High-Speed Tableting of High Drug-Loaded Tablets Prepared from Fluid-Bed Granulated Isoniazid

Valentyn Mohylyuk (Coresponding Author), Dace Bandere

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The aim of this feasibility study was to investigate the possibility of producing industrialscale relevant, robust, high drug-loaded (90.9%, w/w) 100 mg dose immediate-release tablets of isoniazid and simultaneously meet the biowaiver requirements. With an understanding of the reallife constrictions on formulation scientists during product development for the generic industry, this study was done considering a common set of excipients and manufacturing operations, as well as paying special attention to the industrial-scale high-speed tableting process as one of the most critical manufacturing operations. The isoniazid substance was not applicable for the direct compression method. Thus, the selection of granulation method was logically justified, and it was fluid-bed granulated with an aqueous solution of Kollidon® 25, mixed with excipients, and tableted with a rotary tablet press (Korsch XL 100) at 80 rpm (80% of the maximum speed) in the compaction pressure range 170–549 MPa monitoring of ejection/removal forces, tablet weight uniformity, thickness, and hardness. Adjusting the main compression force, the Heckel plot, manufacturability, tabletability, compactability, and compressibility profiles were analysed to choose the main compression force that resulted in the desirable tensile strength, friability, disintegration, and dissolution profile. The study showed that highly robust drug-loaded isoniazid tablets with biowaiver requirements compliance can be prepared with a common set of excipients and manufacturing equipment/operations incl. the industrial-scale high-speed tableting process.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1236
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 13 Apr 2023


  • isoniazid
  • tablets
  • high drug-loaded
  • granulation
  • wet granulation
  • fluid-bed granulation
  • high-speed tableting
  • Heckel plot
  • compressibility
  • tabletability
  • compactability

Field of Science*

  • 3.1 Basic medicine

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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