School of Pharmacy

The University of Mississippi

PHARMACEUTICS is the discipline of pharmacy that deals with the science of dosage form design and embraces all facets of the process of turning a new chemical entity (NCE) into a medication that can be safely and effectively used by patients in the community. There are many chemicals with known pharmacological properties but a raw chemical cannot be administered, as such, to the patient.

Pharmaceutics deals with the formulation of a pure drug substance, which may include generic drugs, into dosage forms such as tablets, capsules, creams, gels, ointments, transdermal and transmucosal patches, solutions, sprays, eye and ear drops, injectables and many others. Successful formulations by pharmaceutical scientists translate to commercialized over-the-counter or prescription products.