This subject concentrates on the physicochemical properties of drugs and their effect on the design of dose forms. It examines in greater depth the formulation of solutions, suspensions, emulsions, powders, tablets, capsules, parenteral and ophthalmic products, topical and transdermal products, suppositories and pessaries as well as pulmonary aerosols. In addition, several topics address some fundamental pharmaceutical science issues, including the roles of polymers in formulation, packaging materials and technologies, drug dissolution and diffusion and product stability.
Accreditation requirements established by the Australian Pharmacy Council and enunciated in the National Competency Standards Framework for Pharmacists in Australia (2010) inform the content of this subject. Domain 5 of the standards (Prepare Pharmaceutical Products) is key; in particular standards 5.1 (Consider product requirements) and 5.2 (Prepare non-sterile drug products). In addition, Domain 7 (Standard 7.1, Contribute to therapeutic decision making) is important, since knowledge of how dose-forms work is important to advising other health-care providers and also counselling the patient.
School of Biomedical Sciences
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