Pharmaceuticals in drinking water highlight need for increased monitoring

Responding to the highly publicized, independent investigation of a wide variety of pharmaceuticals found in drinking water across the United States, Applied Biosystems/MDS SCIEX is providing a water testing "application note" to help municipal water supply operators improve the monitoring of water for contaminants. The application note is entitled "Analysis of Endocrine Disruptors, Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in River Water" and is free of charge for water testing labs...

• Applied Biosystems/MDS SCIEX provides advanced technology and "application note" for municipal water supply operators to increase effectiveness of water testing

March 11, 2008 -- Responding to the highly publicized, independent investigation of a wide variety of pharmaceuticals found in drinking water across the United States, Applied Biosystems/MDS SCIEX is providing a water testing "application note" to help municipal water supply operators improve the monitoring of water for contaminants.

Amid concerns rising about the potential negative effects of pharmaceuticals in drinking water, municipal water supply centers are responding by planning to acquire new tools and methods to conduct water testing more effectively. Water testing systems need to be robust and sensitive to detect extremely low levels of pharmaceutical residues, which get into the water supply by passing through people and flushed down the toilet. Ineffective testing can result in faulty reports that say that no pharmaceuticals are present in a water supply when, in reality, pharmaceuticals are present in tiny, but bioactive amounts.

However, more effective water testing systems have emerged, such as Applied Biosystems/MDS SCIEX high performance Triple Quadrupole and unique Hybrid Triple Quadrupole Linear Ion Trap Mass Spectrometers (QTRAP® System Technology), enabling the detection of a wide range of endocrine disrupting compounds, pharmaceuticals, and personal care products spanning multiple categories and chemical classes at low detection limits with high degree of selectivity.

For over 20 years, Applied Biosystems/MDS SCIEX has consistently established new benchmarks for performance and dependability. As global leader in LC/MS/MS innovation, its unique technology solutions lead the way in environmental testing and are utilized worldwide to meet regulatory standards for a broad range of compounds. The application note that the company has developed is entitled "Analysis of Endocrine Disruptors, Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in River Water."

This application note that Applied Biosystems/MDS SCIEX is providing free of charge for water testing labs to improve water testing results can be found at the following web link:
info.appliedbiosystems.com/mk/get/APMMS_APP_ENDOCRINE_DISRUPTORS

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