Pharmaceutical Analysis
Pharmaceutical Analysis,
Edition 4 A Textbook for Pharmacy Students and Pharmaceutical Chemists
By David G. Watson, BSc, PhD, PGCE

Publication Date: 26 July 2016

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Pharmaceutical analysis forms a core part of any pharmacy programme, as well as being essential for pharmacology and medicinal chemistry courses.

Pharmaceutical analysis determines the purity, concentration, active compounds, shelf life, rate of absorption in the body, identity, stability, rate of release etc. of a drug. Testing a pharmaceutical product involves a variety of analyses, and the analytical processes described in this book are used in industries as diverse as food, beverages, cosmetics, detergents, metals, paints, water, agrochemicals, biotechnological products and pharmaceuticals.

The mathematics involved is notoriously difficult, but this much-praised textbook, now revised and updated for its fourth edition, guides a student through the complexities with clear writing and the author’s expertise from many years’ teaching pharmacy students. There is continuous learning reinforcement throughout the book by way of worked calculation examples and self-assessment test questions.


Key Features

  • Worked calculation examples
  • Self-assessment
  • Additional problems (self tests)
  • Practical boxes
  • Key points boxes

New Features

    • New chapter on electrochemical biosensors.
    • New chapter on the quality control of biotechnologically produced drugs.
    • Extended chapter on molecular emission spectroscopy.
    • Now comes with an e-book on StudentConsult.
    • Self-assessment is interactive in the accompanying online e-book.
    • 65 online animations show concepts such as ionization partitioning of drug molecules etc.
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About the author
By David G. Watson, BSc, PhD, PGCE, Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Strathclyde Institute of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK
Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Control of the quality of analytical methods

Chapter 2 Physical and chemical properties of drug molecules

Chapter 3 Titrimetic and chemical analysis methods by RuAngelie Edrada-Ebel

Chapter 4 Ultraviolet and visible spectroscopy

Chapter 5 Infrared spectrophotometry

Chapter 6 Atomic spectrophotometry

Chapter 7 Molecular emission spectroscopy

Chapter 8 Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

Chapter 9 Mass spectrometry

Chapter 10 Chromatographic theory

Chapter 11 Gas chromatography

Chapter 12 High-pressure liquid chromatography

Chapter 13 Thin-layer chromatography

Chapter 14 High-performance capillary electrophoresis

Chapter 15 Extraction methods in pharmaceutical analysis

Chapter 16 Methods used in the quality control of biotechnologically produced drugs

Book Reviews

From the five-stars’ reviews of the previous edition:

  • ‘Brilliant and well detailed for what I require for my University course. Love it.’
  • ‘Great value for money.’
  • ‘Good and easy to read.’
  • ‘… covers the foundations of the maths required for a pharmacist.’
Book details
ISBN: 9780702069895
Page Count: 470
Illustrations: Approx. 450 illustrations
Retail Price: €49.00