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SOCMA Member says ChemStewards Significantly Improved Company’s EHS&S Performance

Posted: 09/01/15 at 11:18 AM

ChemStewards celebrating 10 years with special reception at National Chemical Safety Symposium

By Bryan Shaffer, Production Manager, McGean

For the past 10 years, ChemStewards® has helped McGean and other SOCMA member facilities manage and significantly improve their environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) programs. Implementing the program has helped us build customer confidence, community trust and strengthen product stewardship throughout our supply chain.

ChemStewards was established in 2005 to meet the unique needs of specialty chemical manufacturers. It is a comprehensive EHS&S management program designed to help SOCMA member facilities optimize their performance, save money and enhance their role as good corporate citizens.

When ChemStewards was introduced 10 years ago, M...

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GDUFA Reauthorization: Time to Make Adjustments

Posted: 08/26/15 at 5:05 PM

By John DiLoreto, Executive Director, Bulk Pharmaceuticals Task Force

One of life’s certainties is that things don’t always go according to plan. SOCMA’s Bulk Pharmaceuticals Task Force (BPTF) and other industry stakeholders worked for several months to negotiate the original Generic Drug User Fee Act (GDUFA). Ideas were shared, resources were estimated, commitments were made, and finally, an act of Congress made it the law.

In the end, the tradeoff was quite simple. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would immediately begin to implement certain efficiencies, lay the groundwork for full implementation for the new user fee program, and begin hiring nearly 1,000 new staffers to carry out the program. In exchange, Active Pharm...

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The Demographic Crossroads – Interesting Insights into America’s Future

Posted: 08/03/15 at 8:15 AM

By Jenny Gaines, Senior Manager, Communications and Public Relations

When most of us think about what will have the greatest impact on our future, we first think about money. And over the past decade, we have heard economists give us varying reports ranging from gloom and doom to hopeful optimism. Very few times do we stop and think about how the number of children being born, or not being born, in various countries will impact what’s to come for our nation and the world.

During the recent Bio-Process Systems Alliance (BPSA) 2015 International Single-Use Summit author and speaker Kenneth W. Gronbach shared his perspective about our nation’s future based on demographic data. His presentation (taken from his book), “The Age Curve – How to Profit from the Coming Demographic Storm,” was part of his keynote address to more than 100 attendees.

Gronbach showed how demographics will impact everything from the housing market and economy to funerals and the pharmaceutical industry, which really ca...

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