BASF and Colorcon team on film coating systems

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BASF and Colorcon are developing a tablet film coating technology with improved taste masking and barrier properties.

The idea is to combine BASF’s Kollicoat Smartseal 30D technology, an aqueous dispersion of a co-polymer comprising methyl methacrylate (MMA) and diethylaminoethyl methacrylate (DEAEMA), with a pre-formulated additive developed by Colorcon.

Specifics of the new additive are being presented at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) in Washington DC, US this week.

Kamlesh Oza, general manager of film coating at Colorcon said BASF’s technology “is the first water-based dispersion having both taste masking and moisture barrier properties​,” adding that “it was developed to simplify and accelerate aqueous film coating operations and opens new doors to formulating tablet, pellet and particle coatings​.”

Colorcon will also be launching a new film coating product, Oradry 200, at AAPS this year. The firm developed Opadry 200 in response to industry demand for continual improvement in performance and cost, according to Oza.

"Pharmaceutical scientists today work with medications that have known sensitivity to light, moisture and oxygen. It has been a challenge to find a fully formulated product that can quickly coat those products in a cost effective manner and protect them.

Our new system is an optimized performance, low tack, high-film strength, immediate release system that helps cut manufacturing time, and achieves best-in-class moisture protection along with superior product appearance​."

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