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US regulator says DuPont’s safety programme ‘failed’

24 July 2015 Business

The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration has again proposed to fine DuPont after uncovering ‘repeated’ and ‘serious’ lapses in the company’s worker safety programme

FDA reverses debarment of one of its ex-chemists

23 July 2015 News and Analysis

US Food and Drug Administration lifts ban on chemist who worked at the agency, more than 20 years after he was sentenced for taking bribes

Silicone bracelet set to pick-up on chemical exposure

22 July 2015 Research

MyExposome has initiated a fundraising campaign to bring its wristband technology capable of detecting more than 1400 chemicals to the public

US chemical industry lobby group in the hot seat again

20 July 2015 News and Analysis

Union of Concerned Scientists calls for greater transparency in the political activities of American Chemistry Council and member companies

US import ban imposed on Indian pharma firm

16 July 2015 Business

Concerns over manufacturing processes at Emcure facility prompts Food and Drug Administration to block drug shipments

US chemical maker Platform expands with Alent purchase

15 July 2015 Business

Platform Specialty Products plans to enlarge its scope and reach by acquiring British chemicals firm Alent for $2.1bn

Scientist imprisoned over fraudulent HIV vaccine research

6 July 2015 News and Analysis

Former Iowa State University researcher gets four-and-a-half years in prison for faking vaccine research funded by the NIH

New Horizons detects methane on Pluto

3 July 2015 Research

Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft makes its first detection of methane on Pluto

BP emerges from Deepwater with $18.7bn settlement

3 July 2015 News and Analysis

BP has agreed to pay an $18.7 billion settlement to five states damaged by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Employment prospects improving for US chemistry graduates

2 July 2015 News and Analysis

ACS survey shows a drop in unemployment and a bump in starting salaries

Failed terror attack raises alarms about chemical plant security

2 July 2015 News and Analysis

An apparent attempt to blow up a chemical facility in France highlights security concerns

Ex-Navy man cleared of chemical threat charges in Canada

30 June 2015 News and Analysis

An American arrested in Canada for stockpiling chemical weapons has been acquitted

US Chemical Safety Board controversy continues

29 June 2015 News and Analysis

The CSB is facing more tumult, with staff shake-ups and new revelations about its top lawyer

Chemical reform bill advances in US Congress

26 June 2015 News and Analysis

Bipartisan legislation to finally overhaul the Toxic Substances Control Act has overwhelmingly passed the House and soon heads to the Senate

EPA under pressure over Enlist Duo herbicide

26 June 2015 News and Analysis

WHO has designated Enlist Duo’s two ingredients as a probable and possible human carcinogens

NIH plan to get drug development unit back online

25 June 2015 News and Analysis

The US National Institutes of Health to address deficiencies in unit that makes drugs for research studies

US may have tested mustard gas on troops by race

24 June 2015 News and Analysis

Pentagon accused of race-based chemical weapons experiments on US troops during second world war

Safer substitutes show growth potential

22 June 2015 Business

The global market for alternative products based on ‘green’ chemistry is growing fast, fuelled by regulation and consumer demand

Alnylam accuses Dicerna of stealing trade secrets

19 June 2015 Business

Firm claims rights to GalNAc conjugated siRNA technology acquired from Merck & Co

Political bickering may block key US environmental appointments

17 June 2015 News and Analysis

Republicans threaten to hold up confirmation of new science head for Environmental Protection Agency

Synthetic cannabinoid poisonings surge in US

12 June 2015 News and Analysis

Poison control centers saw a 229% jump in calls related to synthetic cannabinoid use this year

Suspect suicide won’t end trade secret theft probe

11 June 2015 Business

An ex-PPG chemist who was arrested for selling trade secrets to a Chinese firm has killed himself, but the Justice Department will continue its investigation

US spends billions annually on unreproducible preclinical research

11 June 2015 News and Analysis

Study estimates $28 billion spent yearly on preclinical research that can’t be replicated

Chemical sciences literature dominated by five publishing houses

11 June 2015 News and Analysis

Big five control publishing of more than 50% of global academic papers, rising to over 70% in chemistry

NIH drug manufacturing unit shut down

8 June 2015 News and Analysis

The US National Institutes of Health suspends operations at its pharmaceutical development section after FDA inspectors uncover serious manufacturing issues