American Elements pharmaceutical production facility in Bluffdale, Utah operates under fully documented GMP standards. It has been fully audited by Bristol Myers Squibb, Pfizer and many other important pharma customers.

Several key pharmaceutical, nutritional and cosmetic additives have been developed by or in cooperation with American Elements. For example, we co-developed a new class of excipient powder now in common use in such drugs as Abilify™.

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Innovation Case Study #21: American Elements Invents New Rapid Dissolve Pharmaceutical Powder for Psychiatric Patients

#21: American Elements Invents New Rapid Dissolve Pharmaceutical Powder for Psychiatric Patients


The Challenge

Formulating new innovations in drugs often requires the development of two separate materials-the performing “Active Ingredient” and the “Excipient” which determines in which region(s) and how quickly the active ingredient will be absorbed in the patient’s body. Bristol Myers Squibb sought a new ultra quick dissolving powder that could easily pack into a pill using existing equipment for its new schizophrenia drug, Abilify™.

The Innovation

To meet this gap in excipient technology, American Elements invented a new class of micronized crystalline powder that both dissolved in the mouth instantly and exhibited excellent packing density. Once approved by BMS, we scaled the process to full scale production at our Murray, Utah facility.

The Result

Bristol Myers Squibb received FDA approval in 2002 for use of Abilify to treat schizophrenia. The drug is now in wide use. The excipient developed by American Elements can now be found in numerous other drugs as well. In 2012, American Elements transferred this technology to the Engineered Materials division of the JM Huber Corporation which markets the powder under the trade name RxCIPIENTS® FM1000.
Below is merely a selection of the full catalog of Pharmaceuticals & Cosmetics products that American Elements manufactures. If you do not see a material you're looking for listed, please search the website or contact customerservice@americanelements.com.

Selected Products Supplied to the Pharmaceuticals & Cosmetics Industry

(4N) 99.99% High Purity Magnesium Oxide Powder (5N) 99.999% Silicon Oxide (6N) 99.9999% Selenium Metal (6N) 99.9999% Ytterbium(III) Chloride Hexahydrate
Aluminum Acetotartrate Aluminum Acrylate Ammonium Dihydrogen Arsenate Ammonium Hexafluorogermanate
Ammonium Iron(II) Sulfate Hexahydrate Ammonium Manganese(III) Pyrophosphate Boric Acid Boron Citrate
Bromo(triphenylphosphine)gold(I) Calcium Carbonate Calcium Carbonate Sputtering Target Calcium Lactobionate Monohydrate
Calcium Perchlorate Hydrate Calcium Phosphate Dibasic Anhydrous Calcium Phosphate Dibasic Dihydrate Calcium-44 Carbonate Isotope
Calcium-44 Chloride Isotope Calcium-44 Metal Isotope Carbonyl Iron Powder Carboplatin
Carboxylated Silver Nanoparticles Cesium Carbonate Cesium Carbonate Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Chromium Phosphate Tetrahydrate
cis-Diamminedichloroplatinum Copper Aluminum Zinc Alloy Cyclopentadienylrhenium Tricarbonyl Devarda's Alloy Nanoparticles
Disodium Calcium Ethylenediaminetetraacetate Disodium Calcium Ethylenediaminetetraacetate Hydrate Ferric Hydroxide Oxide Fumed Silica
Gold Colloid Iron Blocks Iron Cubes Iron Foil
Iron(III) Chloride Iron(III) Oxide Powder Lithium Carbonate Lithium Iodide
Lithium Iodide Trihydrate Magnesium Aluminum Silicate Magnesium Ammonium Phosphate Hexahydrate Magnesium Chromate Hydrate
Magnesium Granules Magnesium Phosphate Tribasic Octahydrate Mangafodipir Trisodium Manganese(II,III) Oxide
Manganese(III) Oxide Manganese(III) Oxide Sputtering Target Miboplatin Molybdenum Oxide Pellets
Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Nedaplatin Neodymium Fluoride Nickel Tin Oxide Dihydrate
Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane Oxaliplatin Platinum Oxide Powder Polyhydroxylated Fullerenes
Potassium Bromide Potassium Bromide Windows Potassium Isopropoxide Reduced Graphene Oxide
Samarium Oxide Powder Satraplatin Silicon Nanowire Dispersion Silicon Nanowires
Sodium 2-mercaptoethanesulfonate Sodium Benzoate Sodium Dodecylbenzenesulfonate Sodium Ferrocyanide Decahydrate
Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate Sodium Nitrate Sodium Phosphate Dibasic Dihydrate Sodium Salicylate
Sodium Selenate Decahydrate Sodium Selenide Sodium Stannate Sodium Stannate Trihydrate
Spirogermanium Titanium Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Titanium Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Titanium(IV) Oxide, Brookite Nanopowder
trans-Diamminedichloroplatinum(II) Ytterbium Chloride Ytterbium Fluoride Zinc Acetate
Zinc Carbonate Zinc Carbonate Basic Zinc Carbonate Sputtering Target Zinc Nanoparticle Dispersion
Zinc Nanoparticles Zinc Oleate Zinc Phosphate Dihydrate