Pharmaceutics is it an Art or Science?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The word pharmaceutics in pharmacy reflect many subject areas which are all associated with the steps involved in producing of our final finished products [1] .

The question is, are all pharmacists qualified to be involved in pharmaceutical industry and production?

I believe the answer is no. Pharmaceutics is neither is a science nor is an art but combination composed from both of them. We in Sudan have a common delicious salad composed of peanut butter with vegetables. I used to give this example of salad when I want to talk about emulsion, as we all know that emulsion composed of two immiscible liquids (oil and water), because we need to add oil so as to make our peanut butter soluble in that oil but because the resulted mixture is a little bit viscous we need to add a few amount of water which is immiscible with
mixture of peanut butter. The amazing things is that our mothers and grandmothers used to do that without scientific background, but they notice that when they add a little amount lemon juice and the vegetables e.g. tomato which is rich with salts, both water and the peanut butter will have homogenous mixture, and to have a good flavor they add a little bit of salt with or without black pepper or may be red pepper. As we may notice those entire components in our simple delicious salad have its resemblance in pharmaceutical formulations e.g. electrolytes, surfactant, flavoring agents, solublizing agents, taste masking ...etc.

This is a simple example showing that pharmacy and specially pharmaceutics surrounding all part of our life. I believe it is not only a science but art on integrating life and science.

1. Aulton,M.E. and J.W. Cooper, Pharmaceutics : the
science of dosage form design. 1st ed. 1988, Edinburgh ; New York:Churchill Livingstone. xv, 734 p.

A. Y. Waddad

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G.Sailesh's picture

pharmaceutics is an integration of art and science. In formulation development, the purpose of each excipient added should be justified and the formulator must know the judicious use of excipients. In production, the position of a qualified pharmacist is always debatable as today, the production process is highly automated and the operator duty is to just supervise things.
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Dear Sir I agree with you as I mentioned in my blog. Although the high automation used in pharmaceutical factories now adays, the touch of the pharmacist is always needed.

Ayman Waddad

Ph.D Student

China Pharmaceutical University

Nanjing

China

Sirisha Pingali's picture

Sir, Its really worthy to read such lines because common life is compared with pharmacy which is absolutely true. Many of them doesnt know that they are practicing pharmacy unknowingly. The simple example you quoted is the best example. Great blog!!

Sirisha Pingali

http://www.pharmainfo.net/sirisha

Viswanadha Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

www.vnips.edu.in

Ayman Waddad's picture

Dear Sirisha Pingali All we need is to open our mind and look deep into the surrounding environment to discover science around us

Ayman Waddad

Ph.D Student

China Pharmaceutical University

Nanjing

China

SS Md Shafi's picture

dear sir... your note is tasty as well as your salad.

shafi ..

Ayman Waddad's picture

Dear Sir I am happy that you like my salad

Ayman Waddad

Ph.D Student

China Pharmaceutical University

Nanjing

China

Sravani kompella's picture

Sir it is absolutely true that it is an art of making science. I think everything is in nature and it depends on the way we look at it ...Like lemon juice which is nothing but citric acid a solubilising agent
Ayman Waddad's picture

Dear Sravani, To make science usefull to our life we need the real application so we can find science surrounding our simple life.

Ayman Waddad

Ph.D Student

China Pharmaceutical University

Nanjing

China

Guy-Armel BOUNDA's picture

Ayman This is a awesome blog and hope you keeping it up. Blessings

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Ayman Waddad

Ph.D Student

China Pharmaceutical University

Nanjing

China

Gangadhar Hari's picture

I agree with others sir. "NATURE IS THE BEST TEACHER"

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