Sunday, March 24, 2019

What are some interesting advancements in green chemistry in the pharmaceutical industry?

I think the most interesting, is in improving the manufacturing process of pharmaceuticals.  The end results are the same, but the environmental impacts of some pharmaceutical processing is really terrible, and new processes are much improved.

In particular, a lot of pharmaceuticals use some nasty solvents.  See Page on for a paper called "A method to characterize the greenness of solvents used in pharmaceutical manufacture."  This paper is from 2007, and there have been more improvements since then.  But the concept remains the same.

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