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Advanced ODT Technologies for Drug Development in Japan and the US

Since its introduction in the 1980s, the market of orally disintegrating tablet (ODT) has grown annually and ODTs are now available in a variety of therapeutic areas, both over-the-counter (OTC) and by prescription. The ODT market is projected to reach $24B USD in 2024 at a CAGR of 11.5% between 2019-2027.

CMIC teamed up with Aprecia experts to talk about advanced ODT technologies and its advantages in drug development. This informative webinar will detail the orally disintegrating tablet market trends in Japan and the US, the industry development in Japan, and the up and coming 3D printing technology being applied to manufacturing.

An orally disintegrating tablet (ODT) is a dose structure of over -the-counter (OTC) and physician endorsed drugs. ODTs contrast from conventional tablets in that they are intended to be broken down on the tongue as opposed to swallowed whole. The ODT serves as a more inclusive form for patients who experience dysphagia (trouble in swallowing).

Market Trends

New ODT advancements are meeting numerous pharmaceutical needs that have never been met before. These advancements are leading to increased quality of life and more effective dosing for pediatric, geriatric, and mental patients with dysphagia. North America is currently the leader in the global market with an estimated share of 35%. Zofran, approved in North America, represents half of that market share in ODT. This webinar details the year over year trend of approved ODT drugs in Japan, including generic and brand-name. Here you will see the increasing trend of generic approvals beginning in 2010.

ODT Drug Development in Japan

Orally Disintegrating Tablets combine the advantages of solid dosage forms with other technologies to better meet patient needs. ODTs are referred to as a patient centric dosage form because of their ability to cater to specific patient groups. Because of this, ODTs are ideal for administering drugs for pediatric and geriatric patients. Orally disintegrating tablets minimize dosage form errors and improve compliance and therapeutic outcomes due to their ease of use.

ODT Technology originally began using freeze dry molding technology in 1986 as the first ODT. ODTs then progressed to wet molding technology launched  in Japan using in 1997. These are the first generation of ODT.   The second generation ODT advanced to a mid-level hardness a few years later. By 2006, the ODT tablets you know today were completed with a high level of hardness.

Requirements for ODT Manufacturing in Japan:

  1. Ensure bioequivalence to the reference dosage form
  2. Chemical tablet stability
  3. Sufficient hardness
  4. Taste – Ask CMIC about our Taste Masking technology!
  5. Low cost and stable production

CMIC’s taste masking technology measures the tablets bitterness and is able to correct it using different masking effects and techniques.

3D Printing Technology Development

3D printing technology can be applied using “powder-liquid” or “binder jetting”, a platform that has been validated and approved by FDA as one of the first and only 3D printing products. With this platform, the dosage forms are assembled layer-by-layer, without the use of compression forces or molds. This is especially beneficial for eliminating potential disruption of drug particles or particle coatings. The layer-by-layer formation allows a common blend to create multiple dosage strains. 3D technology also plays a large role in modified release and taste masking. This technology functions by spreading thin layers of powder and depositing pre-programmed patterns of liquid droplets onto selected regions of each layer. This is carried out repeatedly until the tablet is formed. Print images control the internal and external geometry of the dosage form as well as special composition. This allows control over regional tablet hardness, dispersibility characteristics, drug placement, and overall form/shape, obviating the need for tooling changes.

Download this webinar to lead more on manufacturing compounds, binding techniques, and the overall manufacturing process.

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