API (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients)

The term “API” in the context of pharmaceuticals stands for “Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient.” An API is the primary biologically active component in a drug, which produces the intended therapeutic effect. It is the specific substance responsible for the desired pharmacological activity of a medication.

In pharmaceutical manufacturing, APIs are the key ingredients that undergo various processes to form the final dosage form of a drug, such as tablets, capsules, or injections. These processes may include blending, granulation, compression, and coating, among others.

It’s important to note that APIs are distinct from excipients, which are the non-active substances added to a drug formulation to aid in its production, stability, or palatability.

APIs play a crucial role in pharmaceutical development, as the safety and efficacy of a drug depend on the quality and purity of its active ingredients. Regulatory authorities set strict standards for the manufacturing and quality control of APIs to ensure the safety and effectiveness of pharmaceutical products.

How to Choose the Right API Pharma Contract Manufacturer?

Choosing an Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) manufacturer is a critical decision that impacts the quality, safety, and success of your pharmaceutical products. Here are some key factors to consider when selecting an API pharmaceutical manufacturer:

  1. Regulatory Compliance:
    • Ensure the manufacturer complies with regulatory standards and certificates.
    • Check the regulatory history of the manufacturer and their ability to meet current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP).
  2. Quality Standards:
    • Evaluate the manufacturer’s quality control processes and quality assurance measures.
    • Assess the track record of the manufacturer in producing high-quality APIs.
  3. Capacity and Scalability:
    • Consider the manufacturing capacity and scalability to meet your current and future needs.
    • Ensure the manufacturer can accommodate your production volume requirements.
  4. Technical Expertise:
    • Assess the manufacturer’s technical capabilities and expertise in the synthesis and production of the specific API.
    • Consider their experience with the type of API you require.
  5. Supply Chain Management:
    • Evaluate the manufacturer’s supply chain resilience, reliability, and ability to source raw materials consistently.
    • Assess the geographical location of the manufacturer in relation to your distribution network.
  6. Cost and Pricing:
    • Obtain detailed cost estimates and pricing structures.
    • Consider the overall value, not just the upfront costs, and factor in quality and reliability.
  7. Communication and Support:
    • Assess the manufacturer’s communication processes and responsiveness.
    • Consider the level of technical support and collaboration offered.
  8. References and Reputation:
    • Check for client references and testimonials.
    • Investigate the manufacturer’s reputation in the industry.
  9. Compliance with Environmental and Ethical Standards:
    • Ensure the manufacturer adheres to environmental and ethical standards in their operations.
  10. Risk Management:
    • Evaluate the manufacturer’s risk management strategies and contingency plans.
    • Assess their ability to manage potential disruptions in the supply chain.

It’s often beneficial to conduct site visits, audits, and due diligence before finalizing a partnership with an API manufacturer. Collaborating with a reputable and reliable manufacturer is crucial for the success of your pharmaceutical products and for maintaining compliance with regulatory requirements.


Aciclovir (FDA)Meclozine HCL (FDA)
Adriacin HCL (FDA)Mesnaum (FDA)
Bleomycin sulfate (FDA)Meropenem(DMF)
Bumetanide (FDA)Methacycline HCL (DMF/GMP)
Carbamazepine(FDA)Mitomycin ( FDA)
Capecitabine (DMF)Naproxen/ Sodium salt (GMP/FDA/COS)
Clindamycin Phosphate( FDA)Nabumetone (FDA)
Clozapine (FDA)Pemirolast Potassium (TDP)
Colistin Sulfate (GMP)Phentolamine Mesylate (GMP)
Cyclosporin A (FDA)Piracetam (DMF/GMP)
Danazol (GMP/DMF)Ramantadine( FDA)
Daunomycin HCL( FDA)Ribavirin (FDA)
Deoxycyline (FDA)Rimonabant (TDP)
Deltamine (FDA)Sibutramine HCl
Dobutamine HCL (FDA)Simvastatin (FDA)
Ebastine (GMP)Sirolimus (FDA)
Etoposide( FDA)Sisomicin (GMP)
Fluorouracil deoxyriboside( FDA)Sodium Prasterone Sulfate (GMP)
Fluorfenicol( FDA)Sofosbuvir
Felodipine (DMF/GMP)Sulfalene(DMF)
Fosphenytoin sodium (FDA)Tacrolimus (FDA)
Gemfibrozil (FDA)Tenoxicam (TDP)
Gliclazide(FDA)Terfenadine (GMP)
Hydrocortisone /Acetate /Butyrate/ Hemisuccinate /Sodium (FDA)Thiophosphoramide (FDA)
Irinotecan (FDA)Topotecan (DMF)
Isoniazid (DMF)Tobramycin base( FDA)
Ifosfamide (FDA) Ivermectin (FDA)Troxerutin (DMF/GMP)
LedipasvirUbenimex (GMP/DMF)
Levonorgestrel /Butanoate (DMF/GMP)Vecuronium (FDA)
Lincomycin HCL (FDA)Vitamin D2 (GMP/ COS)
Lornoxicam (TDP) Loxoprofen(GMP)Vitamin D3 (GMP/COS)
 Vitamine B12 (FDA)
 Vinorelbine tartrate (FDA)