The pharmaceutical sector and drug industry have multiple environmental challenges: eco-friendly product design, the close link between health and the environment, and drug residues in water.

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The loss of active ingredients during washing or from a production batch significantly impacts a production site financially.


In this constantly evolving sector, each stage of manufacturing a drug is likely to generate polluted water:

  • Organic synthesis of active ingredient precursors
  • Microbiological cultures and industrial fermentation
  • Extracting plant and animal tissues
  • Various formulations: syrups, pastes, powders, capsules, granules, freeze-dried products
  • Conditioning and packaging


To learn more about what Ovive does in the pharmaceutical industry, contact us today.


Specific Cases

Rheumatology care production in Epernon (78)

    Construction and operation of an effluent treatment plant:

    • Biological treatment with a BIOMEMBRAT® membrane bioreactor
    • Polishing treatment by nanofiltration
    • Physical and chemical treatment of concentrates
    Parameters Inut Discharge
    COD - mg/l 8 000 200
    Sulfates - mg/l 8 000 500
    Flow rate - m3/hr 2
    Producing contrast agents for medical imaging in Lanester (56)

      Construction of an effluent treatment plant:

      • Biological treatment with a BIOMEMBRAT® membrane bioreactor​
      • Polishing treatment by nanofiltration
      • Recycling organoiodine compounds in the process
      Parameters Input Discharge
      COD - mg/l 12 000 2 000
      Organoiodine compounds – g/l 5 1
      Fow rate - m3/hr 5