Tablets remain one of the most widespread pharmaceutical oral form. Film coating is the final step in the manufacturing process of drugs.
It consists in covering tablets with one or more layers in order to obtain a nice finish or to bring functionality.
The necessity of film-coating
Film-coating is a key step in tablet formulation since it can play different roles such as:
- Adding color to enhance the product appearance, to differentiate one product from another or to improve patient compliance
- Helping patients swallow the tablet
- Masking the taste, odor or color of the active ingredient(s)
- Protecting the active ingredient(s) against moisture or other external stress
- Modifying the release of the pharmaceutical active
SEPPIC develops and offers ready-to-use and gastrosoluble film-coatings for tablet formulation - for aesthetic purpose or for offering an effective protection against moisture.
In addition to these ready-to-use coating systems, SEPPIC also distributes film-forming polymers to obtain functional film coatings such as enteric protection or modified release.
SEPPIC, 35 years of coating expertise
Many factors play an important role in the film-coating process and a strong know-how is required to handle them properly.
SEPPIC expertise lies in the understanding of the key parameters of film-coating formulation and process.
"In addition to its tablet coating portfolio, SEPPIC offers a range of services to assist its customers."
SEPPIC performs customer dedicated trials in its application lab to select the right products that best fit the needs and requirements of the customers.
On-site technical support
SEPPIC provides on-site assistance either to help its customers successfully perform scale up, to solve any coating issues or to give specific technical advice.
SEPPIC can develop exclusive formulations on demand adapted to the needs and specifications of its customers.
SEPPIC provides assistance on any regulatory questions and regulatory dossiers on its film-coatings to help customers develop and market their final products.
SEPPIC organizes technical trainings about the fundamentals of film-coating, on both theoretical and practical aspects. Training sessions usually take place in our European R&D center in Castres, South of France.