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08 Nov
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Pharmaceutical Excipients November 2022

This update contains 1 new chapter and 14 updated monographs. Pharmacopoeias have been globally updated, including the 18th edition of the Japanese Pharmacopoeia.

New Chapter: Excipients in Preformulation of Small Molecule Drug Products.

Revised monographs: Alginic acid; Asparagine; Cellulose, microcrystalline; Cellulose, powdered; Erythorbic acid;
Hydroxypropyl betadex; Magnesium oxide; Nitrous oxide; Polyvinyl Acetate Phthalate; Propylene glycol dicaprylate/dicaprate; Propylene glycol monocaprylate; Sodium cyclamate; Sodium hyaluronate; Zinc acetate.

Selective Revisions: Dextrose; Dextrose anhydrous; Titanium dioxide.

10 May
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Pharmaceutical Excipients May 2022 Update

This update contains 2 new monographs and 39 updated monographs. Pharmacopoeias have been globally updated.

New monographs: Corn Starch and Mannitol, Coprocessed; Acrylamide and sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer dispersion.

Revised monographs: Acesulfame Potassium; Acetic Acid, glacial; Aluminum Oxide; Aspartame; Betadex Sulfobutyl Ether Sodium; Canola Oil; Chlorocresol; Cholestyramine Resin; Citric Acid; Coconut Oil; Corn Oil; Dimethylacetamide; Edetate Calcium Disodium; Glyceryl Laurate; Glyceryl Monooleate; Glyceryl Palmitostearate; Hectorite; Heptafluoropropane (HFC); Lanolin Alcohols; Mannitol; Mineral Oil; Norflurane (HFC); Peanut Oil; Phosphoric Acid; Polacrilex Resin; Polacrilin Potassium; Sodium Acetate; Sodium Chloride; Sodium Citrate; Sodium Starch Glycolate; Tagatose; Tetrasodium Edetate; Water; Xanthan Gum.

Selective Revisions: Alpha Tochopherol; Aspartame; Calcium Phosphate, Tribasic; Edetic Acid; Mineral Oil, light.

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.

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