»White Petrolatum is a purified mixture of semisolid hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum,and wholly or nearly decolorized.It may contain a suitable stabilizer.
Melt about 10g on a steam bath,and pour 5mLof the liquid into a clear-glass,16-×150-mm bacteriological test tube:the warm,melted liquid is not darker than a solution made by mixing 1.6mLof ferric chloride CSand 3.4mLof water in a similar tube,the comparison of the two being made in reflected light against a white background,the tubes being held directly against the background at such an angle that there is no fluorescence.
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Heat 2g in an open porcelain or platinum dish over a flame:it volatilizes without emitting an acrid odor and on ignition yields not more than 0.05%of residue.
It meets the requirements for Packaging and storage,Labeling,Specific gravity,Melting range,Consistency,Alkalinity,Acidity,Organic acids,and Fixed oils,fats,and rosinunder Petrolatum.
Staff Liaison:Justin Lane,B.S.,Scientific Associate
Expert Committee:(EMC)Excipients:Monograph Content
Pharmacopeial Forum:Volume No.28(2)Page 570
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