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  1. Using Tablet PCs for Active Learning: Learning from Others' Mistakes

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    Robson, Daphne; Kennedy, Dave

    2013-01-01

    Tablet PCs were used interactively in a Discrete Mathematics course in the first year of a Computing degree. The main benefit expected was an improvement in student engagement, but peer instruction was very evident and the ability to display many student answers led to very effective and immediate feedback, particularly when incorrect answers were…

  2. Application of Tablet PCs to Lecture Demonstrations on Optical Mineralogy

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    Hoisch, Thomas D.; Austin, Barbara A.; Newell, Shawn L.; Manone, Mark F.

    2010-01-01

    Learning optical mineralogy requires students to integrate a complex theory with microscope manipulations and image interpretation. To assist student learning, we performed lecture demonstrations during which digital photomicrographs were taken and delivered to students using Tablet PCs, whereupon they were imported into note-taking software and…

  3. Field studies in architectural acoustics using Tablet PCs

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    Boye, Daniel

    2005-04-01

    Core requirements for the sciences within the liberal arts curriculum challenge students to become directly involved in scientific study. These requirements seek to develop scientifically literate leaders and members of society. Formal laboratory periods are not usually associated with these courses. Thus, conceptual discovery and quantitative experimentation must take place outside of the classroom. Physics 115: Musical Technology at Davidson College is such a course and contains a section dealing with architectural acoustics. Field studies in the past have been an awkward and cumbersome activity, especially for non-science majors. The emerging technology of Tablet PCs overcomes many of the problems of mobile data acquisition and analysis, and allows the students to determine the locations of the rooms to be studied. The impulse method for determining reverberation time is used and compared with calculations based on room size and absorption media. The use of Tablet PCs and the publicly available freeware Audacity in field studies investigating architectural acoustics will be discussed. [Work supported in part by the Associated Colleges of the South through their Technology Fellowship program.

  4. Using Tablet PCs in Social Work Practice Education

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    Diane M. Hodge

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Within social work practice courses, video recording has been used to record and evaluate the clinical practice skills of students. This process has been limited by labor-intensive, tapebased video equipment, non-digital means of organizing and assessing specific scenes and events within the video, and paper evaluation forms. As an interdisciplinary project, professors from professional disciplines (education, social work, and counseling worked with information technology students from computer science to design and develop Table PC-based One- Note EVAs (Extended Video Application that would provide a more effective way of evaluating clinical practice skills for professional program students. This case study presents how one interdisciplinary team was able to create an EVA for use with digital recordings of clinical practice skills so that these demonstrations could be recorded, organized, and evaluated more effectively. The issues of working through communication differences, design difficulties, and the additional steps toward implementation are explored. The lessons learned from working as an interdisciplinary team and the impact of Tablet PCs in social work practice courses is also presented.

  5. Tablet PCs as Instructional Tools in English as a Foreign Language Education

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    Savas, Perihan

    2014-01-01

    The main goal of the study presented in this paper was to investigate the perceptions of 40 pre-service English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers about the effectiveness of Tablet PCs as instructional tools in EFL classes. The study was conducted at a state university in Turkey and the data collection was mainly done via two questionnaires.…

  6. TOWARD AUTOMATED FAÇADE TEXTURE GENERATION FOR 3D PHOTOREALISTIC CITY MODELLING WITH SMARTPHONES OR TABLET PCS

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    S. Wang

    2012-01-01

    ... façade texture image from pictures taken by smartphones or tablet PCs. The façade texture generation requires tremendous labour work and thus, has been the bottleneck of 3D photo-realistic city modelling...

  7. Modular Curriculum Approach (MCA) for teaching of introductory physics: Tablet PCs and flexible instructional space to stimulate active learning

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    Bykov, Tikhon; Kosheleva, Yelena

    2011-03-01

    Modular Curriculum Approach is an innovative model designed at McMurry University and adopted for teaching of introductory physics courses. In MCA, traditional lab/lecture structure is converted into a system of flexible instructional modules, with lecture, lab, and discussion being merged into one technologically and collaboratively rich experience. Different elements are integrated with Tablet PCs as a single unifying platform to improve continuity among module components. A technology suite incorporated with tablets includes: Physlets, tablet-adapted personal response systems, data acquisition systems, and tablet-based note-taking tools. The MCA has been further reinforced by creating a new instructional space with movable partitions, allowing for easy transformation between lecture and lab modes. The space is supportive of small peer- group activities with easy-to-reconfigure table clusters, multiple white and black board surfaces, multiple TVs and projection screens.

  8. Using Tablet PCs in Classroom for Teaching Human-Computer Interaction: An Experience in High Education

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    da Silva, André Constantino; Marques, Daniela; de Oliveira, Rodolfo Francisco; Noda, Edgar

    2014-01-01

    The use of computers in the teaching and learning process is investigated by many researches and, nowadays, due the available diversity of computing devices, tablets are become popular in classroom too. So what are the advantages and disadvantages to use tablets in classroom? How can we shape the teaching and learning activities to get the best of…

  9. Toward Automated FAÇADE Texture Generation for 3d Photorealistic City Modelling with Smartphones or Tablet Pcs

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    Wang, S.

    2012-07-01

    An automated model-image fitting algorithm is proposed in this paper for generating façade texture image from pictures taken by smartphones or tablet PCs. The façade texture generation requires tremendous labour work and thus, has been the bottleneck of 3D photo-realistic city modelling. With advanced developments of the micro electro mechanical system (MEMS), camera, global positioning system (GPS), and gyroscope (G-sensors) can all be integrated into a smartphone or a table PC. These sensors bring the possibility of direct-georeferencing for the pictures taken by smartphones or tablet PCs. Since the accuracy of these sensors cannot compared to the surveying instruments, the image position and orientation derived from these sensors are not capable of photogrammetric measurements. This paper adopted the least-squares model-image fitting (LSMIF) algorithm to iteratively improve the image's exterior orientation. The image position from GPS and the image orientation from gyroscope are treated as the initial values. By fitting the projection of the wireframe model to the extracted edge pixels on image, the image exterior orientation elements are solved when the optimal fitting achieved. With the exact exterior orientation elements, the wireframe model of the building can be correctly projected on the image and, therefore, the façade texture image can be extracted from the picture.

  10. TOWARD AUTOMATED FAÇADE TEXTURE GENERATION FOR 3D PHOTOREALISTIC CITY MODELLING WITH SMARTPHONES OR TABLET PCS

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    S. Wang

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available An automated model-image fitting algorithm is proposed in this paper for generating façade texture image from pictures taken by smartphones or tablet PCs. The façade texture generation requires tremendous labour work and thus, has been the bottleneck of 3D photo-realistic city modelling. With advanced developments of the micro electro mechanical system (MEMS, camera, global positioning system (GPS, and gyroscope (G-sensors can all be integrated into a smartphone or a table PC. These sensors bring the possibility of direct-georeferencing for the pictures taken by smartphones or tablet PCs. Since the accuracy of these sensors cannot compared to the surveying instruments, the image position and orientation derived from these sensors are not capable of photogrammetric measurements. This paper adopted the least-squares model-image fitting (LSMIF algorithm to iteratively improve the image's exterior orientation. The image position from GPS and the image orientation from gyroscope are treated as the initial values. By fitting the projection of the wireframe model to the extracted edge pixels on image, the image exterior orientation elements are solved when the optimal fitting achieved. With the exact exterior orientation elements, the wireframe model of the building can be correctly projected on the image and, therefore, the façade texture image can be extracted from the picture.

  11. A Study on Parallel Computation Tools on Networked PCs

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    Heru Suhartanto

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Many models for natural phenomena, engineering applications and industries need powerfull computing resources to solve their problems. High Performance Computing resources were introduced by many researchers. This comes in the form of Supercomputers and with operating systems and tools for development such as parallel compiler and its library. However, these resources are  expensive for the investation and maintenance, hence people need some alternatives. Many people then introduced parallel distributed computing by using available computing resource such as PCs. Each of these PCs is treated  s a processors, hence the cluster of the PC behaves as Multiprocessors Computer. Many tools are developed for such purposes. This paper studies the peformance of the currently popular tools such as Parallel Virta\\ual Machine (PVM, Message Passing Interface (MPI, Java Remote Method Invocation (RMI and Java Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA. Some experiments were conducted on a cluster of PCs, the results show significant speed up. Each of those tools are identified suitable for a certain implementation and programming purposes.

  12. Classical Experiments Revisited: Smartphones and Tablet PCs as Experimental Tools in Acoustics and Optics

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    Klein, P.; Hirth, M.; Gröber, S.; Kuhn, J.; Müller, A.

    2014-01-01

    Smartphones and tablets are used as experimental tools and for quantitative measurements in two traditional laboratory experiments for undergraduate physics courses. The Doppler effect is analyzed and the speed of sound is determined with an accuracy of about 5% using ultrasonic frequency and two smartphones, which serve as rotating sound emitter…

  13. High-Quality Learning Environments for Engineering Design: Using Tablet PCs and Guidelines from Research on How People Learn

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    Enrique Palou

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available A team of several faculty members and graduate students at Universidad de las Amricas Puebla is improving engineering design teaching and learning by creating richer learning environments that promote an interactive classroom while integrating formative assessment into classroom practices by means of Tablet PCs and associated technologies. Learning environments that are knowledge-, learner-, community-, and assessment-centered as highlighted by the How People Learn framework, have been developed. To date, the redesign of the undergraduate course entitled Introduction to Engineering Design has signicantly (p<0.05 increased student participation; formative assessment and feedback are more common and rapid; and instructors are utilizing the information gained through real-time formative assessments to tailor instruction to meet student needs. Particularly important have been opportunities to make student thinking visible and to give them chances to revise, as well as opportunities for "what if" thinking.

  14. Which Teaching Strategy Is Better for Enhancing Anti-Phishing Learning Motivation and Achievement? The Concept Maps on Tablet PCs or Worksheets?

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    Sun, Jerry Chih-Yuan; Lee, Kuan-Hsien

    2016-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to evaluate the feasibility of the integration of concept maps and tablet PCs in anti-phishing education for enhancing students' learning motivation and achievement. The subjects were 155 students from grades 8 and 9. They were divided into an experimental group (77 students) and a control group (78 students). To begin…

  15. Tablet PCs in Elementary Education A Pilot Project at the Practice Primary School of the KPH at Campus Vienna/Krems

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    Anton Reiter

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Am Beginn des Schuljahrs 2011/2012 wurde eine Volksschulklasse der im 21. Wiener Gemeindebezirk gelegenen Praxisschule der katholischen Pädagogischen Hochschule Wien/Krems mit Tablet-PCs ausgestattet. Die Geräte wurden von der Institution und den Eltern finanziert und allen SchülerInnen einer dritten Klasse zur Verfügung gestellt. Evaluation und Dokumentation des Projekts wurde vom österreichische Ministerium für Unterricht und Frauen finanziert. Wie aktuelle internationale Studien zeigen, gewöhnen sich neunjährige SchülerInnen schnell an solche Geräte. Das war auch in der hier vorgelegten Studie zu beobachten. Die SchülerInnen waren sehr motiviert und haben verschiedene Anwendungen erprobt. Die Tablets wurden auch außerhalb des Klassenraums verwendet, was als wesentlicher Vorteil mobiler Computer gesehen werden kann. Tablet-PCs ermöglichen individuelles Lernen und können für kooperative, soziale und interaktive Lernformen während des Unterrichts und in der Freizeit verwendet werden. Als persönliche mobile Geräte katalysieren die Tablet-PCs selbstgesteuertes “just-in-time” Lernen. Alle SchülerInnen sollten daher im 21. Jahrhundert solche Geräte zur Verfügung haben. One class of the practice primary school at the church-affilated former pedagogical college (KPH at Campus Vienna/Krems located in the 21st district of the capital of Austria was equipped with Tablet PCs at the beginning of the school year 2011/2012. These devices for all students of a third class were financed by the institution and partly the parents. The Austrian Federal Ministry of Education and Women's Affairs funded the evaluation and documentation of this two-year project. As recent international studies on the use of tablets (mostly iPads in primary and secondary education confirm, also these nine years old kids quickly got familiar with the used Pearl Touchlet tablets. The pupils were highly motivated and tried out different applications. The tablets

  16. Using smartphones and tablet PCs for β--spectroscopy in an educational experimental setup

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    Gröber, Sebastian; Molz, Alexander; Kuhn, Jochen

    2014-11-01

    A magnetic spectrometer is used to gather the β--spectrum of 90 Sr /Y with a focus on two aspects. (1) The intensity of β--radiation is measured by the camera sensor module of a tablet PC together with the RadioactivityCounter app and by a Geiger-Müller tube. We evaluate the quality of mobile devices as radioactive radiation detectors by using polyenergetic β--radiation as an example and by comparing the spectra measured with the two detector types. (2) For educational purposes we implement a simple experimental setup, which consists of separate devices for measuring the electron’s kinetic energy and intensity, which are available in laboratories in educational settings. Comparison of the measured β--spectra published in the literature should encourage students to think about the energy resolution power of the β--spectrometer. Theoretical considerations show the low, yet sufficient energy resolution power of this spectrometer, especially for low energy levels.

  17. Resource Allocation in a Frequency Hopping PCS1900/GSM/DCS1800 Type of Network

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    Nielsen, Thomas Toftegaard; Wigard, Jeroen; Michaelsen, Per-Henrik

    1999-01-01

    Resource allocation in a frequency hopping network is even more problematic than in a traditional network. The combined effect from all serving frequencies has to be considered directly in the allocation process. An algorithm doing this for a PCS1900/GSM/DCS1800 type of network is presented...

  18. The Use of PCs, Smartphones, and Tablets in a Probability-Based Panel Survey : Effects on Survey Measurement Error

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    Lugtig, Peter; Toepoel, Vera

    2016-01-01

    Respondents in an Internet panel survey can often choose which device they use to complete questionnaires: a traditional PC, laptop, tablet computer, or a smartphone. Because all these devices have different screen sizes and modes of data entry, measurement errors may differ between devices. Using

  19. Learning basic life support (BLS) with tablet PCs in reciprocal learning at school: are videos superior to pictures? A randomized controlled trial.

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    Iserbyt, Peter; Charlier, Nathalie; Mols, Liesbet

    2014-06-01

    It is often assumed that animations (i.e., videos) will lead to higher learning compared to static media (i.e., pictures) because they provide a more realistic demonstration of the learning task. To investigate whether learning basic life support (BLS) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from video produce higher learning outcomes compared to pictures in reciprocal learning. A randomized controlled trial. A total of 128 students (mean age: 17 years) constituting eight intact classes from a secondary school learned BLS in reciprocal roles of doer and helper with tablet PCs. Student pairs in each class were randomized over a Picture and a Video group. In the Picture group, students learned BLS by means of pictures combined with written instructions. In the Video group, BLS was learned through videos with on-screen instructions. Informational equivalence was assured since instructions in both groups comprised exactly the same words. BLS assessment occurred unannounced, three weeks following intervention. Analysis of variance demonstrated no significant differences in chest compression depths between the Picture group (M=42 mm, 95% CI=40-45) and the Video group (M=39 mm, 95% CI=36-42). In the Picture group significantly higher percentages of chest compressions with correct hand placement were achieved (M=67%, CI=58-77) compared to the Video group (M=53%, CI=43-63), P=.03, η(p)(2)=.03. No other significant differences were found. Results do not support the assumption that videos are superior to pictures for learning BLS and CPR in reciprocal learning. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. On a handover algorithm in a PCS1900/ GSM/DCS1800 Network

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    Wigard, Jeroen; Nielsen, Thomas Toftegaard; Michaelsen, Per-Henrik

    1999-01-01

    Traffic reason handover is a functionality that distributes the traffic out over the network according to the traffic load. This can decrease the blocking and thus increase the quality of service (QoS). Its potential gain is analytically calculated and network simulations are performed to evaluat...

  1. iRadioactivity--Possibilities and Limitations for Using Smartphones and Tablet PCs as Radioactive Counters: Examples for Studying Different Radioactive Principles in Physics Education

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    Kuhn, Jochen; Molz, Alexander; Gröber, Sebastian; Frübis, Jan

    2014-01-01

    A study conducted in 2013 showed that about 70-80% of teens and young adults in the United States own a smartphone. Furthermore the number of tablet PC users in the United States will increase up to more than 80% by 2015. As a result, these devices have increasingly become everyday tools, particularly for the younger generation. In recent years,…

  2. PCs in the factory

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    2013-01-01

    Please note this is a short discount publication.PCs have become as essential to the factory environment as they are to the office environment. This in-depth report examines how specially adapted PCs and peripherals are being established in Factory Process Control and Reporting. The report covers: * Hardware and Software* Typical Applications* Implementation Issues* Case Studies and Real Applications

  3. Logistic growth for the Nuzi cuneiform tablets: Analyzing family networks in ancient Mesopotamia

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    Ueda, Sumie; Makino, Kumi; Itoh, Yoshiaki; Tsuchiya, Takashi

    2015-03-01

    We reconstruct the published year of each cuneiform tablet of the Nuzi society in ancient Mesopotamia. The tablets are on land transaction, marriage, loan, slavery contracts, etc. The number of tablets seems to increase by logistic growth. It may show the dynamics of concentration of lands or other properties into few powerful families in a period of about sixty years and most of them are in about thirty years. We reconstruct family trees and social networks of Nuzi and estimate the published years of cuneiform tablets consistently with the trees and networks, formulating least squares problems with linear inequality constraints.

  4. PCs The Missing Manual

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    Karp, David

    2005-01-01

    Your vacuum comes with one. Even your blender comes with one. But your PC--something that costs a whole lot more and is likely to be used daily and for tasks of far greater importance and complexity--doesn't come with a printed manual. Thankfully, that's not a problem any longer: PCs: The Missing Manual explains everything you need to know about PCs, both inside and out, and how to keep them running smoothly and working the way you want them to work. A complete PC manual for both beginners and power users, PCs: The Missing Manual has something for everyone. PC novices will appreciate the una

  5. Logistic Growth for the Nuzi Cuneiform Tablets: Analyzing Family Networks in Ancient Mesopotamia

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    Ueda, Sumie; Makino, Kumi; Itoh, Yoshiaki; Tsuchiya, Takashi

    2013-01-01

    We reconstruct the year of publication of each cuneiform tablet of the Nuzi society in ancient Mesopotamia. The tablets, are on land transaction, marriage, loan, slavery contracts etc. The number of tablets seem to increase by logistic growth until saturation. It may show the dynamics of concentration of lands or other properties into few powerful families in a period of about twenty years. We reconstruct family trees and social networks of Nuzi and estimate the publication years of cuneiform...

  6. Tablet PCs, Academic Results and Educational Inequalities

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    Ferrer, Ferran; Belvis, Esther; Pamies, Jordi

    2011-01-01

    This article is the result of a study carried out in 2008 and 2009 by a team from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in order to evaluate the implementation of the Digital Whiteboard Program in public schools in the region of Aragon (Spain). The following pages present some of the results obtained during the study. More specifically, this…

  7. Approaches and Views of Teachers and Administrators Related to the Usage of Interactive WhiteBoards and Tablet PCs [Öğretmen ve Yöneticilerin Etkileşimli Tahta ve Tablet Bilgisayar Kullanımına Yönelik Yaklaşımları ve Görüşleri

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    Gökhan Dağhan

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the study is to determine approaches of administrators and teachers related to the use of interactive whiteboards and tablet PCs which are distributed in schools within FATİH project. Research was carried out with 32 administrator and 36 teachers who works at FATİH project implementation schools. Seperate forms consisting of different open-ended questions were posed to teachers and administrators. Data was analyzed with content analysis. Administrators indicate that the courses supported by this technology will provide effective learning; courses will be more efficient in a shorter time; motivation, interest and involvement will be affected in a positive direction. Teachers states that technology supported courses will increase the interest of students and develop various skills. According to the statements the most important problem related to the use of these technologies seems to be caused by lack of sufficient educational e-content. Organizing “practical” trainings which aims at gaining ability to create educational e-content for teachers could be solution to sufficient e-content problem. [Bu çalışmanın amacı FATİH projesiyle birlikte okullarda dağıtılan etkileşimli tahta ve tablet bilgisayarlarla ilgili olarak, yöneticilerin ve farklı alanlarda görev yapan öğretmenlerin görüşlerinin ve bu teknolojilerin kullanımlarına yönelik yaklaşımlarının belirlenmesidir. Araştırma FATİH projesinin uygulandığı okullarda görev yapan 32 yönetici ve 36 öğretmenle yürütülmüştür. Öğretmen ve yönetici formu olmak üzere farklı açık uçlu sorulardan oluşan anket katılımcılara yöneltilmiş, veriler içerik analizi ile çözümlenmiştir. Yöneticiler derslerin bu teknolojilerle desteklenerek işlenmesi ile etkili öğrenmelerin sağlanacağını; daha kısa zamanda daha verimli dersler işleneceğini; motivasyon ilgi ve katılımın olumlu yönde etkileneceğini belirtmektedirler.

  8. Neutron proton crystallography station (PCS)

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    Fisher, Zoe [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Kovalevsky, Andrey [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Johnson, Hannah [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Mustyakimov, Marat [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2009-01-01

    The PCS (Protein Crystallography Station) at Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) is a unique facility in the USA that is designed and optimized for detecting and collecting neutron diffraction data from macromolecular crystals. PCS utilizes the 20 Hz spallation neutron source at LANSCE to enable time-of-flight measurements using 0.6-7.0 {angstrom} neutrons. This increases the neutron flux on the sample by using a wavelength range that is optimal for studying macromolecular crystal structures. The diagram below show a schematic of PCS and photos of the detector and instrument cave.

  9. PCs stir reliability, real-time concerns

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    Strothman, J. [ed.

    1994-11-01

    While pre-Christmas price wars regularly boost personal computer sales this time of year, price cuts alone won`t cause process control systems designers to open their wallets and buy PCs. User studies and user feedback to process control equipment suppliers show several other issues continue to rank higher than price including: (1) Hardware and software reliability; (2) easy-to-use user interfaces; (3) ability to do multitasking; (4) need for real-time updates. These and several other non-price issues - including open versus proprietary systems, slower scan rates from PCs compared to programmable controllers, and assurances that the PC will work in an industrial environment - scored high in a study authored earlier this year by Jesse Yoder, owner of Idea Network, Clinton, NJ. The report, titled {open_quotes}The World Market for Process Control Equipment,{close_quotes} was written for FIND/SVP, a New York City market research firm.

  10. PCs All-in-One For Dummies

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    Chambers, Mark L

    2010-01-01

    One-stop shopping for everything you need to know about PCs!. If you're a PC owner, you have a pretty good idea of just how much there is to discover about your PC, whether you use it for work or play. Comprised of eight minibooks, this All-in-One guide covers essential PC topics from soup through nuts, including the latest updates to PC hardware, Windows 7, the Internet, Office 2010, digital media, upgrading and troubleshooting, social media, and home networking. This new edition features expanded coverage of using popular social media such as Twitter, Facebook, WordPress, and blogging. Plus,

  11. Comparison of neurofuzzy logic and neural networks in modelling experimental data of an immediate release tablet formulation.

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    Shao, Qun; Rowe, Raymond C; York, Peter

    2006-08-01

    This study compares the performance of neurofuzzy logic and neural networks using two software packages (INForm and FormRules) in generating predictive models for a published database for an immediate release tablet formulation. Both approaches were successful in developing good predictive models for tablet tensile strength and drug dissolution profiles. While neural networks demonstrated a slightly superior capability in predicting unseen data, neurofuzzy logic had the added advantage of generating rule sets representing the cause-effect relationships contained in the experimental data.

  12. [Prescription screening of total coumarins of Angelica dahurica var. formosana extended action tablets based on artificial neural network].

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    Li, Ling; Li, Shi-Feng; He, Yu-Xin

    2014-05-01

    To analyze the screening of prescription for the total coumarins of Angelica dahurica var. formosana sustained release tablets, and to preliminarily discuss the releasing mechanism. On the basis of orthogonal test data, the prescriptions were screened and optimized by adopting the artificial neural network technology and by taking the in vitro release rate at the setting time as the evaluation indicator. The in vitro release performance of sustained release tablets prepared by the screened optimal technology was good, and the drugs released continuously for 12 h. The drug release process was fitted by adopting the Ritger-Peppas equation. The release of these tablets in artificial gastric juice could be described as the combined action of diffusion and skeleton dissolution. Artificial neural network technology can be used to design the pharmacy prescription, optimize the process, solve nonlinear problems with multiple factors and multiple levels, and reduce the experimental workload. So it has broad application prospect.

  13. Modeling of latent structure of indomethacin solid dispersion tablet using Bayesian networks.

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    Hayashi, Yoshihiro; Kikuchi, Shingo; Takayama, Kozo

    2011-11-01

    When designing pharmaceutical products, the relationships between causal factors and pharmaceutical responses are intricate. A Bayesian network (BN) was used to clarify the latent structure underlying the causal factors and pharmaceutical responses of a tablet containing solid dispersion (SD) of indomethacin (IMC). IMC, a poorly water-soluble drug, was tested with polyvinylpyrrolidone as the carrier polymer. Tablets containing a SD or a physical mixture of IMC, different quantities of magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, and low-substituted hydroxypropyl cellulose, and subjected to different compression force were selected as the causal factors. The pharmaceutical responses were the dissolution properties and tensile strength before and after the accelerated test and a similarity factor, which was used as an index of the storage stability. BN models were constructed based on three measurement criteria for the appropriateness of the graph structure. Of these, the BN model based on Akaike's information criterion was similar to the results for the analysis of variance. To quantitatively estimate the causal relationships underlying the latent structure in this system, conditional probability distributions were inferred from the BN model. The responses were accurately predicted using the BN model, as reflected in the high correlation coefficients in a leave-one-out cross-validation procedure. The BN technique provides a better understanding of the latent structure underlying causal factors and responses.

  14. Using Tablet PCs in Social Work Practice Education

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    Diane M. Hodge

    2008-01-01

    Within social work practice courses, video recording has been used to record and evaluate the clinical practice skills of students. This process has been limited by labor-intensive, tapebased video equipment, non-digital means of organizing and assessing specific scenes and events within the video, and paper evaluation forms. As an interdisciplinary project, professors from professional disciplines (education, social work, and counseling) worked with information technology students from compu...

  15. Solid dispersions in the development of a nimodipine floating tablet formulation and optimization by artificial neural networks and genetic programming.

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    Barmpalexis, Panagiotis; Kachrimanis, Kyriakos; Georgarakis, Emanouil

    2011-01-01

    The present study investigates the use of nimodipine-polyethylene glycol solid dispersions for the development of effervescent controlled release floating tablet formulations. The physical state of the dispersed nimodipine in the polymer matrix was characterized by differential scanning calorimetry, powder X-ray diffraction, FT-IR spectroscopy and polarized light microscopy, and the mixture proportions of polyethylene glycol (PEG), polyvinyl-pyrrolidone (PVP), hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (HPMC), effervescent agents (EFF) and nimodipine were optimized in relation to drug release (% release at 60 min, and time at which the 90% of the drug was dissolved) and floating properties (tablet's floating strength and duration), employing a 25-run D-optimal mixture design combined with artificial neural networks (ANNs) and genetic programming (GP). It was found that nimodipine exists as mod I microcrystals in the solid dispersions and is stable for at least a three-month period. The tablets showed good floating properties and controlled release profiles, with drug release proceeding via the concomitant operation of swelling and erosion of the polymer matrix. ANNs and GP both proved to be efficient tools in the optimization of the tablet formulation, and the global optimum formulation suggested by the GP equations consisted of PEG=9%, PVP=30%, HPMC=36%, EFF=11%, nimodipine=14%. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. PCs and networking for oceanographic research vessels

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    Desai, R.G.P.; Desa, E.; Vithayathil, G.

    This paper, first describes briefly the evolution of data acquisition techniques and different system implementation, on board research vessels. A data acquisition system being developed for a coastal research vessel is then described which is based...

  17. The evolution and impact of PCS technology

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    Lawson, John R.

    1994-09-01

    In today's mobile society, communications services that focus on location (wired) are increasingly inadequate. But services that center around the individual (wireless) are being developed to serve society in a way that only recently could consumers have imagined. People-oriented communications tools will make life simpler and more productive. The essence of this concept is captured in a family of wireless services and devices that allow the user to communicate independent of location--Personal Communications Services, known as PCS. First generation PCS devices such a pagers and cellular phones were the instruments of the first wireless revolution, but they will soon be forced to relinquish the spotlight to the new generation of PCS and what should be a dazzling variety of individualized advanced telecommunications services and devices. Within the next two years, these new PCS models, recently described as 'the most exciting development in telecommunications since the breakup of AT&T,' should hit the marketplace, changing the way we communicate and, in turn, the way we live. This paper explores the status and likely development of PCS generally, including 'new PCS.'

  18. Tablet use in primary education: Adoption hurdles and attitude determinants

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    van Deursen, Alexander Johannes Aloysius Maria; Ben Allouch, Soumaya; Ruijter, Laura P.

    2016-01-01

    In the Netherlands, six primary schools recently participated in a pilot program, creating an educational environment in which children use a tablet PC. In these six schools, two studies are conducted. The first study highlights the process by which primary schools adopted tablet PCs by means of

  19. Tablet Use in Primary Education: Adoption Hurdles and Attitude Determinants

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    van Deursen, Alexander J. A. M.; ben Allouch, Somaya; Ruijter, Laura P.

    2016-01-01

    In the Netherlands, six primary schools recently participated in a pilot program, creating an educational environment in which children use a tablet PC. In these six schools, two studies are conducted. The first study highlights the process by which primary schools adopted tablet PCs by means of interviews based on diffusion of innovation theory.…

  20. Make Projects Small Form Factor PCs

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    2006-01-01

    Shoebox sized and smaller, small-form-factor PCs can pack as much computing muscle as a full-sized desktop computer. They consumer less power, have few or no moving parts, and are very quiet. Whether you plan to use one as a standalone PC or want to embed it in your next hacking project, a small-form-factor PC can be a lot of fun to build. Make Projects: Small Form Factor PCs is the only book available that shows you how to build small-form-factor PCs -- from kits and from scratch -- that are more interesting and more personalized than what a full-sized PC can give you. Included in the book

  1. Quantifying the potential export flows of used electronic products in Macau: a case study of PCs.

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    Yu, Danfeng; Song, Qingbin; Wang, Zhishi; Li, Jinhui; Duan, Huabo; Wang, Jinben; Wang, Chao; Wang, Xu

    2017-12-01

    The used electronic product (UEP) has attracted the worldwide attentions because part of e-waste may be exported from developed countries to developing countries in the name of UEP. On the basis of large foreign trade data of electronic products (e-products), this study adopted the trade data approach (TDA) to quantify the potential exports of UEP in Macau, taking a case study of personal computers (PCs). The results show that the desktop mainframes, LCD monitors, and CRT monitors have more low-unit-value trades with higher trade volumes in the past 10 years, while the laptop and tablet PCs, as the newer technologies, owned the higher ratios of the high-unit-value trades. During the period of 2005-2015, the total mean exports for used laptop and tablet PCs, desktop mainframes, and LCD monitors were approximately 18,592, 79,957, and 43,177 units, respectively, while the possible export volume of used CRT monitors was higher, up to 430,098 units in 2000-2010. Noticed that these potential export volumes could be the lower bound because not all used PCs may be shipped using the PC trade code. For all the four kinds of used PCs, the majority (61.6-98.82%) of the export volumes have gone to Hong Kong, followed by Mainland China and Taiwan. Since 2011, there was no CRT monitor export; however, the other kinds of used PC exports will still exist in Macau in the future. The outcomes are helpful to understand and manage the current export situations of used products in Macau, and can also provide a reference for other countries and regions.

  2. Application of design of experiments and multilayer perceptrons neural network in the optimization of diclofenac sodium extended release tablets with Carbopol 71G.

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    Ivić, Branka; Ibrić, Svetlana; Cvetković, Nebojsa; Petrović, Aleksandra; Trajković, Svetlana; Djurić, Zorica

    2010-07-01

    The purpose of the study was to screen the effects of formulation factors on the in vitro release profile of diclofenac sodium from matrix tablets using design of experiment (DOE). Formulations of diclofenac sodium tablets, with Carbopol 71G as matrix substance, were optimized by artificial neural network. According to Central Composite Design, 10 formulations of diclofenac sodium matrix tablets were prepared. As network inputs, concentration of Carbopol 71G and the Kollidon K-25 were selected. In vitro dissolution time profiles at 5 different sampling times were chosen as responses. The independent variables and the release parameters were processed by multilayer perceptrons neural network (MLP). Results of drug release studies indicate that drug release rates vary between different formulations, with a range of 1 h to more than 8 h to complete dissolution. For two tested formulations there was no difference between experimental and MLP predicted in vitro profiles. The MLP model was optimized. The root mean square value for the trained network was 0.07%, which indicated that the optimal MLP model was reached. The optimal tablet formulation predicted by MLP was with 23% of Carbopol 71G and 0.8% of Kollidon K-25. Calculated difference factor (f(1) 7.37) and similarity factor (f(2) 70.79) indicate that there is no difference between predicted and experimentally observed drug release profiles for the optimal formulation. The satisfactory prediction of drug release for optimal formulation by the MLP in this study has shown the applicability of this optimization method in modeling extended release tablet formulation.

  3. Simultaneous non-destructive determination of two components of combined paracetamol and amantadine hydrochloride in tablets and powder by NIR spectroscopy and artificial neural networks.

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    Dou, Ying; Sun, Ying; Ren, Yuqiu; Ju, Ping; Ren, Yulin

    2005-03-09

    The two components (paracetamol and amantadine hydrochloride) were simultaneously determined in combined paracetamol and amantadine hydrochloride tablets and powder by using near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy and artificial neural networks (ANNs). The ANN models of three pretreated spectra (first-derivative, second-derivative and standard normal variate (SNV), respectively) were established. The mathematical corrected models of tablets were compared with those of the powder. In the models, the concentrations of paracetamol and amantadine hydrochloride as the active components were determined simultaneously and compared with the results of their separate determination. The parameters that affected the network were studied and the concentrations of the test set samples were predicted. The degree of approximation, a new evaluation criterion of the network was employed to prove the accuracy of the predicted results.

  4. Design porosity osmotic tablet for delivering low and pH-dependent soluble drug using an artificial neural network.

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    Patel, Alpesh; Mehta, Tarak; Patel, Mukesh; Patel, Kanu; Patel, Natvarlal

    2012-09-01

    In this paper formulation of porosity osmotic tablet containing isradipine (model drug) as a low and pH dependent solubility was optimized based on the simultaneous optimization technique in which an artificial neural network (ANN) was incorporated. Nonlinear relationships between the causal factors and the response variables were represented well with the response surface predicted by ANN. Three causal factors, i.e., drug, osmotic pressure promoting agent rate (Lactose: Fructose), PEG400 content in coating solution and coating weight, were evaluated based on their effects on drug release rate. In vitro dissolution profile time profiles at four different sampling times (1, 12, 20 and 24h) were chosen as output variables. Commercially available STATISTICA 7 (Stat soft, USA) was used throughout the study. The optimize values for the factors X1-X3 were 1.25:0.75, 22% and 2.5% respectively. Calculated difference (f1 = 11.19) and similarity (f2 = 70.07) factors indicate that there is no difference between predicted and experimental observed drug release profile. Artificial neural network technique can be particularly suitable in the pharmaceutical technology of controlled release dosage forms where systems are complex and nonlinear relationships between independent and dependent variables often exist.

  5. User guide to power management for PCs and monitors

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    Nordman, B.; Piette, M.A.; Kinney, K.; Webber, C. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab., CA (United States). Environmental Energy Technologies Div.

    1997-01-01

    Power management of personal computers (PCs) and monitors has the potential to save significant amounts of electricity as well as deliver other economic and environmental benefits. The Environmental Protection Agency`s ENERGY STAR{reg_sign} program has transformed the PC market so that equipment capable of power management is now widely available. However, previous studies have found that many Energy Star compliant computer systems are not accomplishing energy savings. The principal reasons for this are systems not being enabled for power management or a circumstance that prevents power management from operating. This guide is intended to provide information to computer support workers to increase the portion of systems that successfully power manage. The guide introduces power management concepts and the variety of benefits that power management can bring. It then explains how the parts of a computer system work together to enter and leave power management states. Several common computer system types are addressed, as well as the complications that networks bring to power management. Detailed instructions for checking and configuring several system types are provided, along with trouble shooting advice. The guide concludes with a discussion of how to purchase Energy Star compliant systems and future directions for power management of PCs and related equipment.

  6. Public PCs: Log Out or Lose Out

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    2013-01-01

    Do you regularly use one of the public Windows or Linux terminals in the CERN library or in front of the Users' Office? Or do you often give presentations or run meetings, workshops or conferences? Did you recently attend a training session in the CERN Training Centre? If you answered at least once with “yes”, we have a plea for you: LOG OUT when done in order to protect your data!   You might recall that CERN considers that “Your Privacy is Paramount”. But this does not come for free. In the few past months, we have received several reports from vigilant people who have spotted open user sessions on public PCs at CERN. Those users simply forgot to log out once their work, training or meeting was over. Their session continued without them being present. Worse, with CERN using a central Single Sign-On (SSO) portal, their login credentials would allow a malicious person at CERN to use those credentials to access that user’s mailbox, DFS ...

  7. Tablet vs. Paper: The Effect on Learners' Reading Performance

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    Dundar, Hakan; Akcayir, Murat

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to compare primary school 5th-class students' electronic text reading performance, reading speed and reading comprehension with tablet PCs and printed books. This study examined a sample of 20 students. The students were randomly divided into two groups, a control group and a treatment group. The control group students…

  8. Efficacy and tolerability of naproxen/esomeprazole magnesium tablets compared with non-specific NSAIDs and COX-2 inhibitors: a systematic review and network analyses

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    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Catherine Datto,1 Richard Hellmund,1 Mohd Kashif Siddiqui21AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Wilmington, DE, USA; 2HERON PVT India, Chandigarh, UT, IndiaAbstract: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, such as non-selective NSAIDs (nsNSAIDs or selective cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2 inhibitors, are commonly prescribed for arthritic pain relief in patients with osteoarthritis (OA, rheumatoid arthritis (RA, or ankylosing spondylitis (AS. Treatment guidelines for chronic NSAID therapy include the consideration for gastroprotection for those at risk of gastric ulcers (GUs associated with the chronic NSAID therapy. The United States Food and Drug Administration has approved naproxen/esomeprazole magnesium tablets for the relief of signs and symptoms of OA, RA, and AS, and to decrease the risk of developing GUs in patients at risk of developing NSAID-associated GUs. The European Medical Association has approved this therapy for the symptomatic treatment of OA, RA, and AS in patients who are at risk of developing NSAID-associated GUs and/or duodenal ulcers, for whom treatment with lower doses of naproxen or other NSAIDs is not considered sufficient. Naproxen/esomeprazole magnesium tablets have been compared with naproxen and celecoxib for these indications in head-to-head trials. This systematic literature review and network meta-analyses of data from randomized controlled trials was performed to compare naproxen/esomeprazole magnesium tablets with a number of additional relevant comparators. For this study, an original review examined MEDLINE®, Embase®, and the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register from database start to April 14, 2009. Using the same methodology, a review update was conducted to December 21, 2009. The systematic review and network analyses showed naproxen/esomeprazole magnesium tablets have an improved upper gastrointestinal tolerability profile (dyspepsia and gastric or gastroduodenal ulcers over several active comparators (naproxen

  9. Tablet vs. paper: The effect on learners' reading performance

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    Hakan Dündar

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study is to compare primary school 5th-class students’ electronic text reading performance, reading speed and reading comprehension with tablet PCs and printed books. This study examined a sample of 20 students. The students were randomly divided into two groups, a control group and a treatment group. The control group students read ordinary printed books, and the students in the treatment group read the same text on an electronic tablet PC display. Both qualitative and quantitative data collection tools were used for the study. Qualitative data were collected on the reading speed and reading comprehension skills for both groups of students. Statistically, there was no significant difference between the groups in reading speed or the level of reading comprehension. Students’ opinions on tablet PCs and recommendations for future studies are also discussed.

  10. PCs all-in-one for dummies

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    Chambers, Mark L

    2013-01-01

    A perfect companion for your PC! Whether you use your PC for work or play, there's a lot to learn and a lot of territory to discover, so take along a good guide. Serving up nine meaty minibooks, this All-in-One guide covers essential PC topics from soup through nuts, including the latest on PC hardware, Windows 8, the Internet, all the tools in Office 2013, digital media, troubleshooting and maintenance, upgrading your PC, home networking, and PC gaming. You'll get to know your PC inside and out and find yourself turning to this terrific resource again and again. This new

  11. Novel applications of Tablet PCs to investigate expert cognition in the geosciences

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    Turner, Sheldon; Libarkin, Julie

    2012-05-01

    In this paper, we present new methodologies developed to investigate cognitive processes related to perceiving and interpreting Earth phenomena. This area of study, known as geocognition, is an emerging and vital aspect of geoscience. Geocognition gives geoscientists an understanding of how people conceptualize earth processes. For example, geocognition research can be used to generate effective strategies for increasing public scientific literacy in this new era of climate change and energy crisis. We collected spatial visualization and working memory data using a Camtasia add-on for PowerPoint to generate a unique set of static drawings and videos of the drawing process. Analyzing these data provides unique insight into the underlying cognitive processes. For example, quantitative patterns that emerge within a subpopulation of novices or experts show us the common errors and patterns in how objects are drawn, including drawing order and time spent drawing. We believe that these unique data will contribute to the ongoing efforts to generate new understanding of the nature of geoscientific expertise.

  12. Electronic data collection for clinical trials using tablet and handheld PCs

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    Alaoui, Adil; Vo, Minh; Patel, Nikunj; McCall, Keith; Lindisch, David; Watson, Vance; Cleary, Kevin

    2005-04-01

    This paper describes a system that uses electronic forms to collect patient and procedure data for clinical trials. During clinical trials, patients are typically required to provide background information such as demographics and medical history, as well as review and complete any consent forms. Physicians or their assistants then usually have additional forms for recording technical data from the procedure and for gathering follow-up information from patients after completion of the procedure. This approach can lead to substantial amounts of paperwork to collect and manage over the course of a clinical trial with a large patient base. By using e-forms instead, data can be transmitted to a single, centralized database, reducing the problem of managing paper forms. Additionally, the system can provide a means for relaying information from the database to the physician on his/her portable wireless device, such as to alert the physician when a patient has completed the pre-procedure forms and is ready to begin the procedure. This feature could improve the workflow in busy clinical practices. In the future, the system could be expanded so physicians could use their portable wireless device to pull up entire hospital records and view other pre-procedure data and patient images.

  13. WRAP module 1 DMS/PCS interface definition document

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    Weidert, J.R.

    1994-08-30

    This document has been developed to define the computer software interfaces between Waste Receiving & Processing Module 1 (WRAP 1) computer systems. The interfaces include those data interfaces which exist between the Plant Control System (PCS) and Data Management System (DMS), between the DMS and Non-Destructive Assay (NDA) equipment, and between the DMS and Boxed Waste Assay System (BWAS) equipment. In addition to the data interfaces between the various WRAP computer systems; there are also a number of control functions between WRAP 1 equipment. These control function interfaces have been specified in WRAP Construction specification 13462 and the associated equipment specifications. The PCS vendor has been listed in the equipment specifications as the responsible party for establishing the final control system interface between the PCS and Non-Destructive Examination (NDE) Equipment, the PCS and Non-Destructive Assay (NDA) Equipment, and the PCS and BWAS equipment. The primary interface requirements between these systems are addressed in Specification Sections 13462, 13532, 13533, 13026, 13537, and 13538. Additional requirements may be found in other specification sections such as the Automatic Stacker Retriever System (AS/RS) Technical Specification 14520 and the WRAP 1 Data Management System Software Requirements Specification.

  14. [Developing a high quality video transmission system based on mobile network].

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    Wen, Ming; Hu, Haibo

    2014-01-01

    To meet the demands of high definition of video and transmission at real-time during the surgery of endoscope, this paper designs an HD mobile video transmission system. This system uses H.264/AVC to encode the original video data and transports it in the network by RTP/RTCP protocol. Meanwhile, the system implements a stable video transmission in portable terminals (such as tablet PCs, mobile phones) under the 3G mobile network. The test result verifies the strong repair ability and stability under the conditions of low bandwidth, high packet loss rate, and high delay and shows a high practical value.

  15. Validity and Reliability Dissertation of the Scale Used for Determination of Perceptions and Attitudes of Teacher's Proficiency in Tablet PC-Supported Education

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    Tugun, Vasfi

    2016-01-01

    It is important to determine the proficiency perceptions and attitudes of the teachers towards Technologies of learning about the tablets in order to integrate the mobile learning technologies and to use the tablet PCs in the educational environments in an efficient way. Therefore, proficiency perceptions and attitudes of the teachers towards the…

  16. Tablet Use within Medicine

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    Hogue, Rebecca J.

    2013-01-01

    This paper discusses the scholarly literature related to tablet computer use in medicine. Forty-four research-based articles were examined for emerging categories and themes. The most studied uses for tablet computers include: patients using tablets to complete diagnostic survey instruments, medical professionals using tablet computers to view…

  17. What's New in Computers? MMX Technology for Multimedia PCs

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    Home; Journals; Resonance – Journal of Science Education; Volume 2; Issue 9. What's New in Computers ? MMX Technology for Multimedia PCs. S Balakrishnan. Feature Article Volume 2 Issue 9 September 1997 pp 48-57. Fulltext. Click here to view fulltext PDF. Permanent link:

  18. Eleanor McElwee and the Formation of IEEE PCS

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    Malone, Edward A.

    2015-01-01

    This article examines the historical professional project that created the Institute of Radio Engineers' Professional Group on Engineering Writing an Speech (IRE PGEWS)--now called the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Professional Communication Society (IEEE PCS)--and recounts the group's early history in detail. It also traces…

  19. Teach yourself visually Windows 8 tablets

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    2012-01-01

    A visual guide to all the features of the new Windows 8 Tablet This must-have resource features visually rich, step-by-step instructions that show you how to get the most enjoyment from your Windows 8 tablet. Learn about the exciting new Metro UI, optimized specifically for touch devices. The most popular and commonly used apps and functions are covered too, along with the basics of syncing with a network, setting up e-mail, watching videos, listening to music, and common productivity tasks. This book provides all the guidance needed to enjoy all the best the new Windows 8 tablets have to offe

  20. Preparation of controlled porosity osmotic pump tablets for salvianolic acid and optimization of the formulation using an artificial neural network method

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    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available In this paper controlled porosity osmotic pump tablets (CPOPT for salvianolic acid (SA were prepared and optimized with experimental design methods including an artificial neutral network (ANN method. Three causal factors, i.e., drug, osmotic pressure promoting agent rate, PEG400 content in coating solution and coating weight, were evaluated based on their effects on drug release rate. The linear correlation coefficient of the accumulative amount of drug release and the time of 12 h, r(Y1, and the sum of the absolute value between measured and projected values, Y2, were used as outputs to optimize the formulation. The weight expression Y=(1−Y12+Y22 was used in the calculation. Furthermore, the ANN and uniform design gave similar optimization results, but ANN projected the outputs better than the uniform design. This paper showed that the release rate of salvianolic acid B and that of the total salvianolic acid was consistent in the optimized formulation.

  1. Smartphones, tablets and mobile applications for radiology.

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    Székely, András; Talanow, Roland; Bágyi, Péter

    2013-05-01

    Smartphones are phone devices that may also be used for browsing, navigation and running smaller computer programs called applications. One may consider them as compact personal computers which are primarily to be used for making phone calls. Tablets or "tablet PCs" are fully functioning standalone computers the size of a thin LCD monitor that use the screen itself for control and data input. Both of these devices may be categorized based on the mobile operating system that they use. The aim of this study is to illustrate how smartphones and tablets can be used by diagnostic imaging professionals, radiographers and residents, and to introduce relevant applications that are available for their field. A search was performed on iTunes, Android Market, Blackberry App World, and Windows Phone Marketplace for mobile applications pertinent to the field of diagnostic imaging. The following terms were applied for the search strategy: (1) radiology, (2) X-ray, (3) ultrasound, (4) MRI, (5) CT, (6) radiographer, (7) nuclear medicine. Two radiologists and one radiology resident reviewed the results. Our review was limited to english-language software. Additional applications were identified by reviewing the list of similar software provided in the description of each application. We downloaded and installed all applications that appeared relevant to an appropriate mobile phone or tablet device. We identified and reviewed a total of 102 applications. We ruled out 1 non-English application and 20 other applications that were created for entertainment purposes. Thus our final list includes 81 applications in the following five categories: diagnostic reading, decision support applications, medical books, interactive encyclopedias, and journal reading programs. Smartphones and tablets offer new opportunities for diagnostic imaging practitioners; these easy-to-use devices equipped with excellent display may be used for diagnostic reading, reference, learning, consultation, and for

  2. Removal or transport of office furniture and PCs

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    2008-01-01

    The TS/FM Group wishes to remind users that requests for the removal or transport of office furniture must be made using the EDH ‘Transport request’ form. Please select the "Removals" category from the drop-down menu to indicate the nature of the request. Requests for the transport of PCs from your office to Bldg. 513 or back must also be made using the EDH ‘Transport request’ form. In this case select the "PC transport" category from the drop-down menu. TS/FM Group Tel. 160239

  3. The effect of experimental design on the modeling of a tablet coating formulation using artificial neural networks.

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    Plumb, A Philip; Rowe, Raymond C; York, Peter; Doherty, Christopher

    2002-09-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of experimental design strategy on the modeling of a film coating formulation by artificial neural networks (ANNs). Box-Behnken, central composite and pseudo-random designs of 102, 90 and 100 simulated records, respectively were used to train a multilayer perceptron (MLP) ANN comprising six input and two output nodes separated by a single hidden layer of five nodes. Network over-training was limited by using a test set of 40 pseudo-randomly distributed records. The models were validated using a set of 60 pseudo-randomly distributed records. Crack velocity was highly curved with respect to pigment particle size and size distribution. Similarly, film opacity was highly curved in response to pigment concentration and film thickness. The Box-Behnken and central composite designs generated models that were unable to predict crack velocity and showed extensive bias in prediction of film opacity. The pseudo-random design was unable to predict crack velocity of the test data set but yielded acceptable predictions for the validation set. Film opacity was well predicted by the pseudo-random design model. The poor predictive ability of the Box-Behnken and central composite models was attributed to poor interpolation of the high curvature of the response surfaces. In contrast, the pseudo-random design mapped the interior of the design space allowing improved interpolation and predictive ability. It is concluded that Box-Behnken and central composite experimental designs are inappropriate for ANN modeling of highly curved responses and that extensive internal mapping of the design space is essential to generate predictive ANN models.

  4. Systematic development of pH-independent controlled release tablets of carvedilol using central composite design and artificial neural networks.

