3 Recommended Ways to Search for Chemical Analogs

The world is full of chemicals. It’s astounding the number of chemical compounds that have or share common structural, functional, chemical, pharmaceutical, and biological properties, but that have massively different effects on humans and the environment. Similar chemicals used in pharmacological settings can have marked metabolic differences. Likewise, related chemicals can also have vastly varying impacts on the Earth and its countless delicate ecosystems. 

Toxicologists, pharmacologists, environmental managers, and anyone else who consistently works with chemicals know that when researching, there may be a glut of information on one substance, but then there are massive data gaps that must be bridged in order to have complete and thorough research. This is why chemical analogs have become paramount and this is also where ToxPlanet is devoted to saving industry experts time and money when it comes to:

  • Read across
  • Alternative assessments
  • Unnecessary testing
  • Economics/supply.

How to Search for Chemical Analogs:

  1. PubChem:
    1. Pros: Produced by the NIH, PubChem is an industry standard when searching for analogous chemical, physical properties, structure, and reaction. With information on about 140,000 different compounds, PubChem can be very helpful tool researching and testing chemical products and how they relate to the environment.
    2. Cons: Numerous chemicals can be found on PubChem based on their structure and not on their attributes. A different search is needed for each related chemical to better understand their individual attributes. This is time consuming, overwhelming, and can become expensive when dealing with testing and research man-hours.
  2. EPA Chemistry Dashboard:
    1. Pros: This chemical analog serves multiple audiences – leaning toward health & safety researchers, not just chemical safety researchers.
    2. Cons: The EPA Chemistry Dashboard has a flood of information to sift through, making research slow and arduous. This database also pulls from PubChem content and while it has more health & safety attributes, the user experience is not very intuitive and it is busy to read.
  3. ToxPlanet:
    1. Pros:
      1. This database filled with chemical analogs is designed with the end user in mind. Along with a commitment to up-to-date information and research, the information is presented in an easy-to-read and intuitive manner. In just a few clicks of the mouse, specific literature is at the user’s fingertips.
      2. Similar compounds and synonymous names are listed so that separate searches are eliminated thus saving the user time and money.
    2. Con: There is only one, and it’s a temporary drawback that won’t exist in a few of months. The Similar Compounds database won’t be up and running until October 2017. In the meantime, our other subscriptions such as ChemEXPERT, DrugEXPERT, and others still provide comprehensive and clearly systematized information regarding chemical analogs.

The ToxPlanet Difference:

Rather than searching from a variety of sources and spending vast amounts of precious time pouring over multitudinous websites and periodicals, ToxPlanet catalogs and organizes over 900,000 substances into one thorough database, thus making the search for chemical analogs easier and timelier.

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