There are 2 types of ingredients used in therapeutic goods:
An active ingredient is a therapeutically active component in a medicine's final formulation.
An excipient ingredient in a medicine's final formulation that is not a therapeutically active component. For example, preservatives, tablet coatings or ingredients that contribute to fragrance or flavour. Excipients are also found in other types of therapeutic goods. For example, preservative media for tissues, adhesives in devices, preservatives in ultra sound gels or fragrances in disinfectants.
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