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Abstract

Herbal excipients in novel drug delivery systems

Author(s): A Shirwaikar1, Annie Shirwaikar1, S Lakshmana Prabhu1, G Aravind Kumar1
1Department of Pharmaceutics, Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal-576 104, India 2Department of Pharmacognosy, Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal-576 104, India

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A Shirwaikar Department of Pharmaceutics, Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal-576 104 India [email protected]


The use of natural excipients to deliver the bioactive agents has been hampered by the synthetic materials. However advantages offered by these natural excipients are their being non-toxic, less expensive and freely available. The performance of the excipients partly determines the quality of the medicines. The traditional concept of the excipients as any component other than the active substance has undergone a substantial evolution from an inert and cheap vehicle to an essential constituent of the formulation. Excipients are any component other than the active substance(s) intentionally added to formulation of a dosage form. This article gives an overview of herbal excipients which are used in conventional dosage forms as well as novel drug delivery systems.



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