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    Aktas, Elcin; Eroglu, Hakan; Kockan, Umit; Oner, Levent

    2013-08-01

    The purpose of this study was to apply the optimization method incorporating artificial neural network (ANN) using pH-independent release of weakly basic drug, carvedilol from HPMC-based matrix formulation. Because of weakly basic nature of carvedilol, drug shows pH-dependent solubility. The enteric polymer EUDRAGIT L100 was added formulations to overcome pH-dependent solubility of carvedilol. Effects of the Hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose (HPMC) K4M and EUDRAGIT L100 amount on drug release were investigated. For this purpose 13 kinds of formulations were prepared at three different levels of each variables. The optimization of the formulation was evaluated by using ANN method. Two formulation parameters, the amounts of HPMC K4M and Eudragit L100 at three levels (-1, 0, 1) were selected as independent/input variables. In-vitro dissolution sampling times at twelve different time points were selected as dependent/output variables. By using experimental dissolution results and amount of HPMC K4M and EUDRAGIT L100, percentage of dissolved carvedilol was predicted by ANN. Similarity factor (f2) between predicted and experimentally observed profile was calculated and f2 value was found 76.33. This value showed that there was no difference between predicted and experimentally observed drug release profile. As a result of these experiments, it was found that ANNs can be successfully used to optimize controlled release drug delivery systems.

  5. Phytochelatin synthase (PCS) protein is induced in Brassica juncea leaves after prolonged Cd exposure.

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    Heiss, Senta; Wachter, Andreas; Bogs, Jochen; Cobbett, Christopher; Rausch, Thomas

    2003-08-01

    Higher plants respond to cadmium exposure with the production of phytochelatins (PCn), small heavy metal binding peptides, which are synthesized from glutathione by phytochelatin synthase (PCS). The isolation of a PCS cDNA clone from Brassica juncea L. cv. Vitasso, a candidate species for phytoremediation, is reported here. CLUSTAL analysis revealed a close relationship of BjPCS1 with PCS proteins from Arabidopsis thaliana and Thlaspi caerulescens. BjPCS1 expressed as recombinant protein in E. coli had PCS activity in vitro that was activated by 50 microM Cu and 200 microM Cd to a similar extent. Immunoblot analysis with an antiserum directed against recombinant BjPCS1 showed constitutive PCS expression during plant development. As a percentage of the total protein, the expression was higher in the roots, internodes and petioles in comparison with the leaf tissue. When B. juncea plants were treated with 25 microM cadmium, PCn accumulated increasingly over a 6 d period. Levels in shoots were about 3-fold higher than in roots. Prolonged cadmium exposure caused a significant increase of PCS protein in leaves, whereas in roots PCS protein levels were not affected.

  6. PCs all-in-one desk reference for dummies

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    Chambers, Mark L

    2013-01-01

    Need the scoop on Windows Vista? How about Office 2007? Anything you need to know about using your PC can probably be found in PCs All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies, 4th Edition. This handy guide is made up of eight convenient minibooks, so you can find what you need in a hurry. And in case you think you've seen it before, this fourth edition is fully updated for all the newest, coolest stuff. Want a guided tour of the Vista operating system and how it differs from XP? Check out minibook #2. Have you heard about Microsoft Works but aren't sure what it's about? Find out

  7. [Exogenous NO mediated GSH-PCs synthesis pathway in tomato under copper stress].

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    Wang, Jian; Yu, Shi-Xin; Zhang, Min; Cui, Xiu-Min

    2014-09-01

    Nitric oxide (NO), as a biologically active molecule, widely involved in the biotic and abiotic stresses. By using solution culture, this paper reported the dynamic changes in enzyme activity and metabolites related to GSH-PCs synthesis way mediated by exogenous NO in tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum). The results showed that exogenous NO could affect the metabolic pathway of GSH-PCs in tomato seedlings under copper stress. Compared with CK, the activity of γ-ECS and GS was significantly activated, consequently resulting in a sharp rise in GSH and PCs contents in tomato root. Moreover, γ-ECS and GS activity, GSH and PCs contents constantly rise with the extension of processing time under copper stress. Adding exogenous SNP could further improve γ-ECS and GS activity in tomato, and promote the production of GSH and PCs, which contributed to enhancing the ability of removing superoxide and chelating excess Cu2+ to reduce its biological toxicity. To a certain extent, GSH-PCs metabolic changes in leaf lagged behind that in roots. Exogenous BSO could significantly inhibit γ-ECS activity, and applying SNP could significantly reverse the inhibition on GSH and PCs synthesis by BSO. BSO had little effects on PCs content in leaf. Under copper stress, exogenous NO may initiate a signal mechanism and reduce the biotoxicity and oxidative damage caused by excessive Cu2+ by activating or enhancing the enzymatic and non-enzymatic systems in the GSH-PCs synthesis path.

  8. OF PARACETAMOL TABLETS

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    compartmental analy- sis. The parameters for the uncoated ..... Drug absorption' from the uncoated tablets was fast and occurred _ over a relatively short period of time 'whilst ab- sorption from the film-coated tablets was slow and occurred over an extended ...

  9. Optimisation of Ondansetron Orally Disintegrating Tablets Using ...

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    Purpose: To investigate the impact of critical quality attributes (CQAs) and critical process parameters (CPPs) on quality target product profile (QTPP) attributes of orally disintegrating tablet (ODT) containing ondansetron (OND) using two artificial neural network (ANN) programs. Methods: Different amounts of two different ...

  10. A systems biology-based approach to uncovering the molecular mechanisms underlying the effects of dragon's blood tablet in colitis, involving the integration of chemical analysis, ADME prediction, and network pharmacology.

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    Xu, Haiyu; Zhang, Yanqiong; Lei, Yun; Gao, Xiumei; Zhai, Huaqiang; Lin, Na; Tang, Shihuan; Liang, Rixin; Ma, Yan; Li, Defeng; Zhang, Yi; Zhu, Guangrong; Yang, Hongjun; Huang, Luqi

    2014-01-01

    Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is one of the oldest East Asian medical systems. The present study adopted a systems biology-based approach to provide new insights relating to the active constituents and molecular mechanisms underlying the effects of dragon's blood (DB) tablets for the treatment of colitis. This study integrated chemical analysis, prediction of absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion (ADME), and network pharmacology. Firstly, a rapid, reliable, and accurate ultra-performance liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry method was employed to identify 48 components of DB tablets. In silico prediction of the passive absorption of these compounds, based on Caco-2 cell permeability, and their P450 metabolism enabled the identification of 22 potentially absorbed components and 8 metabolites. Finally, networks were constructed to analyze interactions between these DB components/metabolites absorbed and their putative targets, and between the putative DB targets and known therapeutic targets for colitis. This study provided a great opportunity to deepen the understanding of the complex pharmacological mechanisms underlying the effects of DB in colitis treatment.

  11. A systems biology-based approach to uncovering the molecular mechanisms underlying the effects of dragon's blood tablet in colitis, involving the integration of chemical analysis, ADME prediction, and network pharmacology.

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    Full Text Available Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM is one of the oldest East Asian medical systems. The present study adopted a systems biology-based approach to provide new insights relating to the active constituents and molecular mechanisms underlying the effects of dragon's blood (DB tablets for the treatment of colitis. This study integrated chemical analysis, prediction of absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion (ADME, and network pharmacology. Firstly, a rapid, reliable, and accurate ultra-performance liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry method was employed to identify 48 components of DB tablets. In silico prediction of the passive absorption of these compounds, based on Caco-2 cell permeability, and their P450 metabolism enabled the identification of 22 potentially absorbed components and 8 metabolites. Finally, networks were constructed to analyze interactions between these DB components/metabolites absorbed and their putative targets, and between the putative DB targets and known therapeutic targets for colitis. This study provided a great opportunity to deepen the understanding of the complex pharmacological mechanisms underlying the effects of DB in colitis treatment.

  12. Novel FGMOS based PCS device for low power applications

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    Whig, Pawan; Ahmad, Syed Naseem

    2015-06-01

    The spice model for photo catalytic sensor (PCS) proposed by Whig and Ahmad overcomes several drawbacks like complex designing, non-linearity, and long computation time generally found in the flow injection analysis (FIA) technique by Yoon-Chang Kim et al. for the determination of chemical oxygen demand (COD). The FIA technique involves the complete analysis including sampling and washing. The flow injection analysis is an analytical method for the measurement of the chemical oxygen demand by using the photochemical column. This method uses a bulky setup and takes 10 minutes to 15 minutes to get the output result which is a tedious and time consuming job. If the conventional method is continuously used for a long time then it is stable only for 15 days. The purpose of this paper is to propose a new floating gate photo catalytic sensor (FGPCS) approach which has low power consumption and more user-friendly, and it is fast in operation by the modeling and optimization of sensor used for water quality monitoring. The proposed model operates under sub-threshold conditions which are appreciated in large integrated system design. The results of simulation are found to be fairly in agreement with the theoretical predictions. The results exhibit near linear variations of parameters of interest with appreciably reduced response time.

  13. Large Space Telescope (LST) Pointing Control System (PCS) analytical Advanced Technical Development (ATD) program

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    Seltzer, S. M.

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    The large space telescope (LST) pointing control system (PCS) advanced technical development (ATD) program is described. The approach used is to describe the overall PCS development effort, showing how the analytical ATD program elements fit into it. Then the analytical ATD program elements are summarized.

  14. Android tablets for dummies

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    Learn all you need to know about your Android tablet in one quick and easy reference! It's not a computer and it's not a smartphone-so what in the world is it? Whether you're new to Android or new to tablets altogether, you're about to experience mobile computing like never before with this fun, full-color guide! Inside, longtime and bestselling author Dan Gookin walks you through setting up your Android tablet, navigating the interface, browsing the web, setting up email, connecting to social media, finding plenty of apps, music, books, and movies to indulge your interests-and so much more.

  15. Grasp interaction with tablets

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    Wolf, Katrin

    2015-01-01

    This book presents guidelines for a future device type: a tablet that allows ergonomic front- and back-of-device interaction. These guidelines help designers and developers of user interfaces to build ergonomic applications for tablet devices, in particular for devices that enable back-of-device interaction. In addition, manufacturers of tablet devices obtain arguments that back-of-device interaction is a promising extension of the interaction design space and results in increased input capabilities, enriched design possibilities, and proven usability. The guidelines are derived from empirical studies and developed to fit the users’ skills to the way the novel device type is held. Three particular research areas that are relevant to develop design guidelines for tablet interaction are investigated: ergonomic gestures, interaction areas, and pointing techniques.

  16. Tableting Properties and Compression Models of Labisia pumila Tablets.

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    Etti, C J; Yusof, Y A; Chin, N L; Mohd Tahir, S

    2017-03-04

    The tableting properties of Labisia pumila herbal powder, which is well known for its therapeutic benefits was investigated. The herbal powder was compressed into tablets using a stainless steel cylindrical uniaxial die of 13-mm- diameter with compaction pressures ranging from 7 to 25 MPa. Two feed weights, 0.5 and 1.0 g were used to form tablets. Some empirical models were used to describe the compressibility behavior of Labisia pumila tablets. The strength and density of tablets increased with increase in compaction pressure and resulted in reduction in porosity of the tablets. Smaller feeds, higher forces and increase in compaction pressure, contributed to more coherent tablets. These findings can be used to enhance the approach and understanding of tableting properties of Labisia pumila herbal powder tablets.

  17. Views of students, teachers and parents on the tablet computer usage in education

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    Full Text Available This study aims at identification of views of teachers, students and their parents at Near East College in North Cyprus on use of tablets in education. The research is a descriptive case study. In collection of data, semi-structured interviews appropriate for qualitative research methods are used. Study group for this research is composed of high educated teachers (f=64, students (f=319 and also parents (f=134. As result of the analysis carried out in this research which was performed in this direction, it has been seen that teachers, students and parents evaluate the problems related with tablet PCs under the following two sub-dimensions; the experienced problems of during tablet supported education and the benefits of tablet pc usage in education. If we look at the results in this line, we come across with connectivity and technical infrastructure problems which interrupts the lesson or even causes it to end as the biggest problem experienced by teachers and students during the learning activities. The biggest concern of parents, another of our study groups, regarding the use of tablets in education is that games may decrease students’ motivation. Teachers stated the biggest benefit provided by tablet supported education is the increase in learning speed of students as a result of visuals and interaction provided by tablets.

  18. Precious "MeTL": Reflections on the Use of Tablet PCs and Collaborative Interactive Software in Peer- Assisted Study Sessions

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    Devey, Adrian; Hicks, Marianne; Gunaratnam, Shaminka; Pan, Yijun; Plecan, Alexandru

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    Peer-Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) is an academic mentoring program, where high achieving senior students assist small groups of first years in study sessions throughout semester. One of the challenges PASS Leaders face at Monash in conducting their classes is the limited time they have with their students. The current paper explores, through…

  19. I See What You Are Doing: Student Views on Lecturer Use of Tablet PCs in the Engineering Mathematics Classroom

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    Maclaren, Peter; Wilson, David; Klymchuk, Sergiy

    2017-01-01

    Mathematically intensive engineering subjects at a tertiary level have traditionally been taught in classroom environments using whiteboards or blackboards. This paper reports on student views of the effectiveness of board and alternative technologies used within existing classroom contexts. Students in this study revealed a strong preference for…

  20. Case management for frail older adults through tablet computers and Skype.

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    Berner, Jessica; Anderberg, Peter; Rennemark, Mikael; Berglund, Johan

    2016-12-01

    Frail older adults are high consumers of medical care due to their age and multiple chronic conditions. Regular contact with a case manager has been proven to increase well-being of frail older adults and reduce their number of health-care visits. Skype calls through tablet PCs can offer easier communication. This paper examines frail older adults' use of tablet computers and Skype, with their case managers. Interviews were conducted on 15 frail older adults. A content analysis was used to structure and analyze the data. The results indicate that tablet computers were experienced in a positive way for most frail older adults. Conflicting feelings did emerge, however, as to whether the frail elderly would adopt this in the long run. Skype needs to be tested further as to whether this is a good solution for communication with their case managers. Strong technical support and well-functioning technology are important elements to facilitate use. Using Skype and tablet PCs do have potential for frail older adults, but need to be tested further.

  1. 3D Simulation of Internal Tablet Strength During Tableting

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    Siiriä, Simo Matti; Antikainen, Osmo; Heinämäki, Jyrki; Yliruusi, Jouko

    2011-01-01

    This study presents a new approach to model powder compression during tableting. The purpose of this study is to introduce a new discrete element simulation model for particle–particle bond formation during tablet compression. This model served as the basis for calculating tablet strength distribution during a compression cycle. Simulated results were compared with real tablets compressed from microcrystalline cellulose/theophylline pellets with various compression forces. Simulated and exper...

  2. Estimation of the P(CS) with a Computer Program. Revision

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    ESTIMATIONI OF THlE P(CS) WITH A COMPUTER PROGRAM4 by Edward J. Dudewlcz* .BTIMATICE OF THE P(cs) WITHI A COMUTER PROGRAM by IEdward J. Dudewicz* . t...J. Dudevicz was aI Visiting Scholar, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Fdward J. Dudewicz is Professor...1954’. A single-sample multiple decision procedure for ranking means of normal populations with known variances. Annals of Mathematical Statistics

  3. Tabletability Modulation Through Surface Engineering.

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    Osei-Yeboah, Frederick; Sun, Changquan Calvin

    2015-08-01

    Poor powder tabletability is a common problem that challenges the successful development of high-quality tablet products. Using noncompressible microcrystalline cellulose beads, we demonstrate that surface coating is an effective strategy for modulating tabletability, almost at will, through judicious selection of coating material. This strategy has broad applicability as tabletability of such particles is dictated by the properties of the outermost layer coat regardless the nature of the core. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. and the American Pharmacists Association.

  4. [Tablets and tablet production - with special reference to Icelandic conditions].

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    Skaftason, Jóhannes F; Jóhannesson, Thorkell

    2013-04-01

    Modern tablet compression was instituted in England in 1844 by William Brockedon (1787-1854). The first tablets made according to Brockedon´s procedures contained watersoluble salts and were most likely compressed without expedients. In USA a watershed occurred around 1887 when starch (amylum maydis) was introduced to disperse tablets in aqueous milieu in order to corroborate bioavailability of drugs in the almentary canal. About the same time great advances in tablet production were introduced by the British firm Burroughs Wellcome and Co. In Denmark on the other hand tablet production remained on low scale until after 1920. As Icelandic pharmacies and drug firms modelled themselves mostly upon Danish firms tablet production was first instituted in Iceland around 1930. The first tablet machines in Iceland were hand-driven. More efficent machines came after 1945. Around 1960 three sizeable tablet producers were in Iceland; now there is only one. Numbers of individual tablet species (generic and proprietary) on the market rose from less than 10 in 1913 to 500 in 1965, with wide variations in numbers in between. Tablets have not wiped out other medicinal forms for peroral use but most new peroral drugs have been marketed in the form of tablets during the last decades.

  5. Teach yourself visually Fire tablets

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    Marmel, Elaine

    2014-01-01

    Expert visual guidance to getting the most out of your Fire tablet Teach Yourself VISUALLY Fire Tablets is the comprehensive guide to getting the most out of your new Fire tablet. Learn to find and read new bestsellers through the Kindle app, browse the app store to find top games, surf the web, send e-mail, shop online, and much more! With expert guidance laid out in a highly visual style, this book is perfect for those new to the Fire tablet, providing all the information you need to get the most out of your device. Abundant screenshots of the Fire tablet graphically rich, touch-based Androi

  6. The Nebusarsekim Tablet

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    Stadhouders, H.A.I.

    2008-01-01

    During the summer of 2007 an internet hype was unleashed by the breaking news that an Old Testament name of some importance, figuring in the Book of Jeremiah Ch. 39, had been positively identified on a cuneiform clay tablet, viz. a bill of receipt from the time of this prophet's floruit. Many a

  7. Poplar maintains zinc homeostasis with heavy metal genes HMA4 and PCS1.

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    Adams, Joshua P; Adeli, Ardeshir; Hsu, Chuan-Yu; Harkess, Richard L; Page, Grier P; dePamphilis, Claude W; Schultz, Emily B; Yuceer, Cetin

    2011-07-01

    Perennial woody species, such as poplar (Populus spp.) must acquire necessary heavy metals like zinc (Zn) while avoiding potential toxicity. Poplar contains genes with sequence homology to genes HMA4 and PCS1 from other species which are involved in heavy metal regulation. While basic genomic conservation exists, poplar does not have a hyperaccumulating phenotype. Poplar has a common indicator phenotype in which heavy metal accumulation is proportional to environmental concentrations but excesses are prevented. Phenotype is partly affected by regulation of HMA4 and PCS1 transcriptional abundance. Wild-type poplar down-regulates several transcripts in its Zn-interacting pathway at high Zn levels. Also, overexpressed PtHMA4 and PtPCS1 genes result in varying Zn phenotypes in poplar; specifically, there is a doubling of Zn accumulation in leaf tissues in an overexpressed PtPCS1 line. The genomic complement and regulation of poplar highlighted in this study supports a role of HMA4 and PCS1 in Zn regulation dictating its phenotype. These genes can be altered in poplar to change its interaction with Zn. However, other poplar genes in the surrounding pathway may maintain the phenotype by inhibiting drastic changes in heavy metal accumulation with a single gene transformation.

  8. Quantitative EEG Neurometric Analysis-Guided Neurofeedback Treatment in Postconcussion Syndrome (PCS): Forty Cases. How Is Neurometric Analysis Important for the Treatment of PCS and as a Biomarker?

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    Surmeli, Tanju; Eralp, Emin; Mustafazade, Ilham; Kos, Ismet Hadi; Özer, Gül Elif; Surmeli, Orkun H

    2017-05-01

    Postconcussion syndrome (PCS) has been used to describe a range of residual symptoms that persist 12 months or more after the injury, often despite a lack of evidence of brain abnormalities on magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography scans. In this clinical case series, the efficacy of quantitative EEG-guided neurofeedback in 40 subjects diagnosed with PCS was investigated. Overall improvement was seen in all the primary (Symptom Assessment-45 Questionnaire, Clinical Global Impressions Scale, Hamilton Depression Scale) and secondary measures (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, Test of Variables for Attention). The Neuroguide Traumatic Brain Index for the group also showed a decrease. Thirty-nine subjects were followed up long term with an average follow-up length of 3.1 years (CI = 2.7-3.3). All but 2 subjects were stable and were off medication. Overall neurofeedback treatment was shown to be effective in this group of subjects studied.

  9. Tablet computers with mobile electronic medical records enhance clinical routine and promote bedside time: a controlled prospective crossover study.

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    Fleischmann, Robert; Duhm, Julian; Hupperts, Hagen; Brandt, Stephan A

    2015-03-01

    Demographic changes require physicians to deliver needed services with fewer resources. Neurology as an interdisciplinary domain involves complex diagnostic procedures and time-consuming data handling. Tablet PCs might streamline clinical workflow through mobile access to patient data. This study examined the impact of tablets running an electronic medical record on ward round performance. We hypothesised that tablet use should reduce ward round time and decrease the time needed to check medical records thereby increasing physicians' bedside availability. Nine resident neurologists participated in a controlled prospective crossover trial over 14 weeks. In the experimental condition, tablets were used in addition to the established medical record. In the control condition, physicians used established systems only. The combined primary outcome measure included changes in total ward round time and relative time shifts between associated work processes. The secondary outcome measure was physicians' time required to check a medical record vs. physicians' bedside time. There was a significant main effect on the primary outcome measure (p = 0.01). Tablet use accelerated preparing (p = 0.004) and post-processing (p Time for conducting ward rounds was unaffected (p = 0.19). Checking medical records was faster with tablets (p = 0.001) increasing physicians' bedside time (p time savings during preparing and post-processing of ward rounds. It was further associated with time savings during checking medical data and an increase in physicians' bedside time. Tablets may facilitate clinical data handling and promote workflow.

  10. Olaparib tablet formulation

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    Plummer, Ruth; Swaisland, Helen; Leunen, Karin

    2015-01-01

    formulation. METHODS: PK data were obtained in Part A using a two-treatment period crossover design; single-dose olaparib 300 mg (two 150 mg tablets) was administered in two prandial states: fasted and fed. In Part B, patients received olaparib tablets (300 mg bid) for 5 days under fasting conditions; in Part...... C, patients were allowed continued access to olaparib. Safety was assessed throughout, with data reported for Parts A and B. RESULTS: A total of 60 and 56 patients were evaluable for safety and PK analyses, respectively; 57 patients entered Part B. Rate of olaparib absorption was slower.......16)]. The point estimate and 90 % CI for the AUC0-∞ treatment ratio were within pre-defined bioequivalence limits (0.80-1.25). Adverse event data were consistent with the known safety profile of olaparib. CONCLUSIONS: Results of this study showed that a high-fat meal decreases the rate of absorption and peak...

  11. Results from the Veterans Health Administration ICD-10-CM/PCS Coding Pilot Study.

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    Weems, Shelley; Heller, Pamela; Fenton, Susan H

    2015-01-01

    The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) of the US Department of Veterans Affairs has been preparing for the October 1, 2015, conversion to the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification and Procedural Coding System (ICD-10-CM/PCS) for more than four years. The VHA's Office of Informatics and Analytics ICD-10 Program Management Office established an ICD-10 Learning Lab to explore expected operational challenges. This study was conducted to determine the effects of the classification system conversion on coding productivity. ICD codes are integral to VHA business processes and are used for purposes such as clinical studies, performance measurement, workload capture, cost determination, Veterans Equitable Resource Allocation (VERA) determination, morbidity and mortality classification, indexing of hospital records by disease and operations, data storage and retrieval, research purposes, and reimbursement. The data collection for this study occurred in multiple VHA sites across several months using standardized methods. It is commonly accepted that coding productivity will decrease with the implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS. The findings of this study suggest that the decrease will be more significant for inpatient coding productivity (64.5 percent productivity decrease) than for ambulatory care coding productivity (6.7 percent productivity decrease). This study reveals the following important points regarding ICD-10-CM/PCS coding productivity: 1. Ambulatory care ICD-10-CM coding productivity is not expected to decrease as significantly as inpatient ICD-10-CM/PCS coding productivity. 2. Coder training and type of record (inpatient versus outpatient) affect coding productivity. 3. Inpatient coding productivity is decreased when a procedure requiring ICD-10-PCS coding is present. It is highly recommended that organizations perform their own analyses to determine the effects of ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation on coding productivity.

  12. Results from the Veterans Health Administration ICD-10-CM/PCS Coding Pilot Study

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    Weems, Shelley; Heller, Pamela; Fenton, Susan H.

    2015-01-01

    The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) of the US Department of Veterans Affairs has been preparing for the October 1, 2015, conversion to the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification and Procedural Coding System (ICD-10-CM/PCS) for more than four years. The VHA's Office of Informatics and Analytics ICD-10 Program Management Office established an ICD-10 Learning Lab to explore expected operational challenges. This study was conducted to determine the effects of the classification system conversion on coding productivity. ICD codes are integral to VHA business processes and are used for purposes such as clinical studies, performance measurement, workload capture, cost determination, Veterans Equitable Resource Allocation (VERA) determination, morbidity and mortality classification, indexing of hospital records by disease and operations, data storage and retrieval, research purposes, and reimbursement. The data collection for this study occurred in multiple VHA sites across several months using standardized methods. It is commonly accepted that coding productivity will decrease with the implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS. The findings of this study suggest that the decrease will be more significant for inpatient coding productivity (64.5 percent productivity decrease) than for ambulatory care coding productivity (6.7 percent productivity decrease). This study reveals the following important points regarding ICD-10-CM/PCS coding productivity: Ambulatory care ICD-10-CM coding productivity is not expected to decrease as significantly as inpatient ICD-10-CM/PCS coding productivity.Coder training and type of record (inpatient versus outpatient) affect coding productivity.Inpatient coding productivity is decreased when a procedure requiring ICD-10-PCS coding is present. It is highly recommended that organizations perform their own analyses to determine the effects of ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation on coding productivity. PMID:26396553

  13. Physicians’ Outlook on ICD-10-CM/PCS and Its Effect on Their Practice

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    Watzlaf, Valerie; Alkarwi, Zahraa; Meyers, Sandy; Sheridan, Patty

    2015-01-01

    Background The United States is one of the last countries to change from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM/PCS. The compliance date for implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS is expected to fall on October 1, 2015. Objectives Evaluate physicians’ perceptions on the change from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM/PCS and its effect on their practice, determine how HIM professionals can assist in this transition, and assess what resources are needed to aid in the transition. Results Twenty physicians were asked to participate in one of three focus groups. Twelve physicians (60 percent) agreed to participate. Top concerns included electronic health record software readiness, increase in documentation specificity and time, ability of healthcare professionals to learn a new language, and inadequacy of current training methods and content. Conclusion Physicians expressed that advantages of ICD-10-CM/PCS were effective data analytics and complexity of patient cases with more specific codes. Health information management professionals were touted as needed during the transition to create simple, clear specialty guides and crosswalks as well as education and training tools specific for physicians. PMID:26807074

  14. 1-D Scanning Arrays on Dense Dielectrics Using PCS-EBG Technology

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    Maagt, P. de; Gerini, G.; Llombart, N.; Neto, A.

    2007-01-01

    We show how the design of integrated arrays can significantly benefit from planar circularly symmetric (PCS) electromagnetic band gap (EBG) structures. Using this technology, a phased array that scans up to 40° in one dimension and that is characterized by relatively large bandwidth (BW ≈ 15%) is

  15. 47 CFR 1.20007 - Additional assistance capability requirements for wireline, cellular, and PCS telecommunications...

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    ... 47 Telecommunication 1 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Additional assistance capability requirements for wireline, cellular, and PCS telecommunications carriers. 1.20007 Section 1.20007 Telecommunication... telecommunications carriers. (a) Definition—(1) Call-identifying information. Call identifying information means...

  16. Evaluation of kojic acid production in a repeated-batch PCS biofilm reactor.

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    Liu, Jui-Ming; Yu, Ting-Chu; Lin, Shin-Ping; Hsu, Ren-Jun; Hsu, Kai-Di; Cheng, Kuan-Chen

    2016-01-20

    In this study, kojic acid, a secondary metabolite as an industrially important compound, was produced by Aspergillus oryzae (A. oryzae), which was immobilized in plastic composite support (PCS) bioreactor. Nitrogen deficient medium was applied to increase the production of KA in PCS-immobilized bioreactor. The efficiency of immobilized culture for kojic acid (KA) production and the effect of morphology of A. oryzae on KA production were evaluated. After three cycles of cultivation, 83.47 g/L of KA was produced in PCS bioreactor in nitrogen deficient medium with productivity of 3.09 g/L/d, which is higher than free suspension culture in batch fermentation. The morphology of A. oryzae mycelium changed under nitrogen starvation. Feather-like mycelium was observed with increasing KA production. RNA expression (kojA and kojT) results indicated that the nitrogen deficient environment had strong influence on KA production on the transcriptional level. PCS immobilized fermentation system, which allowed a repeated-batch fermentation with higher production and productivity, is a potential tool in industrial production of KA. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Tablets i skolen

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    Lorentzen, Rasmus Fink

    2012-01-01

    Denne rapport afslutter CELMS undersøgelse af Odder Kommunes projekt med indførelse af iPads på alle kommunens skoler. Undersøgelsen har til formål at belyse om der er pædagogiske og læringsmæssige fordele forbundet med brugen af tablets i undervisningen i grundskolen og i givet fald hvilke...... designer og tablet’ens egenskaber i et generelt perspektiv. Rapporten afsluttes med en række anbefalinger til henholdsvis lærere og skoleledere med henblik på videre udvikling af indsatsen....

  18. Review of bilayer tablet technology.

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    Abebe, Admassu; Akseli, Ilgaz; Sprockel, Omar; Kottala, Niranjan; Cuitiño, Alberto M

    2014-01-30

    Therapeutic strategies based on oral delivery of bilayer (and multilayer) tablets are gaining more acceptance among brand and generic products due to a confluence of factors including advanced delivery strategies, patient compliance and combination therapy. Successful manufacturing of these ever more complex systems needs to overcome a series of challenges from formulation design to tablet press monitoring and control. This article provides an overview of the state-of-the-art of bilayer tablet technology, highlighting the main benefits of this type of oral dosage forms while providing a description of current challenges and advances toward improving manufacturing practices and product quality. Several aspects relevant to bilayer tablet manufacturing are addressed including material properties, lubrication, layer ordering, layer thickness, layer weight control, as well as first and final compression forces. A section is also devoted to bilayer tablet characterization that present additional complexities associated with interfaces between layers. The available features of the manufacturing equipment for bilayer tablet production are also described indicating the different strategies for sensing and controls offered by bilayer tablet press manufacturers. Finally, a roadmap for bilayer tablet manufacturing is advanced as a guideline to formulation design and selection of process parameters and equipment. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Windows for tablets for dummies

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    2013-01-01

    Just for you--Windows 8 from the tablet user's perspective If you're an experienced Windows user, you don't need a guide to everything that Windows 8 can do, just to those tools and functions that work on your tablet. And so here it is. This new book zeros in on what you need to know to work best on your tablet with Windows 8. Topics include navigating the new Windows 8 interface and how it works on a touchscreen, how to safely connect to the Internet, how to work with apps or share your tablet in a group, and much more. If you're a new tablet user, you'll particularly appre

  20. Tablets for Informal Language Learning: Student Usage and Attitudes

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    Chen, Xiao-Bin

    2013-01-01

    Mobile-assisted language learning (MALL), a relatively new area of CALL inquiry, is gaining more and more attention from language educators with the development of new mobile devices. Tablet computers--featuring high mobility, convenient network connectivity, and smart application extendibility--are part of a wave of the latest mobile inventions;…

  1. PCS: a pallet costing system for wood pallet manufacturers (version 1.0 for Windows®)

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    A. Jefferson, Jr. Palmer; Cynthia D. West; Bruce G. Hansen; Marshall S. White; Hal L. Mitchell

    2002-01-01

    The Pallet Costing System (PCS) is a computer-based, Microsoft Windows® application that computes the total and per-unit cost of manufacturing an order of wood pallets. Information about the manufacturing facility, along with the pallet-order requirements provided by the customer, is used in determining production cost. The major cost factors addressed by PCS...

  2. Assessing the planning and implementation strategies for the ICD-10-CM/PCS coding transition in Alabama hospitals.

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    Houser, Shannon H; Morgan, Darius; Clements, Kay; Hart-Hester, Susan

    2013-01-01

    Health information management (HIM) professionals play a significant role in transitioning from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM/PCS. ICD-10-CM/PCS coding will impact many operational aspects of healthcare facilities, such as physicians' documentation in health records, coders' process for review of clinical information, the billing process, and the payers' reimbursement to the healthcare facilities. This article examines the level of readiness and planning for ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation among hospitals in Alabama, identifies training methods/approaches to be used by the hospitals, and discusses the challenges to the ICD-10-CM/PCS coding transition. A 16-question survey was distributed to 116 Alabama hospital HIM directors in December 2011 with follow-up through February 2012. Fifty-three percent of respondent hospitals began the planning process in 2011, and most facilities were halfway or less than halfway to completion of specific implementation tasks. Hospital coders will be or are being trained using in-house training, through seminars/webinars, or by consultants. The impact of ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation can be minimized by training coders in advance, hiring new coders, and adjusting coders' productivity measures. Three major challenges to the transition were identified: the need to interact with physicians and other providers more often to obtain information needed to code in ICD-10-CM/PCS systems, education and training of coders and other ICD-10-CM/PCS users, and dependence on vendors for major technology upgrades for ICD-10-CM/PCS systems. Survey results provide beneficial information for HIM professionals and other users of coded data to assist in establishing sound practice standards for ICD-10-CM/PCS coding implementation. Adequate planning and preparation will be essential to the successful implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS.

  3. From novice to expert: problem solving in ICD-10-PCS procedural coding.

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    Rousse, Justin Thomas

    2013-01-01

    The benefits of converting to ICD-10-CM/PCS have been well documented in recent years. One of the greatest challenges in the conversion, however, is how to train the workforce in the code sets. The International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-PCS) has been described as a language requiring higher-level reasoning skills because of the system's increased granularity. Training and problem-solving strategies required for correct procedural coding are unclear. The objective of this article is to propose that the acquisition of rule-based logic will need to be augmented with self-evaluative and critical thinking. Awareness of how this process works is helpful for established coders as well as for a new generation of coders who will master the complexities of the system.

  4. Poplar maintains zinc homeostasis with heavy metal genes HMA4 and PCS1

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    Adams, Joshua P.; Adeli, Ardeshir; Hsu, Chuan-Yu; Harkess, Richard L.; Page, Grier P.; dePamphilis, Claude W.; Schultz, Emily B.; Yuceer, Cetin

    2011-01-01

    Perennial woody species, such as poplar (Populus spp.) must acquire necessary heavy metals like zinc (Zn) while avoiding potential toxicity. Poplar contains genes with sequence homology to genes HMA4 and PCS1 from other species which are involved in heavy metal regulation. While basic genomic conservation exists, poplar does not have a hyperaccumulating phenotype. Poplar has a common indicator phenotype in which heavy metal accumulation is proportional to environmental concentrations but exce...

  5. Assessing tablet bond types from structural features that affect tablet tensile strength.

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    Olsson, H; Nyström, C

    2001-02-01

    The aim of this article was to study the possibility of assessing the structural features affecting tablet tensile strength to obtain information on the dominating bond types, i.e. interparticulate attractions, in tablets. The features of the internal tablet structure considered to be important for tablet tensile strength were assessed using a simple tablet model for tablets made from seven materials: potassium chloride, sodium chloride, sodium bicarbonate, lactose, sucrose, microcrystalline cellulose, and ascorbic acid. Tablet porosity and particle size (measured as external specific surface area by permeametry) were the structural features that best correlated with tablet tensile strength. These features were described by a "structural factor," which was combined with tablet tensile strength, as an "interaction factor," to reflect the dominating bond types in tablets. The qualitative results gave dominating bond types in the tablets studied that matched the results of earlier studies, thus supporting the applicability of the method.

  6. Cross-cultural adaptation and validation of the South African Pain Catastrophizing Scale (SA-PCS among patients with fibromyalgia

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    Morris Linzette D

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Pain catastrophization has recently been recognized as a barrier to the healthy development of physical functioning among chronic pain patients. Levels of pain catastrophization in chronic pain patients are commonly measured using the Pain Catastrophizing Scale (PCS. Objective To cross-culturally adapt and validate the South African PCS (SA-PCS among English-, Afrikaans- and Xhosa-speaking patients with fibromyalgia living in the Cape Metropole area, Western Cape, South Africa. Methods The original PCS was cross-culturally adapted in accordance with international standards to develop an English, Afrikaans and Xhosa version of the SA-PCS using a repeated measures study design. Psychometric testing included face/content validity, internal consistency (Cronbach’s alpha-α, test-retest reliability (intraclass coefficient correlations-ICC, sensitivity-to-change and cross-sectional convergent validity (by comparing the adapted SA-PCS to related constructs. Results The cross-culturally adapted English, Afrikaans and Xhosa SA-PCS showed good face and content validity, excellent internal consistency (with Chronbach’s α = 0.98, 0.98 and 0.97 for the English, Afrikaans and Xhosa SA-PCS, as a whole, respectively, excellent test-retest reliability (with ICC’s of 0.90, 0.91 and 0.89 for the English, Afrikaans and Xhosa SA-PCS, respectively; as well as satisfactory sensitivity-to-change (with a minimum detectable change of 8.8, 9.0 and 9.3 for the English, Afrikaans and Xhosa SA-PCS, respectively and cross-sectional convergent validity (when compared to pain severity as well as South African versions of the Tampa scale for Kinesiophobia and the revised Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire. Conclusion The SA-PCS can therefore be recommended as simple, efficient, valid and reliable tool which shows satisfactory sensitivity-to-change and cross-sectional convergent validity, for use among English, Afrikaans and Xhosa-speaking patients with

  7. An approach to effective UHF (S/L band) data communications for satellite Personal Communication Service (PCS)

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    Hayase, Joshua Y.

    1995-01-01

    Reliable signaling information transfer is fundamental in supporting the needs of data communication PCS via LMS (Land Mobile Service) SSs (satellite systems). The needs of the system designer can be satisfied only through the collection of media information that can be brought to bear on the pertinent design issues. We at ISI hope to continue our dialogue with fading media experts to address the unique data communications needs of PCS via LMS SSs.

  8. A Putative Transcription Factor pcs1 Positively Regulates Both Conidiation and Sexual Reproduction in the Cereal Pathogen Fusarium graminearum

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    Boknam Jung

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The plant pathogen Fusarium graminearum causes Fusarium head blight in cereal crops and produces mycotoxins that are harmful to animals and humans. For the initiation and spread of disease, asexual and sexual reproduction is required. Therefore, studies on fungal reproduction contribute to the development of new methods to control and maintain the fungal population. Screening a previously generated transcription factor mutant collection, we identified one putative C₂H₂ zinc-finger transcription factor, pcs1, which is required for both sexual and asexual reproduction. Deleting pcs1 in F. graminearum resulted in a dramatic reduction in conidial production and a complete loss of sexual reproduction. The pathways and gene ontology of pcs1-dependent genes from microarray experiments showed that several G-protein related pathways, oxidase activity, ribosome biogenesis, and RNA binding and processing were highly enriched, suggesting that pcs1 is involved in several different biological processes. Further, overexpression of pcs1 increased conidial production and resulted in earlier maturation of ascospores compared to the wild-type strain. Additionally, the vegetative growth of the overexpression mutants was decreased in nutrient-rich conditions but was not different from the wild-type strain in nutrient-poor conditions. Overall, we discovered that the pcs1 transcription factor positively regulates both conidiation and sexual reproduction and confers nutrient condition-dependent vegetative growth.

  9. ICD-10-CM/PCS: Transferring Knowledge from ICD-9-CM

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    Sand, Jaime N.; Elison-Bowers, Patt

    2013-01-01

    The transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS has expanded educational opportunities for educators and trainers who are taking on the responsibility of training coders on the new system. Coding education currently faces multiple challenges in the areas of how to train the new workforce, what might be the most efficient method of providing that training, how much retraining of the current workforce with ICD-9-CM training will be required, and how to meet the national implementation deadline of 2014 in the m...

  10. Development and Evaluation of Mucoadhesive Chlorhexidine Tablet ...

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    Purpose: To formulate mucoadhesive chlorhexidine tablets and evaluate their drug release characteristics and mechanism. Methods: Chlorhexidine buccal adhesive tablets were prepared by direct compression using a blend of hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) and chitosan as the bioadhesive polymers.

  11. Development and evaluation of miconazole mucoadhesive tablets ...

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    Purpose: To develop mucoadhesive tablets containing miconazole (MCZ) for the treatment of oropharyngeal candidiasis, using chitosan and hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) as mucoadhesive polymers. Methods: Mucoadhesive tablets were formulated and optimized using a 23 factorial design and direct ...

  12. Development and evaluation of miconazole mucoadhesive tablets ...

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    Purpose: To develop mucoadhesive tablets containing miconazole (MCZ) for the treatment of oropharyngeal candidiasis, using chitosan and hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) as mucoadhesive polymers. Methods: Mucoadhesive tablets were formulated and optimized using a 23 factorial design and direct.

  13. Preparation and Evaluation of Orodispersible Tablets Containing ...

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    Purpose: To formulate simvastatin orodispersible tablets with high dissolution rate and enhanced bioavailability. ... DSC and FTIR indicated the formation of solid dispersion without chemical interaction between simvastatin and polymer. Orodispersible tablet prepared with Emcosoy and Pullulan showed least wetting and.

  14. Attitudes towards Smart Phones and Tablets

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    Ali Akbar Ansarin; Farahman Farrokhi; Hamid Reza Mahboudi; Zohreh Adeli Jam

    2017-01-01

    This paper examines the perceptions of advantages of smart phones and tablets on basic and general English students' language learning, self-sufficiency, and interest using smart phones and tablets...

  15. Tablet Analysis Using Gravimetric Dilutions

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    Simonson, Larry A.

    2001-10-01

    This experiment introduces the concept of gravimetric dilutions in the context of tablet analysis. Caffeine tablets are analyzed by absorbance at 274 nm with reference to a standard calibration graph and tested for compliance with the USP criterion. All samples and standards are prepared using gravimetric dilutions without reference to volume or density. This experiment is appropriate for high school and college freshman chemistry courses and may be useful at higher levels. It is only necessary that students have had exposure to Beer's law.

  16. Touch Screen Tablets and Emergent Literacy

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    Neumann, Michelle M.; Neumann, David L.

    2014-01-01

    The use of touch screen tablets by young children is increasing in the home and in early childhood settings. The simple tactile interface and finger-based operating features of tablets may facilitate preschoolers' use of tablet application software and support their educational development in domains such as literacy. This article reviews…

  17. Optimization of Formulations of Metoprolol Succinate Tablets ...

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    Background: Release-retarding polymers in matrix tablets play a vital role in controlling drug release from tablets. Objectives: To prepare metoprolol succinate tablets by direct compression using Ofada rice (Oryza glaberrima Steud) starch acetate, degree of substitution (DS) 2.22, as a matrix for sustained release. Materials ...

  18. Tablet based distributed intelligent load management

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    Lu, Yan; Zhou, Siyuan

    2018-01-09

    A facility is connected to an electricity utility and is responsive to Demand Response Events. A plurality of devices is each individually connected to the electricity grid via an addressable switch connected to a secure network that is enabled to be individually switched off by a server. An occupant of a room in control of the plurality of devices provides via a Human Machine Interface on a tablet a preferred order of switching off the plurality of devices in case of a Demand Response Event. A configuration file based at least partially on the preferred order and on a severity of the Demand Response Events determines which devices which of the plurality devices will be switched off. The server accesses the configuration file and switches off the devices included in the configuration file.

  19. Learning, Tablet, Culture-Coherence?

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    Norqvist, Lars

    2016-01-01

    This paper presents understandings of learning in schools where Internet-enabled Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are taken for granted. The context is a full-scale 1:1 tablet project in Danish municipality schools where this study bring forward expressions of learning from one class (12-13 year old children) in order to offer…

  20. Network connectivity enhancement by exploiting all optical multicast in semiconductor ring laser

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    Siraj, M.; Memon, M. I.; Shoaib, M.; Alshebeili, S.

    2015-03-01

    The use of smart phone and tablet applications will provide the troops for executing, controlling and analyzing sophisticated operations with the commanders providing crucial documents directly to troops wherever and whenever needed. Wireless mesh networks (WMNs) is a cutting edge networking technology which is capable of supporting Joint Tactical radio System (JTRS).WMNs are capable of providing the much needed bandwidth for applications like hand held radios and communication for airborne and ground vehicles. Routing management tasks can be efficiently handled through WMNs through a central command control center. As the spectrum space is congested, cognitive radios are a much welcome technology that will provide much needed bandwidth. They can self-configure themselves, can adapt themselves to the user requirement, provide dynamic spectrum access for minimizing interference and also deliver optimal power output. Sometimes in the indoor environment, there are poor signal issues and reduced coverage. In this paper, a solution utilizing (CR WMNs) over optical network is presented by creating nanocells (PCs) inside the indoor environment. The phenomenon of four-wave mixing (FWM) is exploited to generate all-optical multicast using semiconductor ring laser (SRL). As a result same signal is transmitted at different wavelengths. Every PC is assigned a unique wavelength. By using CR technology in conjunction with PC will not only solve network coverage issue but will provide a good bandwidth to the secondary users.

  1. Self-assembled polyelectrolyte complexes films as efficient compression coating layers for controlled-releasing tablets.

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    Li, Wenyan; Huo, Mengmeng; Sen Chaudhuri, Arka; Yang, Chen; Cao, Dazhong; Wu, Zhenghong; Qi, Xiaole

    2017-05-01

    Currently, polysaccharide-based hydrogels are widely studied macromolecular networks to modify drug dissolution from controlled-releasing matrix tablets. Among them, polyelectrolyte complexes (PEC) films consisted of chitosan (CS) and sodium alginate (SA) could be obtained via spontaneously assembling under physiological gastrointestinal environment. Here, we utilized these self-assembled PEC films as an efficient coating materials to develop controlled-released matrix tablets through compression coating process, with paracetamol (APAP) as model drug. The constitutive and morphology characteristic studies on these PEC films illustrated that the mixture of CS and SA with the weight ratio of 1:1 would be an promising outer layer for compression-coating tablets. In addition, the in vitro drug releasing behavior experiments demonstrated that the optimized compression coating tablets displayed satisfied zero-order drug releasing profits. Furthermore, the in vivo pharmacokinetic studies of these APAP loaded compression-coated tablets in New Zealand rabbits gave that the T max (12.32 ± 1.05 h) was significantly prolonged (p tablets (Jinfuning ® ) after oral administration. These studies suggest that the compression-coated tablets with self-assembled PEC film as coating outer layer may be a promising strategy for peroral controlled release delivery system of water soluble drugs.

  2. Intra-operative Patient-Controlled Sedation (PCS:Propofol versus Midazolam Supplementation During Epidural Analgesia (Clinical and Hormonal Study

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    Hassan S Al-khayat

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available This study was done on sixty adult males scheduled to have an epidural analgesia for elective inguinal hernia repair. The study was designed to compare propofol and midazolam with regard to their suitability for the patient-controlled sedation (PCS technique during epidural analgesia. Patients were divided into three equal groups and premedicated with 0.2mg.kg -1 oral midazolam. Group I (G1 served as control. Using PCS technique, the pump was programmed to deliver on demand a bolus dose of 0.5 mg.kg- 1 of propofol in Group II (G2 or 0.1mg.kg -1 midazolam in Group III(G3. Patient′s sedation status was assessed by sedation score, comfort scale and by psychometric testing. The total delivered dose of each tested drug was calculated. Serum concentrations of propfol and midazolam, plasma cortisol and free fatty acids were measured. Propofol and midazolam PCS technique produced excellent and easily controllable sedation. The dose needed to produce steady state sedation was 2.8±1.42 and 0.11±0.6 mg.kg -1 .h- 1 for propofol and midazolam respectively. Propofol was more suitable than midazolam for PCS because of its rapid onset, favorable recovery profile and low side effects. PCS proved to be a stress-free and acceptable technique.

  3. Subjective Mental Health, Peer Relations, Family, and School Environment in Adolescents with Intellectual Developmental Disorder: A First Report of a New Questionnaire Administered on Tablet PCs

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    Boström, Petra; Johnels, Jakob Åsberg; Thorson, Maria; Broberg, Malin

    2016-01-01

    Few studies have explored the subjective mental health of adolescents with intellectual disabilities, while proxy ratings indicate an overrepresentation of mental health problems. The present study reports on the design and an initial empirical evaluation of the Well-being in Special Education Questionnaire (WellSEQ). Questions, response scales,…

  4. Synbiotic functional drink from Jerusalem artichoke juice fermented by probiotic Lactobacillus plantarum PCS26.

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    Dimitrovski, Darko; Velickova, Elena; Dimitrovska, Maja; Langerholc, Tomaz; Winkelhausen, Eleonora

    2016-01-01

    A probiotic strain Lactobacillus plantarum PCS26 was used to ferment Jerusalem artichoke juice. Growth kinetics of the bacterial strain was followed during juice fermentation both in flask and in laboratory fermentor. Jerusalem artichoke showed to be an excellent source of nutrients for L. plantarum PCS26 growth. The culture grew very well reaching more than 10(10) cfu/ml in just 12 h. The pH changed from the initial 6.5 to 4.6 at the end of fermentation. The culture hydrolyzed fructooligosaccharides present in the Jerusalem artichoke juice, yielding fructose which was presumably consumed along with the malic acid as energy and carbon source. Lactic acid was the main metabolite produced in concentration of 4.6 g/L. Acetic and succinic acid were also identified. Sensory evaluation of the fermented Jerusalem artichoke juice and its mixtures with blueberry juice showed that the 50/50 % v/v mixture would be very well accepted by the consumers. Above 80 % of the panelists would buy this drink, and over 60 % were willing to pay more for it. Culture survivability in the fermented juices during storage at 4-7 °C was assayed by the Weibullian model. The product shelf-life was extended from 19.70 ± 0.50 days of pure Jerusalem artichoke juice to 35.7 ± 6.4 days of the mixture containing 30 % blueberry juice.

