Pharmaceutics is the unique discipline of pharmacy that handles the process of turning Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) into medication in its final and reproducible form to be used safely and effectively by patients. It takes APIs from its powder/liquid/gas form to its final formulation form such as tablets, capsules, suppositories, creams, ointments, injections, aerosols, etc. It is sometimes denoted as the applied science of dosage form design and manufacturing. There are many chemicals with pharmacological properties but need special measures to help them achieve therapeutically relevant amounts at their sites of action. Pharmaceutics helps relate the formulation of drugs to their delivery and disposition in the body.

This course discusses the physicochemical nature of the drugs, excipients and packaging materials used for pharmaceutical products and the methods of manipulating them to develop pharmaceutically stable and therapeutically acceptable finished products. This course also discusses pharmaceutical product manufacturing and compounding, the regulatory aspects of drug approval from the US-FDA, chemical kinetics for the stability of pharmaceutical products and some preliminary concepts of pharmacokinetics. This course provides a concise overview of the scientific principles, mathematical reasoning, and regulatory bindings of dosage form design and evaluation.