Market Profile: Dissolution Testing

October 1, 2006

LCGC North America

LCGC North America, LCGC North America-10-01-2006, Volume 24, Issue 10
Pages: 1062

Dissolution testing is a mandatory test for the physical evaluation of solid dosage forms such as capsules, tablets, ointments, and creams. The most basic form of testing measures the rate of dissolution or solubility of a drug tablet. Dissolution testing also can be used in ADME and bioavailability studies, release rates of a drug substance under different conditions, as well as provide information as to the efficacy of in-vivo performance.

Dissolution testing is a mandatory test for the physical evaluation of solid dosage forms such as capsules, tablets, ointments, and creams. The most basic form of testing measures the rate of dissolution or solubility of a drug tablet. Dissolution testing also can be used in ADME and bioavailability studies, release rates of a drug substance under different conditions, as well as provide information as to the efficacy of in-vivo performance.

2005 dissolution testing demand by Industry

It is a common practice to link a dissolution tester with a high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) system. This perhaps is one of the fastest growing areas in dissolution testing market. When the samples are introduced into the vessel, researchers remove small aliquots at regular intervals that will later be analyzed via high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Furthermore, fully automated online systems directly inject the sample into an HPLC and offer in-situ reaction monitoring capabilities.

Dissolution testing systems are used in a variety of laboratory settings including the R&D, quality control, and production steps of pharmaceutical development. The systems must be durable and provide quality information to meet regulatory requirements. In addition, because dissolution testing is so important to drug development, it is an essential tool for pharmaceutical companies.

In fact, the pharmaceutical industry accounts for an overwhelming majority of the market with strong growth from India and China fueling demand. But this industry is not the only consumer of dissolution testing instruments. Other industries like independent testing labs, CROs, and agriculture/food account for a respectable share of the market.

The foregoing data was extracted and adapted from Instrument Business Outlook, an SDi publication, and SDi's Global Assessment Report, 9th Edition. For more information, contact Glenn Cudiamat, VP of Research Services, Strategic Directions International, Inc., 6242 Westchester Parkway, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90045, tel. (310) 641-4982, fax (310) 641-8851, e-mail: cudiamat@strategic-directions.com