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Excipient blend simplifies production of effervescent tablets Sorb-Cel co-processed, direct-compres- sion base contains all ingredients needed to impart effervescent proper- ties to tablets, granules, and powders. It is easy to use; simply blend with API. Its ingredients—mannitol, povidone, citric acid, and sodium bicarbonate, and choice of polyethylene glycol or sor- bitol—are typical of effervescent addi- tives, making base easy to register and substitute into existing formulations without major label changes. Base is compatible with common actives (vita- min C, calcium, acetaminophen, etc.), and is free of lactose and sugar. Blanver, Boca Raton, FL. Tel. 561 416 5513 46 April 2015 Tablets & Capsules product update people news Brookfield Engineering Laboratories, Middleboro, MA, appointed Nilay Shah as international sales and market- ing manager for laboratory products and services for all territories outside of the Americas, UK, and China. Dennis J. Kinsey was hired as director of business development at Pharma Tech Industries, Athens, GA. Rondo-Pak, Norristown, PA, hired Brian McGonigle as director of operations. Thomas Beck was promoted to vice president of quality management at Recipharm, Stockholm, Sweden. The US Pharmacopeia, Rockville, MD, named Jaap Venema its chief science officer. Venema will also serve as chair- person of USP's standards-setting Council of Experts at the start of its next 5-year cycle on July 1, 2015. Mike Mankosa was promoted to exec- utive vice president of global technol- ogy at Eriez, Erie, PA. Organic excipient-maker Ribus, St. Louis, MO, hired Laurie Wittenbrink as global marketing manager and Lisa Harter to oversee global business development. Tamping pin prevents sticking Tamping pin with mirror-finish tip (photo, right) prevents buildup of sticky fills. Polished finish eliminates electroplating, which can compromise fine tolerances or characteristics of Type 316 stainless steel, leading to FDA compliance issues. Stick- resistant tamping pin, coupled with proper wiping at powder-slug transfer station, helps maintain consistent capsule weights. International Inventory Management, Elon, NC. Tel. 336 584 4777 Acid-resistant capsules obviate enteric coating Embo Caps AP (acid protection) two- piece capsules comprise hypromellose and water-soluble carbohydrate. They resist dissolution in gastric acid but dis- solve quickly in alkaline intestinal envi- ronment. Capsules protect nutrients, probiotics, enzymes, and other materi- als vulnerable to stomach acid. Low (3 to 7 percent) moisture content is well suited to hygroscopic materials. Inher- ent acid resistance eliminates need for enteric coating or banding. Suheung-America, Cerritos, CA. Tel. 562 926 5685 Clariant starts Chinese packaging plant MUTTENZ, Switzerland—Clariant, a specialty chemical supplier, obtained a manufacturing facility in China as part of its recent acquisition of healthcare packaging company, VitaPac. The plant, located in the Guangdong province of southeast China, manufac- tures desiccant packets. Recipharm completes serialization project for Abbott JORDBRO, Sweden—Recipharm com- pleted a contract packaging serializa- tion project at a Korean facility for Abbott, Chicago, IL. The project required implementation of a data- matrix code to a blister packaging line in compliance with country-specific regulations.

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