Pharmaceuticals

Backgrounder: Understanding Water and Pharmaceutical Water

By Ed Helmig

BACKGROUNDER BACTERIA DEIONIZATION EDI ENDOTOXINS MICROBIALS PHARMACEUTICALS PHARMACOPEIAS PURIFIED WATER USP UV WFI

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Abstract

Water is one of the most unique and important substances on earth and a critical raw material for pharmaceutical production, semiconductors/chip making, and as a heat transfer fluid and motive force in power generation. Life as we know it could not exist without an abundant, clean and renewable supply of water. This installment of Backgrounder will touch upon some of the unique properties of water, define purified, high-purity, and pharmaceutical water, and will discuss the business of purified/high-purity water production and offer references for those interested in learning more about this essential ingredient in the matrix of life and industrial processes.

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