Use of natural polymers as excipients in the pharmaceutical industry
Srushti S Dhanal, Firoj A Tamboli, Harinath N More, Shubham J Kamble, Savani R Shere
The word polymer has a Greek origin, which means many units (parts). Polymer is defined as a chemical substance of a high molecular mass formed by the combination of a large number of simple molecules called monomers. Natural polymers and their derivatives are commonly used in medicine and pharmacy. Recently, special attention has been paid to natural polymers because they are biocompatible and biodegradable, so that they can be hydrolyzed to removable and non-toxic products. The use of natural polymers as excipients in the pharmaceutical industry is expanding every day. Low costs, safety, availability and biodegradable problems are the main reasons that set them apart from other sources. Natural resources have a wide range of varieties and properties. Therefore, they can be used in many pharmaceutical products as excipients for the desired purpose.