Active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) are chemicals used in the manufacturing of drugs. APIs include substances manufactured by processes such as (1) chemical synthesis; (2) fermentation; (3) recombinant DNA or other biotechnology methods; (4) isolation/recovery from natural sources; or (5) any combination of these processes. Similar terms include bulk active and bulk drug substance, although API is more internationally recognized.
An active ingredient (AI) is the substance or mixture of substances in a pharmaceutical drug that is biologically active. The active ingredient is the product component responsible for an effect the product was designed to have. In the biomedical industry, the active ingredient performs the intended chemistry or biochemistry in the body inducing the therapeutic or cleaning response. The purpose of APIs is to cause pharmacological activity or other direct effect in the diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, cure, or prevention of disease or to affect the structure and function of the human body or other animals.
Pharmaceutical technologists are predominantly occupied with the production of various dosage forms, such as tablets, pastilles or dragees, to which the desired active pharmaceutical ingredients are added. Drug formulations often contain the active ingredient mixed with a carrier or coating for easier ingestion, timed or targeted release, and different flavors and colors to make the medicine taste more pleasant. Today, different types of nano-particles are being used to encapsulate the drugs active ingredients thus reducing required doses and improving organ and tissue specificity.
LGM Pharma believes that quality assurance is key. Our number one priority is to provide the highest quality active pharmaceutical ingredients to our customers. Our manufacturing partners are fully compliant by following strict cGMP guidelines, and are regulated by leading authorities such as WHO, EDQM, TGA, US-FDA, UK-MHRA etc.
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