Physical Pharmaceutics and Formulation A (PHAR1822)


This Unit of Study aims to facilitate an understanding of the basic concepts behind the forces and considerations when designing and using a pharmaceutical dosage form to deliver a drug. Carrying on from PHAR1812 where different dose forms and the importance of route of administration was introduced, this unit then looks at topics such as diffusion and dissolution of drugs, drug solubilisation, chemical kinetics, surface and interfacial tension, surface active materials, micelle formation, pharmaceutical complexes and drug-packaging interactions. With a grounding in these concepts the unit then goes on to explore different dose forms, including: liquid, ocular, intranasal, and injections. This unit of study also includes mathematical tools required for other units of study.

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3 x lectures/wk, 8 x maths lectures, 5 x 1hr maths tutorials, classes will be arranged as needed


Exam (50%), minor exam (15%), prac/labs (35%)


H.C. Ansel Pharmaceutical Dose Forms and Drug Delivery Systems 8th edition, Williams & Wilkins, 2005 A.T. Florence & D Attwood Physicochemical Principles of Pharmacy MacMillan 1988

Practical work

5 x laboratory sessions

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Assumed knowledge: HSC Chemistry and Mathematics



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