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Fast dissolving drug delivery systems

Global Summit on Biopharma & Biotherapeutics
May 14-15, 2018 | Montreal, Canada

Gulay Yelken Demire

Sanovel Pharmaceuticals, Turkey

Posters & Accepted Abstracts : Asian J Biomed Pharmaceut Sci


Fast-dissolving formulations represent excellent opportunities for life cycle management to the pharmaceutical companies. Fast dissolving technologies have many advantages like ease of swallowing, administration without water, quick onset of action for improving both patient convenience and compliance as benefits for the patient; extended life cycle, product differentiation, patent protection as benefits for pharmaceutical companies. But, there are some challenges for formulation development studies like taste-masking, disintegration time, moisture sensitivity, friability, packaging and intellectual property issues, especially for the generic companies. The technologies are under patent protection like Zydis®, Flashtab®, OraSolv® and DuraSolv™, WOWTAB®. One of the major issues is a taste-masking problem may be overcome with using cyclodextrins, polymer coating, flavoring and sweetening agent, microencapsulation techniques. There are some modified excipients for providing both taste-masking and productability properties in the formulation like Ludiflash®, Pharmaburst® etc. From the analytical development point of view, there are a number of different methods from conventional dosage forms which are determined in the Pharmacopoeias. And for comparison and assessment of taste masking, electronic tongue may be a good opportunity which was developed by Alpha MOS. In the sense of generic companies, developing a fast dissolving tablets version of an existing immediate-release product means that the two formulations must be bioequivalent, and this can be challenging for in vivo studies especially if the method of taste masking retards the dissolution rate of the active ingredient after disintegration. What about the future of fast dissolving technologies? Orally disintegrating extended release (ODTER) dosage forms are providing all of the benefits of these two drug delivery technologies in a single pharmaceutical product. And oral rapid films also may be a good alternative, especially for the OTC market. e: [email protected]


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