The Encyclopedia of Pharmaceutical Technology presents authoritative and contemporary articles on all aspects of drug development, dosage forms, manufacturing, and regulation-enabling the specialist and novice alike to keep abreast of developments in this rapidly evolving and highly competitive field. A dependable reference tool and a solid investment for years to come-maintaining currency through its supplements [Volume 18/Supplement 1: Published November, 1998] The Encyclopedia contains interdisciplinary contributions in a wide array of subjects, including Drugs ??decomposition ??metabolism ??pharmaceutical incompatibilities ??pharmacokinetics ??physicochemical properties ??preformulation ??stability Drug Delivery Systems and Devices-Development and Manufacture ??analysis and controls ??bioavailability ??use of computerization ??formulation and processing alternatives ??national and international registration ??packaging ??patents ??process validation ??scale-up ??safety and efficacy ??stability ??standards Post-Production and Practical Considerations ??governmental/industrial/professional organizations ??legal aspects ??national and international agencies ??patent life of drugs ??patient compliance ???and much, much more!