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Everything you Need to Know About Topicals

Explore the dynamic world of Topicals and discover their diverse range of applications, uses and benefits, as well as how IMCD's capabilities enable us to deliver best in class topical solutions.
Overview of Topicals

Topical therapies include a wide range of pharmaceutical formulations designed for external application on the body to alleviate pain, reduce swelling, and combat infection. Additionally, they are increasingly being used to address areas affected by atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, and acne. Topicals are available in a variety of product formats consisting of creams, ointments, lotions, gels, foams, and solutions, providing adaptable options to cater to diverse patient requirements.

The effectiveness of topicals lie in their ability to deliver 

therapeutic agents directly to the site of action,   minimising exposure, and potential side effects. They are often used in dermatology, pain management, wound healing, and more.

Benefits of Topical Drug Delivery

  • Easy to administer.
  • A safe alternative to oral drug administration
  • Reduced hospital congestion
  • Fewer risks of gastrointestinal difficulties
How Topicals Work

Most commonly, a topical drug delivery system is applied to the skin, where the medicine either treats only the area of application or is absorbed into the bloodstream through the dermis. Some treatment areas include the eyes, ears, nose, and the vaginal and rectal mucosa.

Topicals offer targeted delivery, reduced systemic side effects, and improved patient compliance, making them ideal for conditions requiring long-term treatment. The choice of formulation and excipients is pivotal in determining penetration, release, and overall effectiveness.

How we can help you with Topical formulations

In the dynamic landscape of pharmaceutical development, IMCD stands out as a crucial partner in advancing topical formulations. With an extensive network of fully equipped application laboratories and a team of technical experts, IMCD Pharmaceuticals is well-positioned to support and enhance your topical product development.

IMCD offers a diverse portfolio of APIs (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients) and excipients tailored to meet the demands of various topical formulations. Our technical experts at IMCD can guide you in developing patient-friendly topicals, helping you to select the right ingredients for your needs. 


To inspire your next product development, IMCD’s technical team have created a range of patient-friendly 


topical prototype formulations, including hesperidin gels, a urea cream, and an MPS cream, to name just a few.

These formulations not only showcase our commitment to innovation but also address a critical concern in the healthcare landscape—non-adherence to treatment.

At the core of our commitment to advancing pharmaceutical formulations is our Pharmaceutical Technical Centre in Cologne, Germany. Launched in 2013, this centre has evolved into our global hub for education, formulation, and concept development, and is equipped with a wide array of state-of-the-art equipment.

Cologne Technical Centre, Germany

 Our technical centre in Germany enables us to address and overcome all your formulation challenges.

Major Equipment

  • Brookfield viscosimeter
  • Polarising microscope
  • High shear mixer
  • Various blenders and stirrers
  • Centrifuge
  • pH meter

Technical Dosage Form Capabilities

  • Creams
  • Suspensions
  • Gels
  • Sprays

Learn More About our Global Topical Capabilities

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