HydroSciences Montpellier (UMR, université de Montpellier, CNRS, IRD)
Département sciences de l’environnement et santé publique
Faculté de pharmacie
15, avenue Charles-Flahault
Montpellier cedex 5
The contamination of marine ecosystems by pharmaceutical products, an issue that emerged a decade ago, has now been proven in scientific studies. The current state of knowledge is insufficient to assess their relative importance compared to other contaminants in the marine environment. These products may add to the effects on organisms of other toxic substances already present in marine ecosystems. Designed to interact with specific biological targets, they can affect functions such as development, growth, and reproduction at environmental concentrations. The contamination of the marine environment by these pharmaceutical products must be considered in relation to other environmental problems and global changes affecting this environment and requires new and ambitious interdisciplinary research for balanced and effective management of marine resources.