The uses of starch

Pharmaceuticals & cosmetics

Starches are a source for use in pharmaceuticals and make a variety of contributions – from binder to sugarless sweetener – to products as disparate as toothpaste, tablets, emulsions, lotions, liquid medicines and creams. Human well-being and, indeed, survival are also dependent on the role starch plays in the production of antibiotics, vitamins, penicillin, dialysis solutions, enteral nutrition, drip-feed systems, and even blood plasma substitutes. Starch is also used quite extensively in cosmetic, make up and healthcare products.