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Two New Kollicoat® Pharmaceutical Film Coatings Launched by BASF

Published on 2004-12-08. Author : SpecialChem

Recently, during the CPhI fair in December, BASF launched two new film-coating products in order to extend the comprehensive range of excipients available to their customers. Kollicoat® IR White is the first ready-to-use coating system developed by BASF. Six years ago BASF entered the business field of polymers for film coating of pharmaceuticals. The first product was an enteric coating, followed by an innovative sustained-release coating. In 2003 Kollicoat® IR was introduced to the market as an instant-release film coating based on a new polymer.

Drum coater for the coating of solid dosage forms such as tablets

Coating systems are typically mixtures of polymers, plasticizers, colouring agents and other excipients, which can be stirred into water or an organic solvent to produce a dispersion for the film coating of solid oral dosage forms such as tablets. The world market for coating systems is estimated at approximately 200 million Euro in 2004 with a growth rate between 5 and 6 percent.

Kollicoat® IR White is derived from BASF's proprietary X-fast® technology, which ensures extremely rapid dispersibility of the product in water. "This is an excellent example where a major strength of BASF lies: The best experts from different application areas work closely together and combine their knowledge to develop superior products and solutions for our customers", says Eckart Stein, Group Vice President Strategic Marketing Fine Chemicals at BASF.

The 2nd product launched is Kollicoat® Protect, which is a combination of Kollicoat® IR and polyvinyl alcohol. It provides an excellent moisture protection for sensitive drugs as well as taste masking for those with a bad taste. "BASF now offers an answer for any film-coating question, no matter whether it is instant release, sustained release, enteric coating or moisture protection", explains Dr. Tim Bölke, Director Strategic Business Unit Pharma Ingredients. BASF is investing in the Kollicoat® portfolio to solidify its position as coating expert and solution provider alongside the leading Kollidon® range, including binders and disintegrants. Further line extensions are in the product pipeline.

Source: BASF


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