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09 Nov
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Pharmaceutical Excipients November 2021

This update contains 1 new monograph, 1 new chapter and 32 updated monographs. Pharmacopoeias have been globally updated.

New chapter: Excipients used in Biologics Formulations.

New monograph: Hydrogenated Coconut Oil.

Revised monographs: Acetyltriethyl Citrate; Agar; Alpha Tocopherol; Aluminum Oxide; Attapulgite; Benzalkonium Chloride; Benzyl Benzoate; Coconut Oil; Cottonseed Oil; Denatonium Benzoate; Ethyl Acetate; Ethyl Oleate; Galactose; Glycyrrhizin; Hydroxyethylmethyl Cellulose; Kaolin; Leucine; Magnesium Aluminum Silicate; Magnesium Silicate; Magnesium Stearate; Methylcellulose; Neohesperidin Dihydrochalcone; Poly (DL-Lactic Acid); Potassium Bicarbonate; Propylene Glycol; Saponite; Stearic Acid; Sucrose; Tartaric Acid; Triacetin; Vanillin; Vitamin E Polyethylene Glycol Succinate.

11 May
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Pharmaceutical Excipients May 2021 Update

This update contains 26 updated monographs. The British Pharmacopoeia, European Pharmacopoeia, and USP-NF information have been globally updated.

Revised monographs: Acetyltributyl Citrate; Aluminum Monostearate; Ammonia Solution; Ammonium Chloride; Ammonium Glycyrrhizate; Beta Carotene; Butylene Glycol; Calcium Alginate; Dimethyl Sulfoxide; Dipropylene Glycol; Ethanol; Ethyl Vanillin; Glycine; Hydroxypropyl Betadex; Isopropyl Palmitate; Methionine; Monosodium Glutamate; Neotame; Nitrous Oxide; Palm Oil, Hydrogenated; Phenoxyethanol; Potassium Alginate; Sodium Bicarbonate; Sodium Hyaluronate; Sorbic Acid; Zinc Acetate

10 Nov
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Pharmaceutical Excipients November 2020 Update

This update coincides with the publication of the 10th print edition of the Handbook of Pharmaceutical Excipients. It contains 31 updated monographs, 2 new chapters, and 8 new monographs. Hydroxypropyl starch has been renamed to Starch, hydroxypropyl. Pharmacopeias have been globally updated.

New monographs: Arginine hydrochloride; cysteine; cysteine hydrochloride; invert sugar; glycine hydrochloride; sodium bisulfite; sodium phosphate, tribasic; saccharin calcium.

Revised monographs: Acacia; carboxymethyl cellulose calcium; carboxymethyl cellulose sodium; castor oil; ceratonia; cetrimide; cresol; cyclodextrins; dextrates; dextrin; dextrose; dextrose anhydrous; glycerin; lanolin; lanolin, hydrous; magnesium trisilicate; menthol; petrolatum and lanolin alcohols; polyethylene glycol; polyoxyethylene sorbitan fatty acid esters; polyoxyethylene stearates; propylene glycol; pullulan; saccharin sodium; sodium alginate; sodium metabisulfite; sodium sulphite; sorbitan esters (sorbitan fatty acid esters); starch; starch, modified; zein.

12 May
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Pharmaceutical Excipients May 2020 Update

This update contains 44 updated monographs, 1 new chapter on excipient selection for inhaled formulations, and 1 new monograph for Silicon Dioxide, Hydrated. Hydrophobic Colloidal Silica has been renamed Silicon Dioxide, Hydrophobic; and Colloidal Silicon Dioxide has been renamed Silicon Dioxide, Anhydrous. The British Pharmacopoeia, European Pharmacopoeia, and USP-NF information has been globally updated.

New chapter: Formulation Considerations for Orally Inhaled Dosage Forms

New monograph: Silicon Dioxide, Hydrated.

