Allergan uses GreenWERCS to evaluate current products and promote greener alternatives - Case study


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The Situation
Allergan, a global multi-specialty healthcare company, was interested in implementing a method for demonstrating and comparing the safety and effectiveness of their products. Interest came about as a result of Allergan’s exposure to Walmart’s “Green Score,” an automated tool designed to quickly review products by category, providing meaningful information about chemical hazards to users.

The Solution
Allergan began using GreenWERCS, an automated tool created by The WERCS and designed to determine the “green”-ness and safety of chemical-based products.

Using GreenWERCS, Allergan developed a customized scoring model to review all incipient ingredients against authoritative human health and environmental concerns. Products were first compared against one another, then as groups. Scoring products provided immediate credibility and reliable proof to internal marketing teams. It also gave R&D and EHS a better way to view and organize product formulations, enabling the substitution of greener alternatives.

This type of sensitivity to which alternatives have the potential of being regulated allows formulators to immediately begin work on safer alternatives, saving significant amounts of money with new products and substitutions to existing products in a phase-proactive approach.

A Necessary Measure
Proactively evaluating API, leveraging testing and toxicological data before products reach the end of the pipeline positively affects time to market and FDA approval processes, driving the development of safer, greener products for the future.

Who is Allergan?

  • Founded in 1950
  • Today, $4.8 billion global multi-specialty healthcare company
  • Portfolio includes eye care, neuroscience, medical dermatology, medical aesthetics, obesity intervention and urologic products

The Technology
The WERCS has become the established global standard for chemical management, regulatory compliance, hazard communication and chemical- focused sustainability tools. With over 25 years of industry experience, our customers include over 2500 companies around the world. In 2009, The WERCS introduced GreenWERCS software-scoring tool that gives understanding to the potential impact of chemical-based products on human health and the environment on more products than any single scoring approach around the world.

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