New Pill Approved By The FDA Alerts When A Dose Is Missed

Today the FDA announced a new drug approval for Abilify MyCite, complete with a sensor that can digitally track whether or not a patient has taken their medication. The pill includes a sensor that can be ingested and can alert doctors if a patient taken or missed their dose.

FDA Approves New Drug to Track Patient Dosing

Abilify is most commonly taken for patients diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar I disorder. The patient must wear a patch that can transmit data via a mobile application on their smart phone or can give permission to share the updates with a designated family member or doctor. Individuals with permission to access the information can also do so in an online portal.

“Being able to track ingestion of medications prescribed for mental illness may be useful for some patients,” said Mitchell Mathis, M.D., director of the Division of Psychiatry Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “The FDA supports the development and use of new technology in prescription drugs and is committed to working with companies to understand how technology might benefit patients and prescribers.”

It’s a known problem that patients taking medications for a wide variety of reasons stop taking their doses when they start to feel better without realizing the reason for their overall improvement is due to their regular adherence to taking proper doses. While there is no correlation yet between the new tracking capability for Abilify and a patient’s willingness to share the information with prescribers, hopefully in the future, hopefully this will help keep patients on track.

Read the full press release from the FDA Here.

ChemicalInfo Wins DFW Torch Award

ChemicalInfo was the proud award recipient of the 2017 DFW Award for Ethics. The Torch Awards sponsored by the Better Business Bureau Serving North Central Texas and Dallas Business Journal evaluated organizations based on integrity and ethics in business dealings, education, business-to-business recommendations, customer service and other criteria.

As the winner in the small category, ChemicalInfo shared its drive for all employees to adopt its core values, Ownership, Trust, Commitment and Fun every day and to nominate their peers to that exemplify these values. At the end of the quarter the employee with the most nominations becomes the Employee of the Quarter and receives recognition and monetary compensation.

Read the full published article below or click here.

ChemicalInfo wins DFW Torch Award for Ethics. Photo Credit BBB Serving North Central Texas

Chemicals America 2017 Show Wrap-up

The 2017 Specialty Chemical and Agro Chemicals America show was a great success! Once again our company provided exhibitors and attendees with free access to SourceFinder to provide visitors with an efficient way to research and plan their trip. Registrants can search by product, CAS #, or company name and view company information including full product catalogs, contact information, certification information, and contract/custom manufacturing details. Access is still available so register today for sourcing information and contact details.

Also at the show, we were pleased to be a part of the Mixer Direct 8 Companies You Should Know From the 2017 Specialty Chemical and Agro Show video series. Watch the video below.


 
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I’ll Drink To That: New Study Proves Why Adding Water to Whisky Enhances the Flavor

A recent study conducted by two Swedish chemists proves that adding a bit of water to whisky does in fact improve the overall taste. I know that adding water to whisky is common but I always thought it was the equivalent of asking for ketchup at a nice steakhouse. I have a great uncle who did that and it’s still a running joke in my family… tip don’t do that in a steakhouse. The team conducted a series of tests to determine how and why adding water contributes to the taste enhancement by specifically focusing on the presence of guaiacol, an organic compound found in drinks like whisky and coffee.

Guaiacol is used in the creation of flavors such as vanilla and can be found when wood is smoked or burned, such as the charred barrels that global distilleries use to create their finished whisky products. This study centered on the presence of ethanol (main ingredient of whisky) and what happens when it is diluted from its common 70% alcohol by volume to its standard 45% alcohol by volume state. Yes, whisky already had water added to it when you buy it, so why would anyone want to add more?

The team discovered that adding a bit of water (starting with a few drops) causes the ethanol content of the drink to rise to the surface because it has a higher density. Guaiacol isn’t a fan of water and tries to stick closely to ethanol which is now concentrated on top of the drink. Adding water actually makes the taste more potent and enriches the aroma of the drink and if you’re a foodie like me, you know that smell has a lot to do with taste.

The study also warns whisky connoisseurs not to overdo it because, “There is a fine balance between diluting the whisky to taste and diluting the whisky to waste.”

So there you have it, adding an ice cube or a splash of water to your whisky will enhance the flavor, so bottoms up and cheers!

You can read the full study published here.

Just for fun, check out The Chemistry of Whisky infographic published on compoundchem.com.

