken into consideration, sometimes with other environmental aspects, when selecting pharmaceuticals for the Wise List. When comparable pharmaceuticals are equivalent to medical effects, safety and pharmaceutical efficacy, environmental impact and price are considered.
Fass environmental information for Fontex (fluoxetine) (downloaded 2018-07-10).
Persistence: "Fluoxetine disappeared from the total system with DT50 values of 32 days (lake sediment) and 114 days (creek sediment) which is likely due, in part, to unextractable binding to the sediment. Fluoxetine slowly disappears from water sediment systems. [---] Fluoxetine is potentially persistent.”
Bioaccumulation: "The log of the octanol water partition coefficients at pH values of 5, 7, and 9 were 0,73 to 1,06, 1,77 to 1,79, and 2,62 to 2,64, respectively."
Chronic toxicity: There is NOEC for 3 trophic levels, lowest NOEC for fish (Danio rerio) 3.2 microg/L.
PEC/PNEC is based on sales data in Sweden in year 2014. PEC/PNEC = 0.2 which gives the risk low.
Concrete proposals on how to work to reduce emissions of environmentally harmful pharmaceuticals on the list have been developed in close cooperation with the Stockholm Drug and Therapeutics Committee's expert advice. The action proposals were developed from an environmental perspective. The patient's best always goes first and several pharmaceuticals on the list are also included in the Wise list. However, for such pharmaceuticals, there may be measures that could reduce the environmental impact.
Concrete proposal for fluoxetine
Comparative assessment of environmental risk in the use of citalopram, escitalopram, sertraline, fluoxetine, venlafaxine, paroxetine and clomipramine in Sweden.
Overall, there is a risk profile for the studied antidepressants.
Author: Department of Strategic Careers, Stockholm County Council.