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The so-called pharmaceutical intermediates refer to intermediate products such as raw materials, materials, and auxiliary materials used in the production of pharmaceutical products. In fact, it is some chemical raw materials or chemical products used in the process of drug synthesis. This kind of chemical product does not require a pharmaceutical production license and can be produced in an ordinary chemical plant. As long as it reaches a certain level, it can be used for the synthesis of pharmaceuticals.

What are the varieties of pharmaceutical intermediates?

In my country’s pharmaceutical intermediate product chain, the intermediate and upstream basic API intermediate products have a wide range of applications and occupy an advantageous position in the entire chain. Therefore, they have achieved rapid development and are also attracting attention in the market.

However, my country’s export of pharmaceutical intermediate products has also encountered pressure from other countries, especially India. India’s rapid rise in the pharmaceutical industry has now formed a relationship of competition and symbiosis with my country. Facts have proved that the impact from India cannot be underestimated in the European Union, North America, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, etc., the main export regions of my country’s pharmaceutical intermediates.

Therefore, my country’s pharmaceutical intermediate industry must adjust its export strategy. Experts believe that the selection of competitive intermediate varieties may be an effective breakthrough.

In terms of specific varieties, commodities such as sulfa, tetracycline, and Analgin are the ones that my country went out earlier. With the passage of time, my country’s pharmaceutical intermediates have developed rapidly, and our advantages can be seen from the current share of some varieties in the main production and sales of the world. For example, VC, penicillin, paracetamol, paracetamol, and citric acid account for more than 60% of the global share. Amoxicillin, ceftriaxone, ibuprofen, aspirin, etc. are all influential product categories in the world. In terms of product classification, anti-infectives, vitamins, antipyretic analgesics, amino acids, etc. are my country’s export-oriented API series, accounting for more than 90% of all API exports, and the corresponding intermediates are also in large domestic demand.

The experts also reminded relevant pharmaceutical intermediate manufacturers: As the situation goes on, the research and production of pharmaceutical intermediates should also be adjusted. Experts believe that changes in the spectrum of diseases will create new areas in the pharmaceutical market, and corresponding pharmaceutical intermediates will also change, thus bringing new opportunities. At the seminar, experts speculated that the diseases with the highest incidence in 2010 were mental illness, menopausal diseases, erectile dysfunction, obesity, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, cancer, chronic sinusitis, migraine, diabetes, senile diseases, Fatal infections, etc., this will inevitably usher in an increase in the demand for related drug intermediates.

What is intermediate?

Our chemical products include vitamin, disperse dye, color former, curing agent, etc. So what is intermediate? What is the difference between it and API?

Intermediate is also called organic intermediate. Coal tar or petroleum products are used as raw materials to produce intermediate products of dyes, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, resins, additives, plasticizers, etc. Because it was originally used to make dyes, intermediate is also called dye intermediate. It is formed by reactions (sulfonation, alkali fusion, nitrification, reduction, etc.) of cyclic compounds (such as benzene, naphthalene, anthracene, etc.).

Initially, intermediates were produced from coal tar or petroleum products in the process of synthesizing perfumes, dyes, resins, drugs, plasticizers, rubber accelerators and other chemical products. Now they refer to various intermediates produced in organic synthesis.

Intermediates refer to semi-finished products, is the intermediate products of certain products. For example, to produce a product, it can be produced from intermediates to save costs. Drug production requires a large number of special chemicals, most of them were originally produced by the pharmaceutical industry, but with the deepening of social labor division and the progress of production technology, the pharmaceutical industry will transfer the production of some pharmaceutical intermediates to chemical enterprises. Pharmaceutical intermediates are fine chemical products. The production of pharmaceutical intermediates has become a major industry in the international chemical industry.

What is the difference between API and intermediate?

Intermediate is a kind of material produced in the process of API, which can only be turned into API by further molecular change or refinement. Intermediates can be separated or not separated.

API is Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients. Any mixture of substances or substances intended for use in pharmaceutical manufacture. It is also an active ingredient in pharmaceuticals when used in pharmaceuticals. Such substances have pharmacological or other direct effects in the diagnosis, treatment, remission, treatment or prevention of diseases, or can affect the function and structure of the body.

From the definition, it can be seen that the intermediate is the key product of the preceding process of making API, which is different from the structure of API. In addition, pharmacopoeia is available for the detection of API, but there is no intermediate.

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