AAPS PharmSciTech 2021 May 13;22(4):154. Epub 2021 May 13.
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, St. John's University, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, New York, 11439, USA.
In twin screw melt granulation, granules are produced by passing mixtures of drug substances and polymeric binders through twin screw extruder such that temperatures are maintained below melting point of drugs but above glass transition of polymers used, whereby the polymers coat surfaces of drug particles and cause their agglomeration into granules. Since various formulation factors, such as binder type and concentration, and processing variables like extrusion temperature, screw configuration, and screw speed, can influence the granulation process, the present investigation was undertaken to study their effects on tabletability of granules produced. Three different types of polymeric binders, Klucel® EXF (hydroxypropyl cellulose), Eudragit® EPO (polyacrylate binder), and Soluplus® (polyvinyl caprolactam-co-vinyl acetate-ethylene glycol graft polymer), were used at 2, 5, and 10% concentrations. Read More