Chemistry of Whisky Infographic

Data on Data on Data

At ChemicalInfo we know data. In fact our Data & Research team has made more than 40,000 updates this year alone to the DWCP! Check out the other updates and additions we have made to each of our products in the first half of the year.

All Product Updates - July 2017

Remember, if you have a question concerning the data that ChemicalInfo can offer, please fill out a Pre-Sale Research Request form so that our in-house Research team can ensure we have the chemicals and company information you need to improve sourcing, sales and marketing efforts.

 

New 2016 U.S. Port Report Available Now from Descartes’ Datamyne

Datamyne U.S. Port Report

At ChemicalInfo it is our mission to connect buyers and sellers of chemicals and pharmaceuticals with the most accurate sourcing and procurement data available. Earlier this year, we announced the integration of U.S. waterborne import-export information based on ship manifests and bills of lading from our partner, Descartes’ Datamyne.   A leading provider of global market intelligence, Descartes Datamyne has released its 2016 U.S. Port Report covering the top 20 ocean ports in the United States. This report includes detailed information about top importers, countries of origin for incoming shipments, and a breakdown by top HS products (ranked by value) at each individual port.

If your business is not using trade data to monitor competitor activity, qualify buyers and find new suppliers, then it’s probably missing out on new ways to find global business opportunities.

Download the complimentary report now and see for yourself how trade data can provide your business with valuable insights.

Breaking Down the Anatomy of a Company Profile

The question our team receives the most often is, “How does your company ensure that your data is always accurate?”. The simple answer is that we have an incredible in-house research department that checks for data accuracy within listed company profiles and products every day. But what about the specifics? Let’s breakdown the Anatomy of a Company Profile.

Anatomy of a Company Profile

Company profiles include information like company name, phone, fax, email, company type (manufacturer, distributor, etc.) and the company description. This information is the first step in verifying listing accuracy and the ChemicalInfo Research Department uses the information to properly identify companies that can be listed in the Directory of World Chemical Producers (DWCP).

As a company that has been around for 45 years we also have a vast network of global sales agents that are experts in their own countries that provide additional details and help bridge the gap when communicating to listed companies and contacts. We also use partnerships with trade shows as a source for meeting new companies and contacts as well as taking the time to meet existing contacts listed in the DWCP and receive feedback directly from those sources to make updates.  Using a variety tools such as proprietary web crawlers, email testing with 3rd party tools and online sources the Research Department is able to continually monitor listed contact information.

Company Locations are carefully vetted in order to ensure that company locations that are truly manufacturing products are listed and differentiated between other locations that may only be used for R&D, Sales and main headquarters.

Profile certifications are an integral source of maintaining listing accuracy especially for manufacturers that hold government and regulatory approval certifications from entities such as the US FDA or EDQM. Third-party audit information provided by our partnership with Rx360 is also used as a determining factor to identify legitimate producers.

Finally, ChemicalInfo’s partnership with Datamyne, a Descartes company provides subscribers with thousands of import/export records that help provide a complete picture of what commodities are produced, used and sold across the globe. Trade Data also provides key information that the Research Department uses to determine producer status by looking at export information.

As a data company we take every possible measure to ensure all information offered in each of our products is accurate but the truth is no company can put a 100% accuracy guarantee on data. Every day mergers and acquisitions take place, new product lines are introduced, old products are discontinued, new finish form products receive government approvals, chemical professionals leave their company and begin new careers but at ChemicalInfo we have a fine-tuned process that provides subscribers data that can be relied on year after year.

 

Would you give up yoga pants to save the sea?

In a recent article published by Chem.Info it shared that a recent study conducted by a team from the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium has seen that tiny microfibers have been flowing down bathroom sinks and shower drains and into our oceans. Comfy articles of clothing made from fleece, nylon and polyester contain these tiny microfibers and each time those pieces of clothing are washed, once the water drains it is carried through our water systems and many times end up in the oceanyoga pants

I am the first to admit, I love my athletic wear, especially my yoga pants even though I haven’t been to a yoga class in years and am not the most athletic person. On any given day if you were to show up to my house I can say with 99% certainty that I would be sporting a beloved pair of yoga-riffic pants. The study shows that everything from our oceans to the Great Lakes contain high concentrations of these deadly plastic microfibers and that marine life is becoming contaminated as well meaning that when we all eat the seafood we enjoy so much you are basically eating tiny bites of athletic wear, ugh.

