Applications - Gelatine in Pharmaceuticals

Gelatine is commonly used in pharmaceutical manufacturing. It has various properties that make it useful in the pharmaceutical industry, such as its ability to form gels, its film-forming capabilities, and its stabilising properties.

Gelatine is often used as a component in the production of capsules and tablets. It can be used to create the outer shell of gelatine capsules, which are commonly used to enclose medications. Gelatine can also be used as a binder in tablet formulations, helping to hold the active ingredients together and improve the tablet’s stability.

Gelatine may also be used in other pharma applications such as drug delivery systems, wound dressings, and as a coating material for tablets or soft gels, due to its biocompatibility, biodegradability, and film-forming properties.

Why use Gelatine?

Gelatine is used in various pharmaceutical products from everyday concepts to more sensitive and specialised applications. It offers several important functionalities making it highly effective when used in pharmaceutical and nutraceutical dosage forms.

Capsules are todays preferred dosage form with approximately 600 billion capsules taken globally.

Gelatine capsules protect the contents of capsules from the effects of light, atmospheric oxygen, contamination and microbiological growth.

Main benefits of using Gelatine in Pharmaceuticals

  1. Capsule Production: Gelatine is commonly used to produce gelatine capsules, which provide an effective and convenient means of oral drug delivery.

  2. Biocompatibility: Gelatine is biocompatible, meaning it is well-tolerated by the human body, which is important for pharmaceutical applications.

  3. Ease of Digestion: Gelatine capsules are easily digested and dissolved in the gastrointestinal tract, facilitating the release and absorption of the enclosed medication.

  4. Protection of Active Ingredients: Gelatine capsules provide a protective shell for sensitive active ingredients, shielding them from external factors such as moisture, light, and air.

  5. Stabilisation of Medications: Gelatine acts as a stabilising agent in tablet formulations, helping to maintain the integrity and efficacy of the medication.

  6. Controlled Release: Gelatine can be used in the development of controlled-release drug delivery systems, allowing for a controlled and sustained release of the active ingredient.

  7. Film-Forming Properties: Gelatine can be used to create thin films that can be applied to tablets, facilitating ease of swallowing and enhancing the appearance of the product.

  8. Compatibility with Other Ingredients: Gelatine exhibits good compatibility with a wide range of pharmaceutical ingredients, enabling its use in various formulations.

  9. Versatility: Gelatine can be modified to possess specific properties, such as improved mechanical strength or extended release characteristics, making it adaptable to different pharmaceutical applications.

  10. Regulatory Approval: Gelatine has a long history of use in pharmaceuticals and has been approved by regulatory agencies worldwide, making it a well-established and accepted ingredient in the industry.

Overall, Healan Ingredients is a trusted supplier of high-quality ingredients for the pharmaceuticals industry, offering customised solutions, exceptional quality, and outstanding customer service.

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