This Month’s Focus: Particle Characterization
Quality requirements for cascade impactors assigned to batch release testing of a specific drug product; Part I: A grassroots look
The thesis presented here is that questions about accuracy and uncertainty of cascade impactor results have not been articulated by the inhaler testing community and that, consequently, producers today hold their cascade impactors to quality criteria that may be neither necessary nor sufficient for a confident batch release decision.
Dry powder inhalers—More than 170 years of development; Where to next?
The earliest reference to therapeutic dry powder inhalation may also be the earliest reference to “engineered particles,” dating from 1849, in London. Since the 1950s, the pace of dry powder inhaler (DPI) development has been astounding.
Back Page: Type of grass pollen, not total pollen count, may be useful for people with allergies
PollerGEN, an interdisciplinary group of researchers based in the United Kingdom, has published findings in Nature Ecology & Evolution, indicating that the species of grass pollen may have more impact than total pollen count on people who are affected by grass allergies.
Cross-Industry Organizations: The Aerosol Society:
DDL2019—Celebrating 30 years of the Drug Delivery to the Lungs Conference
Scientific lectures will look to the future, exploring major themes such as “The Future of the Planet— Pollution and the Environment,” with particulate matter air pollution being arguably the most significant environmental hazard to human health.
Previewing the Siminhale International Conference
The Siminhale International Conference “Current Challenges and Future Opportunities for Inhalation Therapies. A Cross-Disciplinary Perspective” will be held September 30-October 2, 2019 in Athens, Greece.
Previewing the 8th MVIS Symposium and Workshop
The 8th Medicon Valley Inhalation Symposium and Workshop will take place October 7-10, 2019 in Lund, Sweden. Participants may register for either or both events.
A preview of the 2019 AIT Annual Meeting
The Association of Inhalation Toxicologists will hold their annual meeting October 14-16, 2019 in Brighton, UK.
Leveraging capsule-based devices to accelerate inhalation product development
An updated look at solid-state physicochemical characterization and microscopy of particles in dry powder inhalers
Back Page: The first map of human lung and airway cells
Cross-Industry Organizations: The Respiratory Drug Delivery Conferences
A preview of AAPS PharmSci360
Previewing the 30th Drug Delivery to the Lungs (DDL)
January: Reference and Buyer’s Resource
February: Product Development/ Contract Testing
June: Nasal Delivery/Nebulizers
August: Particle Characterization
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