PHM633 - Pharmaceutical Microbiology

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Subject Title
Pharmaceutical Microbiology

Subject Description
This subject examines various aspects of microbiology which are relevant to the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries. The role of microbes in the production of pharmaceuticals is examined as well as methods used to monitor and control microbial contamination in an industrial environment. Laboratory exercises include the evaluation of disinfectant effectiveness and antibiotic potency as well as methods used to identify and quantify microbes associated with water, air, surfaces, raw materials and finished products. Testing procedures and their interpretation follow regulatory specifications outlined in the USP, NF, BP, and the Canadian Food and Drugs Act.

Credit Status
Credit Status:
One credit towards the CLP(C) and BTR(C) programs. (This course is offered as an
option for BTR(C) students).


MBG 353

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Recognize and identify potential sources of microbial contamination in an industrial environment.
2. Describe and perform procedures used to monitor an industrial environment.
3. Describe and perform methods used to identify and quantitate microbes in the laboratory.
4. Describe and perform the USP procedures for the microbiological testing of water, raw materials, and finished products.
5. Describe and perform USP procedures used to determine the efficiency/potency of antimicrobial agents including disinfectants, antibiotics, and chemical preservatives.
6. Describe and explain the use of microbes in bioassays and the production of pharmaceuticals.

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