  5. The tablet device in hospital neurology and in neurology graduate medical education: a preliminary study.

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    George, Pravin; Newey, Christopher R; Bhimraj, Adarsh

    2015-01-01

    There is limited literature on tablet devices for neurohospitalists and in neurological graduate medical education. This study evaluated utilization, benefits, and limitations of customized tablets on inpatient neurology practice and resident education. The hypothesis was the perception of the tablet would be positive, given their portability, convenience to accessing point-of-care reference, and accessibility to the electronic medical record. Second-generation iPads with neurology-specific applications and literature were provided to our in-hospital general, stroke, and consult neurology teams. After 1 year, residents on these teams were surveyed on demographic data, familiarity, and utilization of the iPad and their perceptions of the device. All 27 residents responded to the survey. Most participants (23 of 27) used a tablet while on inpatient service. Twelve regularly utilized the neurology-specific apps and/or accessed scientific articles. Technologically savvy residents felt significantly more comfortable using tablets and were more quickly acquainted with the features. Thirteen respondents wanted a formal orientation on the advanced features of the tablet independent of their familiarity with the device or level of technological comfort. Overall, the perception was that the tablet was beneficial for inpatient clinical care and as an educational reference. Participants became easily familiarized with the device features quickly, regardless of whether they owned one previously or not. Most physicians indicated interest in advanced features of tablets; however, a formal orientation may be beneficial for optimal utilization. A reliable network connection is essential to in-hospital use of tablet devices. Additional research pertaining to patient outcomes, objective educational benefit, and cost-effectiveness is necessary.

  6. Pharmaceutical and analytical evaluation of triphalaguggulkalpa tablets

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    Shreeram S Savarikar

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim of the Study: Development of standardized, synergistic, safe and effective traditional herbal formulations with robust scientific evidence can offer faster and more economical alternatives for the treatment of disease. The main objective was to develop a method of preparation of guggulkalpa tablets so that the tablets meet the criteria of efficacy, stability, and safety. Materials and Methods: Triphalaguggulkalpa tablet, described in sharangdharsanhita and containing guggul and triphala powder, was used as a model drug. Preliminary experiments on marketed triphalaguggulkalpa tablets exhibited delayed in vitro disintegration that indicated probable delayed in vivo disintegration. The study involved preparation of triphalaguggulkalpa tablets by Ayurvedic text methods and by wet granulation, dry granulation, and direct compression method. The tablets were evaluated for loss on drying, volatile oil content, % solubility, and steroidal content. The tablets were evaluated for performance tests like weight variation, disintegration, and hardness. Results: It was observed that triphalaguggulkalpa tablets, prepared by direct compression method, complied with the hardness and disintegration tests, whereas tablets prepared by Ayurvedic text methods failed. Conclusion: Direct compression is the best method of preparing triphalaguggulkalpa tablets.

  7. Dose Uniformity of Scored and Unscored Tablets: Application of the FDA Tablet Scoring Guidance for Industry.

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    Ciavarella, Anthony B; Khan, Mansoor A; Gupta, Abhay; Faustino, Patrick J

    This U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) laboratory study examines the impact of tablet splitting, the effect of tablet splitters, and the presence of a tablet score on the dose uniformity of two model drugs. Whole tablets were purchased from five manufacturers for amlodipine and six for gabapentin. Two splitters were used for each drug product, and the gabapentin tablets were also split by hand. Whole and split amlodipine tablets were tested for content uniformity following the general chapter of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Uniformity of Dosage Units , which is a requirement of the new FDA Guidance for Industry on tablet scoring. The USP weight variation method was used for gabapentin split tablets based on the recommendation of the guidance. All whole tablets met the USP acceptance criteria for the Uniformity of Dosage Units. Variation in whole tablet content ranged from 0.5 to 2.1 standard deviation (SD) of the percent label claim. Splitting the unscored amlodipine tablets resulted in a significant increase in dose variability of 6.5-25.4 SD when compared to whole tablets. Split tablets from all amlodipine drug products did not meet the USP acceptance criteria for content uniformity. Variation in the weight for gabapentin split tablets was greater than the whole tablets, ranging from 1.3 to 9.3 SD. All fully scored gabapentin products met the USP acceptance criteria for weight variation. Size, shape, and the presence or absence of a tablet score can affect the content uniformity and weight variation of amlodipine and gabapentin tablets. Tablet splitting produced higher variability. Differences in dose variability and fragmentation were observed between tablet splitters and hand splitting. These results are consistent with the FDA's concerns that tablet splitting can have an effect on the amount of drug present in a split tablet and available for absorption. Tablet splitting has become a very common practice in the United States and throughout the

  8. Expression of Ceratophyllum demersum phytochelatin synthase, CdPCS1, in Escherichia coli and Arabidopsis enhances heavy metal(loid)s accumulation.

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    Shukla, Devesh; Kesari, Ravi; Tiwari, Manish; Dwivedi, Sanjay; Tripathi, Rudra Deo; Nath, Pravendra; Trivedi, Prabodh Kumar

    2013-12-01

    Phytochelatin synthase (PCS) gene encoding key enzyme for heavy metal detoxification and accumulation has been characterised from different sources and used to develop a technology for bioremediation. Past efforts provided limited success and contradictory results. Therefore, functional characterisation of PCS gene from new sources into different target systems is considered as an important task in the area of bioremediation. Earlier, we isolated and functionally characterised PCS gene from an aquatic macrophyte Ceratophyllum demersum L., a metal accumulator aquatic plant. Expression of this gene, CdPCS1, in tobacco enhanced PC synthesis and metal accumulation of transgenic tobacco plants. In the present study, we have expressed CdPCS1 in more diverse systems, Escherichia coli and Arabidopsis, and studied growth and metal accumulation of transgenic organisms. The expression of CdPCS1 in E. coli offered tolerance against cadmium as well as higher accumulation accompanied with PCS1 activity. The expression of CdPCS1 in Arabidopsis showed a significant enhanced accumulation of heavy metal(loid)s in aerial parts without significant difference in growth parameters in comparison to wild-type Arabidopsis plants. Our study suggests that CdPCS1 can be utilised for enhancing bioremediation potential of different organisms using biotechnological approaches.

  9. African Youth Utilising IT-Essentials Innovation in Re-vitalisation of PCs to Equip Disadvantaged Rural Schools Shaping their ICT Learning Landscape: Namibian Case Study

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    Jameson Mbale

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available As the sub-Saharan region was expanding educational infrastructure, they met challenges to equip the rural schools with Personal Computers (PCs. The PCs as equipment that required frequently upgrading as technology evolved, the institutions from urban kept on replacing the outdated with the new ones that had high hardware and software specifications, such as RAM, hard-disc, CPU speed, etc. Though still functioning at an en-efficient level, the outdated PCs (o-PCs were abandoned in some cases packed on corridors. These o-PCs were regarded as en-efficient because of degraded specification as in a long run technology demanded more resources. While these urban tertiary institutions were abandoning the o-PCs, the primary and secondary schools in rural areas were completely inaccessible of PCs. At a serious note, in some remote schools, pupils had not even touched a Computer Key-Board. These students were completely deprived of the IT/ICT technologies and services. It was against this background that the IT-Essentials students at the University of Namibia, in the Department of Computer Science, envisaged on an innovation of servicing and upgrading the abandoned o-PCs to be deployed in primary and secondary schools that were in remote areas. These refurbished PCs were deployed in targeted rural schools. In that way, these under privileged students had opportunity to experience and utilise the ICT facilities.

  10. Stability study of Raloxifene tablets

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    Full Text Available Introduction: Raloxifene is a selective estrogen receptor modulator from the benzothiophene family. Several clinical trials have shown that raloxifene reduces bone loss rate in the spinal column and may increase bone mass at certain sites. Objective: to determine the physical and chemical stabilities of raloxifene tablets. Methods. three pilot scale batches of 5 kg each were prepared. In vitro dissolution, chemical stability, photostability and humidity studies were carried out. Samples were collected at 0, 1, 2, 3 and 6 months for the accelerated stability study and at 0, 6, 12, 18 and 24 months for the shelf life stability study. Chemical stability was determined using high performance liquid chromatography analytical method, which was developed and validated prior to the study. Results: in the accelerated stability study, the percentages of dissolved drug were more than 90 % and drug content porcentages were between 90 % and 110 %. Humidity conditions affected the chemical stability of the tablets. Conclusions: All raloxifene tablet batches formulations were stable for 24 months in the studied containers stored at 32 ± 2 ºC and waterproof. In vitro drug release dissolution showed good results for 24 months.

  11. Can Tablet Computers Enhance Faculty Teaching?

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    Narayan, Aditee P; Whicker, Shari A; Benjamin, Robert W; Hawley, Jeffrey; McGann, Kathleen A

    2015-06-01

    Learner benefits of tablet computer use have been demonstrated, yet there is little evidence regarding faculty tablet use for teaching. Our study sought to determine if supplying faculty with tablet computers and peer mentoring provided benefits to learners and faculty beyond that of non-tablet-based teaching modalities. We provided faculty with tablet computers and three 2-hour peer-mentoring workshops on tablet-based teaching. Faculty used tablets to teach, in addition to their current, non-tablet-based methods. Presurveys, postsurveys, and monthly faculty surveys assessed feasibility, utilization, and comparisons to current modalities. Learner surveys assessed perceived effectiveness and comparisons to current modalities. All feedback received from open-ended questions was reviewed by the authors and organized into categories. Of 15 eligible faculty, 14 participated. Each participant attended at least 2 of the 3 workshops, with 10 to 12 participants at each workshop. All participants found the workshops useful, and reported that the new tablet-based teaching modality added value beyond that of current teaching methods. Respondents developed the following tablet-based outputs: presentations, photo galleries, evaluation tools, and online modules. Of the outputs, 60% were used in the ambulatory clinics, 33% in intensive care unit bedside teaching rounds, and 7% in inpatient medical unit bedside teaching rounds. Learners reported that common benefits of tablet computers were: improved access/convenience (41%), improved interactive learning (38%), and improved bedside teaching and patient care (13%). A common barrier faculty identified was inconsistent wireless access (14%), while no barriers were identified by the majority of learners. Providing faculty with tablet computers and having peer-mentoring workshops to discuss their use was feasible and added value.

  12. Measuring tablet porosity using multispectral imaging system

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    Nippolainen, Ervin; Ervasti, Tuomas; Ketolainen, Jarkko; Kamshilin, Alexei A.

    2010-05-01

    A multispectral imaging system with computer controlled light source of 16 light emitting diodes is applied for measuring of tablet porosity. The system is based on a subspace vector model of surface reflection. The measured spectral data are compressed on the stage of measurement and used directly for the discrimination of tablets with different porosity. The experimental results demonstrate that the multispectral imaging system is a potential method for tablet porosity measurement.

  13. 78 FR 70558 - Review of Proposed Changes with ICD-10-CM/PCS; Conversion of Quality IndicatorsTM

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    2013-11-26

    ... to the following address: Pam Owens, Scientific Lead, AHRQ QI Program, Center for Delivery... Care/Pulmonary, Infection, Internal Medicine, Neonatal/Pediatric, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology... by at least two American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS...

  14. Mucoadhesive tablets for controlled release of acyclovir.

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    Ruiz-Caro, Roberto; Gago-Guillan, Manuel; Otero-Espinar, Francisco Javier; Veiga, María Dolores

    2012-01-01

    Mucoadhesive chitosan (CS) and/or hydroxypropyl-methylcellulose (HPMC) tablets for gastric drug delivery of acyclovir (ACV) have been developed in order to improve the ACV oral bioavailability. Swelling, bioadhesive and dissolution studies were carried out in two acidic media (pH 1.5 and 4) in order to determine the tablets behaviour in both fed and fasted states. All the designed tablets showed good mucoadhesive properties on gastric mucosa due to the presence of CS and/or HPMC. In vitro dissolution of ACV from tablets was influenced by the swelling behaviour of each polymer. All data release of the studied tablets fitted to Hopfenberg model, which describes drug release from tablets displaying heterogeneous erosion. HPMC and CS/HPMC tablets revealed a sustained release for 24 h, but a complete dissolution of the tablets was not produced at this time. On the contrary, tablets which contained only CS as polymer were able to release the total amount of ACV for 4 h, due to the CS imbibition and erosion processes in pH 1.5 medium. These results allowed us to conclude that CS is the excipient to be chosen to obtain gastroretentive formulations, due to its demonstrated gastric compatibility.

  15. Tablet surface characterisation by various imaging techniques

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    Seitavuopio, Paulus; Rantanen, Jukka; Yliruusi, Jouko

    2003-01-01

    The aim of this study was to characterise tablet surfaces using different imaging and roughness analytical techniques including optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), laser profilometry and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The test materials compressed were potassium chloride (KCl......) and sodium chloride (NaCl). It was found that all methods used suggested that the KCl tablets were smoother than the NaCl tablets and higher compression pressure made the tablets smoother. Imaging methods like optical microscopy and SEM can give useful information about the roughness of the sample surface...

  16. Formulation development of carvedilol compression coated tablet.

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    Shah, Ritesh; Patel, Sachin; Patel, Hetal; Pandey, Sonia; Shah, Shailesh; Shah, Dinesh

    2013-01-01

    The aim of present research was to produce carvedilol compression coated tablet to provide biphasic drug release. A compressed coated tablet made of a sustained release core tablet and an immediate release coat tablet. Both the core and the coat contained carvedilol. The sustained release effect was achieved with polymers (HPMC K4M and PEO WSR 205) to modulate the release of the drug. The powder blends for core and coat tablets were evaluated for angle of repose, bulk density, compressibility index, and drug content. Compressed coated tablets were evaluated for thickness, diameter, weight variation test, drug content, hardness, friability, disintegration and in vitro release studies. The powder blends showed satisfactory flow properties, compressibility, drug content and all the tablet formulations showed acceptable pharmaco-technical properties. Carvedilol contained in the fast releasing component was released within 3 min, whereas the drug in the core tablet was released at different times up to 24 h, depending on the composition of the matrix tablet. The mechanism of drug release was fickian diffusion or anomalous behavior. Batch F7, containing 10 mg PEO WSR 205 and 5 mg HPMC K4M, showed maximum similarity with theoretical profile and zero order drug release kinetic.

  17. Matrix release from tablets prepared with aqueous dispersion of an ...

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    . Resulting granules were compressed to 500 mg tablets using a single punch machine. The tablets were subjected to hardness, friability, disintegration and dissolution tests. RESULTS: The granules formed hard tablets (tensile strength 1 - 2.0 ...

  18. Product development of pumpkin tablet

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    Kamgoed, T.

    2007-05-01

    Full Text Available The development of pumpkin tablet was studied and the drying conditions of pumpkin using a double drum dryer were optimized. The study factors were drying agents (maltodextrin D.E.13-16 andtapioca flour at different levels (3 and 5%, drying temperatures (130 and 140oC and drum dryer speeds (4 and 5 rpm. The results showed that the optimal conditions were using 3% maltodextrin D.E.13-16, dryingtemperature of 130oC and drum dryer speed of 4 rpm. The moisture, fat, bulk density, reducing sugars and granulometric retention of the obtained pumpkin powder were 3.39%, 1.42%, 1.004 g/ml, 12.63% and 0.67%, respectively and L*, a* and b* values were 73.85, -0.60 and 35.23, respectively. A study of suitable amount of icing sugar using different contents for tablet production (0, 10, 20, 30 and 40% was performedand showed that using 20% icing sugar was the most acceptable. The obtained pumpkin tablet was subjected to chemical, physical and microbiological analysis. The ash, moisture, protein, fat, fiber and carbohydratecontents were 1.87, 3.60, 3.34, 1.00, 2.26 and 87.99%, respectively. The reducing sugars and β-carotene contents were 5.44±0.61% and 3.79±0.57 mg/100g, respectively. The Aw, hardness and solubility were 0.56,3.25 kgf and 25.00 %, respectively. The L*, a* and b* values were 79.85, 0.28 and 23.64, respectively. The total microbial count and the yeast and mould count were <10 CFU/g. The shelf life of the pumpkin tabletwas at least 4 months at room temperature (35±2oC.

  19. Usability of tablet computers by people with early-stage dementia.

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    Lim, Fabian S; Wallace, Tim; Luszcz, Mary A; Reynolds, Karen J

    2013-01-01

    Tablet computers are generally associated with an intuitive interface. The adoption and use of tablet computers within the early-stage dementia context could potentially assist in daily living and provide users with a source for leisure activities and social networking. As dementia mainly affects the older adult population, it is expected that many people with dementia and even their carers do not use tablet computers as part of their everyday living. This paper explores the usability of tablet computers within the early-stage dementia context as a source of leisure for people with dementia. The main advantage of the use of tablet computers in this manner is to provide carers some reprieve from the constant care and attention often required in caring for people with dementia. Seven-day in-home trials were conducted to determine whether people with early-stage dementia were -capable of using a tablet computer independently. Twenty-one people with early-stage dementia and carer dyads participated in the trial. Feedback was gathered through questionnaires from both the person with dementia and their carer regarding the use of a tablet computer as part of their everyday living. Approximately half the participants with dementia were able to engage with and use the tablet computer independently, which proved to be helpful to their carers. No significant traits were observed to help identify those who were less likely to use a tablet computer. Carer relief was quantified by the amount of time participants with dementia spent using the device without supervision. The results and feedback from the trial provide significant insights to introducing new technology within the early-stage dementia context. Users' needs must be considered on a case-by-case basis to successfully facilitate the uptake of tablet computers in the dementia context. The trial has provided sufficient justification to further explore more uses of tablet computers in the dementia context, and not just for

  20. Tablet computers in the veterinary curriculum.

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    Eurell, Jo Ann C; Diamond, Nancy A; Buie, Brandon; Grant, David; Pijanowski, Gerald J

    2005-01-01

    Tablet computers offer a new method of information management in veterinary medical education. With the tablet computer, students can annotate class notes using electronic ink, search for keywords, and convert handwriting to text as needed. Additional electronic learning resources, such as medical dictionaries and electronic textbooks, can be readily available. Eleven first-year veterinary students purchased tablet computers and participated in an investigation of their working methods and perceptions of the tablet computer as an educational tool. Most students found the technology useful. The small size and portability of the tablet allowed easy transport and use in a variety of environments. Most students adapted to electronic notetaking by the second week of classes; negative experiences with the tablet centered on a failure to become comfortable with taking notes and navigating on the computer as opposed to writing and searching on paper. A few performance-related problems, including short battery life, were reported. Tablet software allowed conversion of faculty course notes from a variety of original formats, meaning that instructors could maintain their original methods of note preparation. Adopting a consistent naming convention for files helped students to locate the files on their computers, and smaller file sizes helped with computer performance. Collaboration between students was fostered by tablet use, which offers possibilities for future development of collaborative learning environments.

  1. 21 CFR 520.1510 - Nitenpyram tablets.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Nitenpyram tablets. 520.1510 Section 520.1510 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) ANIMAL... order of a licensed veterinarian. (d) Conditions of use—(1) Dogs—(i) Amount—(A) One 11.4-mg tablet for...

  2. 21 CFR 520.1900 - Primidone tablets.

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    ... for use of 50 and 250 milligram tablets. (c) Conditions of use in dogs—(1) Amount. Twenty-five... information. (2) Indications for use. For the control of convulsions associated with idiopathic epilepsy... recognizable lesion in certain entities in dogs.1 (3) Limitations. The tablets may be administered whole or...

  3. Quantitative Determination of Metformin Hydrochloride in Tablet ...

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    Purpose: To develop and validate a suitable method for the assay of metformin hydrochloride (HCl) in tablets containing croscarmellose sodium as an additive. Methods: Methanol and ethanol (99%) were assessed as solvents for sample preparation for the assay of metformin HCl in tablets containing croscarmellose ...

  4. Tablet Keiti: Does it Contain Astronomical Instructions?

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    Wieczorek, Rafal

    2010-01-01

    E – contains a pattern that can well be interpreted as another calendrical instruction, quite similar in nature to the Mamari calendar. Engraved on tablet Keiti is a string of glyphs known as sequence alpha 1-10, which is repeated 10 times throughout one side of the tablet. This repetitious string...

  5. Pharmacokinetic Studies on Metoprolol - Eudragit Matrix Tablets ...

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    Purpose: To investigate the pharmacokinetics of of a developed metoprolol and a reference standard (Mepressor®). Methods: Metoprolol tartrate-loaded Eudragit® FS microparticles were formulated and compressed into tablets. The tablets were tested for their physicochemical properties according to United States ...

  6. Transforming the Classroom With Tablet Technology.

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    Identifying the most effective models for integrating new technology into the classroom and understanding its effects on educational outcomes are essential for nurse educators. This article describes an educational intervention with tablet technology (iPads) using an innovative case-based learning model in a nursing program. Students reported positive learning outcomes when using the tablet technology for learning course content.

  7. Breaking of scored tablets : a review

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    van Santen, E; Barends, D M; Frijlink, H W

    The literature was reviewed regarding advantages, problems and performance indicators of score lines. Scored tablets provide dose flexibility, ease of swallowing and may reduce the costs of medication. However, many patients are confronted with scored tablets that are broken unequally and with

  8. Development and characterization of orodispersible tablets of ...

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    Purpose: The purpose of the present research was to the effect of camphor as a subliming agent on the mouth dissolving property of famotidine tablets. Method: Orodispersible tablets of famotidine were prepared using camphor as subliming agent and sodium starch glycollate together with crosscarmellose sodium as ...

  9. Absorption of effervescent paracetamol tablets relative to ordinary paracetamol tablets in healthy volunteers.

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    Rygnestad, T; Zahlsen, K; Samdal, F A

    2000-05-01

    The aim of this study was to compare the rate of absorption between ordinary paracetamol tablets and effervescent paracetamol tablets. Twenty healthy volunteers participated in an open randomised crossover study and were given a 1000-mg dose of either ordinary paracetamol tablets (2 x 500 mg Panodil tablets, SmithKline Beecham) or effervescent paracetamol tablets (2 x 500 mg Pinex Brusetablett, Alpharma AS) with a 3-week washout period in between. Blood samples were collected for 3 h. Maximum serum concentration (Cmax) and the time to maximum serum concentration (tmax) were recorded and the area under the concentration versus time curve (AUC) was calculated. The mean tmax was significantly shorter when paracetamol effervescent tablets were taken (27 min) rather than ordinary paracetamol tablets (45 min) (P = 0.004). There was no significant difference between the mean Cmax of 143 micromol/l with effervescent tablets and that of 131 micromol/l with ordinary tablets. The mean AUC(0-3 h) was significantly higher with paracetamol effervescent tablets (223.8 micromol x h x l(-1)) than with ordinary tablets (198.2 micromol x h x l(-1); P = 0.003). After 15 min, 17 (85%) subjects in the effervescent group had a serum concentration of 70 micromol/l (lower therapeutic serum concentration) or higher relative to only 2 (10%) subjects in the ordinary tablet group (P = 0.001). Paracetamol effervescent tablets are absorbed significantly faster than ordinary paracetamol. Thus, effervescent tablets might offer significantly faster pain relief when paracetamol is used.

  10. Tablet--next generation sequence assembly visualization.

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    Milne, Iain; Bayer, Micha; Cardle, Linda; Shaw, Paul; Stephen, Gordon; Wright, Frank; Marshall, David

    2010-02-01

    Tablet is a lightweight, high-performance graphical viewer for next-generation sequence assemblies and alignments. Supporting a range of input assembly formats, Tablet provides high-quality visualizations showing data in packed or stacked views, allowing instant access and navigation to any region of interest, and whole contig overviews and data summaries. Tablet is both multi-core aware and memory efficient, allowing it to handle assemblies containing millions of reads, even on a 32-bit desktop machine. Tablet is freely available for Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS X, Linux and Solaris. Fully bundled installers can be downloaded from http://bioinf.scri.ac.uk/tablet in 32- and 64-bit versions.

  11. Mathematical tablets from Tell Harmal

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    Gonçalves, Carlos

    2015-01-01

    This work offers a re-edition of twelve mathematical tablets from the site of Tell Harmal, in the borders of present-day Baghdad. In ancient times, Tell Harmal was Šaduppûm, a city representative of the region of the Diyala river and of the kingdom of Ešnunna, to which it belonged for a time. These twelve tablets were originally published in separate articles in the beginning of the 1950s and mostly contain solved problem texts. Some of the problems deal with abstract matters such as triangles and rectangles with no reference to daily life, while others are stated in explicitly empirical contexts, such as the transportation of a load of bricks, the size of a vessel, the number of men needed to build a wall and the acquisition of oil and lard. This new edition of the texts is the first to group them, and takes into account all the recent developments of the research in the history of Mesopotamian mathematics. Its introductory chapters are directed to readers interested in an overview of the mathematical con...

  12. Phase transformation in thiamine hydrochloride tablets: Influence on tablet microstructure, physical properties, and performance.

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    Chakravarty, Paroma; Suryanarayanan, Raj; Govindarajan, Ramprakash

    2012-04-01

    The objective of this article was to monitor phase transformation in thiamine hydrochloride, from a nonstoichiometric hydrate (NSH) to a hemihydrate (HH), in stored tablets, prepared both by direct compression and wet granulation, and to relate the storage-induced phase transformation with changes in tablet microstructure, physical properties, and performance. Raman spectroscopy revealed complete NSH → HH transformation in tablets, within 30 h of storage at 40°C/75% relative humidity. When the tablets were prepared by wet granulation of NSH alone, there was a marked increase in both tablet volume and hardness on storage. However, when microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) was included in granulation, the resulting stored tablets also exhibited a pronounced increase in disintegration time. In contrast, tablets prepared by dry processing via compression of a NSH-MCC physical mixture did not exhibit any changes in properties, despite the in situ solid form conversion. Scanning electron microscopy revealed growth of needle-like HH crystals in all stored tablets and mercury porosimetry revealed considerable changes in the pore size distribution during storage. Longer storage led to crystal growth (Ostwald ripening), causing further gradual but less dramatic changes in properties. The phase transformation and the complex interparticulate associations in the tablet influenced the changes in tablet microstructure, compact physical properties, and product behavior. Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  13. Post-concussion syndrome (PCS) in a youth population: defining the diagnostic value and cost-utility of brain imaging.

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    Morgan, Clinton D; Zuckerman, Scott L; King, Lauren E; Beaird, Susan E; Sills, Allen K; Solomon, Gary S

    2015-12-01

    Approximately 90% of concussions are transient, with symptoms resolving within 10-14 days. However, a minority of patients remain symptomatic several months post-injury, a condition known as post-concussion syndrome (PCS). The treatment of these patients can be challenging. The goal of our study was to assess the utility and cost-effectiveness of neurologic imaging two or more weeks post-injury in a cohort of youth with PCS. We conducted a retrospective study of 52 pediatric patients with persistent post-concussion symptoms after 3 months. We collected demographics and neuroimaging results obtained greater than 2 weeks post-concussion. Neuroimaging ordered in the first 2 weeks post-concussion was excluded, except to determine the rate of re-imaging. Descriptive statistics and corresponding cost data were collected. Of 52 patients with PCS, 23/52 (44%) had neuroimaging at least 2 weeks after the initial injury, for a total of 32 diagnostic studies. In summary, 1/19 MRIs (5.3%), 1/8 CTs (13%), and 0/5 x-rays (0%) yielded significant positive findings, none of which altered clinical management. Chronic phase neuroimaging estimated costs from these 52 pediatric patients totaled $129,025. We estimate the cost to identify a single positive finding was $21,000 for head CT and $104,500 for brain MRI. In this cohort of pediatric PCS patients, brain imaging in the chronic phase (defined as more than 2 weeks after concussion) was pursued in almost half the study sample, had low diagnostic yield, and had poor cost-effectiveness. Based on these results, outpatient management of pediatric patients with long-term post-concussive symptoms should rarely include repeat neuroimaging beyond the acute phase.

  14. Fingerpainting am Touchscreen. Fünf Mal- und Zeichen-Apps für Android-Tablets

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    Christoph Kaindel

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Malen auf dem Touchscreen eines Smartphones oder Tablets ist eine natürliche und intuitive Tätigkeit; anders als bei der Nutzung eines Grafiktabletts am PC gibt es so gut wie keine Umstellungsphase. Christoph Kaindel hat für uns fünf Mal- und Zeichen-Apps unter die Lupe genommen. Bereits für Kinder ist in den diversen Appstores eine große Zahl an einfachen Mal-Apps zu finden, mit meist nur wenigen Einstellungsmöglichkeiten und oft fragwürdiger Qualität. Am anderen Ende des Spektrums liegt der professionelle Einsatz von Tablets im Grafikbereich, für den spezialisierte und entsprechend teure Geräte notwendig sind. Ich werde einige Apps aus dem Mittelfeld vorstellen, die sich für einfache wie anspruchsvolle Vorhaben und Projekte eignen, auch auf schwächeren Tablets laufen und preisgünstig oder gratis sind. Alle Apps bieten die Möglichkeit, unterwegs zu malen, zu skizzieren, Fotos zu verfremden und die entstandenen Bilder am PC weiter bearbeiten zu können. Für PCs gibt es einige empfehlenswerte kostenlose Malprogramme, die ich bereits in einem anderen Artikel (http://medienimpulse.at/articles/view/616 vorgestellt habe.

  15. Structural Integrity Evaluation for the Perforated Plate of a PCS Discharge Header Using Power Spectral Density Analysis

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    Oh, Jinho; Lee, Jongmin; Ryu, Jeong-Soo [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-05-15

    The main function of PCSDH is to discharge stably coolant into the reactor pool, a duct type PCS discharge header is placed at the end of the pool inlet PCS pipe. Many slots are made in the header to discharge the coolant slowly for minimizing disturbance of hot water layer by the flow mixing inside pool. The PCSDH is made of stainless steel 304L. The PCSDH is not connected to the PCS pipe to minimize stress caused by the thermal effect. This design is evaluated by CFD analysis not to affect the coolant distribution in reactor pool. The structural integrity of the perforated plate against the turbulence blow of coolant flow has been evaluated. For this purpose, 3-D finite element models of the perforated plate of PCSDH were developed. A modal analysis and power spectral density analysis were then performed. From the structural analysis results, the maximum stress of perforated plate is below the structural design limit of 150MPa and the plate structurally withstand under the turbulence blow.

  16. The tabletting properties of Stearolac-S | Onyechi | Journal of ...

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    The effects of the excipients on tablet hardness, friability, disintegration and dissolution rate were also evaluated. Tablets containing 3 - 4 % w/w STEAROLAC-S gave unit ejection force values comparable to those of tablets containing 2% w/w magnesium stearate. Tablets containing 4% STEAROLAC-S exhibited better ...

  17. 21 CFR 520.82a - Aminopropazine fumarate tablets.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Aminopropazine fumarate tablets. 520.82a Section... Aminopropazine fumarate tablets. (a) Specifications. The drug is in tablet form. Each tablet contains aminopropazine fumarate equivalent to 25 milligrams of aminopropazine base. (b) Sponsor. See No. 000061 in § 510...

  18. Android Tablet Application Development For Dummies

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    2011-01-01

    Get up to speed on the hottest opportunity in the application development arena App development for tablets is a booming business. Android tablets, including the popular Motorola Xoom, are gaining market share at breakneck speed, and this book can have even novice programmers creating great Android apps specifically for tablets quickly and easily. A little Java knowledge is helpful but not essential to get started creating apps. Android expert Donn Felker helps you get the Android environment up and running, use XML to create application menus, create an icon for your app, and submit your app

  19. Tablets for Learning in Higher Education

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    Godsk, Mikkel

    are related to its ability to support engaging, inclusive, and/or collaborative learning, to provide flexibility in place, and to include multimedia and interactive content in teaching practice. However, performing the review also revealed that the notion of tablets for learning is equivocal. As a consequence......Based on a small-scale literature review this paper identifies the top 10 affordances of post PC tablets (sometimes referred to as ‘tablet computers’) for higher education in settings where the technology is used for learning. The review shows that the predominant affordances of the technology...

  20. Dissolution test for glibenclamide tablets

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    Elisabeth Aparecida dos Santos Gianotto

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this work is to develop and validate a dissolution test for glibenclamide tablets. Optimal conditions to carry out the dissolution test are 500 mL of phosphate buffer at pH 8.0, paddles at 75 rpm stirring speed, time test set to 60 min and using equipment with six vessels. The derivative UV spectrophotometric method for determination of glibenclamide released was developed, validated and compared with the HPLC method. The UVDS method presents linearity (r² = 0.9999 in the concentration range of 5-14 µg/mL. Precision and recoveries were 0.42% and 100.25%, respectively. The method was applied to three products commercially available on the Brazilian market.

  1. Gastroretentive floating tablets: An investigation of excipients effect on tablet properties

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    Jindal, Shammy; Jindal, Kamya; Gupta, Ghanshyam; Garg, Rajeev; Awasthi, Rajendra

    2016-01-01

    Present communication was aimed to investigate the effect of excipients on buoyancy and drug release properties from the floating tablets. Gastroretentive floating tablets were developed by the wet granulation method using hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC K4M), carbopol 934P, carbopol 971P and crospovidone as a rate controlling polymers. Sodium bicarbonate and PVP K30 were used as a gas generating agent and granulating agent, respectively. The effect of formulation variables on tablet perf...

  2. Comparison of the Halving of Tablets Prepared with Eccentric and Rotary Tablet Presses

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    Sovány, T.; Kása Jr., P.; Pintye-Hódi, K.

    2009-01-01

    The aim of this study was to compare the densification of powder mixtures on eccentric and rotary tablet presses and to establish relationships with the halving properties of the resulting scored tablets. This is an important problem because the recent guidelines of EU require verification of the equal masses of tablet halves. The models of Walker, Heckel, and Kawakita were used to describe the powder densification on the two machines. The calculated parameters revealed that the shorter compr...

  3. Fast-disintegrating sublingual tablets: Effect of epinephrine load on tablet characteristics

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    Rawas-Qalaji, Mutasem M.; Estelle, F.; Simons, R.; Simons, Keith J.

    2006-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of increasing epinephrine load on the characteristics of fast-disintegrating sublingual tablets for the potential emergency treatment of anaphylaxis. Four tablet formulations, A, B, C, and D, containing 0%, 6%, 12%, and 24% of epinephrine bitartrate, respectively, and microcrystalline cellulose:low-substituted hydroxypropyl cellulose (9∶1), were prepared by direct compression, at a range of compression forces. Tablet weight variation, content u...

  4. Allocating resources between network nodes for providing a network node function

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    Strijkers, R.J.; Meulenhoff, P.J.

    2014-01-01

    The invention provides a method wherein a first network node advertises available resources that a second network node may use to offload network node functions transparently to the first network node. Examples of the first network node are a client device (e.g. PC, notebook, tablet, smart phone), a

  5. Design Space Approach in Optimization of Fluid Bed Granulation and Tablets Compression Process

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    Jelena Djuriš

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to optimize fluid bed granulation and tablets compression processes using design space approach. Type of diluent, binder concentration, temperature during mixing, granulation and drying, spray rate, and atomization pressure were recognized as critical formulation and process parameters. They were varied in the first set of experiments in order to estimate their influences on critical quality attributes, that is, granules characteristics (size distribution, flowability, bulk density, tapped density, Carr's index, Hausner's ratio, and moisture content using Plackett-Burman experimental design. Type of diluent and atomization pressure were selected as the most important parameters. In the second set of experiments, design space for process parameters (atomization pressure and compression force and its influence on tablets characteristics was developed. Percent of paracetamol released and tablets hardness were determined as critical quality attributes. Artificial neural networks (ANNs were applied in order to determine design space. ANNs models showed that atomization pressure influences mostly on the dissolution profile, whereas compression force affects mainly the tablets hardness. Based on the obtained ANNs models, it is possible to predict tablet hardness and paracetamol release profile for any combination of analyzed factors.

  6. Design space approach in optimization of fluid bed granulation and tablets compression process.

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    Djuriš, Jelena; Medarević, Djordje; Krstić, Marko; Vasiljević, Ivana; Mašić, Ivana; Ibrić, Svetlana

    2012-01-01

    The aim of this study was to optimize fluid bed granulation and tablets compression processes using design space approach. Type of diluent, binder concentration, temperature during mixing, granulation and drying, spray rate, and atomization pressure were recognized as critical formulation and process parameters. They were varied in the first set of experiments in order to estimate their influences on critical quality attributes, that is, granules characteristics (size distribution, flowability, bulk density, tapped density, Carr's index, Hausner's ratio, and moisture content) using Plackett-Burman experimental design. Type of diluent and atomization pressure were selected as the most important parameters. In the second set of experiments, design space for process parameters (atomization pressure and compression force) and its influence on tablets characteristics was developed. Percent of paracetamol released and tablets hardness were determined as critical quality attributes. Artificial neural networks (ANNs) were applied in order to determine design space. ANNs models showed that atomization pressure influences mostly on the dissolution profile, whereas compression force affects mainly the tablets hardness. Based on the obtained ANNs models, it is possible to predict tablet hardness and paracetamol release profile for any combination of analyzed factors.

  7. Portable Tablets in Science Museum Learning

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    Gronemann, Sigurd Trolle

    2016-01-01

    Despite the increasing use of portable tablets in learning, their impact has received little attention in research. In five different projects, this media-ethnographic and design-based analysis of the use of portable tablets as a learning resource in science museums investigates how young people......’s learning with portable tablets matches the intentions of the museums. By applying media and information literacy (MIL) components as analytical dimensions, a pattern of discrepancies between young people’s expectations, their actual learning and the museums’ approaches to framing such learning...... of portable tablets indicates that in making pedagogical transformations to accommodate new technologies, museums risk opposing didactic intention if pedagogies do not sufficiently attend to young learners’ systemic expectations to learning and to their expectations to the digital experience influenced...

  8. End of Interactive Emailing from the Technical Network

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    According to the CNIC Security Policy for Control Systems (EDMS #584092), interactive emailing on PCs (and other devices) connected to the Technical Network is prohibited. Please note that from November 6th, neither reading emails nor sending emails interactively using e.g. Outlook or Pine mail clients on PCs connected to the Technical Network will be possible anymore. However, automatically generated emails will not be blocked and can still be sent off using CERNMX.CERN.CH as mail server. These restrictions DO NOT apply to PCs connected to any other network, like the General Purpose (or office) network. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Uwe Epting, Pierre Charrue or Stefan Lueders (Technical-Network.Administrator@cern.ch). Your CNIC Working Group

  9. Bioavailability of hydroxychloroquine tablets in healthy volunteers.

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    Tett, S E; Cutler, D J; Day, R O; Brown, K F

    1989-01-01

    1. Five healthy volunteers received, in a randomised crossover design study, a 155 mg oral tablet and an intravenous infusion of 155 mg racemic hydroxychloroquine (200 mg hydroxychloroquine sulphate) to assess the bioavailability of the commercially available tablet (Plaquenil, Winthrop Laboratories, Australia). 2. The terminal elimination half-life of hydroxychloroquine is more than 40 days, thus blood and urine samples were collected for 5 months following each dose to characterise adequate...

  10. Distribution of crushing strength of tablets

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    Sonnergaard, Jørn

    2002-01-01

    as a material constant. However, the estimation of this parameter is laborious and subject to estimation problems. It is shown that the Weibull modulus is inherently connected to the coefficient of variation and that the information obtained from the modulus is unclear. The distribution of crushing strength...... data from nine model tablet formulations and four commercial tablets are shown to follow the normal distribution. The importance of proper cleaning of the crushing strength apparatus is demonstrated....

  11. Electronic acquisition of OSCE performance using tablets

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    Hochlehnert, Achim

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Background: Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs often involve a considerable amount of resources in terms of materials and organization since the scores are often recorded on paper. Computer-assisted administration is an alternative with which the need for material resources can be reduced. In particular, the use of tablets seems sensible because these are easy to transport and flexible to use.Aim: User acceptance concerning the use of tablets during OSCEs has not yet been extensively investigated. The aim of this study was to evaluate tablet-based OSCEs from the perspective of the user (examiner and the student examinee.Method: For two OSCEs in Internal Medicine at the University of Heidelberg, user acceptance was analyzed regarding tablet-based administration (satisfaction with functionality and the subjective amount of effort as perceived by the examiners. Standardized questionnaires and semi-standardized interviews were conducted (complete survey of all participating examiners. In addition, for one OSCE, the subjective evaluation of this mode of assessment was gathered from a random sample of participating students in semi-standardized interviews.Results: Overall, the examiners were very satisfied with using tablets during the assessment. The subjective amount of effort to use the tablet was found on average to be “hardly difficult”. The examiners identified the advantages of this mode of administration as being in particular the ease of use and low rate of error. During the interviews of the examinees, acceptance for the use of tablets during the assessment was also detected.Discussion: Overall, it was found that the use of tablets during OSCEs was well accepted by both examiners and examinees. We expect that this mode of assessment also offers advantages regarding assessment documentation, use of resources, and rate of error in comparison with paper-based assessments; all of these aspects should be followed up on in

  12. ORALLY DISINTEGRATING TABLET: FRIENDLY DOSAGE FORM

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    Saxena Vaibhav; Khinchi Mahaveer Pr; Gupta M.K.; Agarwal Dilip; Sharma Natasha

    2010-01-01

    Orally disintegrating tablets (ODTs) have emerged as one of the popular and widely accepted dosage forms, especially for the paediatric and geriatric patients. In recent decades, a variety of pharmaceutical research has been conducted to develop new dosage forms. Among the dosage forms developed to facilitate ease of medication, the rapid disintegrating tablet (RDT) is one of the most widely employed commercial products.1 As our society is becoming increasingly aged, the development of Fast-...

  13. Attitudes towards Smart Phones and Tablets

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    Ali Akbar Ansarin

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available This paper examines the perceptions of advantages of smart phones and tablets on basic and general English students' language learning, self-sufficiency, and interest using smart phones and tablets at an Iranian university college during one university term. Through a survey administered to 333 basic and general English students and through selective observations and interviews, the following questions were examined: 1 Students' perceived impact of smart phones and tablets on increasing their confidence throughout the course,2  Students’ perceived comfort/enjoyment with smart phones and tablets for the students at the beginning and end of the semester,3 Students' perceived impact of devices through a comparison between pre and post survey measures on improvement of reading comprehension, reading speed, vocabulary and spelling, motivation, and preparing them for class tests and quizzes. Tablets were evaluated more positively than smart phones by the students as a means to increase confidence. Both tablets and smart phones were evaluated positively, both as a means of improving students’ motivation to learn, and as a means to develop reading comprehension, spelling, and vocabulary. However, students’ expectations regarding the impact of such devices on their reading speed, preparation for tests and quizzes, as well as comfort and enjoyment were not met.

  14. Surrogate functionality of celluloses as tablet excipients.

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    Díaz Ramírez, Carmen Cristina; Robles, Leopoldo Villafuerte

    2010-12-01

    The variety of excipients from different sources and prices to which we have access gives rise to the necessity to evaluate their functional characteristics. The aim of this work is to determine some physical and technological characteristics of celluloses from different sources, India and United States, to ascertain their functionality as tablet excipients. The used surrogate functionality properties are particle morphology and particle size distribution, compactibility, ejection pressure, and the disintegration properties of pure excipients and their compressed tablets. The innovators Avicel and Croscarmellose show advantages over the generic celluloses Alfacel and Carmacel. Avicel PH 101 and 102 show an average of 26% greater compactibility than both types of Alfacel, whereas the compactibility of Croscarmellose is greater than that of Carmacel in about 50%. Avicel tablets compacted at a compaction pressure of 47 MPa exhibit shorter disintegration times (3.7 minutes) than Alfacel tablets (28 minutes), whereas Carmacel show better disintegrant properties than Croscarmellose. This occurs regardless of the similar particle morphology, size, and size distribution. As expected, all celluloses show low ejection pressures. The surrogate functionality properties of the generic celluloses are still considered as satisfactory to be used as tablet excipients, although they are inferior in some aspects to innovator celluloses. Alfacel and Carmacel have the potential to be used as filler, binder, and disintegrant, in the design of tablets. Moreover, one should bear in mind that the differences reported here may be altered because of a possible inter-batch variability and variations in the moisture content.

  15. [Overview of regulatory aspects guiding tablet scoring].

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    Teixeira, Maíra Teles; Sá-Barreto, Lívia Cristina Lira; Silva, Dayde Lane Mendonça; Cunha-Filho, Marcílio Sergio Soares

    2016-06-01

    Tablet scoring is a controversial but common practice used to adjust doses, facilitate drug intake, or lower the cost of drug treatment, especially in children and the elderly. The risks of tablet scoring are mainly related to inaccuracies in the resulting dose and stability problems. The aim of this article is to provide an overview of worldwide guidelines regarding tablet scoring. We found that regulatory health agencies in Mercosur countries as well as other South American countries do not have published standards addressing tablet splitting. Among the surveyed health agencies, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States is the only one to present standards, ranging from splitting instructions to regulation of the manufacturing process. The concept of functional scoring implemented by the FDA has introduced some level of guarantee as to the ability of tablets to be split. In conclusion, technical and scientific bases are still insufficient to guide health rules on this subject, making the decision on scoring, in certain situations, random and highly risky to public health. The need for more detailed regulation is vital to ensure the safety of tablet medications.

  16. Evaluation of Tablets Divisibility in Pharmacoeconomic Aspects

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    Omer Yemsen

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Aim: Divisibility and dose homogeneity in scored tablets which form a part of the drugs those are in tablet forms in Turkey and have an extensive implementation area in drug therapy have a high importance for patient compliance and safety. In this study, it is aimed to evaluate Turkey%u2019s pharmaceutical market about cost differences of dividing scored tablets which has different unit quantities of the same active substance. Material and Method: In Turkey%u2019s pharmaceutical market, to detect cost differences of dividing scored tablets which has different unit quantities of the same active substance, All Drug%u2019s Price List that has been published on Turkish Medicine and Medical Devices Agency%u2019s web site is evaluated by using cost-minimization analysis method. Results: It is determined that the use of scored tablets make a price advantage of about 70%. Discussion: In conclusion, on package leaflets and outer packaging information those are prepared for the use of patients, the warning %u201CDon%u2019t divide, crack or swallow the tablets unless otherwise recommended by your doctor.%u201D should be stated and it is considered that it would be useful if the patient is informed about divisibility by the pharmacist.

  17. Brief bursts self-inhibit and correlate the pyramidal network.

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    Thomas K Berger

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Inhibitory pathways are an essential component in the function of the neocortical microcircuitry. Despite the relatively small fraction of inhibitory neurons in the neocortex, these neurons are strongly activated due to their high connectivity rate and the intricate manner in which they interconnect with pyramidal cells (PCs. One prominent pathway is the frequency-dependent disynaptic inhibition (FDDI formed between layer 5 PCs and mediated by Martinotti cells (MCs. Here, we show that simultaneous short bursts in four PCs are sufficient to exert FDDI in all neighboring PCs within the dimensions of a cortical column. This powerful inhibition is mediated by few interneurons, leading to strongly correlated membrane fluctuations and synchronous spiking between PCs simultaneously receiving FDDI. Somatic integration of such inhibition is independent and electrically isolated from monosynaptic excitation formed between the same PCs. FDDI is strongly shaped by I(h in PC dendrites, which determines the effective integration time window for inhibitory and excitatory inputs. We propose a key disynaptic mechanism by which brief bursts generated by a few PCs can synchronize the activity in the pyramidal network.

  18. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in the Treatment of Chronic Mild-Moderate Blast-Induced Traumatic Brain Injury Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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    treats wounds. HBOT has duplicated human success in chronic TBI in an animal model, therefore, HBOT should help chronic mTBI/PCS in Veterans. • Effective...continued medication and/or counseling in adult veterans or civilians with mTBI/PCS of 6 months-15 years duration. • Will assess symptoms, cognitive and...sources. • Flawed DoD HBOT/TBI studies with negative conclusions likely contributing to VA/military recruitment problem and medical profession -wide mis

  19. Understanding die fill variation during mini-tablet production.

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    Goh, Hui Ping; Heng, Paul Wan Sia; Liew, Celine Valeria

    2017-12-20

    Reproducibility of die fill during tablet production is critical to ensure consistent tablet drug content and mechanical attributes. In the production of mini-tablets, tablets smaller than 6mm, achievement of uniform die fill is much more challenging. Powder flow is often associated with die fill accuracy but this relationship has not been well characterised especially for mini-tablets. In this study, flow properties of different types of granules were characterised. Mini-tablets of 1.8 and 3mm diameters were prepared from the granules using a rotary press with multiple-tip compression tooling. A methodology was established to evaluate mini-tablet die fill variation within and across compaction cycles using data from compression roller displacement and mini-tablet weight. Both sizes of mini-tablets showed similar extents of inter-cycle weight variation that could be associated with granules' inter-particulate friction. However, smaller mini-tablets had higher intra-cycle weight variation due to their narrower die orifices. Multivariate and univariate analyses suggested that gravity fill influenced intra-cycle weight variation of 3mm mini-tablets while suction fill was associated with that of 1.8mm mini-tablets. Possible differences in die fill mechanisms between the mini-tablet sizes were identified and this provided a better insight into die fill variations during the production of mini-tablets. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Evaluation of Certain Pharmaceutical Quality Attributes of Lisinopril Split Tablets

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    Khairi M. S. Fahelelbom

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Tablet splitting is an accepted practice for the administration of drugs for a variety of reasons, including dose adjustment, ease of swallowing and cost savings. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the physical properties of lisinopril tablets as a result of splitting the tablets either by hand or with a splitting device. The impact of the splitting technique of lisinopril (Zestril® tablets, 20 mg on certain physical parameters such as weight variation, friability, disintegration, dissolution and drug content were studied. Splitting the tablets either by hand or with a splitter resulted in a minute but statistically significant average weight loss of <0.25% of the tablet to the surrounding environment. The variability in the weight of the hand-split tablet halves was more pronounced (37 out of 40 tablet halves varied by more than 10% from the mean weight than when using the tablet splitter (3 out of 40 tablet halves. The dissolution and drug content of the hand-split tablets were therefore affected because of weight differences. However, the pharmacopoeia requirements for friability and disintegration time were met. Hand splitting of tablets can result in an inaccurate dose and may present clinical safety issues, especially for drugs with a narrow therapeutic window in which large fluctuations in drug concentrations are undesirable. It is recommended to use tablets with the exact desired dose, but if this is not an option, then a tablet splitter could be used.

  1. Tablet splitting: Product quality assessment of metoprolol succinate extended release tablets.

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    Zhao, Na; Zidan, Ahmed; Tawakkul, Mobin; Sayeed, Vilayat A; Khan, Mansoor

    2010-11-30

    Metoprolol succinate extended release tablets comprise a multiple unit system containing metoprolol succinate in a multitude of controlled release pellets. Each pellet acts as a separate drug delivery unit and is designed to deliver metoprolol continuously over the dosage interval. Despite the flexibility that controlled release pellets may offer, segregation is one of the challenges that commonly occur during tableting for such drug delivery system. Since all commercial metoprolol succinate extended release tablets are scored, they are deemed suitable for splitting. The present study was aimed at utilizing an innovative technology to determine the dose uniformity for split tablets. Four marketed drug products consisting of innovator and generics were evaluated for effect of splitting on weight, assay and content uniformity. Novel analytical tool such as near infrared (NIR) chemical imaging was used to visualize the distribution of metoprolol succinate and functional excipients on the surfaces of the marketed tablets. The non-homogeneous distribution of directly compressed metoprolol succinate beads on the surface of the tablets as well as the split intersection explained the large variation in the split tablets' weight and content uniformity results. The obtained results indicated the usefulness of NIR chemical imaging to determine the need for content uniformity studies for certain split tablets. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  2. Astronomy Learning Activities for Tablets

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    Pilachowski, Catherine A.; Morris, Frank

    2015-08-01

    Four web-based tools allow students to manipulate astronomical data to learn concepts in astronomy. The tools are HTML5, CSS3, Javascript-based applications that provide access to the content on iPad and Android tablets. The first tool “Three Color” allows students to combine monochrome astronomical images taken through different color filters or in different wavelength regions into a single color image. The second tool “Star Clusters” allows students to compare images of stars in clusters with a pre-defined template of colors and sizes in order to produce color-magnitude diagrams to determine cluster ages. The third tool adapts Travis Rector’s “NovaSearch” to allow students to examine images of the central regions of the Andromeda Galaxy to find novae. After students find a nova, they are able to measure the time over which the nova fades away. A fourth tool, Proper Pair, allows students to interact with Hipparcos data to evaluate close double stars are physical binaries or chance superpositions. Further information and access to these web-based tools are available at www.astro.indiana.edu/ala/.

