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{Past Event} - An Introduction to Understanding the Environmental Footprint of Pharmaceuticals

June 23, 2009 - 2:00 pm - June 23, 2009 - 2:00 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


Dr. Ilene Ruhoy, MD, PhD, Director of the Institute for Environmental Medicine of Touro University – Nevada will discuss her research on pharmaceuticals in the environment. The webinar will explore the sources of pharmaceutical exposure that both humans and the environment experience as well as describe mechanisms by which these exposures may be mitigated. Dr. Ruhoy will present current obstacles to appropriate disposal of unused medications and offer international examples of successful take-back programs.


  • Gain a deeper understanding of the sources of exposure for humans from pharmaceutical ingredients in the environment
  • Understand several potential mechanisms by which these exposures may be minimized or mitigated
  • Comprehend current obstacles to appropriate disposal of unused medications
  • Gain knowledge of several examples of pharmaceutical disposal programs in other countries
  • Gain an understanding of the implications and potential beneficial outcomes of a PharmEcovigilance program


Ilene Ruhoy, MD, PhD, Touro University – Nevada
Telephone: 702-777-4743
Dr. Ilene Sue Ruhoy, MD, PhD holds an assistant professorship in Basic and Clinical Science at the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Henderson, NV. She is also the Director of the Touro University Nevada Institute for Environmental Medicine and a collaborator on EPA-sponsored research. Her research on pharmaceuticals as environmental pollutants focuses on identifying the many sources of exposure that both humans and the environment can experience from medications that are stockpiled by users and eventually disposed. She is currently studying the effects of ecosystem services on human well-being and disease.

Joel Kreisberg, DC, MA, Teleosis Institute
Telephone: 510-558-7285
Dr. Joel Kreisberg, DC, MA is the Founder and Senior Director of the Teleosis Institute, an institution dedicated to reducing healthcare’s footprint while broadening its ecological vision. The Teleosis Institute is a program of Practice Greenhealth. Dr. Kreisberg is an adjunct professor at the School of Holistic Studies at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA. Author of The Homeopathic Treatment of Poison Ivy and Poison Oak, and An Integral Ecology of Sudden Oak Death, Dr. Kreisberg continues to teach worldwide. He maintains a private practice in Homeopathy and Integrative Healthcare in Berkeley, CA.

Webinar speakers have no financial or other interest in the sponsoring company and the sponsor has had no input into the content of the presentation.

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