In the Pharmaceutical Industry, chemists have common problems of decomposition and difficulty in compression of tablets leading to breaking of tablets; lumping and caking of dry powders, improper adhesion under pressure of tablets, improper drying of gelatine capsules.
The presence of high humidity in the air is the cause of all these problems.
The rapid advance in the discovery, manufacture and use of modern drugs has focussed attention on an infinite number of moisture control problems. Too much moisture in the air may retard the growth of certain organic cultures. At the very least, shelf life is particularly shortened by the presence of humidity during the manufacturing process.