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The primary goal of the pharmaceutical industry is to satisfy the therapeutic needs of patients.
Active ingredients are, of course, essential to realizing this. However, excipients also play a major role, particularly in formulation development and in the way in which active drugs are delivered.
As a pharmacist, this means you have to make sure your knowledge and expertise extend beyond active ingredients to include all components of a pharmaceutical product.
In order to clarify the role and behavior of ingredients routinely used in pharma capsules, we examine various shell excipients used to manufacture hard and soft capsules, and critically discuss their advantages and disadvantages.