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SPPS 225 - Dosage Forms and Drug Delivery Systems: PubMed Tips

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MeSH Terms for Dosage Forms

MeSH Terms for Dosage Forms

The PubMed Medical Subject Headings (or MeSH) are terms that are used to index articles in PubMed and other medical databases. To learn more about MeSH terminology, visit the National Library of Medicine's web site.

1. Dosage Forms
Completed forms of the pharmaceutical preparation in which prescribed doses of medication are included. They are designed to resist action by gastric fluids, prevent vomiting and nausea, reduce or alleviate the undesirable taste and smells associated with oral administration, achieve a high concentration of drug at target site, or produce a delayed or long-acting drug effect. They include CAPSULES; LINIMENTS; OINTMENTS; PHARMACEUTICAL SOLUTIONS; POWDERS; TABLETS; etc.

2. Drug Compounding
The preparation, mixing, and assembling of a drug. (From Remington, The Science and Practice of Pharmacy, 19th ed, p1814)

3. Technology, Pharmaceutical
The application of scientific knowledge or technology to pharmacy, pharmacology, and the pharmaceutical industry. It includes methods, techniques, and instrumentation in the manufacture, preparation, compounding, dispensing, packaging, and storing of drugs and other preparations used in diagnostic and determinative procedures and in the treatment of patients.

MeSH Search Example:
**Combine the MeSH terms with your specific drug in order to find specific information about that drug.

"Timoptic" AND ("Dosage Forms" [Mesh] OR "Drug Compounding"[Mesh] OR "Technology, Pharmaceutical"[Mesh] OR "Pharmaceutic Aids"[Mesh] OR "Formularies"[Mesh] OR "Chemistry, Pharmaceutical"[Mesh] OR "Biopharmaceutics"[Mesh])
4. Pharmaceutic Aids
Substances which are of little or no therapeutic value, but are necessary in the manufacture, compounding, storage, etc., of pharmaceutical preparations or drug dosage forms. They include SOLVENTS, diluting agents, and suspending agents, and emulsifying agents. Also, ANTIOXIDANTS; PRESERVATIVES, PHARMACEUTICAL; COLORING AGENTS; FLAVORING AGENTS; VEHICLES; EXCIPIENTS; OINTMENT BASES.

5. Formularies
Lists of drugs or collections of recipes, formulas, and prescriptions for the compounding of medicinal preparations. Formularies differ from PHARMACOPOEIAS in that they are less complete, lacking full descriptions of the drugs, their formulations, analytic composition, chemical properties, etc. In hospitals, formularies list all drugs commonly stocked in the hospital pharmacy.

6. Chemistry, Pharmaceutical
Chemistry dealing with the composition and preparation of agents having PHARMACOLOGIC ACTIONS or diagnostic use.

7. Biopharmaceutics
The study of the physical and chemical properties of a drug and its dosage form as related to the onset, duration, and intensity of its action.


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