Archive \ Volume.2 2011 Issue 1

FAST DISINTEGRATING TABLET AS A NEW DRUG DELIVARY SYSTEM: A REVIEW

Agrawal V.A. , Rajurkar R.M Thonte S.S , Ingale R.G
Abstract

The demand for FDT (Fast Disintegrating Tablet) has been increasing from the last decade particularly in geriatric, pediatric and patient with some sort of disabilities in swallowing. FDTs are those tablets which when placed in mouth get dissolved rapidly in saliva without the need of liquid and can be swallowed. European pharmacopoeia adopted the term Orodispersible tablet for FDTs. Fast disintegrating tablets are also known as Fast melting tablets, Orodispersible tablets, fast dissolving/dispersing tablets or melt in mouth tablets. This article reviews the potential benefits offered by FDTs as an oral drug delivery system for various kinds of patients suffering from different diseases and disabilities. Desired characteristics and challenges for developing fast disintegrating drug delivery systems, quality control tests, various techniques used in the preparation of fast disintegrating drug delivery systems like lyophilization technologies, tablet molding method, sublimation techniques, spray drying techniques, mass extrusion technology, direct compression method and use of superdisintegrants. It also reviews the patented technologies for fast dissolving tablets, advantages and disadvantages of different technologies for preparing fast disintegrating dosage form, future prospective for FDTs. The growing importance for FDTs is due to the potential advantages offered by this technology. FDT is a New Drug Delivery system with least disintegration time and ease of self administration.