Pharmaceutical excipients are substances, other than the pharmacologically active drug or prodrug, which are included in the manufacturing process or are contained in the finished pharmaceutical product dosage form. Excipients provide enhanced functionality to the pharmaceuticals, aid the innovations in the drug development and help improve patent life as well. Excipients make the products more functional at a lower cost, a benefit much desired by the pharmaceutical industry that is inundated with pressures to reduce costs.
All in all, excipients play a wide variety of functional roles in pharmaceutical dosage forms, including:
- Modulating the solubility and bioavailability of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).
- Increasing the stability of active ingredients in dosage forms.
- Helping active ingredients maintain preferred polymorphic forms or conformations.
- Maintaining the pH and/or osmolarity of liquid formulations.
- Acting as antioxidants, emulsifying agents, aerosol propellants, tablet binders, and tablet disintegrants.
- Preventing aggregation or dissociation (e.g., of protein and polysaccharide actives).
- Modulating immunogenic responses of active ingredients (e.g., adjuvants).
Excipient market comprises of five key segments including binders/fillers, coating agents, disintegrants, lubricants, sweeteners.
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