Hands-on Course in Tablet Technology

The University of Mississippi

Tablet Course

The Hands-on Course in Tablet Technology, a post-graduate educational program offered by the Pii Center for Pharmaceutical Technology at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, provides an extensive overview of conventional and advanced manufacturing technologies, including hot-melt extrusion, that is used to develop a variety of novel dosage forms.

Experts from industry and academia present lectures and supervise laboratory assignments that provide an in-depth overview of the development, manufacturing and quality control of solid oral dosage forms. Lectures explore the concepts involved in designing tablet formulations and manufacturing processes using QbD principles from selection of excipients, based on preformulation data, to regulatory strategies for making post-approval changes to the formulation and/or manufacturing process for NDA/ANDA drug products.

The laboratory portion of the course is designed to provide attendees with practical, hands-on experience in unit operations discussed in lecture sessions. Laboratory sessions include hands-on experience conducting preformulation studies, preparing powder blends and granulations (e.g., hot-melt extrusion and high shear granulation), manufacturing tablets (e.g., instrumented tablet press, 3D printing and tablet coating operations), and conducting in-process and quality control release tests.

The course, initiated in 1998, has trained over 2,000 attendees, including scientists and engineers working in formulation development, process development, manufacturing, analytical method development and quality control; and sales and marketing professionals from pharmaceutical, dietary supplement, animal health, and food industries. Other attendees have been from excipient and equipment suppliers, and regulatory authorities including the FDA and Health Canada.

For more advanced training, please see information on the Advanced Hands-On Course in Tablet Technology.

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Upcoming Courses

  • May 19 – 24, 2024     Hands-on Course in Tablet Technology (Oxford, MS)