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Capsugel Previews New Generation, Easy-to-Open Sprinkle Capsule at CPhI Worldwide and AAPS Annual Meeting and Exposition
Date:10/22/2013

MORRISTOWN, New Jersey, October 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Coni-Snap® Sprinkle Capsule Is First Capsule Technology Specifically Designed to Support People With Swallowing Difficulties

Capsugel is launching an innovative capsule design to improve adherence to treatment regimens for patients with difficulties swallowing. These patients include babies, children, and older adults as well as patients with medical conditions such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Multiple Sclerosis. The new Coni-Snap® sprinkle capsule is expected to be available in 2014.

"We recognize that patient populations are very diverse with different needs, which is challenging the traditional 'one-size-fits-all' approach to drug formulation and development," said Sven Stegemann, PhD, Director for Pharmaceutical Business Development at Capsugel. "Especially among very young and very old patients, there is a need for dose adjustments to account for the physiological differences in these patient populations. Easy-to-open capsule technology allows for accurate dosing at many different dose strengths of easy-to-swallow multiparticulates and sprinkles, which may lead to improved adherence and minimize dispensing errors."

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Encapsulated drug multiparticulates, or "sprinkles", containing a defined dose of medicine that can be sprinkled on food or beverages is a known alternative for people with challenges swallowing. The major difficulty using standard capsules is that their strong locking mechanism requires sufficient grip strength and dexterity to reopen the capsule. Capsugel's Coni-Snap® sprinkle capsule was developed to provide easy-to-open capsules to caregivers and patients yet has a strong enough lock that allows for processing in the manufacturing and distribution chain.

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