Study of excipients incompatibility with drugs in an early phase of pharmaceutical development is still a persistent difficulty
within the pharmaceutical industry. We examine here the compatibility between an experimental drug (nebicapone) and common
excipients using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), high sensitivity DSC (HSDSC) and a conventional heat stress test.
The results obtained indicate that nebicapone may be compatible with lactose monohydrate and sodium croscarmellose but is
incompatible with magnesium stearate. This study concludes that HSDSC, in stepwise isothermal mode, may be used as a potential
tool for detecting excipient incompatibilities.