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The Pharmaceutical Technology discipline was established in the academic year 1993-1994, its presence being imposed by the curriculum of the third year of the Faculty of Pharmacy, which has been operating since 1991 within UMF “Victor Babeş” Timişoara.
From 1993 to 2003, the discipline activity was coordinated by Professor Valeriu Popoviciu, PhD., then, since 2003, the management of the discipline was taken over by Lecturer Lavinia Vlaia, PhD, under the guidance of Professor Dumitru Lupuleasa, PhD, as Adjunct Professor.
The academic staff deals with the training (courses and laboratory classes), in the field of Pharmaceutical Technology, of the 3rd year students (1st and 2nd semester) and 4th year students (1st and 2nd semester), specialisation Pharmacy, as well as of the 2nd year students (1st and 2nd semester), specialisation of Pharmaceutical Assistants. Also, the discipline is involved in teaching Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics (course and laboratory classes) for 5th year students (2nd semester), specialisation Pharmacy. In addition, the members of the discipline organize and evaluate the pharmaceutical practice activity (summer practice / practical internship) of the students from all the 5 years. The teaching activity is carried out in Romanian and French.
Pharmaceutical technology, traditionally called Galenic Pharmacy, is the basic discipline for pharmacist training, regardless of the field in which the future professional will operate.
In a classic manner, Galenic Pharmacy is defined as “the science and art of preparing, storage, and presenting medicine”. Pharmaceutical technology is currently considered to be a complex science that studies theoretical and practical notions regarding the formulation, preparation / manufacture, storage and dispensing, and quality evaluation of drug delivery systems.
The main objective of Pharmaceutical Technology is to find for each active pharmaceutical ingredient the most suitable presentation for the treatment of a given disease, because the administration of an active substance requires a pharmaceutical system to transport and deliver it in appropriate quantity at action site. Achieving this goal requires knowledge of the theoretical and practical notions of physico-chemical, technological, pharmacological and biological factors involved in the design, formulation, preparation and control of drugs in pharmacy and industry. Pharmaceutical technology explains the methods of preparation of each pharmaceutical dosage form based on multidisciplinary knowledge, correlating the formulation, preparation and therapeutic effect of the drug. These considerations support the recognized fact that Pharmaceutical Technology has an important place in the professional training of the future pharmacist, as it is based on notions acquired from other disciplines, in order to be able to address the overall issue of a drug.
The objective of the Pharmaceutical Technology discipline is to ensure the cognitive and applicative-practical competencies regarding the formulation, preparation, quality control, conditioning and storage of liquid dosage forms as homogeneous dispersed systems, sterile dosage forms (injectable, infusible, ophthalmic), extractive dosage forms, and of dosage forms as heterogeneous dispersed systems (liquid – colloidal dispersions, emulsions, suspensions, aerosols; semisolid – ointments; solid – suppositories, powders, capsules, uncoated and coated tablets, modified and controlled release dosage forms), both in pharmacy and in pharmaceutical industry.
The course and laboratory activities of Pharmaceutical Technology ensure both the knowledge and understanding of all theoretical aspects regarding the formulation, preparation, conditioning and preservation of pharmaceutical forms, as well as providing students with the necessary skills in preparation and pharmacotechnical control methods currently used to obtain and evaluate the quality of dosage forms.
In addition, the Pharmaceutical Technology discipline provide postgraduate education throughout the academic year in form of training courses for residence pharmacists and pharmacy professionals.
The scientific research activity carried out within the Pharmaceutical Technology discipline consists mainly in technological and biopharmaceutical studies for the development of innovative, modern pharmaceutical dosage forms or for the optimization of the already existing ones, for different active pharmaceutical ingredients.