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Miljörisk: Användning av ritonavir har bedömts medföra försumbar risk för miljöpåverkan.
Nedbrytning: Ritonavir är potentiellt persistent.
Bioackumulering: Ritonavir har hög potential att bioackumuleras.

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Detaljerad miljöinformation

Environmental Risk Classification

Predicted Environmental Concentration (PEC)

PEC is calculated according to the following formula:

PEC (µg/L) = (A*109*(100-R))/(365*P*V*D*100)


A (kg/yr)

68.0484 kg

Total API sold (kg) in Sweden in 2016 (Ref. 1)


0 %

Removal rate (due to loss by adsorption to sludge

particles, by volatilization, hydrolysis or biodegradation); use 0 if no data is available.



Number of inhabitants in Sweden (Ref. 2)

V (L/day)


Volume of wastewater per capita and day (200 L/day is

the default value) (Ref. 3)



Factor for dilution of waste water by surface water flow(10 is the default value) (Ref. 3); Note: The factor 109

converts the quantity distressed from kg to mcg.

PEC (µg/L) = (68.0484*109*(100-0))/(365*9.995*106*200*10*100)

PEC = 0.00104 μg/L

Ecotoxicological Studies with Ritonavir

Microbial Growth Inhibition (FDA TAD 4.02) (Ref. 4, 5)

Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) (Growth Inhibition) > 5.0 mg/L (5000 µg/L)

The microbial growth inhibition study (FDA TAD 4.02) is designed to evalute the sensitivity of pure cultures of bacteria, fungi, and blue-green algae to chemicals. The objective of the study is to determine the lowest concentration of the chemical that will inhibit the growth of test microbial strains or species.

The following test organisms, including algae, were used in the microbial growth inhibition study of ritonavir.5

Table 1: List of Test Organisms Used for Microbial Growth Inhibition Test of ABT-538

Genus & Speciesa

Representative Type

ATCC Number

Pseudomonas fluorescens



Bacillus megaterium



Azotobacter chroococcum

Nitogen-Fixing Bacterium


Anabaena flos-aquae

Nitrogen Fixing Blue-Green Alga


Aspergillus clavatus



Penicillium canescens



Chateomium globosum



aObtained from ATCC (American Type Culture Collection, Rockville, MD); the species listed here are commonly found in soils.

Crustacean (Daphnia magna): Acute toxicity (FDA TAD 4.08) (Ref. 6, 7)

EC50 48 h (Immobility, Abnormal Effects) > 1.5 mg/L (1500 μg/L)

NOEC 48 h = 1.50 mg/L

Crustacean (Hyalella azteca): Acute toxicity (FDA TAD 4.10) (Ref. 8, 9)

NOEC 96 h (Static acute toxicity: Mortality, Adverse Effects.) = 1.59 mg/L (1590 μg/L)

Fish (Lepomis macrochirus): Acute toxicity (FDA TAD 4.11) (Ref. 10, 11)

LC50 24 h(Mortality, Abnormal (Sublethal) Effects) > 1.63 mg/L (1630 μg/L)

LC50 48 h (Mortality, Abnormal (Sublethal) Effects) > 1.63 mg/L (1630 μg/L)

LC50 72 h (Mortality, Abnormal (Sublethal) Effects) > 1.63 mg/L (1630 μg/L)

LC50 96 h (Mortality, Abnormal (Sublethal) Effects) > 1.63 mg/L (1630 μg/L)

NOEC 96 h (Mortality, Abnormal (Sublethal) Effects) = 1.63 mg/L

Predicted No Effect Concentration (PNEC)

PNEC (μg/L) = lowest L(E)C50/AF

AF = Assessment Factor= 1000



Microorganisms (spps)

MIC > 5000 μg/L

Daphnia magna

EC50 > 1500 μg/L

Lepomis macrochirus

LC50 > 1630 μg/L

The PNEC was determined in accordance with ECHA guidance (Ref. 12). Acute

toxicology studies provided L(E)C50 and MIC values from three trophic levels (algae,

crustacean, fish); therefore, 1000 was used as the assessment factor to calculate PNEC.

The EC50 for Daphnia magna (1500 μg/L) was used for this calculation since it is the

most sensitive of the three tested species.

EC50 = 1500 μg/L

PNEC (μg/L) = 1500/1000

PNEC = 1.5 μg/L

Environmental Risk Classification (PEC/PNEC ratio)


PEC = 0.0104 μg/L

PNEC = 1.5 μg/L

PEC/PNEC = 0.0104/1.5

PEC/PNEC = 0.0069

Justification of environmental risk classification:

Since PEC/PNEC ≤ 0.1, the use of ritonavir has been considered to result in insignificant environmental risk.