  3. Spectroscopic insight for tablet compression.

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    Lakio, S; Ylinärä, H; Antikainen, O; Räikkönen, H; Yliruusi, J

    2015-02-01

    Tablet compression process has been studied over the years from various perspectives. However what exactly happens to material during compression is still unknown. In this study a novel compression die which enables real-time spectroscopic measurements during the compression of material is represented. Both near infrared and Raman spectroscope probes can be attached to the die. In this study the usage of the die is demonstrated by using Raman spectroscopy. Eicosane, d-glucose anhydrate, α-lactose monohydrate and xylitol were used in the study because their compression behavior and bonding properties during compression were assumed to be different. The intensity of the Raman signal changed during compression with all of the materials. However, the intensity changes were different within the materials. The biggest differences were within the xylitol spectra. It was noticed that some peaks disappeared with higher compression pressures indicating that the pressure affected variously on different bonds in xylitol structure. These reversible changes were supposed to relate the changes in conformation and crystal structure. As a conclusion, the die was found to be a significant addition for studying compression process in real-time. It can help to reveal Process induced transformations (PITs) occurring during powder compaction. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Effect of repeated compaction of tablets on tablet properties and work of compaction using an instrumented laboratory tablet press.

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    Gamlen, Michael John Desmond; Martini, Luigi G; Al Obaidy, Kais G

    2015-01-01

    The repeated compaction of Avicel PH101, dicalcium phosphate dihydrate (DCP) powder, 50:50 DCP/Avicel PH101 and Starch 1500 was studied using an instrumented laboratory tablet press which measures upper punch force, punch displacement and ejection force and operates using a V-shaped compression profile. The measurement of work compaction was demonstrated, and the test materials were ranked in order of compaction behaviour Avicel PH101 > DCP/Avicel PH101 > Starch > DCP. The behaviour of the DCP/Avicel PH101 mixture was distinctly non-linear compared with the pure components. Repeated compaction and precompression had no effect on the tensile fracture strength of Avicel PH101 tablets, although small effects on friability and disintegration time were seen. Repeated compaction and precompression reduced the tensile strength and the increased disintegration time of the DCP tablets, but improved the strength and friability of Starch 1500 tablets. Based on the data reported, routine laboratory measurement of tablet work of compaction may have potential as a critical quality attribute of a powder blend for compression. The instrumented press was suitable for student use with minimal supervisor input.

  5. Analyzing Benefits of Extending the PCS Tempo in the Marine Corps

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    have been found between five or more lifetime moves and lower adolescent self - esteem (Hendershott, 1989). 20 Drummet et al. (2003) believe that...previous network of peers with new friends (Drummet, Coleman, & Cable, 2003). Teenagers are especially concerned with social rejection. Girls have more...Oxford, UK: Blackwell. Hendershott, A.B. (1989). Residential mobility, social support, and adolescent self - concept. Adolescence 24, 217–232

  6. SET COVER PROBLEM OF COVERAGE PLANNING IN LTE-ADVANCED RELAY NETWORKS

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    2014-01-01

    Various mobile devices are developing rapidly in contemporary society, such as smart phones and tablet PCs. Users are able to acquire different multimedia services through wireless communication anytime and anywhere. However, the increased demand also gives rise to a problem of insufficient bandwidth. Therefore, a fourth generation mobile telecommunications (4G) technology was proposed and widely investigated. One of the popular technologies is Long Term Evolution Advanced (LTE-Advanced), whi...

  7. Genetic Algorithm Optimized Neural Networks Ensemble as ...

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    Genetic Algorithm Optimized Neural Networks Ensemble as. Calibration Model for Simultaneous Spectrophotometric. Estimation of Atenolol and Losartan Potassium in Tablets. Dondeti Satyanarayana*, Kamarajan Kannan and Rajappan Manavalan. Department of Pharmacy, Annamalai University, Annamalainagar, Tamil ...

  8. A New Cellular Architecture for Information Retrieval from Sensor Networks through Embedded Service and Security Protocols.

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    Shahzad, Aamir; Landry, René; Lee, Malrey; Xiong, Naixue; Lee, Jongho; Lee, Changhoon

    2016-06-14

    Substantial changes have occurred in the Information Technology (IT) sectors and with these changes, the demand for remote access to field sensor information has increased. This allows visualization, monitoring, and control through various electronic devices, such as laptops, tablets, i-Pads, PCs, and cellular phones. The smart phone is considered as a more reliable, faster and efficient device to access and monitor industrial systems and their corresponding information interfaces anywhere and anytime. This study describes the deployment of a protocol whereby industrial system information can be securely accessed by cellular phones via a Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) server. To achieve the study goals, proprietary protocol interconnectivity with non-proprietary protocols and the usage of interconnectivity services are considered in detail. They support the visualization of the SCADA system information, and the related operations through smart phones. The intelligent sensors are configured and designated to process real information via cellular phones by employing information exchange services between the proprietary protocol and non-proprietary protocols. SCADA cellular access raises the issue of security flaws. For these challenges, a cryptography-based security method is considered and deployed, and it could be considered as a part of a proprietary protocol. Subsequently, transmission flows from the smart phones through a cellular network.

  9. A New Cellular Architecture for Information Retrieval from Sensor Networks through Embedded Service and Security Protocols

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    Aamir Shahzad

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Substantial changes have occurred in the Information Technology (IT sectors and with these changes, the demand for remote access to field sensor information has increased. This allows visualization, monitoring, and control through various electronic devices, such as laptops, tablets, i-Pads, PCs, and cellular phones. The smart phone is considered as a more reliable, faster and efficient device to access and monitor industrial systems and their corresponding information interfaces anywhere and anytime. This study describes the deployment of a protocol whereby industrial system information can be securely accessed by cellular phones via a Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA server. To achieve the study goals, proprietary protocol interconnectivity with non-proprietary protocols and the usage of interconnectivity services are considered in detail. They support the visualization of the SCADA system information, and the related operations through smart phones. The intelligent sensors are configured and designated to process real information via cellular phones by employing information exchange services between the proprietary protocol and non-proprietary protocols. SCADA cellular access raises the issue of security flaws. For these challenges, a cryptography-based security method is considered and deployed, and it could be considered as a part of a proprietary protocol. Subsequently, transmission flows from the smart phones through a cellular network.

  10. Characterization of the Roman curse tablet

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    Liu, Wen; Zhang, Boyang; Fu, Lin

    2017-08-01

    The Roman curse tablet, produced in ancient Rome period, is a metal plate that inscribed with curses. In this research, several techniques were used to find out the physical structure and chemical composition of the Roman curse tablet, and testified the hypothesis that whether the tablet is made of pure lead or lead alloy. A sample of Roman Curse Tablet from the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum was analyzed using several different characterization techniques to determine the physical structure and chemical composition. The characterization techniques used were including optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Because of the small sample size, X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray fluorescence (XRF) cannot test the sample. Results from optical microscopy and SEM, enlarged images of the sample surface were studied. The result revealed that the sample surface has a rough, non-uniform, and grainy surface. AFM provides three-dimensional topography of the sample surface, studying the sample surface in atomic level. DSC studies the thermal property, which is most likely a lead-alloy, not a pure lead. However, none of these tests indicated anything about the chemical composition. Future work will be required due to the lack of measures finding out its chemical composition. Therefore, from these characterization techniques above, the Roman curse tablet sample is consisted of lead alloy, not pure lead.

  11. Novel approach of aceclofenac fast dissolving tablet.

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    Dave, Vivek; Yadav, Sachdev; Sharma, Swapnil; Vishwakarma, Pushpendra; Ali, Nasir

    2015-01-01

    Fast disintegrating tablets (FDTs) have received ever increasing demand during the last decade, and the field has become a hastily growing area in the pharmaceutical industry. Upon introduction into the mouth, these tablets dissolve or disintegrate in the mouth in the absence of additional water for easy administration of active pharmaceutical ingredients. Aceclofenac, an NSAID, has been recommended orally for the treatment of bone and connective tissue disorder and thus the formulation of the same resulted in development of several FDT technologies. The present aim is to formulate a tablet which disintegrate and dissolve rapidly and give its rapid onset of action: analgesic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory action. Besides, the conventional tablets also show poor patient compliance an attempt had been made to formulate for FDT of aceclofenac by using various super disintegrants like sodium starch glycolate, croscarmellose sodium and crosspovidone (polyplasdone XL) and PEG 6000 followed by novel technique. The tablets were evaluated for friability, hardness, weight variation, disintegration time, wetting time, in vitro dissolution studies and drug content studies. It was concluded that the batch which was prepared by using combination of crosspovidone and sodium starch glycolate as a super disintegrant shows excellent disintegration time, enhance dissolution rate, taste masking and hence lead to improve efficacy and bioavailability of drug.

  12. Dual release and molecular mechanism of bilayered aceclofenac tablet using polymer mixture.

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    Van Nguyen, Hien; Nguyen, Van Hong; Lee, Beom-Jin

    2016-12-30

    The objectives of the present study were to develop a controlled-release bilayered tablet of aceclofenac (AFN) 200mg with dual release and to gain a mechanistic understanding of the enhanced sustained release capability achieved by utilizing a binary mixture of the sustained release materials. Different formulations of the sustained-release layer were formulated by employing hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) and hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC) as the major retarding polymers. The in vitro dissolution studies of AFN bilayered tablets were carried out in intestinal fluid (pH 6.8 buffer). The mechanism of the synergistic rate-retarding effect of the polymer mixture containing HPC and carbomer was elucidated by the rate of swelling and erosion in intestinal fluid and the molecular interactions in the polymer network. The optimized bilayered tablets had similar in vitro dissolution profiles to the marketed tablet Clanza(®)CR based on the similarity factor (f2) in combination with their satisfactory micromeritic, physicochemical properties, and stability profiles. Drug release from HPMC-based matrix was controlled by non-Fickian transport, while drug release from HPC-based matrix was solely governed by drug diffusion. The swelling and erosion data exhibited a dramatic increase of water uptake and a reduction of weight loss in the polymer mixture-loaded tablet. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra revealed strong hydrogen bonding between HPC and carbomer in the polymer mixture. Regarding spatial distribution of polymers in the polymer mixture-loaded tablet, carbomer was found to be the main component of the gel layer during the first 2h of the hydration process, which was responsible for retarding drug release at initial stage. This process was then followed by a gradual transition of HPC from the glassy core to the gel layer for further increasing gel strength. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Formulation and Evaluation of Ascorbic acid Tablets by Direct ...

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    v/v). Powder properties were investigated and tablets of ascorbic acid were formulated using MCS and MCC as direct compression excipients. RESULTS: Mechanical properties of tablets formulated with MCS were comparable to those of MCC ...

  14. The Women at work in the Linear B Tablets

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    Nosch, Marie-Louise Bech

    2003-01-01

    The article investigates the role of women in Mycenaean society according to the Linear B tablets......The article investigates the role of women in Mycenaean society according to the Linear B tablets...

  15. The Vindolanda Tablets and the Ancient Economy

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    Evers, Kasper Grønlund

    , the aim is to investigate how best to comprehend the economic system attested at Vindolanda and to consider the wider implications for studies of the ancient economy in general. This is accomplished by a three-step approach: first, the nature of the Vindolandan evidence is assessed, and the state...... of research on both studies of the ancient economy and the economy of early Roman Britain is accounted for, so as to highlight the value of the Vindolanda Tablets and lay the ground for the interpretations which follow. Secondly, the economic activities attested by the tablets are analysed in terms of market......, a model is outlined which takes into account the different economic behaviours revealed by the tablets and attempts to fit them together into one coherent, economic system, whilst also relating the activities to questions of scale in the ancient economy; moreover, the conclusions drawn in the study...

  16. The use of inorganic salts to improve the dissolution characteristics of tablets containing Soluplus®-based solid dispersions.

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    Hughey, Justin R; Keen, Justin M; Miller, Dave A; Kolter, Karl; Langley, Nigel; McGinity, James W

    2013-03-12

    The dissolution enhancement advantages inherent to amorphous solid dispersions systems are often not fully realized once they are formulated into a solid dosage form. The objective of this study was to investigate the ability of inorganic salts to improve the dissolution rate of carbamazepine (CBZ) from tablets containing a high loading of a Soluplus®-based solid dispersion. Cloud point and viscometric studies were conducted on Soluplus® solutions to understand the effect of temperature, salt type and salt concentration on the aqueous solubility and gelling tendencies of Soluplus®, properties that can significantly impact dissolution performance. Studies indicated that Soluplus® exhibited a cloud point that was strongly dependent on the salt type and salt concentration present in the dissolving medium. The presence of kosmotropic salts dehydrated the polymer, effectively lowering the cloud point and facilitating formation of a thermoreversible hydrogel. The ability of ions to impact the cloud point and gel strength generally followed the rank order of the Hofmeister series. Solid dispersions of CBZ and Soluplus® were prepared by KinetiSol® Dispersing, characterized to confirm an amorphous composition was formed and incorporated into tablets at very high levels (70% w/w). Dissolution studies demonstrated the utility of including salts in tablets to improve dissolution properties. Tablets that did not contain a salt or those that included a chaotropic salt hydrated at the tablet surface and did not allow for sufficient moisture ingress into the tablet. Conversely, the inclusion of kosmotropic salts allowed for rapid hydration of the entire tablet and the formation of a gel structure with strength dependent on the type of salt utilized. Studies also showed that, in addition to allowing tablet hydration, potassium bicarbonate and potassium carbonate provided effervescence which effectively destroyed the gel network and allowed for rapid dissolution of CBZ

  17. Cross-platform Mobile and Tablet Application

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    Pradhan, Dipesh

    2011-01-01

    The goal of this project was to develop a cross-platform mobile and tablet application and study it further to make it secure and cost efficient. The possibility to offer native application features was also analyzed. This project was carried out for Process Vision Oy to deploy the desktop software developed there for mobile devices and tablets. The application was developed as a web application to make it cross-platform. A mobile framework called jQuery Mobile was used along with markup ...

  18. Multifunctional coprocessed excipients for improved tabletting performance.

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    Saha, Sumit; Shahiwala, Aliasgar F

    2009-02-01

    With the advancement of tablet manufacturing process, the demand of excipients with improved functionalities, mainly in terms of flow and compression properties, has increased. Coprocessed excipients are a mixture of two or more existing excipients at subparticle level, offer substantial benefits of the incorporated excipients and minimize their drawbacks. These multipurpose excipients have dramatically reduced the number of incorporating excipients in the tablet. The present review discusses the potential advantages of coprocessing and coprocessed excipients, material characteristics required for coprocessing, methods of coprocessing and various coprocessed excipients for direct compression available in the market.

  19. Tablet PC Support of Students' Learning Styles

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    Shreya Kothaneth

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available In the context of rapid technology development, it comes as no surprise that technology continues to impact the educational domain, challenging traditional teaching and learning styles. This study focuses on how students with different learning styles use instructional technology, and in particular, the tablet PC, to enhance their learning experience. The VARK model was chosen as our theoretical framework as we analyzed responses of an online survey, both from a quantitative and qualitative standpoint. Results indicate that if used correctly, the tablet PC can be used across different learning styles to enrich the educational experience.

  20. 21 CFR 520.1446 - Milbemcyin oxime and lufenuron tablets.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Milbemcyin oxime and lufenuron tablets. 520.1446... oxime and lufenuron tablets. (a) Specifications—(1) Tablets containing: 2.3 milligrams (mg) milbemycin oxime and 46 mg lufenuron, 5.75 mg milbemycin oxime and 115 mg lufenuron, 11.5 mg milbemycin oxime and...

  1. wax matrix tablets and its implication on dissolution prof

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    The matrix tablets were formed by compressing the wax matrix granules at a constant load (30 arbitrary units on the load scale). The tablets were evaluated for tablet tensile strength, packing fraction, friability and in vitro dissolution profile. The dissolution data were analysed with different mathematical models namely zero.

  2. Development of New Formulation for Mouth Disintegrating Tablets of ...

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    The main purpose of the present research work was to mask the bitter taste of the active drug and to formulate the MD tablets by sublimation method. Metoclopramide HCl tablets were prepared by masking the bitter taste with the help of Eudragit E-100, then preparing the tablets by using subliming agents i.e. camphor and ...

  3. 21 CFR 520.1409 - Methylprednisolone, aspirin tablets.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Methylprednisolone, aspirin tablets. 520.1409... Methylprednisolone, aspirin tablets. (a) Specifications. Each tablet contains 0.5 milligram of methylprednisolone and 300 milligrams of aspirin. (b) Sponsor. See No. 000009 in § 510.600(c) of this chapter. (c) NAS/NRC...

  4. Quality of Artesunate Tablets Sold in Pharmacies in Kumasi, Ghana ...

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    Method: Artesunate tablets were purchased from pharmacies in Kumasi for the study. The mechanical ... Colorimetric methods were used to determine the presence of artesunate and to assay the tablets. Result: ... Keywords: Artesunate tablets, Artemisinins, Fast-red TR salt, Counterfeit drugs, Substandard drugs. Tropical ...

  5. Formulation and Evaluation of Ascorbic acid Tablets by Direct ...

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    PURPOSE: To evaluate the tableting properties of microcrystalline starch (MCS) used as a direct compression excipient in the formulation of ascorbic acid tablets and to compare with the properties of tablets produced using microcrystalline cellulose (MCC). METHODS: MCS was obtained by partial hydrolysis of cassava ( ...

  6. Fast Dissolving Tablets of Aloe Vera Gel | Madan | Tropical Journal ...

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    Purpose: The objective of this work was to prepare and evaluate fast dissolving tablets of the nutraceutical, freeze dried Aloe vera gel. Methods: Fast dissolving tablets of the nutraceutical, freeze-dried Aloe vera gel, were prepared by dry granulation method. The tablets were evaluated for crushing strength, disintegration ...

  7. Design and Development of a Soap Stamping and Tableting ...

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    A soap stamping and tableting machine comprising a printing die/pattern inscriptioner, cutting blade, conveyor belt, and two electric motors was developed and tested. Performance test analysis conducted showed that the machine operated with an optimal stamping/tableting capacity of 10205 soap tablets per hour with an ...

  8. Ispaghula Husk-Based Extended Release Tablets of Diclofenac ...

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    Purpose: To formulate extended-release tablets of diclofenac sodium based on ispaghula husk. Methods: Tablets with varying proportions of diclofenac sodium and ispaghula husk were formulated by wet granulation technique at a fixed compression force of 10 kN. The formulated tablets were evaluated for ...

  9. Theoretical and Experimental Study of a Numerical Aperture for Multimode PCS Fiber Optics Using an Imaging Technique

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    Saman, Q. Mawlud; Nahlah, Q. Muhamad

    2012-11-01

    We study theoretically and experimentally the properties of numerical aperture (NA) of multimode graded-index plastic core silica (PCS) fibers by using an image technique. A He-Ne laser at wavelength 632.8 nm and output power 1 mW is used as the transmitter light source. The output beam images and intensity profiles of an optical fiber are investigated by using an imaging technique. The laser beam profiles captured by a sensitive digital Nikon camera are processed and analyzed by using a Gaussian intensity distribution in a 2D graph. A MathCAD 14 program is used for converting the image of the laser output beam into data. The theoretical and experimental values of the numerical aperture for the used optical fiber in this study are found to be 0.5 and 0.4924, respectively. The theoretical value of V-number is also calculated to be approximately 2482.

  10. Prediction of effects of punch shapes on tableting failure by using a multi-functional single-punch tablet press

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    Takashi Osamura

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available We previously determined “Tableting properties” by using a multi-functional single-punch tablet press (GTP-1. We proposed plotting “Compactability” on the x-axis against “Manufacturability” on the y-axis to allow visual evaluation of “Tableting properties”. Various types of tableting failure occur in commercial drug production and are influenced by the amount of lubricant used and the shape of the punch. We used the GTP-1 to measure “Tableting properties” with different amounts of lubricant and compared the results with those of tableting on a commercial rotary tableting machine. Tablets compressed with a small amount of lubricant showed bad “Manufacturability”, leading to sticking of powder on punches. We also tested various punch shapes. The GTP-1 correctly predicted the actual tableting results for all punch shapes. With punches that were more likely to cause tableting failure, our system predicted the effects of lubricant quantity in the tablet formulation and the occurrence of sticking in the rotary tableting machine.

  11. Multivariate modelling of the tablet manufacturing process with wet granulation for tablet optimization and in-process control

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    Westerhuis, J.A; Coenegracht, P.M J; Lerk, C.F

    1997-01-01

    The process of tablet manufacturing with granulation is described as a two-step process. The first step comprises wet granulation of the powder mixture, and in the second step the granules are compressed into tablets. For the modelling of the pharmaceutical process of wet granulation and tableting,

  12. Compressibility of tableting materials and properties of tablets with glyceryl behenate

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    Mužíková Jitka

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The paper studies the compressibility of directly compressible tableting materials with dry binders, spray-dried lactose and microcrystalline cellulose, and glyceryl dibehenate at various concentrations. Compressibility was evaluated by means of the energy profile of compression and tensile strength of tablets. Release rate of the active ingredient, salicylic acid, from the tablets was also examined. In the case of microcrystalline cellulose, a higher concentration of glyceryl dibehenate increased the strength of tablets, while this did not occur in the case of spray-dried lactose. Increasing concentration of glyceryl dibehenate prolonged the release of salicylic acid; however, no statistically significant difference was found compared to the type of the dry binder used

  13. Research on Mobile Learning Activities Applying Tablets

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    Kurilovas, Eugenijus; Juskeviciene, Anita; Bireniene, Virginija

    2015-01-01

    The paper aims to present current research on mobile learning activities in Lithuania while implementing flagship EU-funded CCL project on application of tablet computers in education. In the paper, the quality of modern mobile learning activities based on learning personalisation, problem solving, collaboration, and flipped class methods is…

  14. Comparative bioequivalence assessment of aspirin tablets marketed ...

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    Purpose: In the last few years, aspirin has become a life saver against cardiovascular accidents. This investigation was carried out to determine possible bioequivalence between regular aspirin and soluble aspirin tablets marketed in Nigeria. Methods: The in vivo bioavailability profiles of three commercial brands of aspirin ...

  15. Spectrophotometric Determination of Trimipramine in Tablet Dosage ...

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    Purpose: To develop and validate simple, rapid and sensitive spectrophotometric procedures for determination of trimipramine in tablet dosage form. Methods: The methods were based on the interaction of trimipramine as n-electron donor with the ο-acceptor, iodine and various π-acceptors, namely: chloranil (CH), ...

  16. How to Transform Teaching with Tablets

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    Daccord, Tom; Reich, Justin

    2015-01-01

    Without a change in our technology integration strategies, there's no reason to expect that a new device will magically create new teaching practices. In some iPad classrooms, students are engaged in truly innovative work. On the whole, however, tablets are most often used to reproduce existing practices. To make the most of their investment in…

  17. Preparation and Evaluation of Orodispersible Tablets Containing ...

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    Purpose: To formulate simvastatin orodispersible tablets with high dissolution rate and enhanced bioavailability. Methods: Simvastatin solid dispersions in β- cyclodextrin, hydroxylpropyl-β-cyclodextrin, and hydroxylbutyl-β-cyclodextrin were prepared in different drug: polymer ratios by kneading and solvent evaporation ...

  18. Optimized furosemide taste masked orally disintegrating tablets

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    Mohamed Abbas Ibrahim

    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available Optimized orally disintegrating tablets (ODTs containing furosemide (FUR were prepared by direct compression method. Two factors, three levels (32 full factorial design was used to optimize the effect of taste masking agent (Eudragit E100; X1 and superdisintegarant; croscarmellose sodium (CCS; X2 on tablet properties. A composite was prepared by mixing ethanolic solution of FUR and Eudragit E100 with mannitol prior to mixing with other tablet ingredients. The prepared ODTs were characterized for their FUR content, hardness, friability and wetting time. The optimized ODT formulation (F1 was evaluated in term of palatability parameters and the in vivo disintegration. The manufactured ODTs were complying with the pharmacopeia guidelines regarding hardness, friability, weight variation and content. Eudragit E100 had a very slightly enhancing effect on tablets disintegration. However, the effects of both Eudragit E100 (X1 and CCS (X2 on ODTs disintegration time (Y1 were insignificant (p > 0.05. Moreover, X1 exhibited antagonistic effect on the dissolution after 5 and 30 min (D5 and D30, respectively, but only its effect on D30 is significant (p = 0.0004. Furthermore, the optimized ODTs formula showed good to acceptable taste in term of palatability, and in vivo disintegration time of this formula was about 10 s.

  19. Optimized furosemide taste masked orally disintegrating tablets.

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    Ibrahim, Mohamed Abbas; Abou El Ela, Amal El Sayeh F

    2017-11-01

    Optimized orally disintegrating tablets (ODTs) containing furosemide (FUR) were prepared by direct compression method. Two factors, three levels (3 2 ) full factorial design was used to optimize the effect of taste masking agent (Eudragit E100; X1) and superdisintegarant; croscarmellose sodium (CCS; X2) on tablet properties. A composite was prepared by mixing ethanolic solution of FUR and Eudragit E100 with mannitol prior to mixing with other tablet ingredients. The prepared ODTs were characterized for their FUR content, hardness, friability and wetting time. The optimized ODT formulation (F1) was evaluated in term of palatability parameters and the in vivo disintegration. The manufactured ODTs were complying with the pharmacopeia guidelines regarding hardness, friability, weight variation and content. Eudragit E100 had a very slightly enhancing effect on tablets disintegration. However, the effects of both Eudragit E100 (X1) and CCS (X2) on ODTs disintegration time (Y1) were insignificant (p > 0.05). Moreover, X1 exhibited antagonistic effect on the dissolution after 5 and 30 min (D5 and D30, respectively), but only its effect on D30 is significant (p = 0.0004). Furthermore, the optimized ODTs formula showed good to acceptable taste in term of palatability, and in vivo disintegration time of this formula was about 10 s.

  20. You May Now Open Your Test Tablets...

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    Schaffhauser, Dian

    2012-01-01

    Tony Alpert, chief operating officer for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), ponders whether to allow tablet computers--and particularly iPads--to be used for summative testing online. As Alpert points out, not only would student cheating compromise the validity of the individual student's test event, "worse yet, it could expose…

  1. Evaluation of tablet disintegrant properties of microcrystalline ...

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    This study was aimed at exploring the application of microcrystalline cellulose from cassava fermentation waste as a disintegrant in the formulation of paracetamol tablets for immediate release. Alkali delignification of the dried cassava fermentation fibres, followed by bleaching and acid depolymerisation was employed in ...

  2. Orodispersible films and tablets with prednisolone microparticles.

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    Brniak, Witold; Maślak, Ewelina; Jachowicz, Renata

    2015-07-30

    Orodispersible tablets (ODTs) and orodispersible films (ODFs) are solid oral dosage forms disintegrating or dissolving rapidly when placed in the mouth. One of the main issues related to their preparation is an efficient taste masking of a bitter drug substance. Therefore, the aim of this study was to prepare and evaluate the microparticles intended to mask a bitter taste of the prednisolone and use them in further preparation of two orodispersible dosage forms. Microparticles based on the Eudragit E PO or E 100 as a taste-masking agent were prepared with spray-drying technique. Tablets containing microparticles, co-processed ODT excipient Pharmaburst, and lubricant were directly compressed with single-punch tablet press. Orodispersible films were prepared by casting polymeric solutions of hydroxypropyl methylcellulose containing uniformly dispersed microparticles. Physicochemical properties of microparticles were evaluated, as well as mechanical properties analysis, disintegration time measurements and dissolution tests were performed for prepared dosage forms. Both formulations showed good mechanical resistance while maintaining excellent disintegration properties. The dissolution studies showed good masking properties of microparticles with Eudragit E 100. The amount of prednisolone released during the first minute in phosphate buffer 6.8 was around 0.1%. After incorporation into the orodispersible forms, the amount of released prednisolone increased significantly. It was probably the effect of faster microparticles wetting in orodispersible forms and their partial destruction by compression force during tableting process. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Fast Dissolving Tablets of Aloe Vera Gel

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    combined effect of two formulation variables - amounts of microcrystalline cellulose and mannitol. Results: The results of multiple regression analysis revealed that in order to obtain a fast dissolving tablet of the Aloe vera gel, an optimum concentration of mannitol and a higher content of microcrystalline cellulose should be ...

  4. BIOWAIVER STUDY OF ORAL TABLETTED ETHYLCELLULOSE ...

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    verify anomalous diffusion [20]. Each tablet matrix was weighed before and after dissolution in above mentioned specific conditions for particular time and after drying at 40 °C for 48 h to determine their erosion. Swelling (%) and erosion (%) was estimated by following formulas: Swelling (%) = S/R × 100. (8). Erosion (%) = (T ...

  5. 21 CFR 520.960 - Flumethasone tablets.

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    2010-04-01

    ... DRUGS, FEEDS, AND RELATED PRODUCTS ORAL DOSAGE FORM NEW ANIMAL DRUGS § 520.960 Flumethasone tablets. (a..., such as arthritis, the disc syndrome, and myositis. (ii) Dogs and cats: It is used in certain acute and... nephritis, cushingoid syndrome, or where peptic ulcers occur, except for emergency therapy. Clinical and...

  6. Development of sustained release tablets containing solid ...

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    Sustained release tablets containing solid dispersions granules of a poorly water soluble drug were prepared to investigate the controlled release of the drug. Baclofen was chosen because of its poor water solubility and short elimination half-life. Poloxamer 188 and PEG 6000 were used as solid dispersion carrier.

  7. Horizant: gabapentin enacarbil extended-release tablets

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    2011-01-01

    ... enacarbil extended-release tablets for the treatment of moderate-to-severe RLS in adults. Gabapentin enacarbil is not recommended for patients required to sleep during the daytime and remain awake at night. Efficacy. Gabapentin enacarbil efficacy was established in two 12-week clinical studies in adults diagnosed with RLS using the International Restless ...

  8. Biphasic drug release from film-coated tablets.

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    Ofori-Kwakye, Kwabena; Fell, John T

    2003-01-16

    A study was carried out into the biphasic drug release properties of film-coated paracetamol tablets. The tablet cores were formulated without a disintegrant and film-coated with a coating formulation consisting of pectin, chitosan and hydroxypropylmethylcellulose in a ratio of 6:1:0.37. The tablet cores and the film-coated tablets with coat weight gains (CWGs) of 6, 9 and 13% were evaluated for their water absorption (swelling) and drug release properties. All the tablets absorbed water from pH 6.0 Sorensen's phosphate buffer and the amount of water absorbed increased with an increase in tablet CWG. The addition of 100 microl/50 ml pectinolytic enzymes to the medium resulted in at least a 40% reduction in the amount of water absorption by the tablets, as compared to the medium without enzymes. When the enzyme concentration was increased to 200 microl/50 ml, there was a further reduction ( approximately 8% w/w) in the amount of water absorbed by the tablets. Drug release was controlled in upper gastrointestinal fluids and decreased with an increase in tablet CWG. Drug release was, however, accelerated in the presence of pectinolytic enzymes, consistent with the entry of the tablets in the colon. An evaluation of the drug release data by the Korsmeyer-Peppas equation showed the involvement of molecular diffusion and other factors such as film/tablet erosion and drug dissolution in drug release.

  9. Objective color classification of ecstasy tablets by hyperspectral imaging.

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    Edelman, Gerda; Lopatka, Martin; Aalders, Maurice

    2013-07-01

    The general procedure followed in the examination of ecstasy tablets for profiling purposes includes a color description, which depends highly on the observers' perception. This study aims to provide objective quantitative color information using visible hyperspectral imaging. Both self-manufactured and illicit tablets, created with different amounts of known colorants were analyzed. We derived reflectance spectra from hyperspectral images of these tablets, and successfully determined the most likely colorant used in the production of all self-manufactured tablets and four of five illicit tablets studied. Upon classification, the concentration of the colorant was estimated using a photon propagation model and a single reference measurement of a tablet of known concentration. The estimated concentrations showed a high correlation with the actual values (R(2) = 0.9374). The achieved color information, combined with other physical and chemical characteristics, can provide a powerful tool for the comparison of tablet seizures, which may reveal their origin. © 2013 American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

  10. Developing a mapping tool for tablets

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    Vaughan, Alan; Collins, Nathan; Krus, Mike

    2014-05-01

    Digital field mapping offers significant benefits when compared with traditional paper mapping techniques in that it provides closer integration with downstream geological modelling and analysis. It also provides the mapper with the ability to rapidly integrate new data with existing databases without the potential degradation caused by repeated manual transcription of numeric, graphical and meta-data. In order to achieve these benefits, a number of PC-based digital mapping tools are available which have been developed for specific communities, eg the BGS•SIGMA project, Midland Valley's FieldMove®, and a range of solutions based on ArcGIS® software, which can be combined with either traditional or digital orientation and data collection tools. However, with the now widespread availability of inexpensive tablets and smart phones, a user led demand for a fully integrated tablet mapping tool has arisen. This poster describes the development of a tablet-based mapping environment specifically designed for geologists. The challenge was to deliver a system that would feel sufficiently close to the flexibility of paper-based geological mapping while being implemented on a consumer communication and entertainment device. The first release of a tablet-based geological mapping system from this project is illustrated and will be shown as implemented on an iPad during the poster session. Midland Valley is pioneering tablet-based mapping and, along with its industrial and academic partners, will be using the application in field based projects throughout this year and will be integrating feedback in further developments of this technology.

  11. Stability studies of aspirin-magaldrate double layer tablets.

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    al-Gohary, O M; al-Kassas, R S

    2000-04-01

    Accelerated stability testing was performed on aspirin-magaldrate double layer tablets as well as aspirin-maalox marketed double layer tablets (Ascriptin) in order to evaluate the effect of the presence of the alkaline moieties of the antacid (magaldrate and maalox) on the chemical stability of aspirin. The results were compared simultaneously with that obtained from the marketed Aspro plain tablets. The results revealed that the presence of the alkaline moieties in the tested tablets has increased the rate of aspirin decomposition and reduced its shelf-life. This effect was more pronounced for aspirin tablets containing magaldrate antacid. Determination of shelf-lives at 25 degrees C for the prepared and the marketed tablets was carried out using Arrhenius plots and the results showed that they were 35, 34.5 and 13.5 months for Aspro, Ascriptin and aspirin-magaldrate double layer tablets, respectively. The effect of storage for 50 days and at different temperatures, on the crushing strength and the disintegration time of the prepared and the marked tablets showed a slight decrease in the disintegration time and the crushing strength of the tablets as the storage temperature increased. Aspro tablets did not produce the same results. The in vitro release data of the prepared aspirin-magaldrate double layer tablets and the marketed Ascriptin tablets stored for 50 days and at different storage temperatures as well as Aspro tablets stored at 70 degrees C were best fitted to the first-order kinetics model. The release data of Aspro tablets stored at 50 and 60 degrees C for 50 days were best fitted to Higuchi's model.

  12. Relationship between Age and the Ability to Break Scored Tablets.

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    Notenboom, Kim; Vromans, Herman; Schipper, Maarten; Leufkens, Hubert G M; Bouvy, Marcel L

    2016-01-01

    Practical problems with the use of medicines, such as difficulties with breaking tablets, are an often overlooked cause for non-adherence. Tablets frequently break in uneven parts and loss of product can occur due to crumbling and powdering. Health characteristics, such as the presence of peripheral neuropathy, decreased grip strength and manual dexterity, can affect a patient's ability to break tablets. As these impairments are associated with aging and age-related diseases, such as Parkinson's disease and arthritis, difficulties with breaking tablets could be more prevalent among older adults. The objective of this study was to investigate the relationship between age and the ability to break scored tablets. A comparative study design was chosen. Thirty-six older adults and 36 young adults were systematically observed with breaking scored tablets. Twelve different tablets were included. All participants were asked to break each tablet by three techniques: in between the fingers with the use of nails, in between the fingers without the use of nails and pushing the tablet downward with one finger on a solid surface. It was established whether a tablet was broken or not, and if broken, whether the tablet was broken accurately or not. The older adults experienced more difficulties to break tablets compared to the young adults. On average, the older persons broke 38.1% of the tablets, of which 71.0% was broken accurately. The young adults broke 78.2% of the tablets, of which 77.4% was broken accurately. Further analysis by mixed effects logistic regression revealed that age was associated with the ability to break tablets, but not with the accuracy of breaking. Breaking scored tablets by hand is less successful in an elderly population compared to a group of young adults. Health care providers should be aware that tablet breaking is not appropriate for all patients and for all drugs. In case tablet breaking is unavoidable, a patient's ability to break tablets should

  13. Integration of tablet technologies in the e-laboratory of cytology: a health technology assessment.

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    Giansanti, Daniele; Pochini, Marco; Giovagnoli, Maria Rosaria

    2014-10-01

    Although tablet systems are becoming a powerful technology, particularly useful in every application of medical imaging, to date no one has investigated the acceptance and performance of this technology in digital cytology. The specific aims of the work were (1) to design a health technology assessment (HTA) tool to assess, in terms of performance and acceptance, the introduction of tablet technologies (wearable, portable, and non portable) in the e-laboratories of cytology and (2) to test the tool in a first significant application of digital cytology. An HTA tool was proposed operating on a domain of five dimensions of investigation comprising the basic information of the product of digital cytology, the perceived subjective quality of images, the assessment of the virtual navigation on the e-slide, the assessment of the information and communication technologies features, and the diagnostic power. Six e-slides regarding studies of cervicovaginal cytology digitalized by means of an Aperio ( www.aperio.com ) scanner and uploaded onto the www.digitalslide.it Web site were used for testing the methodology on three different network connections. Three experts of cytology successfully tested the methodology on seven tablets found suitable for the study in their own standard configuration. Specific indexes furnished by the tool indicated both a high degree of performance and subjective acceptance of the investigated technology. The HTA tool thus could be useful to investigate new tablet technologies in digital cytology and furnish stakeholders with useful information that may help them make decisions involving the healthcare system. From a global point of view the study demonstrates the feasibility of using the tablet technology in digital cytology.

  14. Preparation of bilayer-core osmotic pump tablet by coating the indented core tablet.

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    Liu, Longxiao; Xu, Xiangning

    2008-03-20

    In this paper, a bilayer-core osmotic pump tablet (OPT) which does not require laser drilling to form the drug delivery orifice is described. The bilayer-core consisted of two layers: (a) push layer and (b) drug layer, and was made with a modified upper tablet punch, which produced an indentation at the center of the drug layer surface. The indented tablets were coated by using a conventional pan-coating process. Although the bottom of the indentation could be coated, the side face of the indentation was scarcely sprayed by the coating solution and this part of the tablet remained at least partly uncoated leaving an aperture from which drug release could occur. Nifedipine was selected as the model drug. Sodium chloride was used as osmotic agent, polyvinylpyrrolidone as suspending agent and croscarmellose sodium as expanding agent. The indented core tablet was coated by ethyl cellulose as semipermeable membrane containing polyethylene glycol 400 for controlling the membrane permeability. The formulation of core tablet was optimized by orthogonal design and the release profiles of various formulations were evaluated by similarity factor (f(2)). It was found that the optimal OPT was able to deliver nifedipine at an approximate zero-order up to 24 h, independent on both release media and agitation rates. The preparation of bilayer-core OPT was simplified by coating the indented core tablet, by which sophisticated technology of the drug layer identification and laser drilling could be eliminated. It might be promising in the field of preparation of bilayer-core OPT.

  15. Key Technical Aspects Influencing the Accuracy of Tablet Subdivision.

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    Teixeira, Maíra T; Sá-Barreto, Lívia C L; Gratieri, Taís; Gelfuso, Guilherme M; Silva, Izabel C R; Cunha-Filho, Marcílio S S

    2017-05-01

    Tablet subdivision is a common practice used mainly for dose adjustment. The aim of this study was to investigate how the technical aspects of production as well as the method of tablets subdivision (employing a tablet splitter or a kitchen knife) influence the accuracy of this practice. Five drugs commonly used as subdivided tablets were selected. For each drug, the innovator drug product, a scored-generic and a non-scored generic were investigated totalizing fifteen drug products. Mechanical and physical tests, including image analysis, were performed. Additionally, comparisons were made between tablet subdivision method, score, shape, diluent composition and coating. Image analysis based on surface area was a useful tool as an alternative assay to evaluate the accuracy of tablet subdivision. The tablet splitter demonstrates an advantage relative to a knife as it showed better results in weight loss and friability tests. Oblong, coated and scored tablets had better results after subdivision than round, uncoated and non-scored tablets. The presence of elastic diluents such as starch and dibasic phosphate dehydrate conferred a more appropriate behaviour for the subdivision process than plastic materials such as microcrystalline cellulose and lactose. Finally, differences were observed between generics and their innovator products in all selected drugs with regard the quality control assays in divided tablet, which highlights the necessity of health regulations to consider subdivision performance at least in marketing authorization of generic products.

  16. Quality control of tablets by Near Infrared (NIR)-Spectroscopy.

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    Petri, J; Kaunzinger, A; Niemöller, A; Karas, M

    2005-10-01

    Today, NIR-spectroscopy is an established analytical technique not only in the identification of raw materials but also in the quantification of active ingredients in tablets. In this work calibration models were set up with tablets of the same active ingredient but of miscellaneous origin and manufacturess. Consequently the tablets had different excipients and appearance. The pharmaceutical preparations used included atenolol 100 mg tablets, enalapril 20 mg tablets and acetylsalicylic acid (ASS) tablets of different dosage units. In order to proof if the calibration models set up are generally feasible the assay declared by the manufacturer was used to calculate the partial least square (PLS) calibration. With respect to enalapril tablets simultaneous analysis by HPLC, according to USP 26 was carried out. It was investigated if such methods allow a determination of active ingredients in tablets within limits of +/- 10% of declaration. It was shown that it is possible to set up calibration models to quantify active ingredients in tablets independent of adjuvants or optical appearance. Additionally it could be shown that NIR-spectroscopy is also applicable to determine the concentration of active ingredients in blister-packed tablets.

  17. The stability of glyceryl trinitrate tablets during patient use.

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    Marty, J; Shaw, J; Hunt, D

    1983-04-01

    The stability of glyceryl trinitrate (GTN) tablets stored in ways commonly used by patients was investigated to enable pharmacists and physicians to give better advice about tablet storage. Analysis of 43 samples of tablets collected from hospital patients showed that the GTN content of these samples differed significantly from that of fresh tablets. Tablets kept in the manufacturer's bottle contained significantly more GTN than those transferred to other airtight vials (p less than 0.05) or pill boxes (p less than 0.005). The content of GTN was also significantly lower in tablets stored in pill boxes compared with other vials (p less than 0.01). Similar trends were found when tablets were stored in glass or plastic vials, pill boxes or were left exposed to air in the laboratory. These results emphasize that the best way to store GTN tablets is in the manufacturer's container. However, since many patients find that this bottle is awkward and inconvenient, a suitable alternative would be to carry a few tablets in a small airtight container (preferably glass). The unused tablets should be discarded every two weeks and nothing else should be added to the container. The use of pill boxes should be strongly discouraged.

  18. 21 CFR 520.804 - Enalapril tablets.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Enalapril tablets. 520.804 Section 520.804 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) ANIMAL...) Sponsor. See 050604 in § 510.600(c) of this chapter. (c) Conditions of use—(1) Dogs—(i) Amount. 0.5 to 1.0...

  19. Bioadhesive Controlled Release Clotrimazole Vaginal Tablets

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    were made with an empty cell (high purity alpha alumina discs of Dupont Company) as the reference. The scans were taken under nitrogen atmosphere over a temperature range of 25 to 330 °C and at a scan rate of. 20.0 °C/min. Swelling studies. The swelling index for the tablets was determined in 100 mM acetate buffer ...

  20. FAST DISINTEGRATING TABLET TECHNOLOGY: NEWLY PROSPECTS

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    2011-01-01

    Tablet that disintegrate rapidly in the mouth are convenient for patient who have difficulty in swallowing conventional dosages forms. Although various formulation technologies like Zydis Technology, Durasolve Technology, Orasolve Technology, Flash Dose Technology, Wow Tab Technology, Flash Tab Technology, Quicksolv Technology, Lyos Technology, Fast Melt Technology and Zip-lets Technology are used. This review highlights numerous techniques to explain the phenomenon of preparing mouth disinte...

  1. Tablet as researcher’s kit: An analysis of how social scientists use tablet computers in the field

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    Shane Tilton

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Tablet computers (or just tablets are often discussed in context with their relationship with books as an informational portal. For the most part, the analysis of tablets has dealt with frequent tablet activities, locations of use and contextual factors. It is fair also to note how the tablet has become a central nexus of production tools for the content creator. Tablets represent a platform both for distributing content to multiple audiences and providing the tools necessary to produce content on the fly. Tablets allow the user to capture thoughts on a screen that is slightly smaller than that of a traditional laptop (10 vs. 13 inches, while maintaining a level of portability and usability beyond what a traditional laptop can provide. This ability to quickly capture thoughts and ideas is extremely handy to academics in the field, specifically researchers, as they conduct research or present knowledge to the larger population. This study will look at how researchers are using tablets to replace older techniques for gathering data and publishing their work. The analysis of publishing will look at the differences between writing on a tablet and writing on an office computer or laptop. For example, the advantages and disadvantages of a touch screen device versus traditional user interfaces (keyboard and mouse will be discussed by the researchers and shown via the everyday use of the tablet/office computer.

  2. Spectrophotometric Determination of Losartan Potassium in Tablets

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    Arianne Diane A. Aniñon

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available In the quality control of pharmaceutical products, it is of utmost importance that validated analytical methods are used to ensure the credibility of the results generated. At the time of the study, official monographs from the United States Pharmacopeia and National Formulary (USP-NF for the quantification of Losartan potassium in tablets were unavailable, denoting the need for a validated analytical procedure for the analysis of the drug. The study adapted direct and first-derivative UV spectrophotometry methods proposed by Bonfilio and others (2010 for the assay of Losartan potassium in Losartan 50 mg. capsules, then modified and validated the said procedures for the assay of Losartan potassium in Losartan 100 mg. tablets following the International Conference on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH guidelines on method validation for accuracy, precision, specificity, linearity, limit of detection, and limit of quantitation. Results demonstrated that all the performance characteristics of both methods were highly satisfactory and confirmed the possible application of the methods in routine analysis of Losartan potassium tablets.

  3. Physician behaviors to promote informed decisions for prostate cancer screening: a National Research Network study.

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    Linder, Suzanne K; Kallen, Michael A; Mullen, Patricia Dolan; Galliher, James M; Swank, Paul R; Chan, Evelyn C Y; Volk, Robert J

    2014-06-01

    Clinical guidelines for prostate cancer screening (PCS) advise physicians to discuss the potential harms and benefits of screening. However, there is a lack of training programs for informed decision-making (IDM), and it is unknown which IDM behaviors physicians have the most difficulty performing. Identifying difficult behaviors can help tailor training programs. In the context of developing a physician-IDM program for PCS, we aimed to describe physicians' use of nine key IDM behaviors for the PCS discussion and to examine the relation between the behaviors and physician characteristics. A cross-sectional sample of The American Academy of Family Physicians National Research Network completed surveys about their behavior regarding PCS (N = 246; response rate = 58%). The surveys included nine physician key IDM behaviors for PCS and a single-item question describing their general practice style for PCS. The most common IDM behavior was to invite men to ask questions. The two least common reported behaviors concerned patients uncertain about screening (i.e., arrange follow-up and provide additional information for undecided men). Physicians reported difficulty with these two behaviors regardless whether they reported to discuss or not to discuss PCS with patients. Reported use of key IDM behaviors was associated with a general practice style for PCS and being affiliated with a residency-training program. Physician training programs for IDM should include physician skills to address the needs of patients uncertain about screening. Future research should determine if actual behavior is associated with self-reported behavior for the PCS discussion.

  4. Replacing Smartphones With Mini Tablet Technology: An Evaluation.

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    Maneval, Rhonda; Mechtel, Marci

    Handheld technology allows students to access point-of-care resources throughout the clinical experience. To assess the viability of replacing student smartphones with tablets, an evaluation project was undertaken. Overall, students were equally dissatisfied with the 2 types of tablets that were evaluated. Students saw the potential usefulness of tablets to manage clinical assignments, interact with the learning management system, and communicate with faculty, but not for retrieving information currently accessible on their phones.

  5. Formulation, characterization and physicochemical evaluation of amoxicillin effervescent tablets.

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    Aslani, Abolfazl; Sharifian, Tahereh

    2014-01-01

    Amoxicillin is a semisynthetic antibiotic, which is used as an antimicrobial drug. This study was designed to formulate amoxicillin effervescent tablets, aimed at improved patient compliance and increased drug stability. In this study, nine effervescent tablet formulations were prepared from amoxicillin trihydrate. The effervescent base was comprised of various amounts of citric acid and sodium bicarbonate. Powders and granules were evaluated for their particle size, bulk density, tapped density, compressibility index, Hausner's ratio and angle of repose. The effervescent tablets were then prepared from powders and granules of acceptable quality by direct compression and fusion methods. The tablets were evaluated for weight variation, friability, pH of solution, carbon dioxide (CO2) content, hardness, effervescence time, thickness, assay, content uniformity, water content and equilibrium moisture content. The results indicated better flowability of granules prepared by fusion method as compared with the direct compression. The percent weight variations of tablets were within the acceptable limit of 0.5%. The friability was less than 1% in all formulations. The solution pH of tablets prepared by direct compression and fusion methods ranged from 4.55 to 5.74 and 4.74-5.84, respectively. The CO2 amounts generated by of fusion method tablets were smaller as compared to the direct compression method. The hardness of tablets was 40.66-56 for direct compression method and 60.6-74.6 for fusion method. The tablets produced by the fusion method had a larger thickness and lower water content than tablets produced by direct compression method. Tablets prepared by the fusion method exhibited superior pre- and post-compression characteristics as compared to tablets prepared by direct compression method.

