Who uses tablet dissolution testing?
In the pharmaceutical industry, automated tablet dissolution testing is routinely used to provide critical in vitro drug release information for both quality control purposes, i.e., to assess batch-to-batch consistency of solid oral dosage forms such as tablets, and drug development, i.e., to predict in vivo drug release profiles.
There are three typical situations where dissolution testing plays a vital role:
- formulation and optimization decisions:
- during product development,
- for products where dissolution performance is a critical quality attribute,
Both the product formulation and the manufacturing process are optimized based on achieving specific dissolution targets.
Equivalence decisions: during generic product development, and when implementing post-approval process or formulation changes, similarity of in vitro dissolution profiles between the reference product and its generic or modified version are one of the key requirements for regulatory approval decisions.
Product compliance and release decisions: during routine manufacturing, dissolution outcomes are very often one of the criteria used to make product release decisions.