Pharmacopeia gases have been a standard component of health care in many countries and are applied worldwide in inpatient and outpatient medical facilities, veterinary clinics, sports therapy and rehabilitation environments, cosmetic facilities, medical spas, wellness centers, and anti-aging centers.
Medical gases are regulated in many countries, and categorized as pharmaceutical substances by the three primary regional Pharmacopeia organizations, which covers the most commonly used substances involved in the manufacture and supply of medicinal products. These include a number of medical and medicinal gases.
The three primary organizations are:
- European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines (EDQM) - responsible for the European Pharmacopoeia (Ph Eur) monographs. See EU monograph CO2.
- United States Pharmacopeial Convention - responsible for the US Pharmacopeia (USP). See USP CO2 momograph.
- Ministry of Health and Welfare - responsible for the Japanese Pharmacopoeia (JP). Comparison of European, US, and Japanese Pharmacopoeia of Medicinal Gases.
USP and EP gases are manufactured in a regulated cGMP drug facility, providing the highest quality of Pharmacopeia solutions to the health care industry.
Pharmacopeia gases has internationally recognized, standard color coding to identify them.
Medical Gases provide significant patient and practitioner benefits:
- Gases are important biological messenger molecules
- Well-known gases show promising biological effects
- Physical and chemical properties of gases enable the application of other medical principles
- Medical gases are naturally occurring substances with generally low toxicity profiles
- Medical gases are the fastest growing segment in the gas industry
Medical Gases and Indications:
- CO2 - used to prevent and treat Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), high blood pressure (HBP), non-healing wounds (CLI), and arthritic conditions, by triggering the “Bohr Effect”
- O2 - used to prevent and treat arthritis, diabetic wounds, most commonly in hyperbaric treatments
- NO - used for muscle and nervous system related issues and is mostly found in dietary supplements
- Ar - used for increase in oxygen consumption in acute hypoxia