Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients Dictionary Worldwide

Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients

An active pharmaceutical ingredient (AI) is the ingredient in a pharmaceutical drug that is biologically active

  • The term active constituent is often chosen when referring to the active substance in a plant
  • The term active substance may be used for natural products
  • The inactive ingredients are usually called excipients in pharmaceutical contexts

The Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients in Medicinal Products

  • The Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (AI) is the part of any drug that is active
  • Some medicinal products consist of combination therapies, have multiple active pharmaceutical ingredients to treat different diseases
  • All drugs are made up of two core components: the active pharmaceutical ingredient, which is the central ingredient, and the excipient, the substance inside the drug that helps deliver the medication to the patient.

Manufacturing of the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient

The manufacturing of the active pharmaceutical ingredient can take place in- or outside the marketing authorisation holder´s home

quality must be verified by Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) status and inspection. Even in the case of outsourcing, AIs are subject to stringent regulations and oversight from the country they are shipped to

The Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients Dictionary in a Nutshell

  • Check out all the structured data Data for the identification of substances:
  • name, synonyms, CAS-number, molecular formula
  • chemical/physical properties: molecular weight, alkalinity, index of refraction, dissolubility, boiling point, freezing point, specific rotation
  • Links to further derivatives, salts and preparations
  • overview of search results in all [] databases with this special active pharmaceutical ingredient (35+ drug dictionaries)
  • check out the active pharmaceutical ingredients of 120.000 international marketed medicinal products in 52 countries
  • Including their pharmacological and toxicological information, ATC Codes, Clinical Particulars such as Interactions, Adverse Reactions, Contra-Indications etc.
  • Is conform to the Identification of Regulated Substances (ISO 11238)
  • The Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients Dictionary is updated twice a month by

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For me as CRO the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients Dictionary is the best way to find Excipients, active pharmaceutical ingredients of the different drugs used in clinical trials

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IDMP1 GmbH was founded in 2015. Parent company is DACON Datenbank Consulting GmbH (DACON), Bad Vilbel, Germany founded in 1989. DACON has worked as a Drug Dictionary Provider since 1989 and is the provider of the portal [] with information on medicinal products authorised in 52 countries. For the German speaking countries (Austria, Switzerland and Germany) information on drug prices and interactions are provided on [].

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