Organoleptic evaluation of a drug preparation refers to assessment by the sense organs.

Sensory evaluation may include:

(1) sight and appearance

(2) smell, odor and aroma

(3) taste

(4) touch (typically physical characteristics in mouth or skin)


Consequences of objectionable features:

(1) reduced compliance with therapy

(2) need for excipients to mask the feature (which can be a source of allergic reactions)

(3) can be a recall trigger (for nausea or other reaction)

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