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Handbook of Pharmaceutical Excipients

Seventh edition

Edited by Raymond C. Rowe - Chief Scientist, Intelligensys, Stokesley, North Yorkshire, UK; Paul J. Sheskey - Application Development Leader, The Dow Chemical Company, Midland, MI, USA; Walter G. Cook - Research Fellow, Materials Science group of Pharmaceutical R&D, Pfizer, Sandwich, Kent, UK; and Marian E. Fenton - Development Editor, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, UK

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Uniquely, the Handbook of Pharmaceutical Excipients collects together the essential data on the physical properties of excipients, drug safety and potential drug toxicity. Information is presented in a structured and easy-to-use format.

Written concisely by leading international experts, the Handbook has become the best first drug reference point for users of excipients across many industries.

Proven worth

Since its launch, drug formulators, drug manufacturers, regulatory associations and legal bodies have established it as the go-to reference work on excipients. Pharmacists and chemists have come to rely upon it as the dependable source of pharmaceutical formulation information. In other industries such as food formulation and cosmetics formulation it has proved its worth time and time again.

Enhanced value

This new 7th edition enhances that value and the Handbook of Pharmaceutical Excipients' reputation for excellence and practicality in the laboratory and library.

  • All drug monographs fully updated in the light of current knowledge
  • Important new content including 40 new drug monographs and IR spectra figures
  • New two colour printing to further enhance usability in daily practice
  • Directory of suppliers updated and indexed by country and by monograph, providing quick access to worldwide trade name and supplier information, including the specific grades or types of excipients that are commercially available.

Monographs benefit from a standardized, easy-to-use template and include:

  • pharmacopoeial information from the UK, Europe, Japan and the United States where relevant
  • non-proprietary names and synonyms
  • chemical name, CAS Registry number, empirical formula, molecular weight
  • functional category, applications and incompatibilities
  • material description and typical excipient properties
  • safety, stability, storage and handling information
  • method of drug manufacture
  • related substances
  • primary references
  • editorial comments
  • author details and revision date.
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Doody's Notes, May-13

"Although much attention is focused on the active component of drugs, it's important to remember that excipients used for delivery and administration are also components of these medications. These excipients, which have unique characteristics both for the formulation and stability of the product, also can affect patients. This is a thorough reference on these drug excipients...

...The book certainly is useful for an array of professionals, including those in the drug industry, pharmaceutics, and drug design. As a pharmacist and a pharmacy educator who focuses on medication safety, I was intrigued by the safety information in the monographs. Students and others researching this topic will find this a very useful reference...

...This edition covers 380 drug excipient monographs, which are arranged alphabetically. For each recipient, readers are able to reference nonproprietary names, chemical names and empiric chemical formulas, functional categories, applications in pharmaceutical formulations, chemical properties, stability and storage information, incompatibilities, safety and handling precautions, and other qualities and properties...

...This is certainly one of the most useful, complete, and concise references in this area...

...5 stars."

Patrick J McDonnell, Pharm.D.(Temple University School of Pharmacy), Doody's Notes, May 2013

Industrial Pharmacy, Sept-12

"The consistent layout and structure is reader-friendly and provides an excellent reference point. The tables listing the properties of families of excipients are particularly useful and informative as are the comparisons of the various compendial requirements...

...The section on regulatory status is particularly useful as it indicates if the excipient is listed in the FDA inactive ingredients database and in what kind of applications as well, thereby setting precedence of use...

...There is no better or succinct source of information on excipients available and the editors and author are to be credited with producing such a valuable reference work."

Iain Moore, Industrial Pharmacy (35), September 2012

From the reviews of the previous edition:

"I cannot fault this book in any way...If you need to be up-to-date in this area, buy it!"
The British Toxicology Society, Summer 2010 Issue 36

"The Handbook of Excipients should be on the desk of anybody involved in the development or manufacture of pharmaceutical products in Europe, the US and Japan."
Pharmaceutical Technology Europe, 2010

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ISBN 978 0 85711 027 5

Published Jun 2012

276 x 219mm (1064pp)

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