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Tablet coating
COATING: Coating is a process by which a thin-film polymer is applied on granules or
tablets to confer specific benefits. It is applied to a wide range of oral dosage forms.


1. Protecting the drug from its surrounding environment in order to improve stability.
2. Masking unpleasant taste and odor.
3. Improving product identity
4. Improving product appearance.
5. Reducing the risk of interaction between incompatible components.
6. To control release.
7. Modifying drug release, as in enteric coated, repeat action, sustained release products.


Sugar coating Accela cota.
Film coating Hi-couter
Compress coating Driacoater
Microencapsulation Glatt coater

CORE TABLET: The tablet which is coated is called core tablet.

Sugar Coating
Successive application sucrose based solution to coat a tablet by using suitable coating
equipment. The sugar coating process follows six main steps:
1. Sealing or water proofing:
Objective: To provide moisture barrier into the tablet core.
Without it, tablets would absorb excess moisture, leading to tablet softening or
disintegration and affecting the physical and chemical stability of the finished product.
Common materials used as a sealant include Shellac, Zine, Cellulose acetate
phthalate (CAP), Hyroxylpropylcellulose, Hyroxypropylmethylcellulose etc | 1
2. Sub coating: it causes a rapid buildup tablet size and round of the tablet edges.
Gelatin, gum acasia, calcium carbonate is the example.

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3. Smoothing: It is done to make elegant of the sub-coating. Smoothing usually can be
accomplished by the application of a simple syrup solution (approximately 60-70 %
sugar solid). This syrup generally contains pigments, starch, gelatin, acacia or opacifier
if required.
4. Coloring: gives the tablet its color and finished size. The types of coloring materials
used can be divided into two categories water soluble dyes or water insoluble
5. Polishing: produces the gloss. Characteristics of the tablet. Polishing is achieved by
applying the mixture of waxes like beeswax, carnubawax, candelila wax or hard
paraffin wax to tablets in polishing pan.
Film Coating
Film coating can be defined as the polymer based thin film over the core tablet. It is the
more common contemporary and thus commonly used process for coating oral solid
dosage forms.
A. Polymer: The ideal characteristics of film coating polymers are
(1) Solubility: High water solubility is desired for film coating polymers.
(2) Viscosity: Low viscosity is required for trouble free processing.
(3) Permeability: Should be water impermeable. Polymer should have low
permeability against water, oxygen if environmental protection is desirable.
(4) Mechanical Properties: Should have enough strength to with stand the stress
encounter during normal handling, packaging, transportation and storage of the
Widely used polymers in the industries:
1. Cellulose derivatives.
2. Hydroxy propyl methyl cellulose (polar)
3. Methyl cellulose.
4. Hydroxy propyl cellulose (HPC) 22

5. Carboxy methyl cellulose (CMC)

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Tablet coating
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6. Providon
7. Co-polymer of methacrylic acid derivatives (commercial name: Eudragit)
B. Plasticizer:
(1) Used to maintain elasticity.
(2) Usually decrease thin brittleness.
(3) It is effective in low concentration.
Examples: Polyethylene glycol (PEG 400)
Diethyl phthalate
Coconut oil.
C. Colorants: Usually water soluble colorants are used.
Example: Iron oxide (Red, Yellow, Black)
Titanium oxide (white)
D. Solvents: Water or organic solvents are used to dissolve the components of coating
formulation. The solvent act as a carrier for bringing the polymer over the tablet. The
solvent is removed by drying.
Water based coating formulation are prepared over organic based coating
formulation because of two reasons.
a. Organic solvents are toxic and
b. Organic solvents are environmentally hazardous.
Enteric Coating
This technique is used to protect the tablet core from disintegration in the acid
environment of the stomach. The coating we readily dissolve at the intestinal pH and
liberate the drug from the tablet.
1. Prevention of acid attack on API. E.g. enzymes.
2. To protect the stomach from the irritant effect from certain drugs like sodium salicylate.
3. To facilate absorption of a drug.
4. To deliver drugs intended for local actions in the intestine 33

5. To provide a delayed-release component for repeat action tablet.

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5th Semester 24 BATCH
Industrial Pharmacy
Tablet coating
Course Instructor: MD.SELIM HOSSAIN

1. Shellac but it is now avoid because it is responsible for growing of microorganism.
2. Cellulose acetate phthalate (CAP)
3. Polyvinyl acetate phthalate (PVAP)
4. Eudragit.
All of this components have - COOH group, which is acidic in nature. For this reason
drugs not release in stomach. In intestine drugs releases because stomach is basic in nature.
Difference between sugar coating and film coating tablet.
Subject Sugar coating tablet Film coating tablet
1. Appearance Round with high degree Return original coat of the
of polish coating. tablet.
2. Weight increase 30 to 50% 2 to 3%
due to coating
3. Logo/Break line Not possible. Is possible.
4. Stages Multi stage process. Single stage process.
5. Batch coating time 8 hours or longer 1.5 to 2 hours
6. Sustain or control Usually not possible Easily possible.
7. Coating of Possible but not Possible and applied effectively
granules beneficial for industries. in case of film coating.

Problems encountered with coating

Twinning: Two tablets stick together, usually after becoming aligned along flat
surfaces. Most common in capsule shaped tablets.
Causes Coating suspension cannot be evaporated. 44
Remedy Drying properly.

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5th Semester 24 BATCH
Industrial Pharmacy
Tablet coating
Course Instructor: MD.SELIM HOSSAIN
Reducing spray rate.
Increasing pan speed.
Orange peel: It is surface defect resulting in film being rough or nonglossy. Appearance
is similar to that of orange.
Reasons Inadequate spreading of the coating solution before drying.
Remedy Use additional solvents to decrease the viscosity of the solution.

Picking and Sticking: It is defect where isolated areas of film are pulled away from the
surface when the tablet sticks together and then part.
Picking does not occur alone it must have another tablet to be struck with which called
Causes Inefficient drying.
Higher rate of application of coating solution.
Over wetting
Remedy Use optimum and efficient drying conditions.
Reduce liquid application rate.

Blistering: It is local detachment of film from the substrate forming blister

Reason: Entrapment of gases in or underneath the film due to overheating either
during spraying or at the end of the coating run.
Remedy: Use mild drying conditions.
Colour variation: A defect which involves variation in colour of the film.
Reason: Improper mixing
Uneven spray pattern
Insufficient coating.
Remedy: Use of lake dyes eliminates dye migration.
Cracking: Small, fine cracks observed on the upper and lower central surface of tablets,
or very rarely on the sidewall are referred to as cracks.
Reason: Use of higher molecular weight m 55

Higher internal stresses in the film.

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5th Semester 24 BATCH
Industrial Pharmacy
Tablet coating
Course Instructor: MD.SELIM HOSSAIN
Remedy: Use low molecular weight polymers and adjust the plasticizer and pigment
types and concentration to minimize the internal stress
Facilities for coating:
(1) System of producing tablet bed movement: It must be good for moving a tablet
(2) Spraying system for coating solution: Use atomizer to spray cooling solution.
(3) Hot air system: To remove the solvent, hot air is used.
(4) Exhaust system: This is needed to expel out the evaporated solvent along with the
used air and dust particles.


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5th Semester 24 BATCH
Industrial Pharmacy