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Bulk drugs or active pharmaceutical ingredients

Learning objective

Bulk drugs, or active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), are the key components of the medicines we consume. Without APIs, pills and tablets would simply be placebos, which are also used in clinical trials to determine the effectiveness of a drug. In this chapter there is a discussion of some important aspects of bulk drugs, ranging from their nomenclature to the drugs’ analytical profiles. There is a description of the reactor where drug manufacturing takes place and some specific examples of production or analysis. Finally, the modern trend in bulk drug manufacturing of green chemistry and chiral drugs is described.

In this chapter, students will learn about:

•. bulk drugs ...

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