University of Florida researcher, Maia McGuire hopes that with more data and studies conducted into the increasing problem of plastics and chemicals invading our water supply that manufacturers of washing machines and water treatment plants will be able to improve water purifying technology to protect marine life.

An article published in early 2017 by Quartz Media found that in 2016 sportswear revenue grew by almost 7% dominating the clothing industry once again. With total global sales for all apparel and footwear reaching $1.67 trillion in 2016 the literal trillion dollar question is, “Will you give up your yoga pants to save our oceans?”.

A lesson from the Ebola outbreak: “You can’t just order a box of goodwill on demand…”

Ebola treatment centers in Liberia were forced closed after 508 medical professionals died treating patients in 2015. Of the approximately 1,000 patients treated in those centers, fewer than 300 lived.

This I learned during the Keynote Speech at the Rx360 Annual Conference a few weeks ago. Rx360 is a consortium of pharmaceutical companies formed after the 2008 heparin recall. ChemicalInfo is honored to be a member of Rx360, whose mission is to protect patient safety and foster quality care. Former Acting US Surgeon General, who commanded the USPHS Monrovia Medical Unit during the Ebola virus outbreak, delivered the Keynote Speech and told the story of how the US government, with critical support from pharma companies and NGOS, squelched the Ebola outbreak.

Amid the recent major divisiveness in the US, I was inspired by his story. It was nice to be reminded that in a time of global crisis, the US government is often in the lead. I bring this up because of a quote included in the Ebola outbreak presentation:

“You can’t just order a box of goodwill on demand and trust it will be delivered. When a crisis happens, it is not the time to be looking for partners.”

– Gregg Starr, Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security

American diplomat, Gregg Starr, was speaking about the network of government agencies, private companies and NGOs that supported those traveling to Liberia after treatment centers were forced closed. The partnerships were already in place. In a time of crisis, they did order a box of goodwill on demand and trust it was delivered—that the deathly virus had been stopped.

I do not for one second compare what we do at ChemicalInfo to the heroic work of these medical professionals. They exemplify the very best of humanity—traveling into a highly contagious and lethal environment to save strangers.

Still I think all business leaders can relate to Mr. Starr’s comment. When a crisis emerges and communities desperately need a box of goodwill, it is not the time to be looking for partners. I am so honored that ChemicalInfo has goodwill with great partners like Sendero, VAZATA, Datamyne, SOCMA, ChemSpec, Rx360, our global agents and others. They allow us to serve up goodwill to our customers at a moment’s notice.

Food for Thought: The Chemistry of Sugar

Today I purchased multiple bags of candy to pass out in a few days to eager trick-or-treaters in my neighborhood. Staring at the bags of candy on my counter I decided to open one piece and cure my craving. Bad idea. Three pieces later I am officially done and know that I have ruined my goal of cutting back on sugar intake. I’ve heard from healthy conscientious friends that giving up bread, fat, alcohol or even meat aren’t nearly as difficult as it is to truly give up sugar.

The Science of Sugar

Did you know that every time you eat sugar your brain releases dopamine? Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that actually tells your brain it’s happy, therefore it really feels like treat to eat sugar. If a little is good then a lot is great right? Wrong. For some people the urge to feel rewarded can be compounded into an addiction issue causing  a person to want more to feed the craving and cutting back on sugar can actually leave your brain feeling the effects of withdrawal symptoms. Sugar also affects the release of serotonin which makes the brain feel happy, so when you stop eating sugar and your serotonin levels drop you can actually feel depressed. Yikes!

What about artificial sweeteners?

I recently read an article by the American Chemical Society concerning a protein calls brazzein that is 2000 x’s sweeter than sugar. Although brazzein hasn’t been approved by the FDA there are tons of other substitutes on the market. I can see the appeal of the no or low calorie sugar substitutes but doing a quick search online there is no shortage of articles concerning the ill effects that sugar substitutes also play on a person’s health.

So what is a person to do with the holidays around the corner?

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Just say no to all sugar! Just kidding. Completely avoiding sugar during holidays is almost impossible, after all tis the season for baking. Your best bet is to try and satisfy your sweet craving with a natural alternative like fruit or go ahead and indulge but in moderation. Plus if you completely binge on sugar then at least setting your new year goal will be easy.

If you’re interested in the chemistry of candy, checkout this great Infographic from Compound Interest: http://www.compoundchem.com/2014/10/21/chemistryofcandy/