An Introduction to Pharmaceutical Sciences

Production, Chemistry, Techniques and Technology


  • Jiben Roy, Gordon Laboratory, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

This textbook is written as a unified approach to various topics, ranging from drug discovery to manufacturing, techniques and technology, regulation and marketing. The key theme of the book is pharmaceuticals - what every student of pharmaceutical sciences should know: from the active pharmaceutical ingredients to the preparation of various dosage forms along with the relevant chemistry, this book makes pharmaceuticals relevant to undergraduate students of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences.

This book explains how a particular drug was discovered and then converted from lab-scale to manufacturing scale, to the market. It explains the motivation for drug discovery, the reaction chemistry involved, experimental difficulties, various dosage forms and the reasoning behind them, mechanism of action, quality assurance and role of regulatory agencies. After having a course based on this book, the student will be able to understand: 1) the career prospects in the pharmaceutical industry, 2) the need for interdisciplinary teamwork in science, 3) the techniques and technology involved in making pharmaceuticals starting from bulk drugs, and 4) different dosage forms and critical factors in the development of pharmaceutical formulations in relation to the principles of chemistry.

A few blockbuster drugs including atorvastatin, sildanefil, ranitidine, ciprofloxacin, amoxicillin, and the longest serving drugs such as aspirin and paracetamol are discussed in detail. Finally, the book also covers the important current pharmaceutical issues like quality control, safety, counterfeiting and abuse of drugs, and future prospects for pharmaceutical industry.
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Undergraduate and graduates who want to pursue careers in pharmaceutical sciences or health sciences; Pharmaceutical industry employees


Book information

  • Published: July 2011
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-907568-52-7

Table of Contents

Career prospects in the pharmaceutical industry; Drugs, medicines, and regulatory authorities; Bulk drugs or active pharmaceutical ingredients; Formulated drugs 1; Formulated drugs 2; The stability of medicines; Quality assurance in medicines; Pharmacological concepts and drugs; The top five most common or long-selling drugs; Life-style drugs, statins, and COX-2 drugs; Counterfeit drugs and drug abuse; New pharmaceutical technology and pharmaceuticals; Future prospects for the pharmaceutical industry; Pharmaceutical case studies.