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Yellow Wax

Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

What is it?

Yellow wax is a sticky yellowish moldable substance secreted by honeybees as the material of honeycomb; also known as beeswax. Most waxes used in the pharmaceutical industry are used for tablet coatings and binding. Wax is also used in preparing ointments, cerates, plasters, and suppositories. Other types of wax include white wax and wax absolute.[1]

[1] Wolfmeier, U., Schmidt, H., Heinrichs, F.L., et al. 2000. Waxes. Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry.

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