Aerobic Biodegradation of ritonavir in water:

The aerobic biodegradation of ritonavir in water was evaluated using FDA TAD 3.11.

(Ref. 13) The mineralization of ritonavir to CO2 was measured following both a 53-day and a 28-day incubation period. At the end of the 53-day period, 0.1% of the 14C from the radiolabelled ritonavir was mineralized to 14CO2; none of the 14C from ritonavir was mineralized to 14CO2 during the 28-day study. (Ref. 14) Furthermore, extracts from the 28-day study were analysed using HPLC; of the radiolabeled material, 18.8% was 14C-ritonavir,18.7% was a polar 14C-degradant and the remaining material was composed of various other 14C-organic compounds. The radioactivity mass balance indicated that 97.3% of the 14C-ritonavir test substance was recovered at the end of the study as either parent 14C-ritonavir or as 14C-degradants. These results demonstrate that ritonavir did not undergo aerobic degradation in water. However, ritonavir was extensively degraded to 14C-metabolites in the FDA 3.11 test matrix. Thus, degradation appears to be a potential pathway for removal of ritonavir, especially considering its removal from the mineral salt solution containing activated

sludge and effluent inocula, which may reduce is potential environmental impact from wastewater treatment plant effluent. (Ref. 14)

Photodegradation of ritonavir in water:

Aqueous photodegradation of ritonavir (at pH 5, 7, and 9) was assessed using FDA TAD 3.10. (Ref. 15) Direct and indirect photolysis were investigated in the preliminary study. (Ref. 16) Compounds with absorbance in the range of 290-800 nm may be susceptible to photodegradation upon exposure to sunlight (direct photolysis). (Ref. 17) Following 24 hours of direct photolysis (exposure to simulated sunlight using a Xenon arc lamp), 98% of the compound remained in solution. As the ultraviolet/visible absorption spectrum of ritonavir shows absorption maxima at 197.5 and 240 nm, with a shoulder at 210 nm (Ref. 18), which is outside the range of 290-800 nm, it is reasonable that ritonavir is not susceptible to direct photodegradation. However, ritonavir degraded under indirect photolysis conditions (1% acetone as a sensitizing agent). Therefore, the definitive study was completed under indirect photolysis conditions. Results of the definitive study revealed ritonavir readily undergoes indirect photodegration in aqueous conditions with half-lives (DT50) of 5.92, 2.23, and 1.43 hours under pH 5, 7, and 9, respectively.

Acetone is one of a number of sensitizers that are naturally found in surface waters (as well as soil); these sensitizers can promote indirect photolysis in natural waters.

Therefore, indirect photolysis may well be a significant removal mechanism of ritonavir in the environment. The identities of the major transformation products were not elucidated.

Justification of chosen degradation phrase:

The biodegradation of ritonavir was assessed using FDA TAD 3.11 (aerobic degradation in water). Based on the results of this study, ritonavir did not demonstrate significant aerobic mineralization in water (>60% theoretical CO2 production). (Ref. 13) Additionally, ritonavir did not show ready biodegradability or inherent biodegradability as defined by OECD 301 and ECHA guidance, respectively. (Ref. 19, 20) Finally, there are no data from simulation studies (OECD 308) or analytical monitoring data to demonstration elimination within the ECHA defined persistence half-life. Therefore, the summary phrase “ritonavir is potentially persistent” has been selected. However, ritonavir may be extensively removed from the aquatic compartment following patient use and excretion by a combination of biodegradation and photodegradation, thereby potentially resulting in minimal release of ritonavir to the environment from wastewater treatment plant effluent, as well as minimal partitioning into sludge.


Partitioning coefficient:

Two methods have been used to determine the Log Dow of ritonavir.

By the HPLC method, pH = 7.4, n = 2 (Ref. 18)

Dow= 4.7*104

Log Dow = 4.7

By the shake-flask method, pH = 7.4, 25 °C, n=3 (Ref. 21)

Dow = 9.97 *103

Log Dow = 3.99

Justification of chosen bioaccumulation phrase:

Log Dow at pH 7≥ 4.0 therefore, ritonavir has high potential for bioaccumulation.


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#41528. R&D/96/788. February 1994.

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macrochirus). Report #41986. R&D/96/784. July 1995

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