  6. Formulation, characterization and physicochemical evaluation of amoxicillin effervescent tablets

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    Abolfazl Aslani

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Amoxicillin is a semisynthetic antibiotic, which is used as an antimicrobial drug. This study was designed to formulate amoxicillin effervescent tablets, aimed at improved patient compliance and increased drug stability. Materials and Methods: In this study, nine effervescent tablet formulations were prepared from amoxicillin trihydrate. The effervescent base was comprised of various amounts of citric acid and sodium bicarbonate. Powders and granules were evaluated for their particle size, bulk density, tapped density, compressibility index, Hausner′s ratio and angle of repose. The effervescent tablets were then prepared from powders and granules of acceptable quality by direct compression and fusion methods. The tablets were evaluated for weight variation, friability, pH of solution, carbon dioxide (CO 2 content, hardness, effervescence time, thickness, assay, content uniformity, water content and equilibrium moisture content. Results: The results indicated better flowability of granules prepared by fusion method as compared with the direct compression. The percent weight variations of tablets were within the acceptable limit of 0.5%. The friability was less than 1% in all formulations. The solution pH of tablets prepared by direct compression and fusion methods ranged from 4.55 to 5.74 and 4.74-5.84, respectively. The CO 2 amounts generated by of fusion method tablets were smaller as compared to the direct compression method. The hardness of tablets was 40.66-56 for direct compression method and 60.6-74.6 for fusion method. The tablets produced by the fusion method had a larger thickness and lower water content than tablets produced by direct compression method. Conclusion: Tablets prepared by the fusion method exhibited superior pre- and post-compression characteristics as compared to tablets prepared by direct compression method.

  7. Tablet-Based Functional MRI of the Trail Making Test: Effect of Tablet Interaction Mode

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    Mahta Karimpoor

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available The Trail Making Test (TMT is widely used for assessing executive function, frontal lobe abilities, and visual motor skills. Part A of this pen-and-paper test (TMT-A involves linking numbers randomly distributed in space, in ascending order. Part B (TMT-B alternates between linking numbers and letters. TMT-B is more demanding than TMT-A, but the mental processing that supports the performance of this test remains incompletely understood. Functional MRI (fMRI may help to clarify the relationship between TMT performance and brain activity, but providing an environment that supports real-world pen-and-paper interactions during fMRI is challenging. Previously, an fMRI-compatible tablet system was developed for writing and drawing with two modes of interaction: the original cursor-based, proprioceptive approach, and a new mode involving augmented reality to provide visual feedback of hand position (VFHP for enhanced user interaction. This study characterizes the use of the tablet during fMRI of young healthy adults (n = 22, with half of the subjects performing TMT with VFHP and the other half performing TMT without VFHP. Activation maps for both TMT-A and TMT-B performance showed considerable overlap between the two tablet modes, and no statistically differences in brain activity were detected when contrasting TMT-B vs. TMT-A for the two tablet modes. Behavioral results also showed no statistically different interaction effects for TMT-B vs. TMT-A for the two tablet modes. Tablet-based TMT scores showed reasonable convergent validity with those obtained by administering the standard pen-and-paper TMT to the same subjects. Overall, the results suggest that despite the slightly different mechanisms involved for the two modes of tablet interaction, both are suitable for use in fMRI studies involving TMT performance. This study provides information for using tablet-based TMT methods appropriately in future fMRI studies involving patients and healthy

  8. Tablet-Based Functional MRI of the Trail Making Test: Effect of Tablet Interaction Mode.

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    Karimpoor, Mahta; Churchill, Nathan W; Tam, Fred; Fischer, Corinne E; Schweizer, Tom A; Graham, Simon J

    2017-01-01

    The Trail Making Test (TMT) is widely used for assessing executive function, frontal lobe abilities, and visual motor skills. Part A of this pen-and-paper test (TMT-A) involves linking numbers randomly distributed in space, in ascending order. Part B (TMT-B) alternates between linking numbers and letters. TMT-B is more demanding than TMT-A, but the mental processing that supports the performance of this test remains incompletely understood. Functional MRI (fMRI) may help to clarify the relationship between TMT performance and brain activity, but providing an environment that supports real-world pen-and-paper interactions during fMRI is challenging. Previously, an fMRI-compatible tablet system was developed for writing and drawing with two modes of interaction: the original cursor-based, proprioceptive approach, and a new mode involving augmented reality to provide visual feedback of hand position (VFHP) for enhanced user interaction. This study characterizes the use of the tablet during fMRI of young healthy adults (n = 22), with half of the subjects performing TMT with VFHP and the other half performing TMT without VFHP. Activation maps for both TMT-A and TMT-B performance showed considerable overlap between the two tablet modes, and no statistically differences in brain activity were detected when contrasting TMT-B vs. TMT-A for the two tablet modes. Behavioral results also showed no statistically different interaction effects for TMT-B vs. TMT-A for the two tablet modes. Tablet-based TMT scores showed reasonable convergent validity with those obtained by administering the standard pen-and-paper TMT to the same subjects. Overall, the results suggest that despite the slightly different mechanisms involved for the two modes of tablet interaction, both are suitable for use in fMRI studies involving TMT performance. This study provides information for using tablet-based TMT methods appropriately in future fMRI studies involving patients and healthy individuals.

  9. PCS-ICIS Model

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    The Integrated Compliance Information System (ICIS) is a web-based system that provides information for the federal enforcement and compliance (FE&C) and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) programs.

  10. Ginger Orally Disintegrating Tablets to Improve Swallowing in Older People.

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    Hirata, Ayumu; Funato, Hiroki; Nakai, Megumi; Iizuka, Michiro; Abe, Noriaki; Yagi, Yusuke; Shiraishi, Hisashi; Jobu, Kohei; Yokota, Junko; Hirose, Kahori; Hyodo, Masamitsu; Miyamura, Mitsuhiko

    2016-01-01

    We previously prepared and pharmaceutically evaluated ginger orally disintegrating (OD) tablets, optimized the base formulation, and carried out a clinical trial in healthy adults in their 20 s and 50s to measure their effect on salivary substance P (SP) level and improved swallowing function. In this study, we conducted clinical trials using the ginger OD tablets in older people to clinically evaluate the improvements in swallowing function resulting from the functional components of the tablet. The ginger OD tablets were prepared by mixing the excipients with the same amount of mannitol and sucrose to a concentration of 1% ginger. Eighteen healthy older adult volunteers aged 63 to 90 were included in the swallowing function test. Saliva was collected before and 15 min after administration of the placebo and ginger OD tablets. Swallowing endoscopy was performed by an otolaryngologist before administration and 15 min after administration of the ginger OD tablets. A scoring method was used to evaluate the endoscopic swallowing. Fifteen minutes after taking the ginger OD tablets, the salivary SP amount was significantly higher than prior to ingestion or after taking the placebo (pginger OD tablets. Our findings showed that the ginger OD tablets increased the salivary SP amount and improved swallowing function in older people with appreciably reduced swallowing function.

  11. Fostering Creativity in Tablet-Based Interactive Classrooms

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    Hye Jeong Kim; Ji Hyeon Park; Sungae Yoo; Hyeoncheol Kim

    2016-01-01

    .... This discussion focuses on classroom interaction systems and technologies that can foster creativity, including tablets, electronic blackboards, interaction management solutions, and high-speed wireless internet...

  12. Placing wireless tablets in clinical settings for patient education

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    Judy C. Stribling, MA, MLS

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Objective: The authors explored the feasibility and possible benefit of tablet-based educational materials for patients in clinic waiting areas. Methods: We distributed eight tablets preloaded with diagnosis-relevant information in two clinic waiting areas. Patients were surveyed about satisfaction, usability, and effects on learning. Technical issues were resolved. Results: Thirty-seven of forty patients completed the survey. On average, the patients were satisfied in all categories. Conclusions: Placing tablet-based educational materials in clinic waiting areas is relatively easy to implement. Patients using tablets reported satisfaction across three domains: usability, education, and satisfaction.

  13. Spectrophotometric Determination of Cilostazol in Tablet Dosage Form

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    determination by linear regression equation and standard absorptivity methods indicate purity ... Keywords: Cilostazol tablets, UV spectrophotometry, Linear regression equation, Standard absorptivity. .... The validated methods were applied to.

  14. Creating Websites for iPad and Android Honeycomb Tablets

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    2011-01-01

    It is crystal clear that support for tablets is essential in your Web site design. What is less clear is the approach you take to support tablets. Frameworks, such as Sencha Touch and jQuery Mobile are maturing to add support for tablets. Find out how this short ebook can provide you with forward thinking solutions that can be implemented today. How we consume information on the Web has changed forever: SmartPhones, Tablets, Interactive televisions, intelligent in-car systems and so much more are driving this change - your site needs to work on all of them.

  15. Pediatric Dispersible Tablets: a Modular Approach for Rapid Prototyping.

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    Buck, Jonas; Huwyler, Jörg; Kühl, Peter; Dischinger, Angela

    2016-08-01

    The design of pediatric formulations is challenging. Solid dosage forms for children have to meet the needs of different ages, e.g. high number of dosing increments and strengths. A modular formulation strategy offering the possibility of rapid prototyping was applied. Different tablet compositions and the resulting tablet characteristics were investigated for dispersible tablets using customized analytical methods. Fluid bed granules were blended with extragranular components, and compressed to tablets. Disintegration behavior was studied with a Texture Analyzer and a Tensiometer. Methods for determination of disintegration time and water uptake of tablets were developed with a Texture Analyzer, and a Tensiometer, respectively. Twenty-two different tablet formulations were prepared and analyzed with respect to disintegration time, hardness, friability, and viscosity. Multivariate data analysis revealed a high impact of type and amount of viscosity enhancer on the disintegration behavior of tablets. An optimized formulation was selected with a disintegration time of 24 s. Methods providing additional information on the disintegration behavior of dispersible tablets compared to standard pharmacopoeia methods were established. Selecting the right type and level of viscosity enhancer and superdisintegrant was critical for developing pediatric tablets with a disintegration time of less than 30 s but still pleasant mouth feel.

  16. Effect of force feeder on tablet strength during compression.

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    Narang, Ajit S; Rao, Venkatramana M; Guo, Hang; Lu, Jian; Desai, Divyakant S

    2010-11-30

    Mechanical strength of tablets is an important quality attribute, which depends on both formulation and process. In this study, the effect of process variables during compression on tablet tensile strength and tabletability (the ratio of tensile strength to compression pressure) was investigated using a model formulation. Increase in turret and force feeder speeds reduced tablet tensile strength and tabletability. Turret speed affected tabletability through changes in dwell time under the compression cam and the kinetics of consolidation of granules in the die cavity. The effect of force feeder was attributed to the shearing of the granulation, leading to its over-lubrication. A dimensionless equation was derived to estimate total shear imparted by the force feeder on the granulation in terms of a shear number. Scale-independence of the relationship of tabletability with the shear number was explored on a 6-station Korsch press, a 16-station Betapress, and a 35-station Korsch XL-400 press. The use of this relationship, the exact nature of which may be formulation dependent, during tablet development is expected to provide guidance to the scale-up and interchangeability of tablet presses. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Near-infrared chemical imaging slope as a new method to study tablet compaction and tablet relaxation.

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    Ropero, Jorge; Colón, Yleana; Johnson-Restrepo, Boris; Romañach, Rodolfo J

    2011-04-01

    Near-infrared chemical imaging (NIR-CI) spectra of lactose monohydrate tablets were acquired and the spectral slope from each pixel in the data hypercube was used to assess tablet compaction and relaxation. Tablets were prepared at compaction pressures of 100, 300, and 500 MPa using un-lubricated and magnesium stearate lubricated lactose monohydrate. Results show that NIR slope distribution is a function of applied compaction forces and magnesium stearate lubrication. The distribution of NIR slope values was studied using histograms and statistical parameters. The mean slope value yields a linear calibration curve that predicts tablet compaction pressure as a function of spectral slope. The NIR-CI slope measurements were also used to study tablet relaxation, which occurs as tablets release some of the stored energy from compression. The NIR-CI slope method provides a qualitative description of the relaxation process and provides quantitative information describing relaxation through time. © 2011 Society for Applied Spectroscopy

  18. Pemeriksaan Mutu Tablet Kunyah Antasida Yang Mengandung Magnesium Hidroksida Yang Beredar Di Apotek Kota Medan

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    Septiana, Syahri

    2015-01-01

    Background: Chewing tablets are tablets that many circulating in drugstore of Medan city at this time, which can help for gastric pains, and chewing antacid tablets easily obtained without a doctor’s prescription.. Objective: The purpose of this study was to know the quality of chewing antacid tablets containing magnesium hidroxida which circulate in drugstore of Medan city. Methods: This quality control of chewing tablets taken four chewing antacid tablets from one of the drugstore i...

  19. Assessment of Tablet Surface Hardness by Laser Ablation and Its Correlation With the Erosion Tendency of Core Tablets.

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    Narang, Ajit S; Breckenridge, Lydia; Guo, Hang; Wang, Jennifer; Wolf, Abraham Avi; Desai, Divyakant; Varia, Sailesh; Badawy, Sherif

    2017-01-01

    Surface erosion of uncoated tablets results in processing problems such as dusting and defects during coating and is governed by the strength of particle bonding on tablet surface. In this study, the correlation between dusting tendency of tablets in a coating pan with friability and laser ablation surface hardness was assessed using tablets containing different concentrations of magnesium stearate and tartaric acid. Surface erosion propensity of different batches was evaluated by assessing their dusting tendency in the coating pan. In addition, all tablets were analyzed for crushing strength, friability, modified friability test using baffles in the friability apparatus, and weight loss after laser ablation. Tablets with similar crushing strength showed differences in their surface erosion and dusting tendency when rotated in a coating pan. These differences did not correlate well with tablet crushing strength or friability but did show reasonably good correlation with mass loss after laser ablation. These results suggest that tablet surface mass loss by laser ablation can be used as a minipiloting (small-scale) tool to assess tablet surface properties during early stages of drug product development to assess the risk of potential large-scale manufacturing issues. Copyright © 2016 American Pharmacists Association®. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. The social benefits of WEEE re-use schemes. A cost benefit analysis for PCs in Spain.

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    González, Xose Manuel; Rodríguez, Miguel; Pena-Boquete, Yolanda

    2017-06-01

    One goal of the new European legislation set out in WEEE Directive 2012/19/UE is the promotion of WEEE re-use schemes. However, some authors are rather sceptical about the contribution of WEEE re-use schemes to improve resource efficiency. In order to evaluate and to design adequate policy instruments, some authors recommend the cost-benefit analysis (CBA) as a compulsory first step. In this context, the main contribution of this paper is to enlarge the empirical literature by providing a CBA of re-use schemes versus recycling processes of PCs. The analysis is made for Spain by quantifying in monetary terms the social damages of environmental impacts such as climate change, human toxicity, particulate matter formation, metal depletion, etc. Our results suggest that promoting re-use against recycling (and consequently the need for manufacturing a new PC from raw materials) may reduce environmental costs by 45.20€ per PC. Those social benefits are mainly generated in the re-use preparation process and distribution activities, whereas the re-use scenario displays a worse performance in energy consumption. The difference in the distribution stage during the second life cycle originates from the fact that the ready to re-use product is produced locally, while the brand new product is manufactured and distributed from abroad, mainly Asia. These results provide valuable information to policymakers and think tanks willing to design support schemes for re-use over recycling operations. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Application of face centred central composite design to optimise compression force and tablet diameter for the formulation of mechanically strong and fast disintegrating orodispersible tablets.

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    Pabari, Ritesh M.; Ramtoola, Zebunnissa

    2012-01-01

    A two factor, three level (3(2)) face centred, central composite design (CCD) was applied to investigate the main and interaction effects of tablet diameter and compression force (CF) on hardness, disintegration time (DT) and porosity of mannitol based orodispersible tablets (ODTs). Tablet diameters of 10, 13 and 15 mm, and CF of 10, 15 and 20 kN were studied. Results of multiple linear regression analysis show that both the tablet diameter and CF influence tablet characteristics. A negative ...

  2. Enalapril maleate orally disintegrating tablets: tableting and in vivo evaluation in hypertensive rats.

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    Tawfeek, Hesham M; Faisal, Waleed; Soliman, Ghareb M

    2017-05-29

    The aim of this study was to develop orally disintegrating tablets (ODTs) for enalapril maleate (EnM) to facilitate its administration to the elderly or other patients having dysphagia. Compatibility between EnM and various excipients was studied using differential scanning calorimetry. ODTs of EnM were prepared by direct compression of EnM mixtures with various superdisintegrants. The tablets were evaluated for physical properties including drug content, hardness, friability, disintegration time, wetting time, and drug release. The antihypertensive effect of the optimum EnM ODTs was evaluated in vivo in hypertensive rats and compared with commercial EnM formulation. EnM ODTs had satisfactory results in terms of drug content and friability. Tablet wetting and disintegration were fast and dependent on the used superdisintegrant where croscarmellose showed the fastest wetting and disintegration time of ∼7 s. EnM release from the tablets was rapid where complete release was obtained in 10-15 min. Selected EnM ODTs rapidly and efficiently reduced the rat's blood pressure to its normal value within 1 h, compared with 4 h for EnM commercial formulation. These results confirm that EnM ODTs could find application in the management of hypertension in the elderly or other patients having dysphagia.

  3. New control system for the heat generation facilities in Augsburg; Neue Leittechnik fuer das Fernwaermenetz in Augsburg. Prozessleitsystem Simatic PCS7

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    Kaupp, D. [Siemens AG, Karlsruhe (Germany); Baumann, E. [Siemens AG, Augsburg (Germany); Schaller, H. [Stadtwerke Augsburg (Germany)

    2003-09-01

    A new control system based on the Simatic PCS 7 system with its system components for automation, operator control and monitoring, communication and engineering, and using the PTE400 technological block library was implemented in the heat generation facilities of the Stadtwerke Augsburg Energie GmbH. This resulted in significant advantages for the engineering, commissioning, handling of the system during operation, maintenance and future extension of the system. The whole article about the new control system for the heat generation facilities in Augsburg is published in the English Edition I/2003 of the Euroheat and Power magazine. (orig.) [German] Eine neue Leittechnik, basierend auf dem Prozessleitsystem PCS7 mit den Komponenten fuer Automatisierung, Bedienung, Beobachtung, Kommunikation und Engineering, unter der Verwendung der technischen Bausteinbibliothek PTE400, wurde bei den Stadtwerken Augsburg installiert. Dadurch ergaben sich wesentliche Vorteile fuer das Engineering, die Inbetriebnahme, die Betriebsweise, die Wartung und die spaetere Erweiterung der Fernwaermeversorgungsanlage. (orig.)

  4. Tablets in English Class: Students' Activities Surrounding Online Dictionary Work

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    Bunting, Leona

    2015-01-01

    Tablets have become increasingly popular among young people in Sweden and this rapid increase also resonates in school, especially in classrooms for younger children. The aim of the present study is to analyze and describe how the students deal with the open instructions for a task of using online dictionaries on tablets. Specific focus is on how…

  5. Comparative photostability study of Fancimef tablet and its active ...

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    Fancimef tablet is one of the multi-component drugs recently introduced into malaria therapy to combat the resistant strains of Plasmodium parasite. Like most complex organic compounds, it is expected that the organic compounds in Fancimef tablet will absorb light spectra leading to its photodecomposition and all its ...

  6. Effect Of Formulating Additives On The Properties Of Ibuprofen Tablets

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    A study of the comparative effects of different formulating additives and film coating on the properties of ibuprofen tablets was made. The tested properties were hardeness (H), friability (F), the disintegration time (D) and dissolution characteristics of ibuprofen tablets. The hardeness, friability, the hardeness friability ratio ...

  7. Formulation and Evaluation of Tramadol HCl Matrix Tablets Using ...

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    Purpose: To formulate and prepare controlled release (CR) matrix tablets of tramadol HCl using Carbopol 974P and 934 polymers as rate-controlling agents. Methods: The tablets were prepared by direct compression method using various drug to polymer (D:P) ratios. Co-excipients, including carboxymethylcellulose, starch ...

  8. Biovailability and stability of erythromycin delayed release tablets ...

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    Conclusion : The content, appearance, and dissolution biovailability of delayed release erythromycin tablets conforms to the United States pharmacopoeia standards. The tablets should be stored in a cool and dry place in airtight containers and the shelf life is temporarily assigned two years. African Health Sciences 2001; ...

  9. 21 CFR 520.1445 - Milbemycin oxime tablets.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Milbemycin oxime tablets. 520.1445 Section 520...) ANIMAL DRUGS, FEEDS, AND RELATED PRODUCTS ORAL DOSAGE FORM NEW ANIMAL DRUGS § 520.1445 Milbemycin oxime... milbemycin oxime. (2) Cats. Each tablet contains 5.75, 11.5, or 23.0 milligrams of milbemycin oxime. (b...

  10. Protecting Investments: Third-Party Warranty Coverage for Tablets

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    2012-01-01

    A year ago, only a handful of K-12 schools and universities had integrated tablets into their curricula. Today, not one week passes with out another iPad rollout announcement. The reasons that schools use tablets are as varied as the schools themselves. Hawaii Preparatory Academy uses iPads to encourage budding physicists, linguists, and…

  11. Formulation of Sustained-Release Matrix Tablets Using Cross ...

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    characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy (FTIR) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Results: Tablets with MK showed higher mean ..... Park CR, Munday DL. Evaluation of selected polysaccharide excipients in buccoadhesive tablets for sustained release of ...

  12. Tablet computers for recording tuberculosis data at a community ...

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    Don O’Mahony

    2014-08-20

    Aug 20, 2014 ... those that may inform the design of an electronic health record. The aims of this study were: • Phase 1: To describe the process of identifying and developing a tablet computer programme to capture data. • Phase 2: Qualitative evaluation of the use of tablet computers to record data at a rural CHC. Method.

  13. Students' Opinions on the Use of Tablet Computers in Education

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    Duran, Muharrem; Aytaç, Tufan

    2016-01-01

    One of the most important tools for the integration of ICT in education, especially with tablet computers, has been employed in Turkey through the FATIH Project. This study aimed to determine students' views on the use of tablet computers in learning and teaching processes. Eighty-four first-year high school students studying at three schools in…

  14. Quality control of some brands of chloroquine tablets available in ...

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    The aim of this study is to examine the quality of twenty brands of chloroquine tablets available in Nigeria. The identification, assay and in vitro studies of twenty (A-T) commercial brands of chloroquine tablets readily available in Nigeria were examined using official methods. All the brands passed the uniformity of weight test ...

  15. Tablet computers for recording tuberculosis data at a community ...

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    Data for tuberculosis screening were captured by nurses on Android® 9.7-inch tablets over a week. Their experience was explored by means of a focus group interview. Results: Data were recorded for 24 patients and seamlessly transferred for analysis. Nurses thought that the tablets were easy to use and saved time.

  16. The rationale of scored tablets as dosage form.

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    Rodenhuis, N.; Smet, P.A.G.M. de; Barends, D.M.

    2004-01-01

    The aim of the study was to get insight into the rationale of scored tablets. This was pursued by studying patient's reasons for subdividing ("breaking") scored and unscored tablets. Patients who picked up their prescriptions in 5 community pharmacies in The Netherlands were questioned. Two-hundred

  17. Tablet-Based Education to Reduce Depression-Related Stigma

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    Lu, Catherine; Winkelman, Megan; Wong, Shane Shucheng

    2016-01-01

    Objectives: This study investigated the efficacy of a tablet-based multimedia education application, the Project Not Alone Depression Module, in improving depression literacy and reducing depression stigma among a community-based mental health clinic population. Methods: A total of 93 participants completed either a tablet-based multimedia…

  18. Biowaiver study of oral tabletted ethylcellulose microcapsules of a ...

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    This article describes the preparation and characterization (in vitro and in vivo) of three different sustained-release salbutamol sulfate-ethylcellulose tabletted microparticles (T1, T2 and T3) and reference sustained release tablet (Ventolin 8 mg SR, GSK). In vitro characterization included dissolution study, scanning electron ...

  19. vitro Release of Saraca indica Caesalpiniaceae Bark Powder Tablets

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    In-vitro dissolution study showed that more than a 90% of tannin was released within 30 and. 60 min from tablets prepared by wet ... Keywords: Saraca indica, Flowability, Powder, Tablets, Compressibility, Dissolution. Received: 16 September 2011 ... Talc and magnesium stearate (1. %w/w) were added and mixed for 4 min ...

  20. 21 CFR 520.2150b - Stanozolol chewable tablets.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Stanozolol chewable tablets. 520.2150b Section 520.2150b Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED... treatment in dogs. (2) Administered orally to small breeds of dogs, 1/2 to 1 tablet twice daily for several...

  1. 21 CFR 520.1720a - Phenylbutazone tablets and boluses.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Phenylbutazone tablets and boluses. 520.1720a Section 520.1720a Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES...-mg or 1-g tablets, or 2- or 4-g boluses, in dogs and horses. (2) Nos. 000010 and 059130 for use of...

  2. 21 CFR 520.903e - Febantel tablets.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Febantel tablets. 520.903e Section 520.903e Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) ANIMAL...) Specifications. Each scored tablet contains 27.2 milligrams of febantel for use in dogs, puppies, cats, and...

  3. Formulation of Fast-Dissolving Tablets of Promethazine Theoclate ...

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    Purpose: To optimize and formulate promethazine theoclate fast-dissolving tablets that offer a suitable approach to the treatment of nausea and vomiting. Method: The solubility of promethazine theoclate was increased by formulating it as a fast-dissolving tablet containing β-cyclodextrin, crospovidone, and camphor, using ...

  4. Biovailability and stability of erythromycin delayed release tablets ...

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    Objectives : To establish whether delayed release erythromycin tablets meet the bioequivalent requirement for the market. Methods : Spectrophotometric analysis was used to determine the dissolution percentage of the tablets in vitro. High performance liquid chromatography and IBM/XT microcomputer was used to ...

  5. FORMULATION AND EVALUATION OF ORAL DISINTEGRATION TABLETS OF OMEPRAZOLE

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    K. Rekha Rani , Y. Navya Reddy, R. Mohana Priya, G.Anusha and T. Spurthi

    2017-01-01

    Omeprazole fast disintegrating tablets were prepared by using different superdisintegrants like crospovidone, croscarmellose sodium and Sodium starch glycolate by direct compression. Precompression parameters were conducted for all formulations blend and were found to be satisfactory. The prepared tablets were evaluated for various parameters like content uniformity, hardness, friability, wetting time, water absorption ratio, disintegration time and In-vitro dissolution. The results indicated...

  6. Enhancing the Classroom Experience: Instructor Use of Tablets

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    Cummings, Jeff; Hill, Stephen

    2015-01-01

    Instructors continually search for innovative approaches to interact with and engage students in the classroom. The tablet offers a potential innovation for this purpose. Tablet devices from Apple, Microsoft, and other hardware vendors have overcome many of the challenges of the past (e.g. cost and limited applications) to become useful tools for…

  7. Physical characterization and kinetic modelling of matrix tablets of ...

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    Purpose: To design controlled release ketorolac tromethamol (KT) matrix tablets for increased drug bioavailability. Methods: Waxes (Compritol® ATO 888, Precirol® ATO 5 and stearic acid - SA) and polymers (hydroxypropyl methylcellulose - HPMC and xanthan gum - XG) were used in the preparation of the matrix tablets at ...

  8. Aspects of microbial contamination of tablets dispensed in hospitals ...

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    Purpose: A research was carried out to investigate the incidence of microflora in tablets dispensed from large container packages used in hospitals and community pharmacies. It was designed to provide base-line data on the common biodegrading microorganisms associated with tablets in retail containers and to highlight ...

  9. Evaluation of some anionic exchange resins as potential tablet ...

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    Purpose: To determine the potential of some anionic exchange resins as tablet disintegrants. Methods: Dowex1® x2, x4 and x8 resins (crosslinked copolymers of styrene and divinylbenzene with quaternary methyl amine functionality) were evaluated as disintegrant for dibasic calcium phosphate dihydrate tablets. The best ...

  10. Design and Evaluation of an Oral Floating Matrix Tablet of ...

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    Purpose: To develop floating matrix tablets of salbutamol sulphate using ethyl cellulose and acrycoat S-100 as polymers, and sodium bicarbonate, citric acid and tartaric acid as gas generating agents. Methods: Twenty four formulations were prepared and segregated into four major categories, A to D. The floating tablets ...

  11. Evaluation of disintegration and dissolution of chloroquine tablets in ...

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    The Vanderkamp tablet disintegration tester was used to assess the disintegration time, while the dissolution rate test was carried out according to British Pharmacopoeia specifications. Five tablets of each coded sample were singly placed in a dry basket of the dissolution tester and the contents of which were immersed in ...

  12. Comparative quality of fluoroquinolone tablets marketed in some ...

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    Comparative quality of fluoroquinolone tablets marketed in some towns in Northern Nigeria. BA Tytler, N Mijinyawa, A Ida. Abstract. Survey of fluoroquinolones tablets marketed in three northern Nigeria towns revealed that in the year 2002-2003, as many as 41 brands were in circulation in this part of the country of which ...

  13. Formulation of Sustained-Release Matrix Tablets Using Cross ...

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    SEM images of the tablets before and after dissolution showed some morphological changes on the tablet surface while FTIR and DSC thermogram studies confirmed ... Conclusion: The results of the study demonstrate that modified karaya gum is a potential matrix material for formulating suitable sustained-release matrix ...

  14. Endometrial safety of ultra-low-dose estradiol vaginal tablets

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    Simon, James; Nachtigall, Lila; Ulrich, Lian G

    2010-01-01

    To evaluate the endometrial hyperplasia and carcinoma rate after 52-week treatment with ultra-low-dose 10-microgram 17β-estradiol vaginal tablets in postmenopausal women with vaginal atrophy.......To evaluate the endometrial hyperplasia and carcinoma rate after 52-week treatment with ultra-low-dose 10-microgram 17β-estradiol vaginal tablets in postmenopausal women with vaginal atrophy....

  15. Endometrial safety of ultra-low-dose estradiol vaginal tablets

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    Simon, James; Nachtigall, Lila; Ulrich, Lian G

    2010-01-01

    To evaluate the endometrial hyperplasia and carcinoma rate after 52-week treatment with ultra-low-dose 10-microgram 17ß-estradiol vaginal tablets in postmenopausal women with vaginal atrophy.......To evaluate the endometrial hyperplasia and carcinoma rate after 52-week treatment with ultra-low-dose 10-microgram 17ß-estradiol vaginal tablets in postmenopausal women with vaginal atrophy....

  16. Pharmacokinetics of nifedipine slow-release tablets during sustained tocolysis

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    ter Laak, Maureen A.; Roos, Carolien; Touw, Daan J.; van Hattum, Paul R. M.; Kwee, Anneke; Lotgering, Frederik K.; Moi, Ben Willem J.; van Pampus, Marielle G.; Porath, Martina M.; Spaanderman, Marc E. A.; van der Post, Joris A. M.; Papatsonis, Dimitri N. M.; van 't Veer, Nils E.

    Objective: The pharmacokinetics of nifedipine as a tocolytic agent has not been studied in great detail in pregnant women and has instead focused on immediate release tablets and gastrointestinal therapeutic system (GITS) tablets. The aim of this study was to determine nifedipine slow-release

  17. Pharmacokinetics of nifedipine slow-release tablets during sustained tocolysis

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    Ter Laak, Maureen A.; Roos, Carolien; Touw, Daan J.; Van Hattum, Paul R M; Kwee, Anneke|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/290465648; Lotgering, Frederik K.; Mol, Ben Willem J; Van Pampus, Mariëlle G.; Porath, Martina M.; Spaanderman, Marc E A; Van Der Post, Joris A M; Papatsonis, Dimitri N M; Van'T Veer, Nils E.

    2015-01-01

    Objective: The pharmacokinetics of nifedipine as a tocolytic agent has not been studied in great detail in pregnant women and has instead focused on immediate release tablets and gastrointestinal therapeutic system (GITS) tablets. The aim of this study was to determine nifedipine slowrelease

  18. Physical characterization and kinetic modelling of matrix tablets of ...

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    Determination of content uniformity of matrix tablets. Tablets were powdered in a mortar. Powder containing KT equivalent to 40 mg were taken into a 100 mL volumetric flask and diluted with 50. mL water. The suspension was kept in an ultrasonic bath for 5 min. The suspension was filtered through a S & S5893 blue ribbon ...

  19. In-vitro Release Study of Carvedilol Phosphate Matrix Tablets ...

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    The tablets were compressed using a compression force and compression time of 5 tons and 20 s, respectively. Prior to compression, the die and punch surfaces were sufficiently lubricated with magnesium stearate. In vitro release studies. In vitro drug release studies of the matrix tablets were carried out using a six-station.

  20. Formulation and evaluation of floating matrix tablets of metformin ...

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    From the results obtained, all formulated gastroretentive floating matrix (GRFM) granules were free flowing with angle of repose and Carr's index ≤ 30.2º and ≤ 11% respectively. The floating lag time for GRFM tablets formulated with Irvingia gabonesis was ≤ 850 s. The in vitro buoyancy times of GRFM tablets formulations ...

  1. Graphics Tablet Technology in Second Year Thermal Engineering Teaching

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    Carrillo, Antonio; Cejudo, José Manuel; Domínguez, Fernando; Rodríguez, Eduardo

    2013-01-01

    Graphics tablet technology is well known in markets such as manufacturing, graphics arts and design but it has not yet found widespread acceptance for university teaching. A graphics tablet is an affordable teaching tool that combines the best features from traditional and new media. It allows developing a progressive, interactive lecture (as a…

  2. Formulation of Sustained-Release Matrix Tablets Using Cross ...

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    Matrix tablets of DTZ were prepared using varying ratios of unmodified karaya gum (K) and MK by direct compression. The matrix tablets were evaluated for pharmacotechnical properties and in vitro release, including release kinetics. The optimized formulation was compared with Dilzem SR which served as reference.

  3. Implementering af tablets som supplerende og alternativ kommunikation

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    Nielsen, Lisbeth; Stubben, Thomas Waring

    2017-01-01

    Denne artikelsamling har et dobbelt formål. Dels redegør den for aktionsforskningsprojektet Implementering af Tablets som Supplerende og Alternativ Kommunikation (IT-SAK), og dels beskriver den aktionsimplementeringsstrategien meget konkret, så denne kan anvendes som redskab i andre pædagogiske...... omhandler de konkrete resultater af forskningen og implementeringen af tablets som supplerende og alternativ kommunikation....

  4. Formulation and Optimization of Gastric Bioadhesive Tablets of ...

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    Purpose: To develop bioadhesive tablets of diltiazem hydrochloride with a unique combination of bioadhesion and drug release. Method: Tablets were prepared by physical blending of diltiazem hydrochloride with two polymers, viz., carbopol and hydroxylpropyl methyl cellulose in different ratio along with other excipients.

  5. Double-layer Tablets of Lornoxicam: Validation of Quantification ...

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    Purpose: To formulate double-layer tablets of lornoxicam (LRX) prepared by direct compression method and evaluate their physical and drug release characteristics. Methods: The outer layer of tablets, composed of microcrystalline cellulose (MCC), starch and lactose, incorporated tan initial or prompt dose of the drug (4 ...

  6. The influence of granulating solvents on drug release from tablets ...

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    The influence of granulating solvents on release of indomethacin from tablets containing grewia gum was evaluated. The tablets were prepared by either wet granulation or direct compression. The experimental design was based on a 3x5 factorial design. The drug/gum ratio was varied at three levels, 2:1, 1:1 and 1:2.

  7. Abilities and Affordances: Factors Influencing Successful Child-Tablet Communication

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    Dubé, Adam K.; McEwen, Rhonda N.

    2017-01-01

    Using Luhmann's communication theory and affordance theories, we develop a framework to examine how kindergarten-grade 2 students interact with tablet computers. We assessed whether cognitive ability and device configuration influence how successfully children use tablet computers. We found that children's limited ability to direct their cognitive…

  8. Useful Extend-release Chitosan Tablets with High Antioxidant Activity

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    Taira Yasufuku

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available The antioxidant properties of different low molecular weight (LMW chitosans (CS1; 22 kDa, CS2; 38 kDa, CS3; 52 kDa, CS4; 81 kDa were examined for possible use in extended-release tablets. The criteria used were the ability of the chitosans to reduce Cu2+, and hydroxyl and superoxide radicals and N-centered radicals derived from 1,1'-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl, via the use of ESR spectrometry. CS2 showed the highest scavenging activity. CS1 and CS3, however, were much less effective and CS4 was not a viable antioxidant. The results suggest that CS2 could be useful in combating the development of oxidative stress. A series of chitosan tablets were prepared using a spray drying method and evaluated as an extended-release matrix tablet using theophylline (TPH as a model drug. The release of TPH from the different MW chitosan tablets increased with increasing MW of the chitosan used. CS2, CS3 and CS4 showed a reasonable release activity, but CS1 showed the shortest release activity. Moreover, the CS2-TPH tablet showed the highest scavenging activity of the three chitosan tablets (CS2-CS4 using 2,2’-azinobis (3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulfonic acid radicals. These results suggest that a CS2-TPH tablet could be potentially useful in an extended-release matrix tablet with a high antioxidant activity.

  9. Investigation of an artificial intelligence technology--Model trees. Novel applications for an immediate release tablet formulation database.

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    Shao, Q; Rowe, R C; York, P

    2007-06-01

    This study has investigated an artificial intelligence technology - model trees - as a modelling tool applied to an immediate release tablet formulation database. The modelling performance was compared with artificial neural networks that have been well established and widely applied in the pharmaceutical product formulation fields. The predictability of generated models was validated on unseen data and judged by correlation coefficient R(2). Output from the model tree analyses produced multivariate linear equations which predicted tablet tensile strength, disintegration time, and drug dissolution profiles of similar quality to neural network models. However, additional and valuable knowledge hidden in the formulation database was extracted from these equations. It is concluded that, as a transparent technology, model trees are useful tools to formulators.

  10. Smartphones vs PCs: Does the Device Affect the Web Survey Experience and the Measurement Error for Sensitive Topics? - A Replication of the Mavletova & Couper’s 2013 Experiment

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    Daniele Toninelli

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available More and more respondents use mobile devices to complete web surveys. These devices have different characteristics, if compared to PCs (e.g. smaller screen sizes and higher portability. These characteristics can affect the survey responses, mostly when a questionnaire includes sensitive questions. This topic was already studied by Mavletova and Couper (2013, through a two-wave experiment comparing PCs and mobile devices results for the same respondents in a Russian opt-in panel. We replicated this cross-over design, focusing on an opt-in panel for Spain, involving 1,800 panellists and comparing PCs and smartphones. Our results support most of Mavletova and Couper’s (2013 findings (e.g. generally the used device does not significantly affect the reporting of sensitive information, confirming their robustness over the two studied countries. For other results (e.g. trust in data confidentiality, we found differences that can be justified by the diverse context/culture or by the quick changes that are still characterizing the mobile web survey participation.

  11. Demonstration of pharmaceutical tablet coating process by injection molding technology.

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    Puri, Vibha; Brancazio, David; Harinath, Eranda; Martinez, Alexander R; Desai, Parind M; Jensen, Keith D; Chun, Jung-Hoon; Braatz, Richard D; Myerson, Allan S; Trout, Bernhardt L

    2018-01-15

    We demonstrate the coating of tablets using an injection molding (IM) process that has advantage of being solvent free and can provide precision coat features. The selected core tablets comprising 10% w/w griseofulvin were prepared by an integrated hot melt extrusion-injection molding (HME-IM) process. Coating trials were conducted on a vertical injection mold machine. Polyethylene glycol and polyethylene oxide based hot melt extruded coat compositions were used. Tablet coating process feasibility was successfully demonstrated using different coating mold designs (with both overlapping and non-overlapping coatings at the weld) and coat thicknesses of 150 and 300 μm. The resultant coated tablets had acceptable appearance, seal at the weld, and immediate drug release profile (with an acceptable lag time). Since IM is a continuous process, this study opens opportunities to develop HME-IM continuous processes for transforming powder to coated tablets. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Actual and Potential Pedagogical Use of Tablets in Schools

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    Jenni Rikala

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This study reviews the potential of tablet technology for teaching and learning. In autumn 2012, we conducted a focused survey comprising quantitative and qualitative questions with Finnish teachers (N = 171, from 54 schools. We focused on perceived pedagogical opportunities and the actualized pedagogical potential of tablets at schools. The survey results indicate that the actual usefulness of tablets in schools was significantly less than what teachers perceived as the pedagogical potential. However, the results demonstrate the positive impact these devices are having on teaching and learning, as well as prompting changes in pedagogical perspectives. Teachers stated that tablets can diversify and enhance teaching and learning in many ways, particularly in supporting learners’ motivation and independent learning, and promoting engaging teaching methods. Nevertheless, teachers voiced concern that the student-to-device ratio at the moment is too low, thus serving as a barrier to widespread use of tablets.

  13. Real time release testing of tablet content and content uniformity.

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    Goodwin, Daniel J; van den Ban, Sander; Denham, Mike; Barylski, Ian

    2017-12-09

    A comprehensive commercial control strategy for tablet content and content uniformity focussed on the unit operation of compression is presented and is proposed to enable real time release for these critical quality attributes. The control strategy is based on process understanding, process control through compaction force weight control on the tablet press, periodic checks of mean and individual tablet weight combined with at-line testing of tablet content by near infrared (NIR). The application of the at-line NIR tablet content method is discussed and an acceptance criteria based on a parametric tolerance interval test (PTIT) is proposed. Sample handling limitations and spectral acquisition time for the NIR content method limit the sample size, however the chosen PTIT assures an appropriate level of batch coverage. Data are presented for ten commercial-scale batches that demonstrates the control strategy delivered the quality standard for content and content uniformity. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. Graphics tablet technology in second year thermal engineering teaching

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    Antonio Carrillo Andrés

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Graphics tablet technology is well known in markets such as manufacturing, graphics arts and design but they have not yet found widespread acceptance for university teaching. A graphics tablet is an affordable and efficient teaching tool that combines the best features from traditional and new media. It allows developing a progressive, interactive lecture (as a traditional blackboard does. However, the tablet is more versatile, being able to integrate graphic material such as tables, graphs, colours, etc. In addition to that, lecture notes can be saved and posted on a course website. The objective of this paper is to show the usefulness of tablet technology in undergraduate engineering teaching by sharing experiences made using a graphics tablet for lecturing a second year Thermal Engineering course. Students’ feedback is definitely positive, though there are some caveats regarding technical and operative problems.

  15. Process to manufacture effervescent tablets: air forced oven melt granulation.

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    Yanze, F M; Duru, C; Jacob, M

    2000-12-01

    In the present study we apply melt granulation in an air forced oven, called "are forced oven melt granulation" to the single-stage manufacture of effervescent granules consisting of anhydrous citric acid (43.2%) and sodium bicarbonate (56.8%) in order to make tablets. This study established that process parameters such as concentration of PEG 6000, residence time in the air forced oven, fineness of PEG 6000, fineness of the initial effervescent mix and efficiency of two lubricants markedly influenced several granule and tablet characteristics. The granules ready to be compressed into tablets were stable for 7 days at 60% RH/18 degrees C. It is a dry, simple, rapid, effective, economical, reproducible process particularly well suited to the manufacture of effervescent granules which are easily compressed into effervescent tablets. Of all the formulations tested, only formulations B2 and E2 melt granulated for 30 minutes gave tablets which had optimum compression characteristics without processing problems during compression.

  16. Formulation and evaluation of glipizide floating-bioadhesive tablets

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    Jayvadan K. Patel

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was formulation and in vitro evaluation of floating-bioadhesive tablets to lengthen the stay of glipizide in its absorption area. Effervescent tablets were made using chitosan (CH, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC, carbopolP934 (CP, polymethacrylic acid (PMA, citric acid, and sodium bicarbonate. Tablets with 5% effervescent base had longer lag time than 10%. The type of polymer had no significant effect on the floating lag time. All tablets floated atop the medium for 23-24 hr. Increasing carbopolP934 caused higher bioadhesion than chitosan (p < 0.05. All formulations showed a Higuchi, non-Fickian release mechanism. Tablets with 10% effervescent base, 80% CH/20% HPMC, or 80% CP/20% PMA seemed desirable.

  17. Multispectral UV imaging for determination of the tablet coating thickness

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    Novikova, Anna; Carstensen, Jens Michael; Zeitler, J. Axel

    2017-01-01

    The applicability of off-line multispectral ultraviolet (UV) imaging in combination with multivariate data analysis was investigated to determine the coating thickness and its distribution on the tablet surface during lab scale coating. The UV imaging results were compared with the weight gain...... measured for each individual tablet and the corresponding coating thickness and its distribution measured by terahertz pulsed imaging (TPI). Three different tablet formulations were investigated, two of which contained UV active tablet cores. Three coating formulations were applied: Aquacoat® ECD (a mainly...... translucent coating) and Eudragit® NE (a turbid coating containing solid particles). It was shown that UV imaging is a fast and non-destructive method to predict individual tablet weight gain as well as coating thickness. The coating thickness distribution profiles determined by UV imaging correlated...

  18. Monitoring tablet surface roughness during the film coating process

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    Seitavuopio, Paulus; Heinämäki, Jyrki; Rantanen, Jukka

    2006-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the change of surface roughness and the development of the film during the film coating process using laser profilometer roughness measurements, SEM imaging, and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis. Surface roughness and texture changes developing during...... the process of film coating tablets were studied by noncontact laser profilometry and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). An EDX analysis was used to monitor the magnesium stearate and titanium dioxide of the tablets. The tablet cores were film coated with aqueous hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, and the film...... coating was performed using an instrumented pilot-scale side-vented drum coater. The SEM images of the film-coated tablets showed that within the first 30 minutes, the surface of the tablet cores was completely covered with a thin film. The magnesium signal that was monitored by SEM-EDX disappeared after...

  19. A classification system for tableting behaviors of binary powder mixtures

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    Changquan Calvin Sun

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available The ability to predict tableting properties of a powder mixture from individual components is of both fundamental and practical importance to the efficient formulation development of tablet products. A common tableting classification system (TCS of binary powder mixtures facilitates the systematic development of new knowledge in this direction. Based on the dependence of tablet tensile strength on weight fraction in a binary mixture, three main types of tableting behavior are identified. Each type is further divided to arrive at a total of 15 sub-classes. The proposed classification system lays a framework for a better understanding of powder interactions during compaction. Potential applications and limitations of this classification system are discussed.

  20. Relationships between response surfaces for tablet characteristics of placebo and API-containing tablets manufactured by direct compression method.

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    Hayashi, Yoshihiro; Tsuji, Takahiro; Shirotori, Kaede; Oishi, Takuya; Kosugi, Atsushi; Kumada, Shungo; Hirai, Daijiro; Takayama, Kozo; Onuki, Yoshinori

    2017-10-30

    In this study, we evaluated the correlation between the response surfaces for the tablet characteristics of placebo and active pharmaceutical ingredient (API)-containing tablets. The quantities of lactose, cornstarch, and microcrystalline cellulose were chosen as the formulation factors. Ten tablet formulations were prepared. The tensile strength (TS) and disintegration time (DT) of tablets were measured as tablet characteristics. The response surfaces for TS and DT were estimated using a nonlinear response surface method incorporating multivariate spline interpolation, and were then compared with those of placebo tablets. A correlation was clearly observed for TS and DT of all APIs, although the value of the response surfaces for TS and DT was highly dependent on the type of API used. Based on this knowledge, the response surfaces for TS and DT of API-containing tablets were predicted from only two and four formulations using regression expression and placebo tablet data, respectively. The results from the evaluation of prediction accuracy showed that this method accurately predicted TS and DT, suggesting that it could construct a reliable response surface for TS and DT with a small number of samples. This technique assists in the effective estimation of the relationships between design variables and pharmaceutical responses during pharmaceutical development. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. The Sea Peoples, from cuneiform tablets to carbon dating.

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    David Kaniewski

    Full Text Available The 13(th century BC witnessed the zenith of the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean civilizations which declined at the end of the Bronze Age, ∼3200 years ago. Weakening of this ancient flourishing Mediterranean world shifted the political and economic centres of gravity away from the Levant towards Classical Greece and Rome, and led, in the long term, to the emergence of the modern western civilizations. Textual evidence from cuneiform tablets and Egyptian reliefs from the New Kingdom relate that seafaring tribes, the Sea Peoples, were the final catalyst that put the fall of cities and states in motion. However, the lack of a stratified radiocarbon-based archaeology for the Sea People event has led to a floating historical chronology derived from a variety of sources spanning dispersed areas. Here, we report a stratified radiocarbon-based archaeology with anchor points in ancient epigraphic-literary sources, Hittite-Levantine-Egyptian kings and astronomical observations to precisely date the Sea People event. By confronting historical and science-based archaeology, we establish an absolute age range of 1192-1190 BC for terminal destructions and cultural collapse in the northern Levant. This radiocarbon-based archaeology has far-reaching implications for the wider Mediterranean, where an elaborate network of international relations and commercial activities are intertwined with the history of civilizations.

  2. The Sea Peoples, from cuneiform tablets to carbon dating.

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    Kaniewski, David; Van Campo, Elise; Van Lerberghe, Karel; Boiy, Tom; Vansteenhuyse, Klaas; Jans, Greta; Nys, Karin; Weiss, Harvey; Morhange, Christophe; Otto, Thierry; Bretschneider, Joachim

    2011-01-01

    The 13(th) century BC witnessed the zenith of the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean civilizations which declined at the end of the Bronze Age, ∼3200 years ago. Weakening of this ancient flourishing Mediterranean world shifted the political and economic centres of gravity away from the Levant towards Classical Greece and Rome, and led, in the long term, to the emergence of the modern western civilizations. Textual evidence from cuneiform tablets and Egyptian reliefs from the New Kingdom relate that seafaring tribes, the Sea Peoples, were the final catalyst that put the fall of cities and states in motion. However, the lack of a stratified radiocarbon-based archaeology for the Sea People event has led to a floating historical chronology derived from a variety of sources spanning dispersed areas. Here, we report a stratified radiocarbon-based archaeology with anchor points in ancient epigraphic-literary sources, Hittite-Levantine-Egyptian kings and astronomical observations to precisely date the Sea People event. By confronting historical and science-based archaeology, we establish an absolute age range of 1192-1190 BC for terminal destructions and cultural collapse in the northern Levant. This radiocarbon-based archaeology has far-reaching implications for the wider Mediterranean, where an elaborate network of international relations and commercial activities are intertwined with the history of civilizations.

  3. Using a Virtual Tablet Machine to Improve Student Understanding of the Complex Processes Involved in Tablet Manufacturing.

