US’s top pharma company, Abbvie’s hazardous waste generation is drastically rising
About 100,000 tons of pharmaceutical products are manufactured worldwide every year1. These products create a lot of waste, which is harmful to the environment1. As per WHO, 85% of pharmaceutical waste can be categorized as non-hazardous and 15% as hazardous2.
Abbvie’s GHG emissions (scope 1&2) were 564,000 metric tonnes of CO2e in 2019
Every year, over 50 billion tonnes of GHGs (CO2e) is emitted across the world3. Rapidly rising greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are responsible for trapping heat in the atmosphere, which results in global warming1. Consequences of global warming include rising sea levels, melting of the glaciers, health problems, disruption in the food supply, and others1.
Abbvie’s multiple sclerosis drug, Zinbryta, found to be causing dangerous side effects in patients
As per the 2019 World Drug Report, 35 million people suffered from drug use disorders1. Annually, 200,000 people die due to prescription drugs' adverse impacts2. Pharmaceutical treatments help individuals to live longer and better lives. At the same time, the pharma industry has a duty to the public to make safe products.
AbbVie reduced its absolute water usage by 11%, but its absolute water withdrawal increased by 4% in 2018, as compared to 2015
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 785 million people worldwide do not have access to drinking water1. An estimated 4.5 billion global population live within 50 km of an impaired water resource2. The pharmaceutical industry requires high-quality water to meet its production requirements4.
AbbVie achieves 13 per cent reduction in absolute carbon emissions through technology and innovation
According to the World Health Organization1, climate change will have an overwhelmingly negative effect on human health globally. With the increase in deadly tropical and weather-related diseases, an increase in the demand for drugs and vaccines is expected. As this opens market for the pharma industries, it is important for the industry to grow their businesses sustainably by reducing their carbon emission from manufacturing sites.