Latest Chemical Analysis Approach to Improve Medication Safety

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Latest Chemical Analysis Approach to Improve Medication Safety

By Pharma Tech Outlook | Monday, October 19, 2020

A chemical analysis approach to developing solutions for the pharma industry can ensure safety to the medication before they appear in the market.

FREMONT, CA: In recent months, several medications have been recalled due to contaminants or impurities. Today, a Purdue University-affiliated entrepreneur, Dale Purcell, is taking the lessons he learned from working on crime scenes to try and ensure the safety of medications before they reach the pharmacy.

After receiving his Ph.D. in forensic science and working with the Oregon State Police, Purcell started Chemical Microscopy, a startup that takes a chemical analysis approach to develop solutions for several industries, including the pharmaceutical field. Chemical Microscopy also specializes in the identification and remediation of the unknown, foreign particulate matter in industrial manufacturing processes.

The company is an expert in pharma forensics, where it uses chemical analysis and innovative instruments to examine pharmaceutical compounds to determine purity and other key characteristics, Chemical Microscopy is also spending more than $100,000 to create a single gram of the compound, they can spend a fraction of that amount to create a much smaller quantity that we can then test. Purcell uses microscopy and microspectroscopy to characterize and map ingredients of an active formulation, which a pharmaceutical company can then use to confirm its products meet safety and purity standards set forth by the Federal Drug Administration and other organizations such as the United States Pharmacopeia.

Chemical Microscopy’s team is an expert in the application of analytical techniques on small, microscopic samples to find solutions to problems arising in a chemical or pharmaceutical laboratory.  The company has expertise in patent infringement litigation, packaging delamination and counterfeit enclosures, foreign particulate matter identification and remediation, solid-state crystallization, term microscopy, and a litany of a microscope and analytical instruments. It also believes that all industries would benefit greatly from microscopical methods applied intelligently to remediate problems in manufacturing or product failure.

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