Controlled Crystallization During Freeze-Drying

August 1, 2011

Source: Pharmaceutical Technology Europe

Issue 8,Volume 23

The authors discuss the preparation of lipophilic drug nanocrystals by controlled crystallization during freeze-drying.

By Hans de Waard, Niels Grasmeijer, Wouter L.J. Hinrichs, Thomas De Beer and Henderik W. Frijlink

The authors discuss the preparation of lipophilic drug nanocrystals by controlled crystallisation during freeze-drying (CCDF). In-line Raman spectroscopy was used to monitor the crystallisation of the drug during freeze-drying to elucidate how the size of the drug crystals could be controlled. A three-way nozzle was used to create a spray freeze-drying process suitable for large-scale production.

This article was also published in our US sister publication Pharmaceutical Technology and can be read here.