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Basics of Sterile Compounding: Ophthalmic Preparations, Part 2: Suspensions and Ointments

Author(s):  Allen Loyd V Jr

Issue:  Nov/Dec 2016 - Volume 20, Number 6
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Abstract:  Ophthalmic preparations are used to treat allergies, bacterial and viral infections, glaucoma, and numerous other eye conditions. When the eye’s natural defensive mechanisms are compromised or overcome, an ophthalmic preparation, in a solution, suspension, or ointment form, may be indicated, with solutions being the most common form used to deliver a drug to the eye. This article discusses ophthalmic suspensions and ointments and represents part 2 of a 2-part article, the first of which discussed ophthalmic solutions.

Related Keywords: Loyd V. Allen, Jr., PhD, RPh, compounded sterile preparations, ophthalmic preparations, eye disorders, suspensions, ointments, particle size, viscosity, excipients, quality control, packaging, storage, labeling, stability, patient counseling, formulations, medroxyprogesterone acetate, cidofovir, ophthalmic administration, ocular administration, ophthalmic lubricant, tetracycline, bacitracin, antibiotics, anti-infective agents, anti-inflammatory agents, antimicrobial agents, ocular infection, ocular inflammation

Related Categories: FORMULATIONS, OPHTHALMICS, STABILITIES, COMPATIBILITIES, STERILE PREPARATIONS, QUALITY CONTROL, DOSAGE FORMS/DRUG CARRIERS

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