Pharmaceutical Substances is designed to be a complete reference guide to
every pharmaceutical compound of significance. It is essential as a first point
of reference not only for specialists in drug chemistry but also for anyone
involved in the synthesis or use of pharmaceuticals.
This reference work
describes the production/isolation processes of about 1300 active pharmaceutical
substances (including the syntheses of their intermediates) that are or have
been marketed. In order to illustrate what particular information can be drawn
from the book a typical monograph is depicted and labelled.
abbreviations are explained in a separate list. With respect to the names of
reagents and intermediates in the course of the syntheses the authors tried to
use the names found in the catalogues of the commercial providers of fine
chemicals, e.g. Sigma-Aldrich, otherwise the Chemical Abstracts Names are given.
In addition, to the respective patents and publications in journals several
standard reference books for Pharmaceuticals and Fine Chemicals were used and
sometimes also cited.
In the 5th edition of Pharmaceutical Substances, all
compounds are organized alphabetically according to their International
Non-proprietary Name (INN). For added ease of use, the book features 4 indexes:
- Trade Names
- Enzymes, Microorganisms, Plants and Animal Tissues
- Substance Classes
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