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Liquid Capsules are the Future

Handling medication in liquid form has long been a vexing issue in the pharmaceutical world. With stringent rules and codes of practice laid down by regulatory bodies, there are many pitfalls waiting for the unwary. But help is at hand in the form of new, simple and cost-effective machine technology.

Liquid dosing of medication seems set to be the next large - and interesting - market development, however there have been one or two areas where creases needed to be ironed out before the idea could really take off and capsules containing liquid rather than powder become more widely used. But one of the biggest areas of concern - a safe and secure method of getting liquid into capsule products - is now set to disappear as a range of new machines comes onto the market in May.

Over the decades, many machines have been developed to try to get around what has always been the major problem of putting a liquid inside a capsule - leakage. Whilst the filling of capsules with liquid has been around for some time, a new development to be introduced in May 2003 will allow the filling and sealing of the capsules to be 100 per cent effective, thus keeping the liquid in the capsule.


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By Robin Davies, Managing Director of Isopak

Robin Davies is Managing Director of Isopak and has been involved with packing in the pharmaceutical industry for almost 25 years. He previously ran Stamford Packaging, designing and developing a variety of special purpose equipment. Stamford Packaging were the agents for Bonapace.

Prior to that, Robin was a Sales Manager for CAM a major Italian packaging machine manufacturer. He has also worked as a Chief Engineer for Peter Holland, a distributor for a range of manufacturers of packaging machinery.

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