Practical Essentials of Pharmaceutical Excipients

Excipients, sometimes referred to as inactive or inert ingredients, are materials used every day in compounding and play a crucial role in the functionality and efficacy of many preparations. It is therefore important that compounding professionals understand the basics of these materials when preparing extemporaneous dosage forms. This webinar will provide an opportunity for attendees to gain a better understanding of commonly used excipients and their various functions in compounded preparations. Focus will be placed on providing sufficient background information and critical factors related to excipient properties. The information learned should provide insight to help understand the careful selection of specific excipients and address formulation challenges and opportunities.

Intended audience

Pharmacists and technicians involved in compounding. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Define excipients.
  2. Describe excipient grades, types, and sources.
  3. Recognize the role of excipients in stability, efficacy, and delivery of drugs.
  4. Identify fundamental excipients in compounded preparations.
  5. Select excipients based on functional role in a dosage form; powder blends, solutions, and dispersions.
  6. Recognize the potential for excipient interactions with active drug(s) and other ingredients.
  7. Select excipients for patients with special considerations including allergies, hypersensitivities, and restrictive diets.
  1. Define excipients.
  2. Describe excipient grades, types, and sources.
  3. Relate the role of excipients in stability, efficacy, and delivery of drugs in support of formula requirements.
  4. Classify excipients into functional groups related to compounded preparations.
  5. Relate excipients based on their functional role to a specific dosage form; powder blends, solutions, and dispersions.
  6. Recognize the relationship between excipients, active drug(s) and other ingredients.
  7. Recognize special considerations related to excipients; includes allergies, hypersensitivities, and restrictive diets.

Financial support: 

An unrestricted educational grant has been provided by MEDISCA Inc.

Hardware/software requirements

High speed internet connectivity and an updated internet browser is required to attend the webinar. The broadband recommended is 1 Mbps or better. The minimum browser requirements to attend the webinar are:

  • Google Chrome v39 or later
  • Mozilla Firefox v34 or later
  • Internet Explorer v8 or later
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Apple Safari v6 or later
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.10 CEU (ACPE)
  • 1.00 Contact Hours

Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy
Disclosure: MEDISCA Consultant

Dr. Mastropietro is an assistant professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Nova Southeastern University, as well as a pharmacist with over 15 years of experience practicing in a number of diverse settings. His academic role involves teaching the art of pharmacy compounding and the science of formulation development using classroom and laboratory instructional methodologies that enhance the learning environment. In addition to teaching, his collaborative research activities in pharmaceutics have so far led to 6 patent applications, 5 invention disclosures, 19 publications, 51 presentations, and 2 book chapters.

CPE Credits: 1 CPE hour = 0.1 CEUs
Joint Accreditation Status (University of Florida College of Pharmacy/LP3 Network)
Activity Type: Knowledge-based
UAN: 0012-9999-16-374-H04-P/T for pharmacists and technicians
Release Date: August 8th, 2016
Expiration Date: August 8th, 2019

To receive CPE credits for the webinar, participants must be in attendance during the entire webinar, complete a learning assessment with a score of 70%, and submit a completed evaluation. 

Participants registered in the United States can obtain a statement of credit from their NABP e-Profile. The University of Florida College of Pharmacy will report CPE credits to the CPE Monitor. Participants registered other than in the United States will receive a statement of credit by email.

International participants should verify with their respective governing board for accreditation equivalency. 

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