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    Mattsson, Sofia; Sjöström, Hans-Erik; Englund, Claire

    2016-06-25

    Objective. To develop and implement a virtual tablet machine simulation to aid distance students' understanding of the processes involved in tablet production. Design. A tablet simulation was created enabling students to study the effects different parameters have on the properties of the tablet. Once results were generated, students interpreted and explained them on the basis of current theory. Assessment. The simulation was evaluated using written questionnaires and focus group interviews. Students appreciated the exercise and considered it to be motivational. Students commented that they found the simulation, together with the online seminar and the writing of the report, was beneficial for their learning process. Conclusion. According to students' perceptions, the use of the tablet simulation contributed to their understanding of the compaction process.

  4. Polyols as filler-binders for disintegrating tablets prepared by direct compaction

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    Bolhuis, Gerad K.; Rexwinkel, Erik G.; Zuurman, Klaas

    Background: Although polyols are frequently used as tablet excipients in lozenges, chewing tablets, and orodisperse tablets, special directly compressible (DC) forms are recommended as filler-binder in common disintegrating tablets. Aim: In this article, DC types of isomalt, lactitol, mannitol,

  5. Værsgo' ta' en tablet. Om brugen af tablets i dansk

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    Lorentzen, Rasmus Fink

    2014-01-01

    Hvordan kan vi udvikle elevernes faglighed ved hjælp af it? Hvad er det i det hele taget vigtigt at lære i en tidssvarende folkeskole, så eleverne bliver klædt på til fremtidens samfund? Og kan iPads bruges til dette? Dette kapitel handler om fagdidaktik og tablets i undervisningen.......Hvordan kan vi udvikle elevernes faglighed ved hjælp af it? Hvad er det i det hele taget vigtigt at lære i en tidssvarende folkeskole, så eleverne bliver klædt på til fremtidens samfund? Og kan iPads bruges til dette? Dette kapitel handler om fagdidaktik og tablets i undervisningen....

  6. Seismic Wave Propagation on the Tablet Computer

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    Emoto, K.

    2015-12-01

    Tablet computers widely used in recent years. The performance of the tablet computer is improving year by year. Some of them have performance comparable to the personal computer of a few years ago with respect to the calculation speed and the memory size. The convenience and the intuitive operation are the advantage of the tablet computer compared to the desktop PC. I developed the iPad application of the numerical simulation of the seismic wave propagation. The numerical simulation is based on the 2D finite difference method with the staggered-grid scheme. The number of the grid points is 512 x 384 = 196,608. The grid space is 200m in both horizontal and vertical directions. That is the calculation area is 102km x 77km. The time step is 0.01s. In order to reduce the user waiting time, the image of the wave field is drawn simultaneously with the calculation rather than playing the movie after the whole calculation. P and S wave energies are plotted on the screen every 20 steps (0.2s). There is the trade-off between the smooth simulation and the resolution of the wave field image. In the current setting, it takes about 30s to calculate the 10s wave propagation (50 times image updates). The seismogram at the receiver is displayed below of the wave field updated in real time. The default medium structure consists of 3 layers. The layer boundary is defined by 10 movable points with linear interpolation. Users can intuitively change to the arbitrary boundary shape by moving the point. Also users can easily change the source and the receiver positions. The favorite structure can be saved and loaded. For the advance simulation, users can introduce the random velocity fluctuation whose spectrum can be changed to the arbitrary shape. By using this application, everyone can simulate the seismic wave propagation without the special knowledge of the elastic wave equation. So far, the Japanese version of the application is released on the App Store. Now I am preparing the

  7. Formulation and evaluation of omeprazole tablets for duodenal ulcer.

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    Choudhury, A; Das, S; Bahadur, S; Saha, S; Roy, A

    2010-07-01

    Omeprazole pellets containing mucoadhesive tablets were developed by direct punch method. Three mucoadhesive polymers namely hydroxypropylemethylcellulose K4M, sodium carboxy methylcellulose, carbopol-934P and ethyl cellulose were used for preparation of tablets which intended for prolong action may be due to the attachment with intestinal mucosa for relief from active duodenal ulcer. Mucoadhesive tablets were coated with respective polymer and coated with Eudragit L100 to fabricate enteric coated tablets. The prepared tablets were evaluated for different physical parameters and dissolution study were performed in three dissolution mediums like 0.1N hydrochloric acid for 2h, pH 6.5 and pH 7.8 phosphate buffer solution for 12hr. Sodium carboxymethylcellulose showed above 95% release within 10 h where as carbopol-934P showed slow release about 88% to 92% over a period of 12 h. having excellent mucoadhesive strength but ethyl cellulose containing tablets showed less than 65% release. The release mechanism of all formulation was diffusion controlled confirmed from Higuchi's plot. Thus, the present study concluded that, carbopol-934P containing mucoadhesive tablets of omeprazole pellets can be used for local action in the ulcer disease as well as for oral controlled release drug delivery.

  8. Formulation and in vivo evaluation of omeprazole buccal adhesive tablet.

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    Choi, H; Jung, J; Yong, C S; Rhee, C; Lee, M; Han, J; Park, K; Kim, C

    2000-09-03

    For the development of omeprazole buccal adhesive tablets, we studied the release and bioavailability of omeprazole delivered by buccal adhesive tablets composed of sodium alginate, hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (HPMC), magnesium oxide and croscarmellose sodium. Croscarmellose sodium enhanced the release of omeprazole from the tablets. The analysis of the release mechanism showed that croscarmellose sodium changed the release profile of omeprazole from first- to zero-order release kinetics by forming porous channels in the tablet matrix. However, it decreased the bioadhesive forces and stability of omeprazole tablets in human saliva. The tablet is composed of omeprazole-sodium alginate-HPMC-magnesium oxide-croscarmellose sodium (20:24:6:50:10 mg). It may be attached to the human cheek without collapse and it enhanced the stability of omeprazole in human saliva for at least 4 h, giving a fast release of omeprazole. The plasma concentration of omeprazole in hamsters increased to reach a maximum of 370 ng/ml at 45 min after buccal administration and remained at the high level of 146-366 ng/ml for 6 h. The buccal bioavailability of omeprazole in hamsters was 13.7+/-3.2%. These results demonstrate that the omeprazole buccal adhesive tablet would be useful to deliver omeprazole which degrades very rapidly in acidic aqueous medium and undergoes hepatic first-pass metabolism after oral administration.

  9. Influence of compression pressure and velocity on tablet sticking.

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    Kakimi, Kazuyuki; Niwa, Toshiyuki; Danjo, Kazumi

    2010-12-01

    A rotary tablet machine fitted with 8-mm diameter flat-faced punches was used to measure scraper pressure (SCR), a type of shear stress, to evaluate sticking behavior. The shear stress between the surfaces of the tablet and lower punch was determined using an SCR detection system. Mean surface roughness (R(a)) of tablets, measured by a scanning laser-microscope, was used to estimate the magnitude of sticking. Tablet tensile strength tended to increase with compression pressure at either of the tablet production velocities tested, which was consistent with previous reports. SCR decreased with increasing compression pressure for samples at all compression velocities, and showed a tendency to increase with binder concentration. SCR also tended to increase with compression velocity for samples at all compression pressures, suggesting that the frequency of tablet sticking increased as compression velocity increased. R(a) associated with sticking increased with SCR, indicating that the adhesive force between the particles of the tablet surface and the lower punch surface plays an important role in sticking.

  10. Quality Enhancement by Inclusion Complex Formation of Simvastatin Tablets

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    Emőke Rédai

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Simvastatin is an inhibitor of hydroxy-methyl-glutaryl-coenzyme A reductase, used in the treatment of hypercholesterolemia. To enhance its bioavailability by inclusion complexation, as host molecule randommethyl-β-cyclodextrin had been used. After evaluating the complexes we chose the kneading product in 1:2 molar ratio for incorporation of 10 mg simvastatin tablets. Materials and methods: We prepared homogenous mixtures of the inclusion complex and some excipients. The tablets were prepared by direct compression. The tablets were evaluated in regard to: weight uniformity, thickness, diameter, hardness, friability, disintegration and dissolution profile. Results: Weights are in the range of 196-208 mg, diameter 6.83-6.86 mm, height 3.86-4.01 mm, hardness 78.3-113.1 N, friability 0.75- 1.19 %, disintegration above 15 minutes. The dissolved amounts of simvastatin from the tablets are higher compared to the dissolution of pure simvastatin, but lower than the dissolution of the complex itself. Excipients, like disintegrants and lubricants greatly influence the dissolution properties of the tablets. Conclusions: According to our results, tablets containing inclusion complex of simvastatin exhibit better solubility, according to the dissolved amount of simvastatin, than pure drug alone. Proper physical parameters of the tablets are obtained by application of 5 % Primellose

  11. TABLET (MOBILE TECHNOLOGY FOR PROFESSIONAL MUSIC EDUCATION

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    Gorbunova Irina B.

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The article highlights issues associated with the introduction of cloud-centric and tablet (mobile devices in music education, use of which confronts the teacher-musician fundamentally new challenges. So, it's a development of practical teaching skills with the assistance of modern technology, a search of approaches to the organization of educational process, a creation of conditions for the continuity between traditional music learning and information technologies in educational process. Authors give the characteristics of cloud computing and the perspective of its use in music schools (distance learning, sharing, cloud services, etc.. Also you can see in this article the overview of some mobile applications (for OS Android and iOS and their use in the educational process.

  12. Autonomous excursions using tablets and smartphones

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    Marra, Wouter; Groothengel, Marin; van de Grint, Liesbeth; Karssenberg, Derek; Stouthamer, Esther

    2017-04-01

    Excursions and fieldworks are valuable components for geosciences education. However, field activities can be time consuming for teachers and pose a logistical challenge to fit in regular courses. Furthermore, the participation of students diminishes with group size in case of instructor-led outings. We are developing excursions that students can follow autonomously without a teacher present, using instructions, assignments and background information on tablets and smartphones. The goal of this approach is to increase the level of active participation, and to reduce logistical and time table issues. We developed a bike-excursion about the landscape and geology in the vicinity of our University. Such excursion was on the wish-list for several years, but posed a logistical challenge for the group of about 80 students in the available timeslot. In our approach, students had a time-window of two weeks in which they could finish the excursion in groups of 2. 8-Inch tablets with water- and shock-proof cases were available for this excursion. For the excursion we used three apps: 1) IZI-Travel for providing the route, spoken navigation instructions, spoken explanations at stops, location-related images, assignments as text, and multiple-choose questions. 2) PDF-Maps for providing geo-referenced maps. 3) ESRI Collector which the students used to digitize polygons on a map, and to collect geo-referenced photos with explanation. These data were answers to assignments and were later used in a tutorial on campus. The assignments where students had to collect data, and the small group size (pairs) increased the level of active participation. The use of a final tutorial on campus was important for the autonomous excursion, as it gave students the opportunity to discuss their observations and questions with their teacher. The developed teaching materials are available online to use and adapt for others. Parts could be useful for other universities and schools in the vicinity of

  13. Life-Span Differences in the Uses and Gratifications of Tablets: Implications for Older Adults

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    Magsamen-Conrad, Kate; Dowd, John; Abuljadail, Mohammad; Alsulaiman, Saud; Shareefi, Adnan

    2015-01-01

    This study extends Uses and Gratifications theory by examining the uses and gratifications of a new technological device, the tablet computer, and investigating the differential uses and gratifications of tablet computers across the life-span. First, we utilized a six-week tablet training intervention to adapt and extend existing measures to the tablet as a technological device. Next, we used paper-based and online surveys (N=847), we confirmed four main uses of tablets: 1) Information Seekin...

  14. Orodispersible tablets containing taste-masked solid lipid pellets with metformin hydrochloride: Influence of process parameters on tablet properties.

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    Petrovick, Gustavo Freire; Kleinebudde, Peter; Breitkreutz, Jörg

    2018-01-01

    Compaction of multiparticulates into tablets, particularly into orodispersible tablets (ODTs), is challenging. The compression of pellets, made by solid lipid extrusion/spheronization processes, presents peculiar difficulties since solid lipids usually soften or melt at relatively low temperature ranges and due to applied mechanical forces. Until now, there are no reports in literature about the development of ODTs based on solid lipid pellets. To investigate the feasibility of producing such tablets, a design of experiment (DoE) approach was performed to elucidate the influence of compression force and amount of two co-processed excipients (Ludiflash® and Parteck® ODT) on properties of the tablets (friability, tensile strength, and disintegration time). ODTs (15 mm, flat-faced) with solid lipid pellets (250-1000 µm in diameter) containing 500 mg of metformin HCl, presenting immediate drug release profile and taste-masked properties, were targeted. During compression, a strong lamination of the tablets containing Parteck® ODT was observed. This phenomenon was prominently observed when high compression forces (≥5 kN) and high excipient amounts (≥40%; w/w) were used. On the other hand, the DoE focused on tablets with Ludiflash® showed better results regarding the production of ODTs. A positive influence of the compression force on the tensile strength and disintegration time of the tablets, regarding specifications of the Ph. Eur., was observed. The increase in the amount of this excipient resulted in fast disintegrating tablets, however, a negative influence on the tensile strength was noticed. After optimization of the parameters and formulation, based on the DoE results and considering the Ph. Eur. specifications for tablets, ODTs based on lipid pellets containing metformin HCl presenting immediate release profile (85% drug release in less than 30 min) and taste-masked properties (determined by an electronic tongue) were successfully obtained

  15. [Arterial Hyper- and Hypotension associated with psychiatric medications: a risk assessment based on the summaries of product characteristics (SmPCs)].

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    Freudenmann, Roland W; Freudenmann, Ninja; Zurowski, Bartosz; Schönfeldt-Lecuona, Carlos; Maier, Ludwig; Schmieder, Roland E; Lange-Asschenfeldt, Christian; Gahr, Maximilian

    2017-08-01

    Introduction  Psychiatric medications are well-known triggers of clinically relevant blood pressure changes. Therefore, we aimed at creating ranking lists for their risk of causing arterial hyper- or hypotension. Methods  We analyzed 784 Summaries of Product characteristics (SmPCs, available online from "Rote Liste" or "Gelbe Liste" websites) from 105 psychiatric medications registered in adult psychiatry in Germany and extracted the standardized reported risks of increasing or decreasing arterial blood pressure. Results  According to the SmPCs, atomoxetine had the highest risk of arterial hypertension ("very frequent", > 10 %), and another 15 substances followed in the category "frequent" (> 1 %): duloxetine, milnacipran, venlafaxine, bupropion, citalopram, tranylcypromine (particularly with certain diets), reboxetine, methylphenidate, clozapine, paliperidone, risperidone, buprenorphine+naloxone, memantine, galantamine, and rivastigmine. Conversely, 7 substances, namely amitriptyline, tranylcypromine, chlorprothixen, flupentixol, levomepromazine, olanzapine and trimipramine had the highest reported risk of low blood pressure ("very frequent"), and another 25 substances had the risk "frequent". No risk of hypertension or hypotension was documented for many other substances. Incidentally, we observed that the reported effects on blood pressure for single substances (e. g. citalopram) markedly differed between the SmPCs from different manufacturers, rendering a clear risk assessment impossible for many medications. Discussion  According to the German SmPc, many psychiatric medications are associated with the risk of arterial hypertension and, even more so, hypotension. We hardly observed substance group effects, such as high blood pressure with noradrenergic antidepressants. Commonly used tables summarising secondary causes of arterial hypertension should be revised in terms of psychiatric medications. Our rank orders of risk may aid choosing the

  16. Using PWE/FE method to calculate the band structures of the semi-infinite beam-like PCs: Periodic in z-direction and finite in x–y plane

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    Qian, Denghui, E-mail: qdhsd318@163.com; Shi, Zhiyu, E-mail: zyshi@nuaa.edu.cn

    2017-05-03

    This paper couples the plane wave expansion (PWE) and finite element (FE) methods to calculate the band structures of the semi-infinite beam-like phononic crystals (PCs) with the infinite periodicity in z-direction and finiteness in x–y plane. Explicit matrix formulations are developed for the calculation of band structures. In order to illustrate the applicability and accuracy of the proposed coupled plane wave expansion and finite element (PWE/FE) method to beam-like PCs, several examples are displayed. At first, PWE/FE method is applied to calculate the band structures of the Pb/rubber beam-like PCs with circular and rectangular cross sections, respectively. Then, it is used to calculate the band structures of steel/epoxy and steel/aluminum beam-like PCs with the same geometric parameters. Last, the band structure of the three-component beam-like PC is also calculated by the proposed method. Moreover, all the results calculated by PWE/FE method are compared with those calculated by finite element (FE) method, and the corresponding results are in good agreement. - Highlights: • The concept of the semi-infinite beam-like phononic crystals (PCs) is proposed. • The PWE/FE method is proposed and formulized to calculate the band structures of the semi-infinite beam-like PCs. • The strong applicability and high accuracy of PWE/FE method are verified.

  17. CEDIT: a C interface and macro facility for protein sequence alignment editing in colour with Microsoft Word 5.0 for PCs.

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    Ortells, M O; Cockcroft, V B; Lunt, G G

    1993-12-01

    CEDIT, a C interface and macro facility that provides for the colour editing of protein sequence alignments (up to 2000 sequences, 5000 residues each) using Microsoft Word 5.0 for PCs is presented. CEDIT uses the ability of MS-Word 5.0 to display letters with the desired colour to easily identify conservative homologies across the sequences. A glossary file with useful macros for the sequence editing is provided, along with several utilities programs for error checking, estimating sequence similarities and homology significance. CEDIT has a menu interface and a context sensitive help.

  18. Multiscale modelling methodology for virtual prototyping of effervescent tablets.

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    Stepanek, Frantisek; Loo, Adeline; Lim, Tiong Shing

    2006-07-01

    Computational methodology for virtual tablet prototyping has been developed. The methodology consists of two steps: construction of virtual particle compacts of varying composition using the discrete element method (DEM), and the simulation of their dissolution by eroding individual components from the tablet microstructure according to their intrinsic dissolution rates, using the volume-of-fluid (VOF) method. The effective erosion rate obtained from simulations at the particle assembly length-scale is used for the calculation of dissolution time at the tablet length-scale. The methodology is demonstrated on the case of a simple effervescent formulation consisting of sodium bicarbonate-acetic acid effervescent system, sodium chloride as a model active substance, and lactose filler. The experimentally measured dependence of tablet dissolution time on composition and compaction force was found to be in very good agreement with outputs from computer simulations.

  19. Diclofenac transdermal patch versus the sustained release tablet: A ...

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    Conclusion: Transdermal films of diclofenac, formulated with permeation enhancers, may have greater therapeutic advantages over conventional oral tablets in terms of prolonged release and improvement of patient compliance in rheumatoid arthritis. Keywords: Analgesic activity, Diclofenac, Permeation enhancer, ...

  20. Integrating Artificial and Human Intelligence into Tablet Production Process

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    Gams, Matjaž; Horvat, Matej; Ožek, Matej; Luštrek, Mitja; Gradišek, Anton

    2014-01-01

    We developed a new machine learning-based method in order to facilitate the manufacturing processes of pharmaceutical products, such as tablets, in accordance with the Process Analytical Technology (PAT...

  1. Formulation and evaluation of effervescent floating tablets of tizanidine hydrochloride

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    Someshwar, Komuravelly; Chithaluru, Kalyani; Ramarao, Tadikonda; Kumar, K K. Kalyan

    2011-01-01

    .... The objective of the present investigation was to develop effervescent floating matrix tablets of tizanidine hydrochloride for prolongation of gastric residence time in order to overcome its low bioavailability (34-40...

  2. Design, formulation, and physicochemical evaluation of montelukast orally disintegrating tablet

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    Abolfazl Aslani

    2016-01-01

    Conclusions: Mixture of powders and tablets passed all the specified tests. The results showed formulations prepared by super disintegrating agents and super disintegrating agents with effervescent bases had shorter disintegration time compared to formulations with effervescent bases alone.

  3. Formulation, Characterization and Physicochemical Evaluation of Potassium Citrate Effervescent Tablets

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    Fatemeh Fattahi; Abolfazl Aslani

    2013-01-01

    Purpose: The aim of this study was to design and formulation of potassium citrate effervescent tablet for reduction of calcium oxalate and urate kidney stones in patients suffering from kidney stones. Methods...

  4. design and development of a soap stamping and tableting machine

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    2012-07-02

    pattern inscriptioner, cutting blade, conveyor belt, and two electric motors was developed and tested. Performance test analysis conducted showed that the machine operated with an optimal stamping/tableting capacity of 10205.

  5. Colorimetric Assay Of Naproxen Tablets by Derivatization Using 4 ...

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    A colorimetric assay of naproxen tablets based on chemical derivatization with the .... reported to couple with some phenol ethers. (anisole .... Properties, Applications 2nd ... Binding in: Physical Pharmacy: Physical. Chemical. Principles in the.

  6. Evaluation of Some Anionic Exchange Resins as Potential Tablet ...

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    . The thickness and ... synthesis of the resins via polymerization [13]. In previous studies, these resins were pharmaceutically ..... classes of superdisintegrants in promoting aspirin tablet disintegration and dissolution. AAPS. PharmSciTech ...

  7. FROM CELLULAR NETWORKS TO MOBILE CLOUD COMPUTING: SECURITY AND EFFICIENCY OF SMARTPHONE SYSTEMS

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    BARBERA, MARCO VALERIO

    2013-01-01

    In my first year of my Computer Science degree, if somebody had told me that the few years ahead of me could have been the last ones of the so-called PC-era, I would have hardly believed him. Sure, I could imagine computers becoming smaller, faster and cheaper, but I could have never imagined that in such a short time the focus of the market would have so dramatically shifted from PCs to personal devices. Today, smartphones and tablets have become our inseparable companions, changing for the b...

  8. Why do adult women in Vietnam take iron tablets?

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    Zhao Yun

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Conducting iron supplementation programs has been a major strategy to reduce iron deficiency anemia in pregnancy. However, only a few countries have reported improvements in the anemia rate at a national level. The strategies used for control of nutrition problems need regular review to maintain and improve their effectiveness. The objective of this study was to analyze the factors in compliance with taking iron tablets, where daily doses of iron (60 mg and folic acid (400 μg were distributed in rural Vietnamese communes. Methods A cross sectional survey was conducted in Nghe An province, Vietnam in January, 2003. The study population was adult women aged less than 35 years who delivered babies between August 1st 2001 and December 1st 2002 (n = 205, of which 159 took part in the study. Data for the study were collected from a series of workshops with community leaders, focus group discussions with community members and a questionnaire survey. Results Improvements in the rate of anemia was not given a high priority as one of the commune's needs, but the participants still made efforts to continue taking iron tablets. Two major factors motivated the participants to continue taking iron tablets; their experience of fewer spells of dizziness (50%, and their concern for the health of their newborn baby (54%. When examining the reasons for taking iron tablets for at least 5–9 months, the most important factor was identified as 'a frequent supply of iron tablets' (OR = 11.93, 95% CI: 4.33–32.85. Conclusion The study found that multiple poor environmental risk factors discouraged women from taking iron tablets continuously. The availability (frequent supply of iron tablets was the most effective way to help adult women to continue taking iron tablets.

  9. Formulation and Evaluation of Mucoadhesive Buccal Bilayered Tablets of Salbutamol

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    Dr. N.G Raghavendra Rao; Gururaj S. Kulkarni

    2012-01-01

    Salbutamol is a short-acting 2-adrenergic receptor agonist used for the relief of bronchospasm in conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The salbutamol buccal mucoadhesive tablets were fabricated with objective of avoiding first pass metabolism and prolonging duration of action. Salbutamol mucoadhesive bilayered tablets were prepared by direct compression method using the bioadhesive polymers such as xanthan gum, sodium alginate and carbopol 937P along with ethyl...

  10. Pharmacokinetics of ambroxol and clenbuterol tablets in healthy Chinese volunteers

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    Yang, Yong-Ge; Song, Li-Xue; Jiang, Nan; Xu, Xue-Ting; Di, Xiao-Hui; Zhang, Mei

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the pharmacokinetics of Ambroxol and Clenbuterol Tablets in Chinese healthy volunteers after a single or multiple dosages oral administration. Methods: A total of 9 healthy adult subjects were given Ambroxol and Clenbuterol Tablets in a single dosage or multiple dosages respectively. LC/MS/MS were used for the determination of Ambroxol and Clenbuterol of in plasma. The important pharmacokinetic parameters were calculated by DAS 2.0 software (compartment model). Resul...

  11. Formulation and Invitro evaluation of Buccoadhesive tablets of Furosemide

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    V. Ravi Krishna; Y. Madhusudhan Rao; P.Chinna Reddy; K. Sujatha

    2011-01-01

    The objective of this study was to develop effective mucoadhesive buccal bilayered tablets of a drug containing bioadhesive layer and drug free backing layer, expected to release the drug in unidirection for extended period of time. Tablets of Furosemide were prepared by direct compression method using bioadhesive polymers like Carbopol 941NF, 971P, Methocel K4M, Methocel K15M and combination of NaCMC, Carbopol 971P in different ratios with backing layer of Cyanoacrylate adhesive tape. Buccal...

  12. Formulation, characterization and physicochemical evaluation of amoxicillin effervescent tablets

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    Abolfazl Aslani; Tahereh Sharifian

    2014-01-01

    Background: Amoxicillin is a semisynthetic antibiotic, which is used as an antimicrobial drug. This study was designed to formulate amoxicillin effervescent tablets, aimed at improved patient compliance and increased drug stability. Materials and Methods: In this study, nine effervescent tablet formulations were prepared from amoxicillin trihydrate. The effervescent base was comprised of various amounts of citric acid and sodium bicarbonate. Powders and granules were evaluated for their p...

  13. Formulation, Characterization and Physicochemical Evaluation of Potassium Citrate Effervescent Tablets

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    Fatemeh Fattahi; Abolfazl Aslani

    2013-01-01

    Purpose: The aim of this study was to design and formulation of potassium citrate effervescent tablet for reduction of calcium oxalate and urate kidney stones in patients suffering from kidney stones. Methods: In this study, 13 formulations were prepared from potassium citrate and effervescent base in different concentration. The flowability of powders and granules was studied. Then effervescent tablets were prepared by direct compression, fusion and wet granulation methods. The prepared tabl...

  14. Continuous direct compression as manufacturing platform for sustained release tablets.

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    Van Snick, B; Holman, J; Cunningham, C; Kumar, A; Vercruysse, J; De Beer, T; Remon, J P; Vervaet, C

    2017-03-15

    This study presents a framework for process and product development on a continuous direct compression manufacturing platform. A challenging sustained release formulation with high content of a poorly flowing low density drug was selected. Two HPMC grades were evaluated as matrix former: standard Methocel CR and directly compressible Methocel DC2. The feeding behavior of each formulation component was investigated by deriving feed factor profiles. The maximum feed factor was used to estimate the drive command and depended strongly upon the density of the material. Furthermore, the shape of the feed factor profile allowed definition of a customized refill regime for each material. Inline NIRs was used to estimate the residence time distribution (RTD) in the mixer and monitor blend uniformity. Tablet content and weight variability were determined as additional measures of mixing performance. For Methocel CR, the best axial mixing (i.e. feeder fluctuation dampening) was achieved when an impeller with high number of radial mixing blades operated at low speed. However, the variability in tablet weight and content uniformity deteriorated under this condition. One can therefore conclude that balancing axial mixing with tablet quality is critical for Methocel CR. However, reformulating with the direct compressible Methocel DC2 as matrix former improved tablet quality vastly. Furthermore, both process and product were significantly more robust to changes in process and design variables. This observation underpins the importance of flowability during continuous blending and die-filling. At the compaction stage, blends with Methocel CR showed better tabletability driven by a higher compressibility as the smaller CR particles have a higher bonding area. However, tablets of similar strength were achieved using Methocel DC2 by targeting equal porosity. Compaction pressure impacted tablet properties and dissolution. Hence controlling thickness during continuous manufacturing of

  15. Analisis Dimensi Proses Pelarutan Tablet Effervescent Sari Buah Markisa

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    Ansar, Ansar; Rahardjo, Budi; Noor, Zuheid; Rochmadi, Rochmadi

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    The aim of this study was to understand dissolution process of the passion fruit effervescent tablet used dimension analysis. The variables of surveyed was mass, volume, moisture content, glass transition  temperature, the temperature increases while compression, water volume, water temperature, water density, compression force, and compression velocity. The results showed that factors effect on dissolution process of the passion fruit effervescent tablet was mass, volume, moisture content, g...

  16. Formulation of Sustained-Release Diltiazem Matrix Tablets Using ...

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    Methods: Matrix tablets of DTZ were prepared at different ratios of drug:gum (1:1, 1:2, and 1:4) and of the gum blends (K, K/LB, K/H and K/LB/H) by direct compression. The matrix tablets were evaluated for hardness, friability, in vitro release and drug content. The formulations were also characterised by scanning electron ...

  17. Tablets enhance play by taking toddlers on a digital adventure

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    Johansen, Stine Liv

    2017-01-01

    Tablets do not necessarily make children passive or sedentary. In a Danish nursery, a group of scientists, educators, and education consultants have studied how digital technologies can be used to enhance playful activities.......Tablets do not necessarily make children passive or sedentary. In a Danish nursery, a group of scientists, educators, and education consultants have studied how digital technologies can be used to enhance playful activities....

  18. Research data collection methods: from paper to tablet computers.

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    Wilcox, Adam B; Gallagher, Kathleen D; Boden-Albala, Bernadette; Bakken, Suzanne R

    2012-07-01

    Primary data collection is a critical activity in clinical research. Even with significant advances in technical capabilities, clear benefits of use, and even user preferences for using electronic systems for collecting primary data, paper-based data collection is still common in clinical research settings. However, with recent developments in both clinical research and tablet computer technology, the comparative advantages and disadvantages of data collection methods should be determined. To describe case studies using multiple methods of data collection, including next-generation tablets, and consider their various advantages and disadvantages. We reviewed 5 modern case studies using primary data collection, using methods ranging from paper to next-generation tablet computers. We performed semistructured telephone interviews with each project, which considered factors relevant to data collection. We address specific issues with workflow, implementation and security for these different methods, and identify differences in implementation that led to different technology considerations for each case study. There remain multiple methods for primary data collection, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. Two recent methods are electronic health record templates and next-generation tablet computers. Electronic health record templates can link data directly to medical records, but are notably difficult to use. Current tablet computers are substantially different from previous technologies with regard to user familiarity and software cost. The use of cloud-based storage for tablet computers, however, creates a specific challenge for clinical research that must be considered but can be overcome.

  19. Desktop 3D printing of controlled release pharmaceutical bilayer tablets.

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    Khaled, Shaban A; Burley, Jonathan C; Alexander, Morgan R; Roberts, Clive J

    2014-01-30

    Three dimensional (3D) printing was used as a novel medicine formulation technique for production of viable tablets capable of satisfying regulatory tests and matching the release of standard commercial tablets. Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC 2208) (Methocel™ K100M Premium) and poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) (Carbopol(®) 974P NF) were used as a hydrophilic matrix for a sustained release (SR) layer. Hypromellose(®) (HPMC 2910) was used as a binder while microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) (Pharmacel(®) 102) and sodium starch glycolate (SSG) (Primojel(®)) were used as disintegrants for an immediate release (IR) layer. Commercial guaifenesin bi-layer tablets (GBT) were used as a model drug (Mucinex(®)) for this study. There was a favourable comparison of release of the active guaifenesin from the printed hydrophilic matrix compared with the commercially available GBT. The printed formulations were also evaluated for physical and mechanical properties such as weight variation, friability, hardness and thickness as a comparison to the commercial tablet and were within acceptable range as defined by the international standards stated in the United States Pharmacopoeia (USP). All formulations (standard tablets and 3D printed tablets) showed Korsmeyer-Peppas n values between 0.27 and 0.44 which indicates Fickian diffusion drug release through a hydrated HPMC gel layer. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Crystal coating via spray drying to improve powder tabletability.

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    Vanhoorne, V; Peeters, E; Van Snick, B; Remon, J P; Vervaet, C

    2014-11-01

    A continuous crystal coating method was developed to improve both flowability and tabletability of powders. The method includes the introduction of solid, dry particles into an atomized spray during spray drying in order to coat and agglomerate individual particles. Paracetamol was used as a model drug as it exhibits poor flowability and high capping tendency upon compaction. The particle size enlargement and flowability were evaluated by the mean median particle size and flow index of the resulting powders. The crystal coating coprocessing method was successful for the production of powders containing 75% paracetamol with excellent tableting properties. However, the extent of agglomeration achieved during coprocessing was limited. Tablets compressed on a rotary tablet press in manual mode showed excellent compression properties without capping tendency. A formulation with 75% paracetamol, 5% PVP and 20% amorphous lactose yielded a tensile strength of 1.9 MPa at a compression pressure of 288 MPa. The friability of tablets compressed at 188 MPa was only 0.6%. The excellent tabletability of this formulation was attributed to the coating of paracetamol crystals with amorphous lactose and PVP through coprocessing and the presence of brittle and plastic components in the formulation. The coprocessing method was also successfully applied for the production of directly compressible lactose showing improved tensile strength and friability in comparison to a spray dried direct compression lactose grade.

  1. Formulation, Characterization and Physicochemical Evaluation of Potassium Citrate Effervescent Tablets

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    Fatemeh Fattahi

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The aim of this study was to design and formulation of potassium citrate effervescent tablet for reduction of calcium oxalate and urate kidney stones in patients suffering from kidney stones. Methods: In this study, 13 formulations were prepared from potassium citrate and effervescent base in different concentration. The flowability of powders and granules was studied. Then effervescent tablets were prepared by direct compression, fusion and wet granulation methods. The prepared tablets were evaluated for hardness, friability, effervescent time, pH, content uniformity. To amend taste of formulations, different flavoring agents were used and then panel test was done by using Latin Square method by 30 volunteers. Results: Formulations obtained from direct compression and fusion methods had good flow but low hardness. Wet granulation improves flowability and other physicochemical properties such as acceptable hardness, effervescence time ≤3 minutes, pH<6, friability < 1%, water percentage < 0.5% and accurate content uniformity. In panel test, both of combination flavors; (orange - lemon and (strawberry - raspberry had good acceptability. Conclusion: The prepared tablets by wet granulation method using PVP solution had more tablet hardness. It is a reproducible process and suitable to produce granules that are compressed into effervescent tablets due to larger agglomerates.

  2. Formulation of intelligent tablets with an antacid effect.

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    Bajdik, János; Korbely, Anita; Pintye-Hódi, Klára

    2009-01-01

    Matrix systems with a local antacid effect were produced in this study. Aluminium hydroxide and magnesium trisilicate in constant concentrations were used as active agents. Eudragit E PO was applied as a matrix former and sodium bicarbonate as a disintegrant (third antacid component), in different ratios. Their effects on the properties of the tablets were studied. Such formulated systems must be insoluble if the pH of the stomach is less acidic, but a rapid disintegration must occur if necessary. It can be concluded that Eudragit E PO in appropriate composition can ensure tablets with pH-dependent disintegration. Its binding effect allows tablet making from the elastic active component. The liberation of antacid materials from this system is controlled. If the pH reached 2.5, the erosion of the tablet was reduced. In contrast with expectations, the application of poorly compressible and effervescent sodium bicarbonate increased the time for disintegration of the tablets, because of its extended alkalizing effect around the tablet. This system with this acrylic component is appropriate to produce a controlled-release local antacid preparation.

  3. Formulation and Characterization of Cetylpyridinium Chloride Bioadhesive Tablets

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    Jafar Akbari

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Bioadhesive polymers play an important role in biomedical and drug delivery applications. The aim of this study is to develop a sustained- release tablet for local application of Cetylpyridinium Chloride (CPC. This delivery system would supply the drug at an effective level for a long period of time, and thereby overcome the problem of the short retention time of CPC and could be used for buccal delivery as a topical anti-infective agent. Methods: CPC bioadhesive tablets were directly prepared using 7 mm flat-faced punches on a hydraulic press. The materials for each tablet were weighted, introduced into the die and compacted at constant compression pressure. The dissolution tests were performed to the rotation paddle method and the bioadhesive strength of the tablets were measured. Results: The results showed that as the concentration of polymer increased, the drug release rate was decreased. Also the type and ratio of polymers altered the release kinetic of Cetylpyridinium Chloride from investigated tablets. The bioadhesion strength increased with increasing the concentration of polymer and maximum bioadhesion strength was observed with HPMC K100M. Conclusion: The selected formulation of CPC bioadhesive tablet can be used as a suitable preparation for continuous release of CPC with appropriate bioadhesion strength.

  4. Formulation development of metoprolol succinate and hydrochlorothiazide compression coated tablets.

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    Shah, Ritesh; Parmar, Swatil; Patel, Hetal; Pandey, Sonia; Shah, Dinesh

    2013-12-01

    The purpose of present research work was to design and optimize compression coated tablet to provide an immediate release of hydrochlorothiazide in stomach and extended release of metoprolol succinate in intestine. Compression coated tablet was prepared by direct compression method which consisted of metoprolol succinate extended release core tablet and hydrochlorothiazide immediate release coat layer. Barrier coating of Hydroxy Propyl Methyl Cellulose (HPMC) E15LV was applied onto the core tablets to prevent burst release of metoprolol succinate in acidic medium. A 32 full factorial design was employed for optimization of the amount of polymers required to achieve extended release of drug. The percentage drug release at given time Q3, Q6, Q10, Q22; were selected as dependent variables. Core and compression coated tablets were evaluated for pharmaco-technical parameters. In vitro drug release of optimized batch was found to comply with Pharmacopoeial specifications. Desired release of metoprolol succinate was obtained by suitable combination of HPMC having high gelling capacity and polyethylene oxide having quick gelling capacity. The mechanism of release of metoprolol succinate from all batches was anomalous diffusion. Optimised batch was stable at accelerated conditions up to 3 months. Thus, compression coated tablet of metoprolol succinate and hydrochlorothiazide was successfully formulated.

  5. Development and evaluation of microporous osmotic tablets of diltiazem hydrochloride

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    Afifa Bathool

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Microporous osmotic tablet of diltiazem hydrochloride was developed for colon targeting. These prepared microporous osmotic pump tablet did not require laser drilling to deliver the drug to the specific site of action. The tablets were prepared by wet granulation method. The prepared tablets were coated with microporous semipermeable membrane and enteric polymer using conventional pan coating process. The incorporation of sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS, a leachable pore-forming agent, could form in situ delivery pores while coming in contact with gastrointestinal medium. The effect of formulation variables was studied by changing the amounts of sodium alginate and NaCMC in the tablet core, osmogen, and that of pore-forming agent (SLS used in the semipermeable coating. As the amount of hydrophilic polymers increased, drug release rate prolonged. It was found that drug release was increased as the concentration of osmogen and pore-former was increased. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and Differential scanning calorimetry results showed that there was no interaction between drug and polymers. Scanning electron microscopic studies showed the formation of pores after predetermined time of coming in contact with dissolution medium. The formation of pores was dependent on the amount of pore former used in the semipermeable membrane. in vitro results showed acid-resistant, timed release at an almost zero order up to 24 hours. The developed osmotic tablets could be effectively used for prolonged delivery of Diltiazem HCl.

  6. Release Profile of Salofalk 750 mg Tablets

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    Vincent Ho

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    Full Text Available This study determined the release profile of Salofalk 750 mg tablets (Axcan Pharma, an enteric-coated 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA preparation. Twenty-one ileostomates were divided into two groups and studied. Group 1 consisted of 10 subjects (five males, five females, mean age 39 years who had a mean length of 65 cm of small bowel resected or out of circuit. Group 2 consisted of 11 subjects (eight males, three females, mean age 59 years whose small bowel was intact. Following an overnight fast and collection of baseline samples, one Salofalk tablet was ingested. Ileostomy effluent and urine were collected for 24 h. Plasma samples were collected hourly for 6 h, then at 8, 12 and 24 h. All subjects ate standardized meals. All samples were stored at --10 degrees C and 5-ASA and N-ac-5-ASA (a metabolite of 5-ASA were measured by high performance liquid chromatography. The mean intestinal transit time was not statistically different between the groups but the mean ileostomy effluent output was higher in group 1 versus group 2 (10.9 versus 13.1 h, P=0.4; 918 versus 606 mL, P=0.05. The mean peak plasma concentrations of 5-ASA and N-ac-5-ASA were not significantly different (6.12 and 5.42 µ g/ mL, P=0.8, respectively, in group 1 versus 6.75 and 6.66 µ g/mL, P=0.8 in group 2. On average, 33.1% of the ingested dose was recovered in the ileostomy effluent in group 1 versus 21.2% in group 2 (P=0.06 whereas the mean recovery in urine was 40.9% in group 1 but 62.9% in group 2 (P=0.001. These results suggest that 5-ASA is released in the small bowel. There was decreased absorption of 5-ASA and increased recovery of 5-ASA in the ileostomy effluent of subjects who had a small bowel resection.

  7. Tablets for two: how dual tablets can facilitate other-awareness and communication in learning disabled children with autism

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    Holt, Samantha; Yuill, Nicola

    2017-01-01

    Learning-disabled children with autism (LDA) are impaired in other-awareness, joint attention and imitation, with a poor prognosis for developing language competence. However, better joint attention and imitation skills are predictors of increased language ability. Our study demonstrates that a collaborative activity delivered on a novel dual-tablet configuration (two wifi-linked tablets) facilitates active other-awareness, incorporating imitation and communicative behaviour, in 8 LDA boys wi...

  8. Ecstasy tablets intoxication with lethal autcome

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    Đorđević Snežana

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Ecstasy, 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, is a synthetic compound increasingly popular as a recreational drug. Tablets known as ecstasy contain MDMA, but may also contain caffeine, ephedrine, paramethoxyamphetamine, 3,4-methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA, amphetamine, methamphetamine, and ketamine. After absorption MDMA is metabolized to MDA, 4-hydroxy-3- metoxymetamphetamine (HMMA and 4-hydroxy-3- metoxyamphetamine (HMA. After that HMMA and HMA are conjugated and excreted by urine. The aim of this report was to confirm by toxicological post mortem analyses of poisoned person organs that ecstasy had been the cause of his death. Case report. We reported the death of a 17-year-old boy after the ingestion of ecstasy. MDMA and metabolites were determined by multicolumn high performance liquid chromatography with UV spectral detection (HPLC-UV. Toxicological tests showed the presence of MDMA in all samples. When examining post mortem material (the organs, the highest concentrations were measured in the stomach (835,97 μg/g and kidney (801,14 μg/g. The minimal concentration was in the liver (22,26 μg/g. Conclusion. The obtained results of MDMA and its metabolites concentrations showed abuse of a high dose of ecstasy. .

  9. Quantification of color vision using a tablet display.

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    Chacon, Alicia; Rabin, Jeff; Yu, Dennis; Johnston, Shawn; Bradshaw, Timothy

    2015-01-01

    Accurate color vision is essential for optimal performance in aviation and space environments using nonredundant color coding to convey critical information. Most color tests detect color vision deficiency (CVD) but fail to diagnose type or severity of CVD, which are important to link performance to occupational demands. The computer-based Cone Contrast Test (CCT) diagnoses type and severity of CVD. It is displayed on a netbook computer for clinical application, but a more portable version may prove useful for deployments, space and aviation cockpits, as well as accident and sports medicine settings. Our purpose was to determine if the CCT can be conducted on a tablet display (Windows 8, Microsoft, Seattle, WA) using touch-screen response input. The CCT presents colored letters visible only to red (R), green (G), and blue (B) sensitive retinal cones to determine the lowest R, G, and B cone contrast visible to the observer. The CCT was measured in 16 color vision normals (CVN) and 16 CVDs using the standard netbook computer and a Windows 8 tablet display calibrated to produce equal color contrasts. Both displays showed 100% specificity for confirming CVN and 100% sensitivity for detecting CVD. In CVNs there was no difference between scores on netbook vs. tablet displays. G cone CVDs showed slightly lower G cone CCT scores on the tablet. CVD can be diagnosed with a tablet display. Ease-of-use, portability, and complete computer capabilities make tablets ideal for multiple settings, including aviation, space, military deployments, accidents and rescue missions, and sports vision. Chacon A, Rabin J, Yu D, Johnston S, Bradshaw T. Quantification of color vision using a tablet display.

  10. Evaluating tablet computers as a survey tool in rural communities.

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    Newell, Steve M; Logan, Henrietta L; Guo, Yi; Marks, John G; Shepperd, James A

    2015-01-01

    Although tablet computers offer advantages in data collection over traditional paper-and-pencil methods, little research has examined whether the 2 formats yield similar responses, especially with underserved populations. We compared the 2 survey formats and tested whether participants' responses to common health questionnaires or perceptions of usability differed by survey format. We also tested whether we could replicate established paper-and-pencil findings via tablet computer. We recruited a sample of low-income community members living in the rural southern United States. Participants were 170 residents (black = 49%; white = 36%; other races and missing data = 15%) drawn from 2 counties meeting Florida's state statutory definition of rural with 100 persons or fewer per square mile. We randomly assigned participants to complete scales (Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Inventory and Regulatory Focus Questionnaire) along with survey format usability ratings via paper-and-pencil or tablet computer. All participants rated a series of previously validated posters using a tablet computer. Finally, participants completed comparisons of the survey formats and reported survey format preferences. Participants preferred using the tablet computer and showed no significant differences between formats in mean responses, scale reliabilities, or in participants' usability ratings. Overall, participants reported similar scales responses and usability ratings between formats. However, participants reported both preferring and enjoying responding via tablet computer more. Collectively, these findings are among the first data to show that tablet computers represent a suitable substitute among an underrepresented rural sample for paper-and-pencil methodology in survey research. Published 2014. This article is a U.S. Government work and is in the public domain in the USA.

  11. Pharmaceutical equivalence of gabapentin tablets with various extragranular binders Pharmaceutical equivalence of gabapentin tablets with various extragranular binders

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    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Gabapentin is a high-dose drug widely used as an oral anti-epilepticagent. Due to high crystalline and has poor compaction properties it is difficult to form tablets by direct compression. The aim of this study was to develop gabapentin tablets, pharmaceutically equivalent to the reference product Neurontin (marketed in USA. Gabapentin 800mg tablets were produced by wet granulation by keeping intragranular binder as well as its concentration constant and by changing with various extragranular binders with its concentration (A = PVPK 30, B = HPMC 15 cps, C = Kollidon VA 64, D =Klucel EXF.The tablet having no weight, thickness and hardness variation and having appropriate, friability as well as disintegration profile were coated with a 3% film coating solution .Seven formulations F1 (A in lower concentration F2 (A in higher concentration, F3 (B in lower concentration and F4 (B in higher concentration, F5 (C in lower concentration, F6 (C in higher concentration, F7 (D in lower concentration were formulated. Among them F6 demonstrated adequate hardness, friability, disintegration, uniformity of content, and total drug dissolution after 45minutes. The dissimilarity factor (f1 is 5.93 and the similarity factor (f2 is 67.85. So F6 was found to be equivalent to Neurontin.Gabapentin is widely used as an oral anti-epileptic agent. However, owing to its high crystallinity and poor compaction properties, it is difficult to form tablets of this drug by direct compression. The aim of this study was to develop gabapentin tablets, pharmaceutically equivalent to the brand-name pioneer product Neurontin® (marketed in USA. Gabapentin 800mg tablets were produced by wet granulation with a constant concentration of intragranular binder and a varying concentration of extragranular binders (A = polyvinylpyrrolidone K30, B = hydroxypropylmethylcellulose 15 cps, C = Kollidon VA64, D =Klucel EXF. The tablets that did not vary in weight, thickness or hardness and had

  12. The Impact of Granule Density on Tabletting and Pharmaceutical Product Performance.

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    van den Ban, Sander; Goodwin, Daniel J

    2017-05-01

    The impact of granule densification in high-shear wet granulation on tabletting and product performance was investigated, at pharmaceutical production scale. Product performance criteria need to be balanced with the need to deliver manufacturability criteria to assure robust industrial scale tablet manufacturing processes. A Quality by Design approach was used to determine in-process control specifications for tabletting, propose a design space for disintegration and dissolution, and to understand the permitted operating limits and required controls for an industrial tabletting process. Granules of varying density (filling density) were made by varying water amount added, spray rate, and wet massing time in a design of experiment (DoE) approach. Granules were compressed into tablets to a range of thicknesses to obtain tablets of varying breaking force. Disintegration and dissolution performance was evaluated for the tablets made. The impact of granule filling density on tabletting was rationalised with compressibility, tabletability and compactibility. Tabletting and product performance criteria provided competing requirements for porosity. An increase in granule filling density impacted tabletability and compactability and limited the ability to achieve tablets of adequate mechanical strength. An increase in tablet solid fraction (decreased porosity) impacted disintegration and dissolution. An attribute-based design space for disintegration and dissolution was specified to achieve both product performance and manufacturability. The method of granulation and resulting granule filling density is a key design consideration to achieve both product performance and manufacturability required for modern industrial scale pharmaceutical product manufacture and distribution.

  13. Portable Tablets in Science Museum Learning: Options and Obstacles

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    Gronemann, Sigurd Trolle

    2017-06-01

    Despite the increasing use of portable tablets in learning, their impact has received little attention in research. In five different projects, this media-ethnographic and design-based analysis of the use of portable tablets as a learning resource in science museums investigates how young people's learning with portable tablets matches the intentions of the museums. By applying media and information literacy (MIL) components as analytical dimensions, a pattern of discrepancies between young people's expectations, their actual learning and the museums' approaches to framing such learning is identified. It is argued that, paradoxically, museums' decisions to innovate by introducing new technologies, such as portable tablets, and new pedagogies to support them conflict with many young people's traditional ideas of museums and learning. The assessment of the implications of museums' integration of portable tablets indicates that in making pedagogical transformations to accommodate new technologies, museums risk opposing didactic intention if pedagogies do not sufficiently attend to young learners' systemic expectations to learning and to their expectations to the digital experience influenced by their leisure use.

  14. Evaluation of tablet computers for visual function assessment.

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    Bodduluri, Lakshmi; Boon, Mei Ying; Dain, Stephen J

    2017-04-01

    Recent advances in technology and the increased use of tablet computers for mobile health applications such as vision testing necessitate an understanding of the behavior of the displays of such devices, to facilitate the reproduction of existing or the development of new vision assessment tests. The purpose of this study was to investigate the physical characteristics of one model of tablet computer (iPad mini Retina display) with regard to display consistency across a set of devices (15) and their potential application as clinical vision assessment tools. Once the tablet computer was switched on, it required about 13 min to reach luminance stability, while chromaticity remained constant. The luminance output of the device remained stable until a battery level of 5%. Luminance varied from center to peripheral locations of the display and with viewing angle, whereas the chromaticity did not vary. A minimal (1%) variation in luminance was observed due to temperature, and once again chromaticity remained constant. Also, these devices showed good temporal stability of luminance and chromaticity. All 15 tablet computers showed gamma functions approximating the standard gamma (2.20) and showed similar color gamut sizes, except for the blue primary, which displayed minimal variations. The physical characteristics across the 15 devices were similar and are known, thereby facilitating the use of this model of tablet computer as visual stimulus displays.

