History of the Department of Pharmaceutics

Pharmaceutics has been taught since 1914 by the predesessor institute, the University Pharmacy that was established in 1907 and since 1935 by the detached Department of Pharmaceutics. Sándor Mozsonyi was the first director (1935-1962), also founder of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Egon Pandula followed Prof. Mozsonyi as Head of the Department in 1962. His main research work covered the theoretical and practical aspects of pharmaceutical technology. László Gyarmati brought the biopharmacy as new research topic to the Department investigating the relationships between dosage forms and drug effects.

István Rácz, has widened the scholar profile of the Department by the inclusion of many new subjects, such as „Industrial pharmacy” and „Drug innovation”.

Sylvia Marton played a significant role in the development of postgraduate trainings. István Antal as deputy director took both national and international trends into account the thematic of pharmaceutical technology.

Imre Klebovich main scientific research fields include pharmacokinetics, in vivo drug metabolism, bioequivalence, food-drug interaction studies, biopharmaceutical aspects of the development of retard dosage forms, separation sciences, development of bioanalytical and radioanalytical methods.

Istvan Antal as the present Head of the Department is focusing on the new trends of pharmaceutical research such as patient centric formulation, solubility improvement, pharmacokinetic optimization, nanocarriers, biopharmaceuticals, bioanalytics.

Profile of the Department of Pharmaceutics

The main profile is the teaching of pharmaceutical technology, biopharmaceutics-pharmacokinetics and bioanalytics, as well as the research in the related scientific fields. The curriculum for third, fourth and fifth-year pharmaceutical students includes mandatory subjects such as pharmaceutical technology (540 hours), biopharmaceutics – pharmacokinetics (60 hours) as well as elective subjects such as drug innovation, industrial pharmacy, bioanalytics in pharmacokinetics and veterinary preparations. The most important research activities involve technological and biopharmaceutical aspects of dosage form design :

  • formulation of controlled/modified release dosage forms
  • study on drug release considering in vitro – in vivo relationships
  • increasing drug solubility and absorption
  • optimisation of manufacturing process parameters
  • study of degradation kinetics and the possibilities of stabilization
  • application and characterisation of new excipients
  • pharmacokinetic and drug-food interaction studies
  • bioanalytics for pharmacokinetic and metabolism studies