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Author(s): Teresa M. Mata
António A. Martins
Belmira Neto
Maria L. Martins
Romualdo L. R. Salcedo
Carlos A. V. Costa
Title: LCA Tool for Sustainability Evaluations in the Pharmaceutical Industry
Issue Date: 2012
Abstract: This article describes an Excel based tool specifically designed to perform the life cycle assessment(LCA) and the sustainability evaluation of pharmaceutical products and /or processes. In the currentstate of development the tool deals with the case study of the production of a lyophilized product forintravenous injection, with an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) produced by fermentation usinggenetically modified organisms. A gate-to-gate (GTG) analysis is done, considering the API production,the final product formulation, its storage and distribution, and the auxiliary operations involved. Thesesteps are included in the aforementioned tool, and a set of sustainability indicators is proposed to makea quantitative sustainability assessment of this pharmaceutical product and process, based on therelevant impacts identified on its life cycle. Despite the limitations, the LCA and the sustainabilityassessment tool presented here can be easily modified to other types of pharmaceutical processes,given that good descriptions of them are available.
Subject: Ciências Tecnológicas, Outras ciências da engenharia e tecnologias
Technological sciences, Other engineering and technologies
Scientific areas: Ciências da engenharia e tecnologias::Outras ciências da engenharia e tecnologias
Engineering and technology::Other engineering and technologies
Related Information: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/COMISSÃO EUROPEIA/Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme /ECO/08/239082/SI2.540164//Ecopharmabuilding
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional
Rights: restrictedAccess
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