Revised monographs: Aliphatic Polyesters; Ammonium phosphate; Ammonium sulfate; Benzethonium Chloride; Benzoic acid; Butylated Hydroxyanisole; Butyl Stearate; Butylated Hydroxytoluene; Calcium Chloride; Calcium Hydroxide; Calcium Silicate; Castor Oil, Hydrogenated; Cetyl Alcohol; Copovidone; Croscarmellose Sodium; Cyclomethicone; Ethylene Glycol Vinyl Alcohol Copolymer; Hexetidine; Hydroxyethyl Cellulose; Hypromellose; Hypromellose Acetate Succinate; Hypromellose Phthalate; Inulin; Isopropyl Alcohol; Linoleic acid; Lysine Hydrochloride; Maleic Acid; Maltodextrin; Maltol; Monoethanolamine; Palm kernel oil; Petrolatum; Polyethylene Oxide; Polyvinyl alcohol; Potassium Benzoate; Shellac; Sodium Ascorbate; Sodium Carbonate; Sodium Sulfite; Sorbitol; Sunflower Oil; Suppository Bases, Hard Fat; Titanium Dioxide; Zinc Oxide.

12 Nov
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Pharmaceutical Excipients November 2019 Update

This update contains 34 updated monographs, 4 new spectral images and an initial revalidation of the Suppliers Directory. The European Pharmacopoeia, and USP-NF information has been globally updated. 

Revised monographs: Ascorbic Acid; Bentonite; Benzyl Alcohol; Colophony; Crospovidone; Dextran; Dibutyl Sebacate; Diethyl Sebacate; Fructose; Fumaric Acid; Gelatin; Hydroxyethyl-β-cyclodextrin; Kaolin; Lactitol; Mannitol and Sorbitol; d-Mannose; Mineral Oil and Lanolin Alcohols; Oleyl Alcohol; Poloxamer; Polymethacrylates; Polyoxyl 15 Hydroxystearate; Potassium Hydroxide; Povidone; Sodium Lactate; Sodium Thiosulfate; Squalane; Starch, Sterilizable Maize; Sucrose Stearate; Talc; Trimethyl-β-cyclodextrin; Wax, Microcrystalline; Wax, White; Wax, Yellow; Xanthan Gum. 

Minor Updates: New SEMs for Poloxamer.

14 May
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Pharmaceutical Excipients May 2019 update

This update contains 52 updated monographs, 2 new Chapters, over 50 new chemical structure graphics and the revalidation of the Regulatory status of over 50 Excipient monographs. The British Pharmacopoeia, European Pharmacopoeia, and USP-NF information has been globally updated.

New Chapters: Biological Effects of Pharmaceutical Excipients and The Selection of Excipients for Injectable Formulations.

Revised Monographs: Acetone, Adipic Acid, Aluminum Hydroxide Adjuvant, Aluminum Phosphate Adjuvant, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Boric Acid, Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Lactate, Calcium Phosphate Tribasic, Cellulose Acetate, Cellulose Acetate Phthalate, Cellulose Microcrystalline, Citric Acid, Diethanolamine, Docusate Sodium, Erythritol, Gluconolactone, HydrochloricAcid, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Isopropyl Isostearate, Isopropyl Myristate, Lactic Acid, Lauric Acid, Lecithin, Magnesium Carbonate, Malic Acid, Meglumine, Octyl Gallate, Paraffin, Peanut Oil, Phenylethyl Alcohol, Phenylmercuric Acetate, Phenylmercuric Borate, Phenylmercuric Nitrate, Phospholipids, Potassium Alum, Potassium Chloride, Potassium Metaphosphate, Potassium Nitrate, Pyrrolidone, Simethicone, Sodium Borate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Citrate Dihydrate, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Phosphate Dibasic, Sodium Propionate, Soybean Oil, Starch Pregelatinized, Stearyl Alcohol, Sucrose Palmitate, Sugar Confectioner’s.

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