DOSAGE FORMS OF HERBAL MEDICINAL PRODUCTS AND THEIR STABILITY CONSIDERATIONS-AN OVERVIEW


Doris Kumadoh, Kwabena Ofori Kwakye

Abstract


There has been an upsurge in the use of herbal medicinal products across both developing and advanced countries. Finished herbal products are presented in various dosage forms such as decoctions, herbal powders, alcoholic beverages, capsules, tablets, ointments and creams. The growing demand for herbal medicinal products across the world has resulted in the large scale manufacture of these products. Large scale production leads to longer storage periods which could lead to deterioration of products, thereby compromise product quality with adverse consequences on patient safety. Stability studies on herbal products have become necessary to help determine the shelf-life and enhance product quality at all times during storage periods and usage. Appropriate guidelines for stability testing of finished herbal products provides manufacturers, regulatory authorities and research institutions with a harmonized system for stability testing. This paper presents an overview of the various herbal dosage forms commonly available and their stability considerations. This information will help in the production of safe, stable and efficacious herbal medicinal products for use.


Keywords


Herbal medicines, Herbal dosage forms, Finished herbal products, Stability testing, Shelf-life, Storage temperature

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Title

DOSAGE FORMS OF HERBAL MEDICINAL PRODUCTS AND THEIR STABILITY CONSIDERATIONS-AN OVERVIEW

Keywords

Herbal medicines, Herbal dosage forms, Finished herbal products, Stability testing, Shelf-life, Storage temperature

DOI

10.22159/jcr.2017v4i4.16077

Date

01-08-2017

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Journal of Critical Reviews
Vol 4, Issue 4 (July-Aug), 2017 Page: 1-8

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2394-5125

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Doris Kumadoh
1Centre for Plant Medicine Research (CPMR), Mampong-Akuapem, Ghana
Ghana

Kwabena Ofori Kwakye
Department of Pharmaceutics, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana


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