FIP creates expert group to study tablet tooling and sticking

The Industrial Pharmacy Section (IPS) Expert Group of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), seeks companies interested in contributing to the IPS Expert Group's latest study on Tablet Tooling and Sticking.

The Group has been created by (l to r) Tom Sam, Gabriele Betz and Dale Natoli

The Industrial Pharmacy Section (IPS) Expert Group of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), created by Tom Sam (Schering-Plough), Gabriele Betz (Industrial Pharmacy Lab, University of Basel) and Dale Natoli (Natoli Engineering Company), seeks companies interested in contributing to the IPS Expert Group's latest study on Tablet Tooling and Sticking.

With an increasing demand for higher manufacturing speeds, tablet quality and direct compression formulas, the issue of sticking is becoming more common and the IPS Expert Group would like to contact companies that have experienced and solved or are currently experiencing such production issues. For a resolution other than just slowing compaction speeds or adjusting tooling, the IPS Expert Group is committed to researching sticking causes and solutions.

"Granulation sticking to tablet compression tooling and other contact surfaces is one of the biggest obstacles in tablet compression today," says Natoli.

"With the need to increase manufacturing efficiencies while maintaining tablet quality, pharmaceutical companies are favouring direct compression formulas, which contribute to the sticking issues. The industry needs a source to reference when it encounters such issues. The IPS Expert Group is committed to providing such a valuable reference."

Companies interested in contributing by providing information on their specific sticking issues and resolutions, should contact Dr Sam at tom.sam@fip.org. Those selected will be listed as contributors in the IPS Expert Group's final report, which will be presented at the 2011 FIP Congress in Hyderabad, India.




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