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The Utility of Specific Surface Area Measurement for Pharmaceutical Materials

Myke Scoggins | Senior Pharmaceutical Scientist | Micromeritics Instrument Corporation

In the pharmaceutical world, particle size analysis has traditionally been the method of choice to “characterize” raw materials.  Beginning with sieve analyses all the way to more current technologies like laser light scattering, this physical characterization measurement has been used to set incoming raw material specifications, help determine which excipients will be used in a formulation, and troubleshoot product performance issues such as dissolution.  While particle size analysis is, without a doubt, an important piece of the puzzle, it is exactly that – a piece.  Other measurements can provide essential and useful information as well and, when paired with other techniques, assist the pharmaceutical scientist to more fully characterize their Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) and excipient materials.  Among these techniques is the measurement of surface area. Continue reading

Characterization of physically modified glass beads as potential model carriers in DPIs

Contributed by:

Sarah Zellnitza, *, Jakob Dominik Redlinger-Pohnq, Nora Anne Urbanetza

aResearch Center Pharmaceutical Engineering GmbH, Graz/Austria


Dry Powder Inhalers (DPIs) are medical devices used for pulmonary drug delivery. The formulations used in DPIs typically consist of adhesive mixtures of the drug and a carrier. In order to reach the tiny airways of the deep lung the drug particles have to exhibit an aerodynamic diameter of 1 µm to 5 µm. Particles of this size are rather cohesive and show poor flow properties and thus poor dosing [1]. That is why carrier based formulations, where the drug is attached to the surface of coarser carrier particles (50 µm – 200 µm) of adequate flowability, have been invented.

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