Donna Estampador

Pharmacy Instructor/Junior Teacher

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Course Title

Phar3: Physical Pharmacy


Credit Units

4 Units (3 Units Lecture/1 Unit Laboratory)


Course Description

This course involves an analysis and application of basic physico-chemical principles and methodology as they relate to drug dosage form design, preparation, sterilization, and evaluation. It also considers the relationship of these principles to selected therapeutic problems.



Physical Chemistry



Learning Objectives and Outcomes

At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Acquire basic knowledge, attitudes, and skills relevant to the study of the physical and chemical properties of drug products which can be applied in the performance of future professional responsibilities.

  2. Attain intelligent understanding of the physical and chemical properties of the medicinal products that he or she prepares and dispenses.

  3. Predict the solubility, stability, and compatibility of drug products.

  4. Understand the interrelationship between the molecular structure and drug action.

  5. Know and understand the interaction involved in the preparation of pharmaceutical products.

  6. Apply basic principles of thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, surface and colloidal phenomena, kinetics of decomposition, diffusion of drugs through membranes, solubility, and complexation in drug product design.



  • 50% - Long Exam
  • 30% - Quizzes
  • 15% - Class Standing (Discussions, Recitations, Exercises)
  • 5%   - Attendance



  • Martin's Physical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 6th Edition, P.J. Sinko. ISBN: 978-1-4511-0992-4. Wolters Kluwer / Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, MD. 2011. (An excellent text with a good balance of depth of coverage & illustrations.) 
  • Physical Pharmacy, 5th Edition, A. Martin. ISBN: 0-8121-1438-8. Lea & Februger Publishing Co., Philadelphia, PH. 2003. (A comprehensive in-depth coverage of Physical Pharmacy concepts.)

Course content

  • References

  • Prelim

  • Midterms

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