Research chemicals

For pharmacological research chemicals in the context of drug law avoidance, see Designer drug. For the processes of discovering and devising new pharmacotherapies, see Drug discovery and Drug design.

Research chemicals are chemical substances used by scientists for medical and scientific research purposes. One characteristic of a research chemical is that it is for laboratory research use only. A research chemical is not intended for human or veterinary use. This distinction is required on the labels of research chemicals, and is what exempts them from regulation under parts 100-740 in Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations (21CFR).[1]

Background

Pharmacological research chemicals

Research chemicals are fundamental in the development of novel pharmacotherapies. Common medical laboratory uses include in vivo and animal testing to determine therapeutic value, toxicology testing by contract research organizations to determine drug safety, and analysis by drug test and forensic toxicology labs for the purposes of evaluating human exposure.

Agricultural research chemicals

Research agrochemicals are created and evaluated to select effective substances for use in commercial off-the-shelf end-user products. Many research agrochemicals are never publicly marketed or use sequential code names, such as Nalco 247, Nalco 341, Nalco 2210, Nalco 7325, Nalco 7340, Nalco 7623, Nalco 7644, Nalco 8844, and Nalco 4WC 317 by Nalco Chemical Company.[2][3]

Suppliers

Suppliers of research chemicals include Abcam Biochemicals, Cayman Chemical, and Sigma-Aldrich, among others.

References

See also

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