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Triethyl Citrate

Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

What is it?

Triethyl Citrate (C12H20O7) is a triester of ethyl alcohol and citric acid. It is used in the pharmaceutical industry for coating and in plastics.[1] According to the FDA Select Committee on Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) food substances, citrate salts, including triethyl citrate, are generally regarded as safe when used in normal quantities.[2]

[1] [1]Dave RH. Overview of pharmaceutical excipients used in tablets and capsules. Drug Topics (online). Advanstar. 10/24/2008 http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drugtopics/Top+News/Overview-of-pharmaceutical-excipients-used-in-tabl/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/561047. Accessed 03/24/2012

[2] FDA’s SCOGS database; triethyl citrate; SCOGS-Report Number: 84; http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/fcn/fcnDetailNavigation.cfm?rpt=scogsListing&id=356 Accessed March 26, 2012.

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