GE Appliances redesigned its MWF refrigerator water filter to remove trace amounts of five pharmaceuticals, including the active ingredients in antidepressants and birth control pills from drinking water and ice. The product comes in response to Associated Press Survey findings that the water of 46 million Americans tested positive for trace amounts of pharmaceuticals.
GE said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency doesn't regulate the presence of prescription and nonprescription drugs in the water supply. It also said that the long-term effects of regular, small doses of medicines that treat everything from infections to depression have not been researched. GE pointed to a March 2009 Gallup poll that found that Americans rank water pollution as their No. 1 environmental concern.
GE's new MWF water filter was third-party tested and found to remove more than 94% of five trace pharmaceuticals from water and ice. GE pointed out that contaminants or other substances removed/reduced by the filter are not necessarily in all users' water. The filters remove:
* Ibuprofen, which is used for pain relief, fever reduction, and to reduce swelling.
* Atenolol, which treats high blood pressure.
* Fluoxetine, which is prescribed for depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and bulimia.
* Progesterone, which is found in birth control pills and is used as a fertility treatment.
* Trimethoprim, which is an antibiotic used to treat urinary tract infections.
The filter is also National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) Certified for its ability to remove other contaminants, including lead, cysts, and mercury.
Consumers with both new and older GE refrigerators can change their filters for the most up-to-date filtering technology.
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