  15. Interaction With PC Tablets And Possible Emotional Responses

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    Emy Agren

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available The remarkable developments in mobile-based technologies have brought prominent impacts on human life style. Today life is running on mobile electronic devices smart phones tablets gaming devices and video-players. Generally the users acquaint with the features and properties of products after emotionally and physically interacting with the devices. The interaction in return influencing our moods depending on the feelings the technology creates. The focus of this study lays on the uses of tablets or also called PC tablets and its effects on its users emotional responses. To discover possible emotional responses with the tablets the data in this work were collected through a survey questionnaire from participants belongs to various backgrounds age groups and genders. The model of emotions was adopted in order to classify the emotional responses.The study has found that during or after the interaction with the tablets the users may get positive or negative emotional responses of a different kind. The users mood can also be affected by awakening such emotional feelings as happiness sadness frustration etc.

  16. Preparation and evaluation of buccal bioadhesive tablets containing clotrimazole.

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    Singh, S; Jain, S; Muthu, M S; Tilak, R

    2008-04-01

    Buccal bioadhesive tablets of clotrimazole (CTZ) and clotrimazole: hydroxypropyl-beta-cyclodextrin (CTZ-HPbetaCD) complex were prepared by using polymer xanthan gum in combination with carbopol 974P. The prepared buccal bioadhesive tablet formulations were evaluated for physicochemical characteristics (weight, hardness, friability, diameter, and drug content), swelling index, microenvironment pH, in-vitro drug release, bioadhesion strength, residence time and duration of antifungal activity (in-vitro). The dissolution of CTZ from the prepared tablets into phosphate buffer (pH 6.8) was controlled up to 8 h. All the prepared tablets gave reasonable in-vitro residence time (7.13 - 9.34 h). X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies of the CTZ-HPbetaCD complex, made by kneading and freeze-dried method, showed no CTZ crystal signals, demonstrating the inclusion of CTZ in the hydrophobic cavity of hydroxypropyl-beta-cyclodextrin (HPbetaCD) and formation of amorphous inclusion complex. Duration of the antifungal activity was measured by the inhibition zone of Candida albicans by agar diffusion assay. It is evident from the results obtained, the prepared buccal bioadhesive tablets of CTZ would markedly prolong the duration of the antifungal activity and may prove to be a viable alternative to the conventional local oral medication.

  17. Enhanced dissolution of sildenafil citrate as dry foam tablets.

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    Sawatdee, Somchai; Atipairin, Apichart; Sae Yoon, Attawadee; Srichana, Teerapol; Changsan, Narumon

    2017-01-30

    Dry foam formulation technology is alternative approach to enhance dissolution of the drug. Sildenafil citrate was suspended in sodium dodecyl sulfate solution and adding a mixture of maltodextrin and mannitol as diluent to form a paste. Sildenafil citrate paste was passed through a nozzle spray bottle to obtain smooth foam. The homogeneous foam was dried in a vacuum oven and sieved to obtain dry foam granules. The granules were mixed with croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate and compressed into tablet. All formulations were evaluated for their physicochemical properties and dissolution profiles. All the tested excipients were compatible with sildenafil citrate by both differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and infrared (IR) analysis. There are no X-ray diffraction (XRD) peaks representing crystals of sildenafil citrate observed form dry foam formulations. The hardness of tablets was about 5 kg, friability test <1% with a disintegration time <5 min. The sildenafil citrate dry foam tablet had higher dissolution rate in 0.1 N HCl in comparison with commercial sildenafil citrate tablet, sildenafil citrate prepared by direct compression and wet granulation method. Sildenafil citrate dry foam tablet with the high-level composition of surfactant, water and diluent showed enhanced dissolution rate than that of the lower-level composition of these excipients. This formulation was stable under accelerated conditions for at least 6 months.

  18. Development of effervescent tablets containing benzonidazole complexed with cyclodextrin.

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    Maximiano, Flávia Pires; Costa, Guilherme Hideki Yoshizane; de Sá Barreto, Lívia Cristina Lira; Bahia, Maria Terezinha; Cunha-Filho, Marcílio S S

    2011-06-01

    Benznidazole (BNZ), the primary chemotherapy agent used to treat Chagas disease, has poor aqueous solubility, which results in low bioavailability. The purpose of this work was to develop stable effervescent tablets using an inclusion complex of BNZ with cyclodextrin (CD). In the first phase, different CDs were evaluated according to their ability to improve the aqueous solubility of BNZ. Then, inclusion complexes of BNZ in the solid state were produced by the kneading method and the complexes were evaluated using several physical-chemical assays. Finally, effervescent tablets were prepared according to a complete 3(2) factorial design. The effects of the concentration of CD and effervescent mixture on the dissolution rate and physical stability of tablets were evaluated. Hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin produced the greatest improvement in the aqueous solubility of BNZ, almost 20-times greater than the water system. Solid systems produced with BNZ and CD showed physical-chemical interactions and increased the drug dissolution rate, suggesting the formation of a true solid inclusion complex. Moreover, the effervescent matrix of the tablets was effective in improving the dissolution behaviour of BNZ complexed with CD. Effervescent tablets produced using an inclusion complex of BNZ with CD suggest a possible improvement in the bioavailability of BNZ, and this could represent a relevant advance in Chagas therapy. © 2011 The Authors. JPP © 2011 Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

  19. Formulation and evaluation of effervescent floating tablets of tizanidine hydrochloride.

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    Someshwar, Komuravelly; Chithaluru, Kalyani; Ramarao, Tadikonda; Kumar, K K Kalyan

    2011-06-01

    Tizanidine hydrochloride is an orally administered prokinetic agent that facilitates or restores motility through-out the length of the gastrointestinal tract. The objective of the present investigation was to develop effervescent floating matrix tablets of tizanidine hydrochloride for prolongation of gastric residence time in order to overcome its low bioavailability (34-40 %) and short biological half life (4.2 h). Tablets were prepared by the direct compression method, using different viscosity grades of hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC K4M, K15M and K100M). Tablets were evaluated for various physical parameters and floating properties. Further, tablets were studied for in vitro drug release characteristics in 12 hours. Drug release from effervescent floating matrix tablets was sustained over 12 h with buoyant properties. DSC study revealed that there is no drug excipient interaction. Based on the release kinetics, all formulations best fitted the Higuchi, first-order model and non-Fickian as the mechanism of drug release. Optimized formulation (F9) was selected based on the similarity factor (f2) (74.2), dissolution efficiency at 2, 6 and 8 h, and t50 (5.4 h) and was used in radiographic studies by incorporating BaSO4. In vivo X-ray studies in human volunteers showed that the mean gastric residence time was 6.2 ± 0.2 h.

  20. Formulation, characterization and physicochemical evaluation of potassium citrate effervescent tablets.

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    Aslani, Abolfazl; Fattahi, Fatemeh

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this study was to design and formulation of potassium citrate effervescent tablet for reduction of calcium oxalate and urate kidney stones in patients suffering from kidney stones. In this study, 13 formulations were prepared from potassium citrate and effervescent base in different concentration. The flowability of powders and granules was studied. Then effervescent tablets were prepared by direct compression, fusion and wet granulation methods. The prepared tablets were evaluated for hardness, friability, effervescent time, pH, content uniformity. To amend taste of formulations, different flavoring agents were used and then panel test was done by using Latin Square method by 30 volunteers. Formulations obtained from direct compression and fusion methods had good flow but low hardness. Wet granulation improves flowability and other physicochemical properties such as acceptable hardness, effervescence time ≤3 minutes, pHtablets by wet granulation method using PVP solution had more tablet hardness. It is a reproducible process and suitable to produce granules that are compressed into effervescent tablets due to larger agglomerates.

  1. Tablet compression tooling - Impact of punch face edge modification.

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    Anbalagan, Parthiban; Heng, Paul Wan Sia; Liew, Celine Valeria

    2017-05-30

    The influence of punch face edge geometry modification on tablet compression and the properties of the resultant tablets produced on a rotary press were investigated. The results revealed that tablets produced from the punches with radius edge face geometry consistently displayed better physical quality; higher tensile strength and lower capping tendency. Modification of the angled edge of the bevel face to the curved edge of the radius face, enabled deeper punch penetration in the die cavity during the compression cycle, bringing about greater compact densification. Improved die fill packing increased interparticulate bond formation and helped to dissipate destructive elasticity within the compact, consequently reduced tablet expansion during the decompression phase. The positive impact of punch face edge modification was also more noticeable at a higher turret speed. The application of the precompression force along with dwell time extension amplified the tableting performance of radius edge punch face design to a greater extent when compared to bevel edge punch face design. This could be attributed to the enhanced packing efficiency at both precompression and main compression stages. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Spray-dried cellulose nanofibers as novel tablet excipient.

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    Kolakovic, Ruzica; Peltonen, Leena; Laaksonen, Timo; Putkisto, Kaisa; Laukkanen, Antti; Hirvonen, Jouni

    2011-12-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the potential of cellulose nanofibers (also referred as microfibrillated cellulose, nanocellulose, nanofibrillated, or nanofibrillar cellulose) as novel tabletting material. For this purpose, physical and mechanical properties of spray-dried cellulose nanofibers (CNF) were examined, and results were compared to those of two commercial grades of microcrystalline cellulose (MCC), Avicel PH101 and Avicel PH102, which are the most commonly and widely used direct compression excipients. Chemically, MCC and CNF are almost identical, but their physical characteristics, like mechanical properties and surface-to-volume ratio, differ remarkably. The novel material was characterized with respect to bulk and tapped as well as true density, moisture content, and flow properties. Tablets made of CNF powder and its mixtures with MCC with or without paracetamol as model compound were produced by direct compression and after wet granulation. The tensile strength of the tablets made in a series of applied pressures was determined, and yield pressure values were calculated from the measurements. With CNF, both wet granulation and direct compression were successful. During tablet compression, CNF particles were less prone to permanent deformation and had less pronounced ductile characteristics. Disintegration and dissolution studies showed slightly faster drug release from direct compression tablets with CNF, while wet granulated systems did not have any significant difference.

  3. Fast disintegrating tablets: Opportunity in drug delivery system

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    Ved Parkash

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Fast disintegrating tablets (FDTs have received ever-increasing demand during the last decade, and the field has become a rapidly growing area in the pharmaceutical industry. Oral drug delivery remains the preferred route for administration of various drugs. Recent developments in the technology have prompted scientists to develop FDTs with improved patient compliance and convenience. Upon introduction into the mouth, these tablets dissolve or disintegrate in the mouth in the absence of additional water for easy administration of active pharmaceutical ingredients. The popularity and usefulness of the formulation resulted in development of several FDT technologies. FDTs are solid unit dosage forms, which disintegrate or dissolve rapidly in the mouth without chewing and water. FDTs or orally disintegrating tablets provide an advantage particularly for pediatric and geriatric populations who have difficulty in swallowing conventional tablets and capsules. This review describes various formulations and technologies developed to achieve fast dissolution/dispersion of tablets in the oral cavity. In particular, this review describes in detail FDT technologies based on lyophilization, molding, sublimation, and compaction, as well as approaches to enhancing the FDT properties, such as spray drying and use of disintegrants. In addition, taste-masking technologies, experimental measurements of disintegration times, and dissolution are also discussed.

  4. Evaluation of a discrete 4-PAM optical link for future automotive networks

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    Soenen, Wouter; Vaernewyck, Renato; Bauwelinck, Johan

    2012-01-01

    A comparative study is presented between NRZ and 4-PAM to investigate the feasibility of Gigabit transmission in automotive optical networks. The system utilizes a SI-PCS fiber and an 850 nm VCSEL as transmitter. Laser driver and receiver are realized with discrete transistors at board level. Eye diagram measurements reveal that 4-PAM outperforms NRZ using 1m and 6m of fiber. Bitrates of 2 Gb/s are achieved at a BER ≤ 100000. Covering longer distances shows that SI-PCS introduces severe dispe...

  5. 78 FR 1247 - Certain Electronic Devices, Including Wireless Communication Devices, Tablet Computers, Media...

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    ... COMMISSION Certain Electronic Devices, Including Wireless Communication Devices, Tablet Computers, Media... importation of certain electronic devices, including wireless communication devices, tablet computers, media... United States after importation of certain electronic devices, including wireless communication devices...

  6. Selection of generic preparations of famotidine orally disintegrating tablets for use in unit-dose packages

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    Yamazaki, Noriko; Iizuka, Rie; Miyazawa, Shinsuke; Wada, Yuko; Shimokawa, Ken-ichi; Ishii, Fumiyoshi

    2012-01-01

    ...) of famotidine orally disintegrating tablets were investigated. Tablets had been stored in a thermo-hygrostat-controlled environment set to simulate the home conditions of patients up to 8 weeks after unit-dose packaging...

  7. Functional MRI of Handwriting Tasks: A Study of Healthy Young Adults Interacting with a Novel Touch-Sensitive Tablet

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    Mahta Karimpoor

    2018-02-01

    Full Text Available Handwriting is a complex human activity that engages a blend of cognitive and visual motor skills. Current understanding of the neural correlates of handwriting has largely come from lesion studies of patients with impaired handwriting. Task-based fMRI studies would be useful to supplement this work. To address concerns over ecological validity, previously we developed a fMRI-compatible, computerized tablet system for writing and drawing including visual feedback of hand position and an augmented reality display. The purpose of the present work is to use the tablet system in proof-of-concept to characterize brain activity associated with clinically relevant handwriting tasks, originally developed to characterize handwriting impairments in Alzheimer’s disease patients. As a prelude to undertaking fMRI studies of patients, imaging was performed of twelve young healthy subjects who copied sentences, phone numbers, and grocery lists using the fMRI-compatible tablet. Activation maps for all handwriting tasks consisted of a distributed network of regions in reasonable agreement with previous studies of handwriting performance. In addition, differences in brain activity were observed between the test subcomponents consistent with different demands of neural processing for successful task performance, as identified by investigating three quantitative behavioral metrics (writing speed, stylus contact force and stylus in air time. This study provides baseline behavioral and brain activity results for fMRI studies that adopt this handwriting test to characterize patients with brain impairments.

  8. Development of Corn Starch-Neusilin UFL2 Conjugate as Tablet Superdisintegrant: Formulation and Evaluation of Fast Disintegrating Tablets

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    Prateek Juneja

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In the present study, corn Starch-Neusilin UFL2 conjugates were prepared by physical, chemical, and microwave methods with the aim of using the conjugates as tablet superdisintegrant. Various powder tests, namely, angle of repose, bulk density, tapped density, Hausner’s ratio, Carr’s index, swelling index, and powder porosity were conducted on the samples. The conjugates were characterized by ATR-FTIR, XRD, DSC, and SEM techniques. Heckel and Kawakita models were applied to carry out compression studies for the prepared conjugates. Fast disintegrating tablets of domperidone were prepared using corn starch and corn Starch-Neusilin UFL2 conjugates as tablet superdisintegrants in different concentrations. Conjugates were found to possess good powder flow and tabletting properties. Heckel analysis indicated that the conjugates prepared by microwave method showed the slowest onset of plastic deformation while Kawakita analysis indicated that the conjugates prepared by microwave method exhibited the highest amount of total plastic deformation. The study revealed that the corn Starch-Neusilin UFL2 conjugates possess improved powder flow properties and could be a promising superdisintegrant for preparing fast disintegrating tablet. Also, the results sugessted that the microwave method was found to be most effective for the preparation of corn Starch-Neusilin UFL2 conjugates.

  9. When color fails: illicit blue tablets containing anabolic androgen steroids.

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    Favretto, Donata; Castagna, Franca; Maietti, Sergio; Boscolo-Berto, Rafael; Ferrara, Santo Davide

    2013-09-01

    The necessity of specific, confirmatory tests in the identification of seized illicit products was highlighted by the analysis of eighteen heart shaped, blue tablets confiscated by Police at a street control in the North East of Italy. The tablets responded as amphetamines to a preliminary color test (Marquis); a subsequent, confirmatory assay by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry revealed the presence of two anabolic androgen steroids (AAS), methandienone and methyltestosterone, in concentration of 1.7 and 1.5mg respectively per tablet; no trace of amphetamine-like or nitrogen containing compounds was found. The observed orange coloration was due to the reaction of concentrated sulphuric acid, contained in the Marquis reagent, with the Δ(4) C-3 keto group of steroids. The two AAS, banned under the world antidoping code, are not considered as psychoactive drugs of abuse in most countries, although their trafficking may entangle severe public health concerns. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Stage Metaphor Mixing on a Multi-touch Tablet Device

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    Gelineck, Steven; Korsgaard, Dannie Michael

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents a tablet based interface (the Music Mixing Surface) for supporting a more natural user experience while mixing music. It focusses on the so-called stage metaphor control scheme where audio channels are represented by virtual widgets on a virtual stage. Through previous research...... the interface has been developed iteratively with several evaluation sessions with professional users on different platforms. The iteration presented here has been developed especially for the mobile tablet platform and explores this format for music mixing both in a professional and casual setting. The paper...... first discusses various contexts in which the tablet platform might be optimal for music mixing. It then describes the overall design of the mixing interface (especially focused on the stage metaphor), after which the iOS implementation is briefly described. Finally, the interface is evaluated...

  11. Preparation and evaluation of diclofenac sodium orally disintegrating tablets

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    Iancu Valeriu

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    Full Text Available Orally disintegrating tablets (ODTs are dosage forms which disintegrate in mouth within seconds without need of water. This type of quality in dosage form can be attained by addition of different varieties of excipients. Pharmaburst™ 500 is a co-processed excipient system which allows rapid disintegration and low adhesion to punches. The aim of the present study was to develop and evaluate 25 mg diclofenac sodium ODTs (orodispersible tablets batches by direct compression method at different compression forces 10 kN (F1 and 20 kN (F2 and directly compressible excipients used in different ratio (Avicel PH 102, magnesium stearate and coprocessed excipient Pharmaburst™ 500, 70% and 80% w/w. The obtained batches were analyzed for appearance, tablet thickness, uniformity of weight, hardness, friability, disintegration time, and non-compendial methods (wetting time. Co-processed Pharmaburst™ 500 excipient 70% used for sodium diclofenac ODT obtaining determined good results for quality control tests evaluation.

  12. Characterization of counterfeit artesunate antimalarial tablets from southeast Asia.

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    Hall, Krystyn Alter; Newton, Paul N; Green, Michael D; De Veij, Marleen; Vandenabeele, Peter; Pizzanelli, David; Mayxay, Mayfong; Dondorp, Arjen; Fernandez, Facundo M

    2006-11-01

    In southeast Asia, the widespread high prevalence of counterfeits tablets of the vital antimalarial artesunate is of great public health concern. To assess the seriousness of this problem, we quantified the amount of active ingredient present in artesunate tablets by liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry. This method, in conjunction with analysis of the packaging, classified tablets as genuine, substandard, or fake and validated results of the colorimetric Fast Red TR test. Eight (35%) of 23 fake artesunate samples contained the wrong active ingredients, which were identified as different erythromycins and paracetamol. Raman spectroscopy identified calcium carbonate as an excipient in 9 (39%) of 23 fake samples. Multivariate unsupervised pattern recognition results indicated two major clusters of artesunate counterfeits, those with counterfeit foil stickers and containing calcium carbonate, erythromycin, and paracetamol, and those with counterfeit holograms and containing starch but without evidence of erythromycin or paracetamol.

  13. Comparison of extraction techniques for spray dried dispersion tablet formulations.

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    Lee, Carlos; Gallo, Jenny; Arikpo, William; Bobin, Vincent

    2007-11-30

    Non-traditional sample preparation/extraction techniques that utilized the Caliper Life Sciences Tablet Processing Workstation II (TPW II), Microwave Assisted Extraction (MAE), and Accelerated Solvent Extraction (ASE) were evaluated for the extraction of Compound A from a 50 mgA, 15% Spray Dried Dispersion (SDD) immediate released (IR) tablet formulation. The TPW II consistently provided complete recoveries with very short preparation/extraction times (approximately 30 min). MAE also provided complete recovery of the API from the tablet formulation, but required approximately twice the extraction time, while ASE provided the lowest recovery of the three non-traditional techniques. The sample preparation/extraction efficiencies of the three non-traditional techniques were compared to that of the 5.5 h long manual method.

  14. Preparation and evaluation of gastroretentive floating tablets of acyclovir.

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    Garg, Rajeev; Gupta, G D

    2009-10-01

    The present study performed by preparation and evaluation of floating tablets of Acyclovir as model drug for prolongation of gastric residence time. Floating effervescent tablets were formulated by various materials like hydroxypropyl methylcellulose K 4M, K 15M, psyllium husk, swelling agent as crospovidone and microcrystalline cellulose and gas generating agent like sodium bicarbonate and citric acid and evaluated for floating properties, swelling characteristics and in vitro drug release studies. Floating noneffervescent tablets were prepared by polypropylene foam powder and different matrix forming polymers like HPMC K 4M, Carbopol 934P, xanthan gum and sodium alginate. In vitro drug release studies were performed and drug release kinetics evaluated using the linear regression method was found to follow both the Higuchi and the Korsmeyer and Peppas equation. The drug release mechanism was found fickian type in most of the formulations.

  15. Impairment of the in vitro Release of Carbamazepine from Tablets

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    Alija Uzunović

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Carbamazepine belongs to the class II biopharmaceutical classification system (BCS which is characterized by a high per-oral dose, a low aqueous solubility and a high membrane permeability. The bioavailability of such a drug is limited by the dissolution rate. The present study deals with the formulations of immediate release tablets of poorly soluble carbamazepine. As model tablets for this investigation, two formulations (named “A” and “B” formulations of carbamazepine tablets labeled to contain 200 mg were evaluated. The aim of this study was to establish possible differences in dissolution profile of these two formulations purchased from the local market.The increased crystallinity together with enlarged particle size, enhanced aggregation and decreased wettability of the drug, resulted in insufficient dissolution rate for formulation “B’.’ From the dissolution point of view, this formulation was inferior to the formulation “A, due to the solubilization effect.

  16. [Preparation of tablets containing enteric-coated diclofenac sodium pellets].

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    Qi, Xiao-Le; Zhu, Jia-Bi; Chen, Sheng-Jun

    2008-01-01

    Fluidized-bed manufactured enteric-coated diclofenac sodium pellets were compressed into tablets. The blend of two aqueous acrylic resins dispersion in different ratios, Eudragit NE30D and Eudragit L30D-55, were used to prepare enteric-coated diclofenac sodium pellets of different particle sizes and coating level. The cushioning pellets with different properties and these enteric-coated pellets were compressed into tablets in different proportions. The drug release of the tablets containing these pellets would be lower than 10% in 2 h in simulated gastric fluid, but reach (83 +/- 2.42)% in 1 h in simulated enteric fluid. The mixture of Eudragit NE30D and Eudragit L30D-55 could be used to prepare enteric pellets which are suitable for compression. The cushioning pellets which were composed of stearic acid/microcrystalline cellulose (4:1, w/w) could avoid rupture of the coating of pellets during the compression.

  17. Influence of process variables on release properties of paracetamol tablets.

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    Alebiowu, Gbenga; Itiola, Oludele Adelanwa

    2007-03-01

    A 2(3) factorial experimental design has been used to quantitatively study individual and interaction effects of the nature of binder (N), binder concentration (c) and relative density of tablet (d) on the disintegration time (DT) and dissolution times, t1, t50 and t90, of paracetamol tablet formulations. The factorial design was also used to study the quantitative effects of pregelatinization of starch binders on these parameters, i.e., N, c and d. In general, the most common ranking of the individual effects on DT, t1, t50 and t90 for native/native, pregelatinized/pregelatinized and native/pregelatinized starch binder formulations was c > d > N. For interaction effects, the most common ranking was N-c > c-d > N-d for all formulations. The results generally showed that c can considerably affect DT, t1, t50 and t90 of the tablets.

  18. Aloe Vera Effervescent Tablet Formulation: Comparation Study of Acid-Alkali-Aloe Powder and Maltodextrin Concentration

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    Kasmawarni, Kasmawarni; Utomo, Pramono Putro

    2010-01-01

    The research on The Application of Effervescent Technology of Aloe vera as Functional Drink has been done. The objectives were to obtain effrvescent tablet prefered by the panelist as well as nutritious as aloe vera-based functional food also to obtain appropriate formula resulting good quality of effervescent tablet. Formulation of effervescent tablet with treatments of maltodextrin concentration were done. The result showed that the best formulas of aloe vera effervescent tablet were aloe v...

  19. Uji Disolusi Tablet Parasetamol Produksi Pt. Kimia Farma (Persero) Tbk. Plant Medan

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    Siregar, Indah Febriyatna

    2015-01-01

    Acetaminophen tablets also called Paracetamol is one of the drugs known as analgesic-antipyretic, which can relieve pain and reduce the heat. Paracetamol tablets must go through a series of tests to determine the quality of the tablet. One is the dissolution test. The purpose of this test is to determine whether paracetamol tablets produced by PT. Kimia Farma (Persero) Tbk. Plant Medan meets the requirements in accordance with the dissolution test set by the Indonesian Pharmacopoeia Edition I...

  20. Formulation optimization study for an immediate-release tablet.

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    Kyriacos, Soula; Dimassi, Hani

    2009-01-01

    A simple method based on statistical analysis was used to optimize an immediate-release tablet formulation that includes a water soluble drug. The objective of this study was to optimize different factors to develop a tablet formulation that has good tablet characteristics (hardness of 85 to 90 Newtons), disintegration time between 3 to 6 minutes, and friability of less than 1%. The critical formulation/process factors were the type and concentration of microcrystalline cellulose, the ratio of lactose to microcrystalline cellulose, the concentration of croscarmellose, and the the compression force. A two-step approach was implemented. First an optimization study was performed to determine the type of microcrystalline cellulose and its ratio to lactose. Subsequently, a final optimization formulation study was performed based on the results obtained in the preliminary study. Data were analyzed using the SPSS 15 (Statistical Software for Social Sciences). The differences in means between the formulation and the targeted product were tested using the independent t-test. The optimization study gave the following results: croscarmellose 1%, anhydrous lactose: Avicel PH-302 at a ratio of 3 to 1, magnesium stearate 0.25% compressed into tablets at a pressure of 2.5 tons. A high P value reflected no statistical difference with the reference product. A final formulation was scaled up to 52 tablets and product quality was confirmed. The new formulation was successfully developed using a simple two-step approach. The results of the study in terms of disintegration, hardness, and friability showed no statistically significant defference between the new and the targeted formulation. Statistical analysis provides a systemic approach and allows a rapid and effective way to compound an immediate-release tablet for a water-soluble drug.

  1. Pharmacokinetics of a modified-release estrogen tablet.

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    Bhamra, Rupinder; Kaercher, Uwe; Oleary, Christine M

    2010-01-01

    To determine steady-state plasma concentrations and the pharmacokinetic profile of the essential components of synthetic conjugated estrogens, B (SCE-B), particularly total estrone and delta8,9-dehydroestrone (DHE), after oral administration of a modified-released tablet. A randomized, multiple-dose, pharmacokinetic study of 28 healthy, postmenopausal women randomly assigned to receive two SCE-B 0.3-mg tablets or one 1.25-mg tablet daily for 14 days. Blood samples were obtained before and after dosing at designated times. Total (conjugated and free) and unconjugated estrogens, namely estrone, equilin, and delta8,9-DHE, were determined, and pharmacokinetic analysis was performed. Steady-state plasma levels of total estrone and total delta8,9-DHE measured on day 14 over a 24-hour period showed minor fluctuations and a similar time to maximum concentration (Tmax): mean Tmax of total estrone = 7.94 and 8.36 hours for 0.3-mg and 1.25-mg tablets, respectively; mean Tmax of total delta8,9-DHE = 7.08 and 8.36 hours for 0.3-mg and 1.25-mg tablets, respectively. Consistency in pharmacokinetic parameters was seen between the two doses of SCE-B. SCE-B 0.3-mg and SCE-B 1.25-mg tablets achieved consistent pharmacokinetic parameters and steady-state levels when administered to healthy postmenopausal women. Achieving smooth, predictable levels of component estrogens may result in more consistent relief of menopausal symptoms.

  2. A randomised trial of glucose tablets to aid smoking cessation.

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    West, Robert; May, Sylvia; McEwen, Andy; McRobbie, Hayden; Hajek, Peter; Vangeli, Eleni

    2010-01-01

    Oral glucose has been found to decrease tobacco craving among abstaining smokers. One study has demonstrated an effect of glucose on short-term abstinence. There is a need to examine any long-term benefit of glucose on abstinence. To assess whether glucose tablets improve 6-month continuous abstinence rates compared with low-calorie placebo tablets. Smokers attempting to stop (n = 928) were randomised to receive glucose or sorbitol (placebo) in a double-blind placebo-controlled trial. All participants received group-based psychological support, and approximately half (n = 474) received nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), buproprion, or both. Smokers were seen weekly for 5 weeks and used tablets ad libitum, with a recommended minimum of 12 per day. Participants were recruited through general practitioner referral, word of mouth, and advertising. The participants were 38% male, smoked an average of 23.5 cigarettes per day, and had a mean age of 44 years. There were no significant pretreatment differences between groups. The primary outcome measure was continuous, CO-verified abstinence from the target quit date for 6 months. No significant effect of glucose tablets on abstinence was found (14.6% vs 13.4% abstinence in the glucose and placebo groups, respectively). However, there was a significant interaction with a glucose effect observed in smokers also receiving other medication (18.2% vs 12.6%, p < 0.05) but not otherwise (10.7% vs 14.3% ; p < 0.05 for the interaction). No significant effect of glucose tablets over and above sweet tasting tablets could be detected overall, but the possibility of an effect as an adjunct to NRT or bupropion merits further investigation.

  3. Tablet computer enhanced training improves internal medicine exam performance.

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    Baumgart, Daniel C; Wende, Ilja; Grittner, Ulrike

    2017-01-01

    Traditional teaching concepts in medical education do not take full advantage of current information technology. We aimed to objectively determine the impact of Tablet PC enhanced training on learning experience and MKSAP® (medical knowledge self-assessment program) exam performance. In this single center, prospective, controlled study final year medical students and medical residents doing an inpatient service rotation were alternatingly assigned to either the active test (Tablet PC with custom multimedia education software package) or traditional education (control) group, respectively. All completed an extensive questionnaire to collect their socio-demographic data, evaluate educational status, computer affinity and skills, problem solving, eLearning knowledge and self-rated medical knowledge. Both groups were MKSAP® tested at the beginning and the end of their rotation. The MKSAP® score at the final exam was the primary endpoint. Data of 55 (tablet n = 24, controls n = 31) male 36.4%, median age 28 years, 65.5% students, were evaluable. The mean MKSAP® score improved in the tablet PC (score Δ + 8 SD: 11), but not the control group (score Δ- 7, SD: 11), respectively. After adjustment for baseline score and confounders the Tablet PC group showed on average 11% better MKSAP® test results compared to the control group (pmedical problem solving were journal articles looked up on PubMed or Google®, and books. Our study provides evidence, that tablet computer based integrated training and clinical practice enhances medical education and exam performance. Larger, multicenter trials are required to independently validate our data. Residency and fellowship directors are encouraged to consider adding portable computer devices, multimedia content and introduce blended learning to their respective training programs.

  4. Formulation and evaluation of aceclofenac mouth-dissolving tablet

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    Shailendra Singh Solanki

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Aceclofenac has been shown to have potent analgesic and anti-inflammatory activities similar to indomethacin and diclofenac, and due to its preferential Cox-2 blockade, it has a better safety than conventional Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs with respect to adverse effect on gastrointestinal and cardiovascular systems. Aceclofenac is superior from other NSAIDs as it has selectivity for Cox-2, a beneficial Cox inhibitor is well tolerated, has better Gastrointestinal (GI tolerability and improved cardiovascular safety when compared with other selective Cox-2 inhibitor. To provide the patient with the most convenient mode of administration, there is need to develop a fast-disintegrating dosage form, particularly one that disintegrates and dissolves/disperses in saliva and can be administered without water, anywhere, any time. Such tablets are also called as "melt in mouth tablet." Direct compression, freeze drying, sublimation, spray drying, tablet molding, disintegrant addition, and use of sugar-based excipients are technologies available for mouth-dissolving tablet. Mouth-dissolving tablets of aceclofenac were prepared with two different techniques, wet granulation and direct compression, in which different formulations were prepared with varying concentration of excipients. These tablets were evaluated for their friability, hardness, wetting time, and disintegration time; the drug release profile was studied in buffer Phosphate buffered Saline (PBS pH 7.4. Direct compression batch C3 gave far better dissolution than the wet granulation Batch F2, which released only 75.37% drug, and C3, which released 89.69% drug in 90 minutes.

  5. Optical and terahertz measurement techniques for flat-faced pharmaceutical tablets: a case study of gloss, surface roughness and bulk properties of starch acetate tablets

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    Juuti, M.; Tuononen, H.; Prykäri, T.; Kontturi, V.; Kuosmanen, M.; Alarousu, E.; Ketolainen, J.; Myllylä, R.; Peiponen, K.-E.

    2009-01-01

    Surface and bulk properties of flat-faced starch acetate tablets were studied. For surface quality inspection optical coherence tomography and recently developed diffractive glossmeter were utilized. Both these optical devices together provide local information on surface roughness and gloss of a tablet over a measured area. The concepts of mean topography and mean gloss profile for surface quality of a tablet are introduced. It was observed that the surface quality of the tablet varies, and compression at high pressure may not guarantee a good surface quality of the tablet. Using novel statistical parameters for gloss and relevant surface roughness parameter, it is possible to get more comprehensive quantitative data on the surface condition of a tablet. THz spectrometer was utilized for detection of THz pulse delay in transmission measurement mode from the tablets. The delay time and thickness ratio of the tablet are consistent with the porosity of the tablet as a function of compression pressure. We suggest that the multimeasurement scheme using three different devices helps tablet makers to better assess bulk and surface quality of their products.

  6. Continuous direct tablet compression: effects of impeller rotation rate, total feed rate and drug content on the tablet properties and drug release.

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    Järvinen, Maiju A; Paaso, Janne; Paavola, Marko; Leiviskä, Kauko; Juuti, Mikko; Muzzio, Fernando; Järvinen, Kristiina

    2013-11-01

    Continuous processing is becoming popular in the pharmaceutical industry for its cost and quality advantages. This study evaluated the mechanical properties, uniformity of dosage units and drug release from the tablets prepared by continuous direct compression process. The tablet formulations consisted of acetaminophen (3-30% (w/w)) pre-blended with 0.25% (w/w) colloidal silicon dioxide, microcrystalline cellulose (69-96% (w/w)) and magnesium stearate (1% (w/w)). The continuous tableting line consisted of three loss-in-weight feeders and a convective continuous mixer and a rotary tablet press. The process continued for 8 min and steady state was reached within 5 min. The effects of acetaminophen content, impeller rotation rate (39-254 rpm) and total feed rate (15 and 20 kg/h) on tablet properties were examined. All the tablets complied with the friability requirements of European Pharmacopoeia and rapidly released acetaminophen. However, the relative standard deviation of acetaminophen content (10% (w/w)) increased with an increase in impeller rotation rate at a constant total feed rate (20 kg/h). A compression force of 12 kN tended to result in greater tablet hardness and subsequently a slower initial acetaminophen release from tablets when compared with those made with the compression force of about 8 kN. In conclusion, tablets could be successfully prepared by a continuous direct compression process and process conditions affected to some extent tablet properties.

  7. In-line monitoring of the drug content of powder mixtures and tablets by near-infrared spectroscopy during the continuous direct compression tableting process.

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    Järvinen, Kristiina; Hoehe, Wolfgang; Järvinen, Maiju; Poutiainen, Sami; Juuti, Mikko; Borchert, Sven

    2013-03-12

    Continuous manufacturing methods offer economic and quality advantages when compared with batch manufacturing methods. In continuous manufacturing, one requires real time assurance of quality of product via the implementation of PAT tools. This study focuses on an in-line near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopic method for determining the drug content of powder mixtures and tablets during a continuous tableting process. Tablets consisting of acetaminophen (20-30%), lactose (69.07-78.93%) and magnesium stearate (0.93-1.07%) were prepared in a continuous direct compression line that consisted of two loss-in-weight feeders, one for acetaminophen and one for premixed lactose and magnesium stearate, and a continuous mixer followed by a rotary tablet press. NIR spectroscopy was applied to the continuous mixer and tablet press to perform a 100% product check at full tableting speed. The UV-spectrophotometric method was used as an off-line reference method to determine the acetaminophen content in the samples. The powder mixture and tablet samples were taken during the process for the calibration of continuous mixer and tablet press, respectively. For the continuous mixer, model creation with the PLS method yielded R-Square and RMSEC (root mean square error of calibration) values of 0.975% and 0.56%, respectively. For the tablet press, the corresponding R-Square and RMSEC values were 0.943% and 0.75%, respectively. A test run demonstrated good predictability in the estimation of the API content in the powder mixtures and tablets during the continuous tableting process. For the continuous mixer and tablet press, the RMSEP (root mean square error of prediction) values were 0.96% and 1.37%, respectively. This study demonstrates that an NIR instrument capable of fast spectra acquisition can be a valuable tool for the in-line monitoring of the continuous mixing and tableting processes. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Superdisintegrant Selection for Tramadol Dispersible Tablets Superdisintegrant Selection for Tramadol Dispersible Tablets

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    Swati Jagdale

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available The selection of a suitable superdisintegrant for a rapidly disintegrating dosage form is of utmost importance, since disintegration time is a critical parameter. An experimental design was designed so as to find out the effect of superdisintegrants (sodium starch glycollate, crospovidone, croscarmellose sodium and Methacrylic copolymer with divinyl benzene at 2, 4, 6% w/w and its effect on hardness with respect to disintegration time. 4% w/w methacrylic copolymer with divinyl benzene is selected as the best superdisintegrant, effective enough for Tramadol. With increase in hardness, there was a considerable increase disintegration time with all concentrations of superdisintegrants. Crospovidone and Methacrylic copolymer with divinyl benzene in combination showed a remarkable drop in disintegration time upto 0.33 min. Stability Studies of the batch with lowest disintegration time was also carried out and suggests that there was no degradation with respect to time. The selection of a suitable superdisintegrant for a rapidly disintegrating dosage form is of the utmost importance, since disintegration time (DT is a critical parameter. An experimental design was implemented, to find out the effects of superdisintegrants (sodium starch glycolate, crospovidone, croscarmellose sodium and methacrylic copolymer with divinyl benzene, at 2, 4, 6% w/w, on tablet hardness, with respect to DT. Methacrylic copolymer with divinyl benzene (at 4 wt% was selected as the best superdisintegrant, adequate for the formulation of dispersible Tramadol tablets. With increasing hardness, there was a considerable increase in DT at all concentrations of superdisintegrants. A combination of crospovidone and methacrylic copolymer with divinyl benzene showed a remarkable drop in DT to 0.33 min. The stability of the batch with lowest DT was also tested under various conditions and the results suggested that there was no degradation over the test period. Keywords: Tramadol

  9. Developing BlackBerry Tablet Applications with Flex 45

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    Tretola, Rich

    2011-01-01

    Ready to put your ActionScript 3 skills to work on mobile apps? This hands-on book walks you through the process of creating an Adobe AIR application for Blackberry Tablets from start to finish, using the Flex 4.5 framework. Move quickly from a basic Hello World application to complex interactions with Blackberry APIs, and get complete code examples for working with tablet components-including the accelerometer, GPS unit, camera, file system, and multitouch screen. This is an ideal resource no matter how much Flex experience you have. Use Flash Builder 4.5 to create and debug a Flex Mobile pr

  10. Novel use of smart tablet computer for ophthalmology

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    Zhao-Tian Zhang; Yan-Tao Wei; Xin-Tong Jiang; Yuan-Zhe Yang; Suo Qiu; Shao-Chong Zhang

    2015-01-01

    AIM:To identify and categorize ophthalmology-relevant apps for the iPad tablet computer as a source for ophthalmic practices on the Apple's App Store.METHODS: The Apple's App Store was searched for ophthalmology-relevant apps from January 2013 to August 2013. Eligible apps were identified and downloaded into the iPad tablet computers, and then categorized according to the apps' initial contents and our using experiences. Methods about how to use the iPad's built-in functions of instant video ...

  11. In vitro evaluation of domperidone mouth dissolving tablets.

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    Patra, S; Sahoo, R; Panda, R K; Himasankar, K; Barik, B B

    2010-11-01

    In the present research work mouth dissolving tablets of domperidone were developed with superdisintegrants like crospovidone, croscarmellose sodium and sodium starch glycollate in various concentrations like 3%, 4% and 6% w/w by direct compression method. All formulations were evaluated for physical characteristics of compressed tablets such as weight variation, hardness, friability, content uniformity, in vitro disintegration time, wetting time and in vitro dissolution study. Among all, the formulation F3 (containing 6% w/w concentration of crospovidone) was considered to be the best formulation, having disintegration time of 9 s, wetting time of 15 s and in vitro drug release of 99.22% in 15 min.

  12. [Formulation optimization of ginkgo flavonoids matrix tablets by orthogonal design].

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    Guo, Ying-Xin; Li, Fei; Zhao, Qian-Qian; Xu, Lu; Pan, Wei-San; Xiao, Wei; Yang, Xing-Gang

    2013-06-01

    Sustained-release tablet has become one of the hottest research spots in the area of sustained release preparations with its unique advantages. At present, a series of shortcomings were exited in the ordinary ginkgo preparations, which were used for the treatment of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. In order to avoid these shortcomings, ginkgo flavonoids matrix tablets were prepared in this paper. Furthermore, the amount and varieties of matrix material, adhesives and fillers were investigated. Meanwhile, the formulation was optimized by using the method of orthogonal design, and Zero-order, First-order, Higuchi, Ritger-peppas equation were used for the model fitting and mechanism discussing of drug release.

  13. Treatment of respiratory allergy with allergy immunotherapy tablets.

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    Bachert, C

    2011-07-01

    Allergy immunotherapy tablets (AIT) have expanded the treatment options for patients suffering from respiratory allergies. Efficacy is established in adults and children for two different commercially available grass AITs. The ALK grass AIT has an efficacy comparable to subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT), with a proven disease-modifying effect after treatment completion. Safety profiles favour AIT over SCIT. Studies suggest that tablets in all aspects are superior to sublingual drops. AITs for other allergies including house dust mite and birch and ragweed pollen are in development. © 2011 John Wiley & Sons A/S.

  14. Development of an automation system for a tablet coater

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    Ruotsalainen, Mirja; Heinämäki, Jyrki; Rantanen, Jukka

    2002-01-01

    An instrumentation and automation system for a side-vented pan coater with a novel air-flow rate measurement system for monitoring the film-coating process of tablets was designed and tested. The instrumented coating system was tested and validated by film-coating over 20 pilot-scale batches...... and automated pan-coating system described, including historical data storage capability and a novel air-flow measurement system, is a useful tool for controlling and characterizing the tablet film-coating process. Monitoring of critical process parameters increases the overall coating process efficiency...

  15. Formulation and evaluation of metformin oro-dispersible tablets.

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    Kamboj, Munish; Goyal, Surinder; Rakha, Pankaj; Arora, Gitika; Dureja, Harish; Nagpal, Manju

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of this research was to develop oro-dispersible tablets of metformin by direct compression method using super disintegrants approach, effervescent approach and sublimation approach. Powder blend was evaluated for angle of repose, bulk density, tapped density, compressibility index, Hausner's ratio and bulkiness. The tablets were evaluated for uniformity of weight, friability test, hardness, drug content, wetting time, water absorption ratio, disintegration time and in vitro dissolution. Higher dissolution rates were achieved in selected batches (A5, B4, C4, and D3) as compared to marketed product. Batch C4 prepared by effervescent approach was found to have the least disintegration time and maximum in vitro dissolution profile.

  16. Green Cooperative Spectrum Sensing and Scheduling in Heterogeneous Cognitive Radio Networks

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    2016-09-12

    In this paper, we consider heterogeneous cognitive radio networks (CRNs) comprising primary channels (PCs) with heterogeneous characteristics and secondary users (SUs) with various sensing and reporting qualities for different PCs. We first define the opportunity as the achievable total data rate and its cost as the energy consumption caused from sensing, reporting, and channel switching operations and formulate a joint spectrum discovery and energy efficiency objective to minimize the energy spent per unit of data rate. Then, a mixed integer nonlinear programming problem is formulated to determine: 1) the optimal subset of PCs to be scheduled for sensing; 2) the SU assignment set for each scheduled PC; and 3) sensing durations and detection thresholds of each SU on PCs it is assigned to sense. Thereafter, an equivalent convex framework is developed for specific instances of the above combinatorial problem. For comparison, optimal detection and sensing thresholds are also derived analytically under the homogeneity assumption. Based on these, a prioritized ordering heuristic is developed to order channels under the spectrum, energy, and spectrum-energy limited regimes. After that, a scheduling and assignment heuristic is proposed and is shown to perform very close to the exhaustive optimal solution. Finally, the behavior of the CRN is numerically analyzed under these regimes with respect to different numbers of SUs, PCs, and sensing qualities.

  17. 77 FR 34063 - Certain Electronic Devices, Including Mobile Phones and Tablet Computers, and Components Thereof...

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    ... COMMISSION Certain Electronic Devices, Including Mobile Phones and Tablet Computers, and Components Thereof... devices, including mobile phones and tablet computers, and components thereof by reason of infringement of... certain electronics devices, including mobile phones and tablet computers, and components thereof that...

  18. 77 FR 18860 - Certain Consumer Electronics, Including Mobile Phones and Tablets; Notice of Receipt of Complaint...

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    ... COMMISSION Certain Consumer Electronics, Including Mobile Phones and Tablets; Notice of Receipt of Complaint... complaint entitled Certain Consumer Electronics, Including Mobile Phones and Tablets, DN 2885; the... importation of certain consumer electronics, including mobile phones and tablets. The complaint names as...

  19. Tablet Computer Literacy Levels of the Physical Education and Sports Department Students

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    Hergüner, Gülten

    2016-01-01

    Education systems are being affected in parallel by newly emerging hardware and new developments occurring in technology daily. Tablet usage especially is becoming ubiquitous in the teaching-learning processes in recent years. Therefore, using the tablets effectively, managing them and having a high level of tablet literacy play an important role…

  20. Fire behavior of e-tablets stored in aircraft galley carts.

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    2015-04-01

    The use of electronic-tablets (e-tablets) as replacements for conventional in-flight entertainment systems has gained popularity : among airlines globally. Innovative methods of storing and charging e-tablets in galley carts have been suggested or ar...

  1. Gravimetric Analysis of Bismuth in Bismuth Subsalicylate Tablets: A Versatile Quantitative Experiment for Undergraduate Laboratories

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    Davis, Eric; Cheung, Ken; Pauls, Steve; Dick, Jonathan; Roth, Elijah; Zalewski, Nicole; Veldhuizen, Christopher; Coeler, Joel

    2015-01-01

    In this laboratory experiment, lower- and upper-division students dissolved bismuth subsalicylate tablets in acid and precipitated the resultant Bi[superscript 3+] in solution with sodium phosphate for a gravimetric determination of bismuth subsalicylate in the tablets. With a labeled concentration of 262 mg/tablet, the combined data from three…

  2. 21 CFR 520.88a - Amoxicillin trihydrate film-coated tablets.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Amoxicillin trihydrate film-coated tablets. 520... Amoxicillin trihydrate film-coated tablets. (a) Specifications. Each tablet contains amoxicillin trihydrate equivalent to 50, 100, 150, 200, or 400 milligrams of amoxicillin. (b) Sponsor. See No. 000069 in § 510.600(c...

  3. Axial strength test for round flat faced versus capsule shaped bilayer tablets.

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    Franck, Jason; Abebe, Admassu; Keluskar, Rekha; Martin, Kyle; Majumdar, Antara; Kottala, Niranjan; Stamato, Howard

    2015-03-01

    There has been increasing interest in fixed dose combination (FDC) therapy. Multi-layer tablets are a popular choice among various technologies to deliver FDCs. In most cases, round flat faced tooling is used in testing tablets as they have the simplest geometry. However, shaped tooling is more common for commercial products and may have an effect on bilayer tablet strength. Capsule shaped bilayer tablets, similar to a commercial image, and holders conforming to the tablet topology, were compared with similar round flat faced bilayer tablets and their corresponding holders. Bilayer tablets were subjected to an axial test device, until fracture and the quantitative breaking force value was recorded. As the second layer compression force increases, regardless of holder design, an increase in breaking force occurs as expected. This consistent trend provides insight regarding the breaking force of capsule shaped bilayer tablets. The results of this study show that at lower second layer compression forces, tablet geometry does not significantly impact the results. However, at higher compression forces, a significant difference in breaking force between tablet geometries exists. Therefore, using a test geometry close to the final commercial tablet image is recommended to have the most accurate prediction for tablet breakage.

  4. Optimasi Tablet Levofloksasin yang Mengandung Bahan Pengikat PVP K-30 dan Disintegran Vivasol

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    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this research was to get optimal formula of levofloxacin tablet prepared with variation of PVP K-30 as binder and vivasol as disintegrant. The making of levofloxacin tablets was done by wet granulation. Tablet was prepared with various levels of PVP K-30 and disintegrant vivasol, compressed using a hydraulic press with 12 mm punch diameter, for 3 seconds. Physical quality (hardness, friability, and disintegration time and dissolution rate of tablet was evaluated. The optimization of the formula was done by factorial design of 22 factorial experiments with 2 factors (PVP K-30 and vivasol and 2 levels (2% and 4%. Optimization results showed that elevated levels of PVP K-30 increased tablet hardness, reduced friability of tablet, decreased disintegrating time, and increased dissolution rate of levofloxacin tablets. Meanwhile, elevated levels of vivasol increased the hardness of tablets, decreased the disintegrating time of tablets, decreased the dissolution rate of levofloxacin tablets, but did not affect the friability of tablets. In conclusion, the optimal tablet that meet the specifications of physical quality (hardness, friability, and disintegrating time and dissolution rate was made by 2.4 to 3.7% of PVP K-30 and 2.0 to 3.2% vivasol as shown in the feasible area of design space.

  5. Bioavailability and bioequivalence of a darunavir 800-mg tablet formulation compared with the 400-mg tablet formulation.

