Book Review

Handbook of Pharmaceutical Excipients (4th ed.)

Raymond C. Rowe, Paul J. Sheskey, Paul J. Weller, eds.
American Pharmaceutical Association

This easy-to-use, well-referenced and highly recommended book is a “must have” for any serious pharmaceutical compounder.

Compared with the third edition of the Handbook of Pharmaceutical Excipients, the fourth edition has added 40 new excipient monographs, which were prepared by more than 100 pharmaceutical scientists who are considered experts in pharmaceutical formulation or excipient manufacture. This handbook provides essential data on the physical properties of more than 250 excipients, information from various international sources and scanning electron microphotographs of many excipients. Typical information includes names, synonyms, empirical formulas, molecular weights, structural formulas, functional categories, applications and usual concentrations, physical descriptions, pharmacopeial specifications, typical properties, stability and storage conditions, incompatibilities and many other categories of information.

Reviewed By:  Dana Reed-Kane, PharmD, FIACP, FACA, FCP, NFPPhC
In:  Nov/Dec 2003