Abstract

Process analytical technology (PAT) has shown great potential for in-line tableting process monitoring. The study focuses on the development and validation of an in-line near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopic method for the determination of content uniformity of blends in a tablet feed frame. An in-line NIR method was developed after careful evaluation of the impact of potential experimental factors on the robustness and model accuracy and precision. The NIR method was validated according to the principles outlined in International Conference on Harmonization–Q2 for validation of analytical procedures and was demonstrated to be suitable for monitoring blend content for the formulation under evaluation. Reliable measurements of blend homogeneity rely on representative sampling. To reach the appropriate scale of scrutiny for a unit dose, the study assessed factors that influence the effective sample size measured by NIR. Spectral averaging, integration time, and feed frame paddle wheel speed were found to influence the effective sample size measured by the NIR probe. The effective sampling size was also estimated by comparing the distribution of predicted values with the reference values. The development of a robust, in-line PAT method was facilitated by thorough understanding of the sensitivity of PAT sensors to factors affecting pharmaceutical processes and products.

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