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Dry powder inhaler making equipment

The click and puff of inhalers is a universal signal for respiratory conditions. Inhalers quickly grew into preferred drug delivery systems for asthma and COPD. Dry inhaler powder formulation produces a more stable drug than liquid dosage forms. Moreover, inhaler ingredients are more resistant to bacterial growth.

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Modular assembly line for healthcare products

Modular assembly line for healthcare products

Assembly setups need to be constantly rethought and reconfigured to adapt qui…

Bellows for pharmaceutical powders

Bellows for pharmaceutical powders

Thermal and mechanical changes can lead to stresses in industrial piping systems. These s…

Ball valve

High containment segment ball valve

Valves fitted in blenders and dryers can have dead spaces that prevent complete processi…

high containment sampler

High containment sampler

Drawing a sample for evaluation from a running process is not a simple task, especially when dealing …

removable gmp compliant connections for tubing

Removable GMP compliant connections for tubing

Tubing frameworks can have rough welding joints, corners and sharp angles th…

Premium vacuum conveyor

Premium vacuum conveyor

When you have a need to tailor make your conveyor and still have the high requirement on hygiene, e.g.…

In-line continuous blender

In-line continuous blender

When you consider shifting pharmaceutical mixing processes from batch to continuous, accurate in-l…

Conical screw vacuum dryer

Conical screw vacuum dryer

The conical screw vacuum dryer is particularly suitable for the final drying of powders, granules,…

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Mill inhaler powder materials to achieve good particle size distribution

The recommended particle diameters for optimal aerosols preparation range from 1 to 5 µm. Smaller particles clump together while larger diameters lose their cohesive properties.

Reduce the diameters of coarse particles before mixing the ingredients for dry inhaler powder formulation. Jet milling applies high-impact forces combined with compressed gas to produce micro sizes.

Engineered blends improve the processing of dry inhaler powder formulations

Add carrier particles to the API mix to improve the processing properties of bulk powders. However, the particles of drugs and carriers must be chemically compatible. Their reciprocal adhesive forces need to be powerful enough to hold the mixture together during filling and storage. At the same time, they need to be quickly detachable during aerosol administration.

Coarse lactose monohydrate improves powder flowability during manufacturing and provides good carrier-particle separation. Lactose blends are formulated with drug contents of 5% (w/w) or less.

HPMC capsules are more stable for mono-dose inhaler systems

Mono-dose inhalers deliver a single serving of powder formulation by loading a capsule into the device before each use. Depending on the system, the capsule is activated by sheer force opening, needle-piercing, or cutting the capsule. But moisture content is a critical consideration for each technique.

Very dry conditions apply pressure on traditional gelatin-based capsules, causing them to crack before use. Hypromellose capsules (HPMC), on the other hand, is less hygroscopic and behaves well in both wet and arid environments.

Processing steps involved in dry-inhaler-powder making

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