The information collected originates from various international sources, and compendial data are extracted from the British Pharmacopoeia, European Pharmacopoeia, Japanese Pharmacopoeia and the US Pharmacopeia/National Formulary. This makes the Handbook of Excipients a standard reference book for worldwide use in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries, in governmental departments involved in the regulation and licensing of pharmaceutical products, as well as in academia.
Who should use it?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. Development of pharmaceutical dosage forms and drug delivery devices is increasingly undertaken by nonpharmacists, and even in academia, it is the Departments of Chemical and Mechanical Engineering that get more and more involved in novel pharmaceutical developments. In these research groups, however, excipients are often used that are unacceptable in pharmaceutical products and the Handbook of Excipients is unknown and usually unavailable to these scientists; a shortage that the publishers should be able to address. Manufacturers of nutraceuticals, cosmetics and health foods should also consider obtaining at least one copy for the library. Even manufacturers of machinery (particularly capsule filling and tabletting) might find this book occasionally useful. In addition to commercial use, this book provides essential information on excipients for students and lecturers of pharmacy or pharmaceutical sciences; yet for the latter clientele, to purchase the book would require special discounts and subsidized access through their science libraries.
Handbook of Pharmaceutical Excipients, 6th Edition, August 2009