The much awaited Indian Pharmacopoeia is released at Chennai on 21st January. Though first released by Health Minister in December, this release is formal release is for pharmaceutical fraternity. The IPs fifth edition will be effective from April 2008 has indeed came at right time.
The new IP is released in three volumes with 300 monographs and many new features. Besides, the 175 new monographs of chemicals and dosage forms, it has monographs on vaccines, immunosera, herbs, herbal products, blood and blood-related products, biotechnology and veterinary products.
In the fifth version Categories of a drug, dosage & usual available strength of dosage forms have been omitted. Classical chemical tests for identification of an article have been almost eliminated & more specific IR & UV spectrophotometric tests have been introduced.
There is more emphasis on Use of Chromatographic methods which has been greatly extended to cope with the need for more specificity in assays and test for pyrogens were virtually eliminated. The BET (bacterial endotoxin test) are going to be applicable to more items.