Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Primer

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Primer covers essential aspects of small molecule drug production. It begins with the unique ingredients incorporated into these medications, emphasizing the roles of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) and excipients. Various chemical synthesis methods are demonstrated, including organic, linear, convergent, and stereoselective approaches. The intricate purification process and stringent regulatory aspects of API production are explained, along with supplier validation requirements. This foundational class continues with formulation goals and dosage form characteristics, such as tablets and capsules. It ends with a deep dive into packaging considerations, highlighting fill and finish methodology, regulations, tamper resistance measures, anti-counterfeit technologies, and supply chain management, including cold chain logistics. Grab your spot today for this comprehensive class that provides insight into the intricate manufacturing processes of small molecule drugs!

Section 1: Chemical Synthesis

Learn the types of reactions used to synthesize the active pharmaceutical ingredients (API).

Section 2: Purification

Learn the purpose of each API purification method and how supplier validation ensures manufacturing quality.

Section 3: Formulation

Learn the key formulation goals and the characteristics of the four most common pharmaceutical formulations: tablets, capsules, suspensions and emulsions.

Section 4: Packaging

Learn the purpose, methods, and regulations of fill/finish, packaging, chain supply, shipping validation, and anti-counterfeiting technologies.

Five Takeaways


  1. Diagram the essential stages involved in the production of small molecule drugs.
  2. List the primary components that constitute a small molecule drug and state the functions of each.
  3. Clarify regulators’ methods to guarantee quality control during supplier selection, production, packaging, and shipping validation.
  4. Explore the similarities and differences between the four prevalent forms of pharmaceutical formulations: tablets, capsules, suspensions, and emulsions.
  5. Detail the factors to be considered in the pharmaceutical supply chain, including measures to prevent drug tampering and counterfeiting.


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  • How long do I have to complete an on-demand course?  You have one year from the date of purchase to complete the course. During that year, you may watch the class an unlimited number of times.
  • What happens if I don’t complete the course in one year?  There are no time extensions. If you want to complete the course, you must purchase it again.
  • How long are the on-demand classes?  Our longest course has a running time of 90 minutes. However, most have a running time of 45 minutes.  The running time is listed for each class on its registration page. The assessment at the end of each course takes between 10-20 minutes to complete.
  • Are there any downloadable class materials? No. All course slides and transcripts remain on your Biotech Primer dashboard, but they are always available for review.
  • What is the format of the on-demand classes?  The online class begins with the class objectives and the course itself and ends with a summary of what you learned. The course is a series of images and text accompanied by a professional voice-over and subtitles. Subtitles are available in 9 languages. The course ends with a quiz to assess your understanding.
  • Can I repeat the course?  You can repeat the course as often as you like within your one-year access.
  • How many times can I take the course quiz?  You have three chances to pass the quiz. A passing score is 75% or higher. You must pass the quiz to receive the class certificate. Your quiz score will be shown on your class certificate.
  • May I share a course I purchased with others?  Each course is to be taken by one individual. If you want to learn as a group, please contact us at for group pricing.

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