Two-piece, powder-filled capsules are a popular solid dosage form for several reasons. They:
- Simplify the delivery of medication and are easier to swallow than tablets.
- Mask the smell or taste that often accompanies tablets or powders needing to be mixed into beverages.
- Use fewer excipients than many tablet formulations.
From formulation development to clinical studies and commercialization, we ensure a successful path to market using various techniques for manufacturing powder-filled capsules. From a manual process of hand-filling capsules all the way through to high-speed automatic equipment, we are ready to meet your project needs.
Our powder-filling and packaging equipment is engineered to be versatile, accurately dispensing and filling a wide range of products, while offering precision and speed. Thorough sanitary, verification, and maintenance programs are also in place to ensure cleanliness and accuracy.
Two-piece, powder-filled capsules can be band-sealed, a preferred option at Altasciences. Band seals provide tamper evidence for over-the-counter drugs and unique marketing/brand differentiation options through choice of band color. One method of sealing involves banding the cap-body joint with a layer of gelatin, while another uses a hydro-alcoholic fusion process.
Advanced equipment we use for band sealing powder-filled capsules includes:
- Qualicaps HICAPSEAL 40 Machine
- Qualicaps S-125 Capsule Banding Machine
- Schaefer Technologies Benchtop Bander Machine
Benefits of Two-Piece, Powder-Filled Capsules
Fast-Acting ― Capsules tend to break down more quickly than tablets, which may offer faster relief from symptoms.
Tasteless ― Capsules are less likely than tablets and powders to have an unpleasant taste or odor.
Tamper-Resistant ― Capsules are more difficult to split in half or crush than tablets. As a result, they are more likely to be taken as intended.
Higher Drug Absorption ― Capsules have higher bioavailability than tablets, making it likely that more of the drug will enter the bloodstream. As a result, capsules tend to be the more effective option.
Types Of Powder-Filled Capsules
Gelatin Capsules: The Market Standard for Many Years
- High-quality product that meets the stringent requirements of the pharmaceutical industry
- Excellent performance on high-speed capsule filling and sealing machines
Quali-V® Capsules: Hypromellose Capsules Made From Plant-Derived Materials
- Proven pharmaceutical performance
- Compliant with all compendia dissolution requirements
- Compatible with a wider range of excipients than gelatin
- Preferred for hygroscopic fills
- Exceptional for low-humidity applications, with no brittleness
- Maintenance of shell mechanical strength at low moisture contents
- Provide API protection against degradation in the gastric environment
- Achieve delayed or targeted release in small intestine
- Eliminate the need to enteric coat capsules
- Increase the speed and optimization of enteric performance
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