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Benzalkonium Chloride Excipient | Uses, Suppliers, and Specifications

Benzalkonium Chloride is a quaternary ammonium salt and a cationic surfactant. It is not a single chemical substance, rather it is a mixture of related compounds which can be described as alkylbenzylammonium chlorides, having the nitrogen atom substituted by two methyl groups, an alkyl group of variable length (C8-C18) and a benzyl group. Benzalkonium chloride is supplied in multiple formats, including white or whitish powder, viscous liquid, and flakes. It has a characteristic odour.

Synonyms and Trade Names: Benzalkonium Chloride; BKC, Alkyl Dimethyl Benzyl Ammonium Chloride; Hyamine 3500; Zephiran, FeF® BKC

Pharmacopoeial Compliance: USP-NF; Ph. Eur; JP; IP

Uses and Applications: Antimicrobial Preservative; Skin Antiseptic; Disinfectant, Wetting Agent, and Therapeutic Agent


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