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    Kakuda, Thomas N; Leopold, Lorant; Timmers, Maarten; Van De Casteele, Tom; Hillewaert, Vera; Tomaka, Frank L; Hoetelmans, Richard M W

    2014-09-01

    Once-daily darunavir/ritonavir (800/100 mg), plus other antiretrovirals, is recommended for HIV-1-infected patients. Low therapy adherence is linked with poor outcomes. Pill burden can impact adherence. An 800-mg darunavir tablet would reduce pill burden. To assess the relative oral bioavailability (NCT01052883) and bioequivalence (NCT01308658) of a darunavir 800-mg tablet vs. 2 × 400-mg tablets. In two phase I, open-label, randomized, crossover, single-center studies, healthy volunteers received once-daily ritonavir (100 mg, days 1 - 5) and a single 800-mg darunavir dose: 2 × 400-mg tablets (reference) or 1 × 800- mg tablet (test) on day 3 and vice versa after a ≥ 7-day wash-out. Each study had fasted (n = 16 (bioavailability); n = 83 (bioequivalence)) and fed panels (n = 16; n = 45, respectively). Pharmacokinetic profiles and tolerability were assessed. No volunteers discontinued for treatment-related reasons. Least-square mean ratios (test vs. reference) for darunavir maximum plasma concentrations (C(max)), area under the concentration-time curve from zero to infinity (AUC(0-∞)) were: 1.06 and 1.15 (bioavailability), and 1.02 and 1.00 (bioequivalence), respectively (fasted); 0.89 and 0.88 (bioavailability), and 0.96 and 0.98 (bioequivalence), respectively (fed). 90% confidence intervals (CI) were within 80.00 - 125.00%, except bioavailability AUC(0-∞) (fed and fasted conditions). Median time to C(max) was comparable for both formulations. No clinically relevant differences in adverse events or laboratory abnormalities occurred between formulations. Bioequivalence was demonstrated for the 800-mg darunavir tablet (fasted and fed conditions). This formulation can reduce pill burden and potentially increase adherence for HIV-1-infected patients in whom once-daily darunavir/ritonavir 800/100 mg is appropriate.

  6. Visualisation of Radioactivity in Real-Time on a Tablet Measured by a Hybrid Pixel Detector

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    This work explores a method to visualise and interact with radioactivity over time and space by means of augmented reality on a screen. A prototype, iPadPix, was built to demonstrate use as an intuitive new tool for educative and training purposes. Measured by a hybrid pixel detector, Timepix, traces of radioactive decays are displayed in real- time on a mobile device. Its detection principle and properties are detailed as well as the calibration of the sensor. An embedded board is used to process and forward the sensor data to a tablet over a wireless network connection. Software was developed to processes and overlay signatures of ionising radiation and particles on a live camera feed. It is described here and published as open source.

  7. [Study of sustained-matrix tablets Ambroxol hydrochloride and potential impact of different fillers on the matrix tablet's scale-up].

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    Wang, Meng-yuan; Yang, Ya-peng; Chang, Jun-biao; Guo, Min-tong

    2012-10-18

    To study the release profiles of Ambroxol hydrochloride in matrix tablets with different fillers and controlled release materials, and investigate the potential impact on different fillers on the matrix tablet's scale-up. Ambroxol hydrochloride was chosen as the model drug to make single-layer matrix tablets with different types of hydroxylpropyl methylcellulose as matrix material, and lactose or microcrystalline cellulose as the filler. In vitro dissolution test was used to evaluate the drug release performance of the matrix tablets made. Also ethyl cellulose was used to prepare double-layer matrix tablets to investigate how different kinds of hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) and fillers would affect the drug release in double-layer matrix tablets. The drug release rate of single-layer tablets with lactose and HPMC decreased significantly with the increase of the level and viscosity of HPMC. However the release profile only slightly slowed down with the increase of the content and viscosity of HPMC for single-layer matrix tablets of microcrystalline cellulose (MCC). Compared with the single-layer tablets, the level and viscosity of HPMC had less impact on the drug release of the double-layer matrix tablets. The matrix tablet with lactose and HPMC has greater flexibility to design formulations with different drug release rate, however the introduction of other process parameters during the scale-up could lead the shifting of the drug release profile from small scale batches. The drug release profiles of matrix tablets with insoluble filler-MCC only change within a small range with the increase of the level and viscosity of HPMC. From the formulation design point of view, it could be necessary to select different type of controlled release polymers to meet the design requirement.

  8. Exposures to traditional automatic dishwashing tablets and a comparison with exposures to soluble film tablets reported to the United Kingdom National Poisons Information Service 2008-2015.

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    Day, Rachael; Eddleston, Michael; Thomas, Simon H L; Thompson, John P; Vale, J Allister

    2017-03-01

    Traditional automatic dishwashing tablets are contained within an external wrapper that requires removal prior to use. To determine the toxicity of traditional tablets and to compare this with our previously reported experience of soluble film dishwashing tablets. Telephone enquiries regarding traditional tablets were analysed retrospectively for the period January 2008 to December 2015. Traditional tablets: There were 503 enquiries relating to 492 patients who had been exposed to a traditional tablet. Most involved children aged 5 years or less (87.4%). The majority (78.6%) of patients did not develop symptoms after exposure; 21.1% developed minor (PSS 1) symptoms while one patient developed moderate features. Exposure occurred predominantly as a result of ingestion (n = 476, 96.7%); the most common feature in symptomatic patients (n = 99, 20.8%) was vomiting (70 [14.7%] cases). Significantly (p soluble film exposures: The percentage of patients that were reported with clinical symptoms following ingestion of a soluble film dishwashing tablet (31.7% of 473 patients; 95% CI = 27.7-36.0) was significantly greater (p soluble film tablet (25.5%; 95% CI = 21.8-29.6) than a traditional tablet (14.7%; 95% CI = 11.8-18.1). Exposure to both traditional and soluble film tablets only rarely produced clinically significant symptoms (PSS ≥2). However, ingestion of a soluble film tablet was significantly more likely to result in clinical features than ingestion of a traditional tablet.

  9. Evaluation of roll compaction as a preparation method for hydroxypropyl cellulose-based matrix tablets

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    Imjak Jeon

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Roll compaction was applied for the preparation of hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC-based sustained-release matrix tablets. Matrix tablets made via roll compaction exhibited higher dosage uniformity and faster drug release than direct-compacted tablets. HPC viscosity grade, roll pressure, and milling speed affected tablet properties significantly. Roll compaction seems to be an adequate granulation method for the preparation of HPC-based matrix tablets due to the simplicity of the process, less handling difficulty from HPC tackiness as well as easier particle size targeting. Selecting the optimum ratio of plastic excipients and the particle size of starting materials can however be critical issues in this method.

  10. A TABLET SCREEN CAST RECEIVER FOR CLASSROOM WITH LOW END ANDROID DEVICES

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    Moh. Hasbi Assidiqi

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Salah satu aktivitas menggunakan tablet adalah presentasi. Saat ini, kebanyakan aktivitas presentasi dilakukan menggunakan adapter VGA untuk bisa tersambung dengan LCD Proyektor. Konfigurasi ini memungkin presentasi berbasis kabel. Dan ini adalah hal yang menyulitkan penggunaannya untuk perangkat tablet yang memiliki sifat mobilitas tinggi. Beruntung, sudah ada banyak vendor yang menyediakan sistem presentasi yang bersahabat dengan membuatnya menjadi nirkabel. Tapi sistem tersebut hanya mendukung perangkat tablet high end. Pada makalah ini, kami mengajukan sebuah penerima tablet screen cast untuk perangkat tablet android low end. Yang memiliki potensi untuk diimplementasikan di kelas. Dari eksperimen, kami memperoleh hasil 9 FPS dengan delay sebesar 2 detik.

  11. Sustained release matrix tablets prepared from cospray dried mixtures with starch hydrophobic esters.

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    Sakhnini, N; Al-Zoubi, N; Al-Obaidi, G H; Ardakani, A

    2015-03-01

    In this work, starch acetate and propanoate derivatives with moderate degree of substitution were synthesized and characterized for employment as matrix formers for sustained release from tablets. Matrix tablets were prepared from cospray-dried and simple physical mixtures of starch/starch derivatives and theophylline as a model drug. The release was rapid for matrix tablets prepared from simple physical mixtures. On the other hand, tablets prepared from cospray-dried mixtures with starch acetate and starch propanoate showed much slower and extended release. Scanning electron micrographs of tablet surfaces revealed enhanced inter-particulate bonding and plastification for cospray-dried agglomerates in comparison with physical mixtures.

  12. [Development of effervescent tablet of Chinese traditional medicine and its technology study].

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    Tian, Xiu-feng; Bian, Bao-ling

    2004-07-01

    Effervescent tablets which contain an effervescent mixture of a suitable organic acid and an alkali metal bicarbonate and/or carbonate can give out carbon dioxide when they meet water. The effervescent tablets for oral solution can be dissolved in cool water about 17-20 degrees C, therefore it is convenient to carry and use. It also has a good taste for patient with deodorizing agent added. The foam produced by external effervescent tablets is usually helpful in killing the local bacteria. The review displayed the main supplementary material, preparative technique and the study development of effervescent tablets of Chinese traditional medicine. Effervescent tablets that have been used to clinic were enumerated.

  13. Pullulan: an advantageous natural polysaccharide excipient to formulate tablets of alendronate-loaded microparticles

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    Luana Mota Ferreira

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available This work reports the preparation of tablets by direct compression of sodium alendronate-loaded microparticles, using pullulan as filler. The tableting properties of pullulan were compared with those of microcrystalline cellulose and lactose. Pullulan tablets showed low variations in average weight, thickness and drug content. Moreover, these tablets exhibited a higher hardness compared to the other excipients. In vitro release studies showed that only pullulan was capable to maintain gastroresistance and release properties of microparticles, due to its ability to protect particles against damage caused by compression force. Thus, pullulan was considered an advantageous excipient to prepare tableted microparticles.

  14. Influence of raw material properties upon critical quality attributes of continuously produced granules and tablets

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    Fonteyne, Margot; Wickström, Henrika; Peeters, Elisabeth

    2014-01-01

    quality attributes of granules and tablets, produced by a continuous from-powder-to-tablet wet granulation line. The granulation process parameters were kept constant to examine the differences in the end product quality caused by the variability of the raw materials properties only. Theophylline......-Lactose-PVP (30-67.5-2.5%) was used as model formulation. Seven different grades of theophylline were granulated. Afterward, the obtained granules were tableted. Both the characteristics of granules and tablets were determined. The results show that differences in raw material properties both affect...... their processability and several critical quality attributes of the resulting granules and tablets....

  15. Safety evaluation of saffron (Crocus sativus) tablets in healthy volunteers.

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    Modaghegh, Mohammad-Hadi; Shahabian, Masoud; Esmaeili, Habib-Allah; Rajbai, Omid; Hosseinzadeh, Hossein

    2008-12-01

    Saffron (Crocus sativus) stigma tablets were evaluated for short-term safety and tolerability in healthy adult volunteers. The study was a double-blind, placebo-controlled design consisting of a 1 week treatment of saffron tablets. Volunteers were divided into 3 groups of 10 each (5 males and 5 females). Group I received placebo; groups 2 and 3 received 200 and 400mg saffron tablets, respectively, for 7 days. General measures of health were recorded during the study such as hematological, biochemical and electrocardiographic parameters done in pre- and post-treatment periods. Clinical examination showed no gross changes in all volunteers after intervention. Saffron with higher dose (400mg) decreased standing systolic blood pressure and mean arterial pressures significantly. Saffron decreased slightly some hematological parameters such as red blood cells, hemoglobin, hematocrit and platelets. Saffron increased sodium, blood urea nitrogen and creatinine. This study showed that saffron tablets may change some hematological and biochemical parameters. However, these alterations were in normal ranges and they were not important clinically.

  16. Formulation and evaluation of sublingual tablets of losartan potassium

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    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Sublingual tablets of Losartan Potassium were prepared to improve its bioavailability, to avoid pre-systemic metabolism in the gastrointestinal tract and hepatic first pass elimination. Methods: The Sublingual tablets were prepared by direct compression procedure using different concentration of Starch 1500 and microcrystalline cellulose. Compatibility studies of drug and polymer were performed by FTIR spectroscopy and DSC. Preformulation property of API was evaluated. Postcompressional parameters such disintegration time, wetting time, water absorption ratio, in vitro drug release and in vivo bioavailability study of optimized formulation were determined. Results: FTIR spectroscopy and DSC study revealed that there was no possible interaction between drug and polymers. The precompression parameters were in acceptable range of pharmacopoeial specification. The disintegration time of optimized formulation (F3 was upto 48 sec. The in vitro release of Losartan Potassium was upto 15 min. The percentage relative bioavailability of Losartan Potassium from optimized sublingual tablets was found to be 144.7 %. Conclusions: Sublingual tablets of Losartan Potassium were successfully prepared with improved bioavailability.

  17. In-vitro Release Study of Carvedilol Phosphate Matrix Tablets ...

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    Methods: Matrix tablets containing carvedilol phosphate were prepared from 27 formulations in three batch series coded A, B and C, each containing 9 formulations. Each batch incorporated different ratios of two molecular weight grades of hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (Methocel® K4M CR and K15M CR) used as release ...

  18. Transmission Raman spectroscopy for quality control in model cocrystal tablets.

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    Burley, Jonathan C; Alkhalil, Aalae; Bloomfield, Matthew; Matousek, Pavel

    2012-07-07

    Transmission Raman spectroscopy is employed for the first time to analyse model formulations comprising tabletted cocrystals. The ability of transmission Raman to differentiate between formulations on the basis of both drug loading and drug chemistry (cocrystal versus separate components) is investigated.

  19. FDA-Approved Natural Polymers for Fast Dissolving Tablets.

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    Alam, Md Tausif; Parvez, Nayyar; Sharma, Pramod Kumar

    2014-01-01

    Oral route is the most preferred route for administration of different drugs because it is regarded as safest, most convenient, and economical route. Fast disintegrating tablets are very popular nowadays as they get dissolved or facilely disintegrated in mouth within few seconds of administration without the need of water. The disadvantages of conventional dosage form, especially dysphagia (arduousness in swallowing), in pediatric and geriatric patients have been overcome by fast dissolving tablets. Natural materials have advantages over synthetic ones since they are chemically inert, non-toxic, less expensive, biodegradable and widely available. Natural polymers like locust bean gum, banana powder, mango peel pectin, Mangifera indica gum, and Hibiscus rosa-sinenses mucilage ameliorate the properties of tablet and utilized as binder, diluent, and superdisintegrants increase the solubility of poorly water soluble drug, decrease the disintegration time, and provide nutritional supplement. Natural polymers are obtained from the natural origin and they are cost efficacious, nontoxic, biodegradable, eco-friendly, devoid of any side effect, renewable, and provide nutritional supplement. It is proved from the studies that natural polymers are more safe and efficacious than the synthetic polymers. The aim of the present article is to study the FDA-approved natural polymers utilized in fast dissolving tablets.

  20. Design Optimization and Evaluation of Gastric Floating Matrix Tablet ...

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    Original Research Article. Design ... Keywords: Effervescent, Floating tablet, Design of Experiment, Release kinetics, Central composite .... software. First, a feasible space was located and second, an exhaustive grid search was conducted to predict the possible solutions. Four formulations were selected as the confirmatory.

  1. Microbiological Quality of Blister Pack Tablets in Community ...

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    materials, packaging materials, personnel that come in contact with the product during the manufacturing process ... Twenty two different brands of tablet dosage forms that contained 8 pharmaceutical active ingredients were ... and their drugs approved by the Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA). For each brand,.

  2. Diclofenac transdermal patch versus the sustained release tablet: A ...

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    therapeutic advantages over conventional oral tablets in terms of prolonged release and improvement of ... arthritic therapy. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are prescribed frequently for the management of pain and local inflammation. (similar to gout) [5]. ... systems, transdermal films/patches are the most.

  3. Formulation, Characterization and Physicochemical Evaluation of Ranitidine Effervescent Tablets

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    Abolfazl Aslani

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The aim of this study was to design, formulate and physicochemically evaluate effervescent ranitidine hydrochloride (HCl tablets since they are easily administered while the elderly and children sometimes have difficulties in swallowing oral dosage forms. Methods: Effervescent ranitidine HCl tablets were prepared in a dosage of 300 mg by fusion and direct compression methods. The powder blend and granule mixture were evaluated for various pre-compression characteristics, such as angle of repose, compressibility index, mean particle size and Hausner's ratio. The tablets were evaluated for post-compression features including weight variation, hardness, friability, drug content, dissolution time, carbon dioxide content, effervescence time, pH, content uniformity and water content. Effervescent systems with appropriate pre and post-compression qualities dissolved rapidly in water were selected as the best formulations. Results: The results showed that the flowability of fusion method is more than that of direct compression and the F5 and F6 formulations of 300 mg tablets were selected as the best formulations because of their physicochemical characteristics. Conclusion: In this study, citric acid, sodium bicarbonate and sweeteners (including mannitol, sucrose and aspartame were selected. Aspartame, mint and orange flavors were more effective for masking the bitter taste of ranitidine. The fusion method is the best alternative in terms of physicochemical and physical properties.

  4. Formulation and Evaluation of Mouth Dissolving Tablets of Tramadol ...

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    Purpose: To prepare, and evaluate in vitro and in vivo tramadol hydrochloride mouth dissolving tablets (MDT). Methods: Tramadol HCl MDT were prepared by direct compression using Pharmaburst as coprocessed excipient and compared with a reference product (Rybix ODT, 50 mg). Physicochemical parameters including ...

  5. In vitro comparative evaluation of co-trimoxazole tablet products ...

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    Bacterial resistance to trimethoprim-sulphamethoxazole is a rapidly increasing problem and is exacerbated by use of substandard products. In this work, it is aimed to evaluate the physical properties and the dissolution profiles of trimethoprim-sulphamethoxazole tablets which were obtained from drug retail outlets in Addis ...

  6. Level of personal computer (PC) tablet penetration among ...

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    This study was designed to find out level of Personal Computer (PC) tablet penetration among undergraduate students of university of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria. Random sampling technique was adopted to select 200 students from selected Faculties in University of Ilorin. The questionnaire were administered, collected and ...

  7. Quality Control Assessment of Five Brands of Ketoconazole Tablets ...

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    The qualities of five different brands of ketoconazole tablets commercially available in Nigeria were assessed. The weight uniformity, hardness, friability, disintegration time, absolute drug content and dissolution rate of the brands were determined using official or standard methods, as applicable. The five brands passed the ...

  8. Double-layer Tablets of Lornoxicam: Validation of Quantification ...

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    The aim of this study was to design LRX double- layer tablets composed of a .... balance (Denver Instrument). Friability % was ... precision, and accuracy of quantification method were calculated from data obtained during a 5- day validation. Six LRX solutions in PBS pH 7.4. (2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 µg mL-1) was prepared by.

  9. Spectrophotometric Determination of Cilostazol in Tablet Dosage Form

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    Purpose: To develop simple, rapid and selective spectrophotometric methods for the determination of cilostazol in tablet dosage form. Methods: Cilostazol was dissolved in 50 % methanol and its absorbance was scanned by ultraviolet. (UV) spectrophotometry. Both linear regression equation and standard absorptivity were ...

  10. Determination of Venlafaxine and Modafinil in Individual Tablet ...

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    Purpose: To develop a simple and selective isocratic method for the determination of venlafaxine and modafinil in tablet dosage forms. Methods: The compounds were analyzed on Waters symmetry C18 column (4.6 mm x 250 mm i.d, 5ìm) using a mobile phase consisting of a mixture of ammonium acetate buffer (pH was ...

  11. Formulation and evaluation of tablet dosage form of Hunteria ...

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    The present study was aimed at formulating and evaluating tablet dosage form of Hunteria umbellata (HU) seed aqueous and purified extracts. HU seeds were dried, pulverized and the powder macerated in water to obtain aqueous extract, while alkaloidal extraction process was used to obtain purified extract. Extracts ...

  12. 3D printing of tablets using inkjet with UV photoinitiation.

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    Clark, Elizabeth A; Alexander, Morgan R; Irvine, Derek J; Roberts, Clive J; Wallace, Martin J; Sharpe, Sonja; Yoo, Jae; Hague, Richard J M; Tuck, Chris J; Wildman, Ricky D

    2017-08-30

    Additive manufacturing (AM) offers significant potential benefits in the field of drug delivery and pharmaceutical/medical device manufacture. Of AM processes, 3D inkjet printing enables precise deposition of a formulation, whilst offering the potential for significant scale up or scale out as a manufacturing platform. This work hypothesizes that suitable solvent based ink formulations can be developed that allow the production of solid dosage forms that meet the standards required for pharmaceutical tablets, whilst offering a platform for flexible and personalized manufacture. We demonstrate this using piezo-activated inkjetting to 3D print ropinirole hydrochloride. The tablets produced consist of a cross-linked poly(ethylene glycol diacrylate) (PEGDA) hydrogel matrix containing the drug, photoinitiated in a low oxygen environment using an aqueous solution of Irgacure 2959. At a Ropinirole HCl loading of 0.41mg, drug release from the tablet is shown to be Fickian. Raman and IR spectroscopy indicate a high degree of cross-linking and formation of an amorphous solid dispersion. This is the first publication of a UV inkjet 3D printed tablet. Consequently, this work opens the possibility for the translation of scalable, high precision and bespoke ink-jet based additive manufacturing to the pharmaceutical sector. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  13. [Content uniformity of warfarin-containing mixtures and tablets].

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    Franc, Aleš; Muselík, Jan; Máslová, Radka; Hadrabová, Jana

    2013-08-01

    This experimental study describes the method of direct compression of powder mixtures composed of warfarinum sodium salt. Warfarinum is a drug with a narrow therapeutics index. The aim of this study is to find a suitable composition and a process of preparing tablets with the best uniformity. The content uniformity is very important for the safety of the therapy. This study links up with the already published article including the results of content uniformity of mixtures and tablets prepared by direct compression. These mixtures contain fillers with different density and distribution size of the particles (excipients with digger particles were used in this experiment). The study is focused on the influence of magnesium stearate, which was added at the beginning of the homogenization or after the mixing of the other components. In addition to content uniformity and physical characteristics of the tablets, the study also evaluated the uniformity and physical characteristics of the mixtures. In this experimental study it has been found out that content uniformity is influenced by the total time of homogenization and the addition of magnesium stearate and much less by the distribution size of the particles of excipients in the mixtures. The appropriate selection of process parameters is important for obtaining tablets respecting the strict criterion of Bergum distribution. This distribution is a part of the GMP by the evaluation of the content uniformity in the U.S.

  14. 21 CFR 520.445c - Chlortetracycline tablets and boluses.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Chlortetracycline tablets and boluses. 520.445c Section 520.445c Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES...) Related tolerances. See § 556.150 of this chapter. (d) National Academy of Sciences/National Research...

  15. Tablet computers for recording tuberculosis data at a community ...

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    Don O’Mahony

    2014-08-20

    Aug 20, 2014 ... The advantages of handheld electronic devices for data collection compared to paper, i.e. the reduced .... operating system for clinical applications on tablet devices. Based on the above studies, data for the ... Android® data collection apps are based on OpenDataKit®,. e.g. OpenClinic®, CommCare® and ...

  16. Microbiological Quality of Blister Pack Tablets in Community ...

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    Purpose: To investigate the microbiological quality of blister-packed tablets manufactured and marketed in Jordan in order to assess Good Manufacturing ... Six of the products with the highest stratified bacterial count were manufactured by one company and were also found to be contaminated with Aeromonas species.

  17. Oral floating extended release stavudine hydrophilic matrix tablets ...

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    Formulation of extended-release (ER) d4T improves patient compliance and minimizes dose related side effects. This study, therefore, aims at formulating once-a-day floating d4T ER hydrophilic matrix tablets using hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) as a release-modifying polymer. NaHCO3 and microcrystalline ...

  18. 21 CFR 520.2150a - Stanozolol tablets.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Stanozolol tablets. 520.2150a Section 520.2150a Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) ANIMAL... chapter. (c) Conditions of use. (1) Used as an anabolic steroid treatment in dogs and cats. (2...

  19. 21 CFR 520.2042 - Pyrantel pamoate tablets.

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    ...; routinely treat adult dogs monthly. Do not withhold food prior to or after treatment. The presence of these... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Pyrantel pamoate tablets. 520.2042 Section 520.2042 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED...

  20. Formulation and evaluation of orally disintegrating clopidogrel tablets

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    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Recent advances in drug delivery systems have aimed to achieve better patient compliance. One of these advances is the formulation of orally disintegrating tablets (ODTs that dissolve instantaneously, releasing drugs within a few seconds without the need of water. The main objective of this paper was to prepare and develop ODTs of clopidogrel. The ODTs were prepared by direct compression. The effect of three superdisintegrants, namely crospovidone, croscarmellose sodium, and sodium starch glycolate, using three different disintegration times on the dissolution rate was investigated. The prepared tablets were evaluated for hardness, friability, disintegration time and in vitro drug release. Furthermore, the interaction of clopidogrel with the formulation excipients was studied using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC. DSC studies revealed that there were no interactions between the drug and the excipients used. All tablets had hardness values in the range 4.0-5.2 kp and friability lower than 1%. The weight and drug content uniformity of all formulations was within official limits according to BP. In vitro drug release studies of the ODTs showed that more than 90% of the drug was released within ten minutes. A palatability test in human volunteers showed acceptable taste and mouth feel. Thus, the obtained results conclusively demonstrated successful rapid disintegration of the formulated tablets and acceptable palatability.

  1. Determination of Letrozole in Tablet Formulations by Reversed ...

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    Purpose: To develop a simple, rapid, accurate and cost-effective reversed phase high performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) method for letrozole in bulk and in tablets. Methods: Development of a method for the determination of letrozole, an anti-cancer drug, by RPHPLC was undertaken using a new mobile phase ...

  2. 21 CFR 520.1696d - Penicillin V potassium tablets.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Penicillin V potassium tablets. 520.1696d Section 520.1696d Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.... Treatment of respiratory, urogenital, skin and soft tissue infections and septicemia caused by pathogens...

  3. 21 CFR 529.400 - Chlorhexidine tablets and suspension.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Chlorhexidine tablets and suspension. 529.400 Section 529.400 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES... treatment of metritis and vaginitis in cows and mares when caused by pathogens sensitive to chlorhexidine...

  4. Optimization and Formulation of Orodispersible Tablets of Meloxicam

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    Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Benin,. Benin City, 300001 Nigeria. All rights reserved. Available online at http://www.tjpr.org. Research Article. Optimization and Formulation of Orodispersible. Tablets of Meloxicam. Jashanjit Singh1* and Rajmeet Singh2. 1Department of Pharmaceutics, Swift School of Pharmacy, Village- ...

  5. Formulation of Fast-Dissolving Tablets of Promethazine Theoclate

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    three formulation variables was optimized. The optimized amount of the camphor, crospovidone and β-cyclodextrin were incorporated in the tablet which was used as the check point of the regression analysis model. The polynomial equation generated by this experimental design (using Design. Expert 7.1.6 software, State ...

  6. A new spectrofluorimetric assay method for vandetanib in tablets ...

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    Purpose: To develop a simple and sensitive spectrofluorimetric method for the determination of vandetanib (VDB) in tablets (containing 100 mg of the drug) and biological fluids (spiked human plasma and urine). Methods: The proposed method is based on examining the intrinsic fluorescence intensity of VDB in acetonitrile ...

  7. Preparation and Evaluation of Sustained Release Matrix Tablets of ...

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    Purpose: To prepare oral sustained release matrix tablets of a highly water soluble drug, tramadol hydrochloride, and to evaluate the effect of .... (IRAffinity-1, Shimadzu). Their spectra were obtained over the wave number range of ... square root kinetic model describes a time- dependent release process. The value of n.

  8. Objective Color Classification of Ecstasy Tablets by Hyperspectral Imaging

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    Edelman, Gerda; Lopatka, Martin; Aalders, Maurice

    2013-01-01

    The general procedure followed in the examination of ecstasy tablets for profiling purposes includes a color description, which depends highly on the observers' perception. This study aims to provide objective quantitative color information using visible hyperspectral imaging. Both self-manufactured

  9. 21 CFR 520.622a - Diethylcarbamazine citrate tablets.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Diethylcarbamazine citrate tablets. 520.622a Section 520.622a Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES... mouth. For the treatment of ascarid infections, repeat in 10 to 20 days to remove immature worms that...

  10. 21 CFR 520.1242e - Levamisole hydrochloride effervescent tablets.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Levamisole hydrochloride effervescent tablets. 520.1242e Section 520.1242e Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN.... Pigs maintained under conditions of constant worm exposure may require re-treatment within 4 to 5 weeks...

  11. 21 CFR 520.622c - Diethylcarbamazine citrate chewable tablets.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Diethylcarbamazine citrate chewable tablets. 520.622c Section 520.622c Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN... should be given in 10 to 20 days to remove immature worms which may enter the intestine from the lungs...

  12. 21 CFR 520.1331 - Meclofenamic acid tablets.

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    ... gastrointestinal, hepatic, or renal disease. Federal law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Meclofenamic acid tablets. 520.1331 Section 520.1331 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED...

  13. 21 CFR 520.446 - Clindamycin capsules and tablets.

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    ... susceptible strains of coagulase-positive staphylococci (Staphylococcus aureus or S. intermedius), deep wounds... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Clindamycin capsules and tablets. 520.446 Section 520.446 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES...

  14. Viability of lactobacillus acidophilus in various vaginal tablet formulations

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    Fazeli M.R.

    2006-07-01

    Full Text Available The lactobacilli which are present in vaginal fluids play an important role in prevention of vaginosis and there are considerable interests in formulation of these friendly bacteria into suitable pharmaceutical dosage forms. Formulating these microorganisms for vaginal application is a critical issue as the products should retain viability of lactobacilli during formulation and also storage. The aim of this study was to examine the viability and release of Lactobacillus acidophilus from slow-release vaginal tablets prepared by using six different retarding polymers and from two effervescent tablets prepared by using citric or adipic acid. The Carbomer–based formulations showed high initial viablility compared to those based on HPMC-LV, HPMC-HV, Polycarbophil and SCMC polymers which showed one log decrease in viable cells. All retarding polymers in slow release formulations presented a strong bacterial release at about 2 h except Carbomer polymers which showed to be poor bacterial releasers. Although effervescent formulations produced a quick bacterial release in comparison with polymer based slow-release tablets, they were less stable in cold storage. Due to the strong chelating characteristic of citric acid, the viability was quickly lost for aqueous medium of citric acid in comparison with adipic acid based effervescent tablets.

  15. Development and Evaluation of Controlled-Release Bilayer Tablets ...

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    Purpose: To develop and characterize bilayer tablet formulations of tramadol HCl (TmH) and acetaminophen (AAP) microparticles. Methods: Coacervation via temperature change was the encapsulated method used for the preparation of the microparticles, with ethyl cellulose (EC) of medium viscosity as the polymer for ...

  16. Spectrophotometric Determination of Cilostazol in Tablet Dosage Form

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    The results of cilostazol tablet determination by linear regression equation and standard absorptivity methods indicate purity of 100.0 - 102.4 and 98.7 - 101.1 % with ... Conclusion: These validated methods may be useful for routine analysis of cilostazol as bulk drugs, in dosage forms as well as in dissolution studies in the ...

  17. Once Upon a Tablet: A School Toy in the Making

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    Froes, Isabel

    2015-01-01

    The current paper introduces the definitions of playful literacy and multimodal hyper-intertextuality, key concepts when researching children’s use of digital tablets. The pilot investigation, which took place in spring 2014 in Denmark, is part of a larger cross-cultural comparative project explo...

  18. Evaluation of Beilschmiedia Seed Gum as a Tablet Binder | Femi ...

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    family Lauraceae) was evaluated for its binding properties at a concentration range of 0.5-10 % w/w in paracetamol tablets with official gelatin as a control. A comparative analysis showed that the granules bound with Beilschmiedia gum were ...

  19. Interactive Rhythm Learning System by Combining Tablet Computers and Robots

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    Chien-Hsing Chou

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available This study proposes a percussion learning device that combines tablet computers and robots. This device comprises two systems: a rhythm teaching system, in which users can compose and practice rhythms by using a tablet computer, and a robot performance system. First, teachers compose the rhythm training contents on the tablet computer. Then, the learners practice these percussion exercises by using the tablet computer and a small drum set. The teaching system provides a new and user-friendly score editing interface for composing a rhythm exercise. It also provides a rhythm rating function to facilitate percussion training for children and improve the stability of rhythmic beating. To encourage children to practice percussion exercises, a robotic performance system is used to interact with the children; this system can perform percussion exercises for students to listen to and then help them practice the exercise. This interaction enhances children’s interest and motivation to learn and practice rhythm exercises. The results of experimental course and field trials reveal that the proposed system not only increases students’ interest and efficiency in learning but also helps them in understanding musical rhythms through interaction and composing simple rhythms.

  20. Formulation, characterization and physicochemical evaluation of ranitidine effervescent tablets.

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    Aslani, Abolfazl; Jahangiri, Hajar

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this study was to design, formulate and physicochemically evaluate effervescent ranitidine hydrochloride (HCl) tablets since they are easily administered while the elderly and children sometimes have difficulties in swallowing oral dosage forms. Effervescent ranitidine HCl tablets were prepared in a dosage of 300 mg by fusion and direct compression methods. The powder blend and granule mixture were evaluated for various pre-compression characteristics, such as angle of repose, compressibility index, mean particle size and Hausner's ratio. The tablets were evaluated for post-compression features including weight variation, hardness, friability, drug content, dissolution time, carbon dioxide content, effervescence time, pH, content uniformity and water content. Effervescent systems with appropriate pre and post-compression qualities dissolved rapidly in water were selected as the best formulations. The results showed that the flowability of fusion method is more than that of direct compression and the F5 and F6 formulations of 300 mg tablets were selected as the best formulations because of their physicochemical characteristics. In this study, citric acid, sodium bicarbonate and sweeteners (including mannitol, sucrose and aspartame) were selected. Aspartame, mint and orange flavors were more effective for masking the bitter taste of ranitidine. The fusion method is the best alternative in terms of physicochemical and physical properties.

  1. Preparation and evaluation of gastroretentive floating tablets of Silymarin.

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    Garg, Rajeev; Gupta, Ghanshyam Das

    2009-06-01

    The present study performed by preparation and evaluation of floating tablets of Silymarin as model drug for prolongation of gastric residence time. Floating effervescent tablets were formulated by various materials like hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) K 4M, K 15M, psyllium husk, swelling agent as crospovidone and microcrystalline cellulose and gas generating agent like sodium bicarbonate and citric acid and evaluated for floating properties, swelling characteristics and in vitro drug release studies. Floating noneffervescent tablets were prepared by polypropylene foam powder and different matrix forming polymers like HPMC K 4M, Carbopol 934P, xanthan gum and sodium alginate. In vitro drug release studies were performed and drug release kinetics evaluated using the linear regression method was found to follow both the Higuchi and the Korsemeyer and Peppas equation. The drug release mechanism was found fickian type in most of the formulations. The developed floating tablets of Silymarin may be used in clinic for prolonged drug release for at least 24 h, thereby improving the bioavailability and patient compliance.

  2. In Vitro Study of Release of Metronidazole Tablets Prepared from ...

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    The aim of this study is to evaluate the ability of okra gum to release it\\'s medicament in bioadhesive polymer-based drug delivery system. Bioadhesive studies using the tensiometer were done to evaluate its bioadhesivenes. Conventional tablets were made with okra gum as binder and in-vitro release studies carried out ...

  3. Through the Lens of a Tetrad: Visual Storytelling on Tablets

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    McEwen, Rhonda; Zbitnew, Anne; Chatsick, Jennifer

    2016-01-01

    What are the boundaries between traditional and new media, between ability and disability, and between the artist and the processes for making art? This article reports findings from a study of tablet devices as media for self-expression and visual storytelling by adults with intellectual disabilities and examined whether or not art-making…

  4. Colorimetric Assay Of Naproxen Tablets by Derivatization Using 4 ...

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    A colorimetric assay of naproxen tablets based on chemical derivatization with the chromogenic reagent 4-carboxyl-2,6-dinitrobenzene diazonium ion was developed. The optimal reaction time was found to be 5 min at 30 oC after vortex mixing of the drug/reagent mixture for 10 s. The optimal analytical wavelength was ...

  5. Formulation and Evaluation of Tramadol HCl Matrix Tablets Using ...

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    Purpose: To formulate and prepare controlled release (CR) matrix tablets of tramadol HCl using. Carbopol ... Different natural and synthetic polymers are used for CR matrix systems which have the property to extend the release of drug from matrix system [2]. In matrix systems, the ..... Behera S. Investigation of Drug Polymer.

  6. Controlled release tablet formulation containing natural Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol.

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    Punyamurthula, Nagendra S; Hingorani, Tushar; Adelli, Goutham; Gul, Waseem; ElSohly, Mahmoud A; Repka, Michael A; Majumdar, Soumyajit

    2016-01-01

    Cannabinoids are increasingly being used in the treatment of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) because of their action on the cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2. The currently marketed capsule formulations (sesame oil based and crystalline powder) are required to be administered frequently to maintain therapeutic levels, which leads to non-compliance. In the present study, oral controlled release tablet formulations of Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) were prepared using the lipids Precirol® and Compritol®. Release profiles using THC-lipid matrices and/or with the lipids in the external phase (blend) were evaluated. The effect of directly compressible diluents lactose mixture (Ludipress®), dicalcium phosphate anhydrous (Emcompress®) and microcrystalline cellulose (Avicel® 102) on tablet characteristics and in vitro drug release was also investigated. Further, in vitro THC release in the presence of a lipase inhibitor, Pluronic® F68, was also studied. A 24 h zero-order THC release profile was obtained with a combination of Precirol® and Compritol® in the compression blend. Addition of Pluronic® F68 did not alter THC release in vitro. These optimized tablets were chemically and physically stable for 3 months, the last time point tested, at 25 °C/60% RH. The overall results demonstrate the feasibility of preparing oral THC tablets for once a day administration which can improve CINV management.

  7. Determination of Venlafaxine and Modafinil in Individual Tablet ...

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    Purpose: To develop a simple and selective isocratic method for the determination of venlafaxine and modafinil in tablet dosage forms. Methods: The compounds were analyzed on Waters symmetry C18 column (4.6 mm x 250 mm i.d,. 5µm) using a mobile phase consisting of a mixture of ammonium acetate buffer (pH was ...

  8. Improved Colorimetric Determination of Reserpine in Tablets Using ...

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    Purpose: To develop a simple, rapid and improved colorimetric method for the assay of reserpine in tablets. Method: The method is based on the aromatic ring coupling of reserpine with 4-carboxyl-2,6-dinitrobenzene diazonium ion with the consequent formation of an azo adduct. Optimization of reaction conditions and ...

  9. Relationship between dissolution rate and bioavailability of paracetamol tablet.

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    Huang, Xiao-ping; Wan, Xin-xiang; Liu, Qiang

    2003-04-01

    To investigate the relationship between the dissolution rate and bioavailability of paracetamol tablets. The dissolution rate of paracetamol tablet was determined according to methods described in the Pharmacopoeia of the People's Republic of China. Ultraviolet spectrophotometry was employed to measure urine concentration of paracetamol, and the relative bioavailability was determined in 25 male healthy volunteers, with the relationship between the dissolution rate and bioavailability of paracetamol assessed. The 15-min dissolution rates of 5 kinds of paracetamol tablets were 100.43+/-2.61, 99.76+/-1.97, 96.47+/-3.52, 89.58+/-1.85, and 85.85+/-1.83 respectively, with their bioavailability of 86.34+/-10.06, 85.82+/-11.21, 87.10+/-10.86, 81.71+/-12.34, and 76.53+/-11.73 respectively, showing obvious linear relationship between them, which conformed to the equation y = 0.6122x + 25.175, r = 0.9642. As there is a good linear relationship between the dissolution rate and bioavailability of paracetamol tablets, the latter parameter can be derived from the measurement of the former.

  10. ORODISPERSIBLE TABLET: A Patient Friendly Dosage Form (a Review

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    C. K. Rameesa

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Background: The most common and preferred route of drug administration is through the oral route. Orodispersible tablets are gaining importance among novel oral drug delivery system as they have improved patient compliance and have some additional advantages compared to other formulation. They are also solid unit dosage forms, which disintegrate in the mouth within a minute in the presence of saliva due to superdisintegrants in the formulation. Thus this type of drug delivery helps a proper per oral administration in pediatric and geriatric population where swallowing is a matter of trouble. Various scientists have prepared orodispersible tablets by following various methods. However, the most common method is the direct compression method. Other special methods are Freeze Drying,Tablet Molding, Sublimation, Spray Drying, Mass extrusion, Phase transition process, etc. Since these tablets dissolve directly in the mouth, so, their taste is also an important factor. Various approaches have been taken in order to mask the bitter taste of the drug. A number of scientists have explored several drugs in this field. Like all other solid dosage forms, they are also evaluated in the field of hardness, friability, wetting time, moisture uptake, disintegration test and dissolution test.

  11. 21 CFR 520.2240b - Sulfaethoxypyridazine tablets.

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    ...: (1) Amount. 2.5 or 15 grams per tablet. (i) Indications for use. Treatment of respiratory infections..., Sphaerophorus necrophorus and Gram-negative rods including Pasteurella); for use prophylactically in cattle... for food; for use only by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian. (2) Amount. 15-gram controlled...

  12. A Study of Past Research on Sŏngsan Fortress Wooden Tablets and an Examination of Exacavated Wooden Tablet Documents

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    2017-01-01

    This paper examines past research on wooden tablets (mokkan) excavated from Sŏngsan Fortress in Haman and attempts to provide a new interpretation of wooden tablet documents (munsŏ mokkan) that have been recently discovered. Up until last year (2016), a total of 314 wooden tablets have been excavated from Sŏngsan Fortress in Haman. They were produced in various regions around the mid-sixth century. Most were wooden tablet labels (hach’al mokkan), which contained the following information i...

  13. Bioavailability of a crushed pantoprazole tablet after buffering with sodium hydrogencarbonate or magaldrate relative to the intact enteric coated pantoprazole tablet.

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    Ley, L M; Stahlheber-Dilg, B; Sander, P; Huber, R; Mascher, H; Lücker, P W

    2001-01-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the bioavailability of orally administered, crushed pantoprazole tablets after buffering with either 1.4% sodium hydrogencarbonate or 1600 mg magaldrate relative to the intact enteric coated pantoprazole tablet. A single dose, three-period crossover study was performed with 18 healthy male volunteers. The crushed pantoprazole suspension, together with either sodium hydrogencarbonate or magaldrate, was administered via a nasogastral tube. Tmax of crushed pantoprazole was earlier as compared to the intact tablet (0.5 h vs. 3 h) and Cmax was approximately 10% higher due to faster absorption. The bioavailability of the crushed pantoprazole tablet relative to the intact pantoprazole tablet was 93% when using sodium hydrogencarbonate as the buffering agent, and 88% when using magaldrate. Based on the internationally approved confidence intervals for AUC (0.80-1.20) and Cmax (0.70-1.43), the crushed tablet buffered with sodium hydrogencarbonate was shown to be bioequivalent with the intact tablet (point estimates for AUC or Cmax: 0.93 or 1.10). For the crushed tablet buffered with magaldrate (point estimates for AUC or Cmax: 0.88 or 1.12) bioequivalence with the intact tablet could not be formally demonstrated, although the lower confidence limit for AUC of 0.78 was only slightly below the lower limit of the equivalence range of 0.80.

  14. Application of face centred central composite design to optimise compression force and tablet diameter for the formulation of mechanically strong and fast disintegrating orodispersible tablets.

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    Pabari, Ritesh M; Ramtoola, Zebunnissa

    2012-07-01

    A two factor, three level (3(2)) face centred, central composite design (CCD) was applied to investigate the main and interaction effects of tablet diameter and compression force (CF) on hardness, disintegration time (DT) and porosity of mannitol based orodispersible tablets (ODTs). Tablet diameters of 10, 13 and 15 mm, and CF of 10, 15 and 20 kN were studied. Results of multiple linear regression analysis show that both the tablet diameter and CF influence tablet characteristics. A negative value of regression coefficient for tablet diameter showed an inverse relationship with hardness and DT. A positive value of regression coefficient for CF indicated an increase in hardness and DT with increasing CF as a result of the decrease in tablet porosity. Interestingly, at the larger tablet diameter of 15 mm, while hardness increased and porosity decreased with an increase in CF, the DT was resistant to change. The optimised combination was a tablet of 15 mm diameter compressed at 15 kN showing a rapid DT of 37.7s and high hardness of 71.4N. Using these parameters, ODTs containing ibuprofen showed no significant change in DT (ANOVA; p>0.05) irrespective of the hydrophobicity of the ibuprofen. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Tablet Computer Literacy Levels of the Physical Education and Sports Department Students

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    Gulten HERGUNER

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Education systems are being affected in parallel by newly emerging hardware and new developments    occurring in technology daily. Tablet usage especially is becoming ubiquitous in the teaching‐learning processes in recent years. Therefore, using the tablets effectively, managing them and having a high level of tablet literacy play an important role within the education system. This study aimed at determining the tablet literacy levels of students in the Physical Education and Sports Teaching department at Sakarya University in Turkey, and examining this data with regard to various variables. Some 276 students participated in the study. Findings of the study suggest that the sample has a high tablet literacy level. While no significant difference was found in the tablet literacy  by gender, the students in the 2nd grade are noted to have higher levels of tablet literacy compared to the students in 3rd and 4th grades and tablet owners are more tablet literate when compared to non‐owners. A significant but low level correlation was found between the tablet usage time and tablet literacy.  

  16. Characterization of the coating and tablet core roughness by means of 3D optical coherence tomography.

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    Markl, Daniel; Wahl, Patrick; Pichler, Heinz; Sacher, Stephan; Khinast, Johannes G

    2018-01-30

    This study demonstrates the use of optical coherence tomography (OCT) to simultaneously characterize the roughness of the tablet core and coating of pharmaceutical tablets. OCT is a high resolution non-destructive and contactless imaging methodology to characterize structural properties of solid dosage forms. Besides measuring the coating thickness, it also facilitates the analysis of the tablet core and coating roughness. An automated data evaluation algorithm extracts information about coating thickness, as well as tablet core and coating roughness. Samples removed periodically from a pan coating process were investigated, on the basis of thickness and profile maps of the tablet core and coating computed from about 480,000 depth measurements (i.e., 3D data) per sample. This data enables the calculation of the root mean square deviation, the skewness and the kurtosis of the assessed profiles. Analyzing these roughness parameters revealed that, for the given coating formulation, small valleys in the tablet core are filled with coating, whereas coarse features of the tablet core are still visible on the final film-coated tablet. Moreover, the impact of the tablet core roughness on the coating thickness is analyzed by correlating the tablet core profile and the coating thickness map. The presented measurement method and processing could be in the future transferred to in-line OCT measurements, to investigate core and coating roughness during the production of film-coated tablets. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  17. Supporting Tablet Configuration, Tracking, and Infection Control Practices in Digital Health Interventions: Study Protocol.

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    Furberg, Robert D; Ortiz, Alexa M; Zulkiewicz, Brittany A; Hudson, Jordan P; Taylor, Olivia M; Lewis, Megan A

    2016-06-27

    Tablet-based health care interventions have the potential to encourage patient care in a timelier manner, allow physicians convenient access to patient records, and provide an improved method for patient education. However, along with the continued adoption of tablet technologies, there is a concomitant need to develop protocols focusing on the configuration, management, and maintenance of these devices within the health care setting to support the conduct of clinical research. Develop three protocols to support tablet configuration, tablet management, and tablet maintenance. The Configurator software, Tile technology, and current infection control recommendations were employed to develop three distinct protocols for tablet-based digital health interventions. Configurator is a mobile device management software specifically for iPhone operating system (iOS) devices. The capabilities and current applications of Configurator were reviewed and used to develop the protocol to support device configuration. Tile is a tracking tag associated with a free mobile app available for iOS and Android devices. The features associated with Tile were evaluated and used to develop the Tile protocol to support tablet management. Furthermore, current recommendations on preventing health care-related infections were reviewed to develop the infection control protocol to support tablet maintenance. This article provides three protocols: the Configurator protocol, the Tile protocol, and the infection control protocol. These protocols can help to ensure consistent implementation of tablet-based interventions, enhance fidelity when employing tablets for research purposes, and serve as a guide for tablet deployments within clinical settings.

  18. Compressional, mechanical and release properties of a novel gum in paracetamol tablet formulations

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    Adedokun Musiliu O.

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The binding properties of Eucalyptus gum obtained from the incised trunk of Eucalyptus tereticornis, were evaluated in paracetamol tablet formulations, in comparison with that of Gelatin B.P. In so doing, the compression properties were analyzed using density measurements and the compression equations of Heckel, Kawakita and Gurham. In our work, the mechanical properties of the tablets were assessed using the crushing strength and friability of the tablets, while the drug release properties of the tablets were assessed using disintegration and dissolution times. The results of the study reveal that tablet formulations incorporating Eucalyptus gum as binder, exhibited faster onset and higher amount of plastic deformation during compression than those containing gelatin. What is more, the Gurnham equation could be used as a substitute for the Kawakita equation in describing the compression properties of pharmaceutical tablets. Furthermore, the crushing strength, disintegration and dissolution times of the tablets increased with binder concentration, while friability values decreased. We noted that no significant differences in properties exist between formulations derived from the two binders (p > 0.05 exist. While tablets incorporating gelatin exhibited higher values for mechanical properties, Eucalyptus gum tablets had better balance between mechanical and release properties - as seen from the CSFR/Dt values. Tablets of good mechanical and release properties were prepared using Eucalyptus gum as a binder, and, therefore, it could serve as an alternative binder in producing tablets with good mechanical strength and fast drug release.

  19. Evaluation of performance of co crystals of mefloquine hydrochloride in tablet dosage form.

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    Shete, A S; Yadav, A V; Murthy, M S

    2013-05-01

    The objective of present investigation was to evaluate performance of cocrystals of Mefloquine Hydrochloride (MFL) in tablet dosage form. Our previous investigation showed significant effect of cocrystal formers on improving the solubility and dissolution rate of Mefloquine hydrochloride by cocrystallization method when prepared by solution cocrystallization method. Prepared cocrystals of MFL with different ratio of cocrystal formers were incorporated in tablet dosage form and evaluated for micrometric properties, drug content, hardness, disintegration test, vitro dissolution studies and stability studies. Performance was compared with laboratory prepared tablet of MFL 250 mg. The considerable improvement in the dissolution rate was observed in case of cocrystals based tablets than pure MFL tablets. So we can incorporate cocrystals in tablet dosage form to enhance in vitro and in vivo performance. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report, cocrystals has been evaluated in tablet dosage form.

  20. Study of Afecting agents on physical Properties of Aspirin- Tableted Microcapsules

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    DJ. Farid - N. Blourchian

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    Full Text Available IR disc preparation device at different compression forces.lt was shown t constant compression force, the particle size of microcapsules has no influence on tablet thickness but the tablet hardness was in direct relation with particle size. The tablets prepared with microcapsules and P.V.P. were thicker than those"nobtained from microcapsules on its own and mixture of microcapsules and lactose. The hardness of tablets"n2 prepared with microcapsules alone remained unchanged at compression forces superior to 100 kg / cm ."nWhereas the hardness of tablets containing mixture of lactose and microcapsules increased as the compression force went up. Finally, the hardness of tablets obtained from P.V.P and microcapsules decrease at high compression forces."nThese considerations nature of excipient and compression force modify considerably the hardness, thickness and porosity of tablets.