Health Care

The bicarbonate ion is a vital component of human physiology. Internally, it helps maintain blood pH; transports carbon dioxide from body tissue to the lungs for exhalation; neutralizes stomach contents as they enter the intestinal tract; and as a saliva component, it helps reduce the attack of orally-generated acids on tooth enamel.

Perhaps because of these physiological attributes, ARM & HAMMER brand food grade bicarbonates are used in numerous pharmaceutical applications as active ingredients, excipients or intermediates. For example, as an active ingredient, sodium bicarbonate is used in antacids, acidosis controllers, bowel evacuants and electrolyte replacement products.  As an excipient, it is used for effervescence and tablet disintegration. As an intermediate, sodium bicarbonate is used as a neutralizer and deodorant.


ARM & HAMMER brand Hemodialysis Grade sodium bicarbonate was developed specifically for use in dialysate products, and meets exacting global pharmacopoeia standards. In addition to quality dialysis product offerings, we have played a key role in the treatment of chronic kidney disease through our Partners in Quality Care program. Together with leading nephrology experts, we have developed educational resources and materials for use by dialysis professionals and patients, dedicated to improving outcomes in this vital branch of medicine.