Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)
What is Ascorbyl Palmitate?
Ascorbyl palmitate (C22H38O7) is a fat-soluble form of vitamin C (antioxidant) used in some pharmaceutical products, such as suppositories. It may also be used in topical formulations because it is more stable than some water-soluble forms of vitamin C. According to the FDA, it is also used as a preservative in foods, such as in potato chips. Ascorbyl palmitate is listed on the FDA list of generally recognized as safe (GRAS) substances. Ascorbyl palmitate may be marketed individually as a vitamin C replacement with the name of vitamin C ester, but should not be confused with Ester-C, which is primarily calcium ascorbate.
 FDA’s SCOGS database; L-ascorbic acid; SCOGS-Report Number: 59; http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodIngredientsPackaging/GenerallyRecognizedasSafeGRAS/GRASSubstancesSCOGSDatabase/ucm260452.htm Accessed March 26, 2012.
Top Medications Containing Ascorbyl Palmitate
- Enjuvia synthetic B, 0.3 mg (Barr Laboratories, Inc.)
- Enjuvia synthetic B, 0.625 mg (Barr Laboratories, Inc.)
- Enjuvia synthetic B, 1.25 mg (Barr Laboratories, Inc.)
- Enjuvia synthetic B, 0.45 mg (Barr Laboratories, Inc.)
- Enjuvia synthetic B, 0.9 mg (Barr Laboratories, Inc.)
- Prenatal Plus Prenatal Vitamin with Iron Fumarate (Akyma Pharmaceuticals)