The Pharmaceutics and Compounding Laboratory
Ointments: Preparation and
Evaluation of Drug Release

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this exercise, you should be able to:

  • Classify an ointment base formulation as 1 of 5 types.
  • Describe the physical properties of ointment bases and determine the purposes for which they are best suited.
  • Extemporaneously prepare each type of ointment base and incorporate a solid drug into it.
  • Relate the composition and type of ointment base to the release of a drug contained therein.