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Publication numberUS3922338 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 25, 1975
Filing dateJul 10, 1974
Priority dateJul 12, 1973
Also published asCA1028622A1, DE2433285A1, DE2433285C2
Publication numberUS 3922338 A, US 3922338A, US-A-3922338, US3922338 A, US3922338A
InventorsCoulon Wladimir A, Estevenel Yvette Fr M J, Thely Maurice H
Original AssigneeChoay Sa
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Tablets containing in their mass controlled-release micro-capsules and process for manufacture of said tablets
US 3922338 A
Abstract
The present invention relates to new tablets for administration of medicaments, which tablets contain in their mass, controlled-release microcapsules, that is to say elemental particles coated with a protective covering which contains an encapsulated product which is gradually released in a controlled, regular and time-dependent way.
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nited States Patent Estevenel et a1.

[ 1 Nov. 25, 1975 TABLETS CONTAINING IN THEIR MASS CONTROLLED-RELEASE MICRO-CAPSULES AND PROCESS FOR MANUFACTURE OF SAID TABLETS [75] Inventors: Yvette Fr. M. J. Estevenel; Maurice H. Thely, both of Paris; Wladimir A. Coulon, Claye-Souilly, all of France [73] Assignee: Choay S.A., Paris, France [22] Filed: July 10, 1974 [21] Appl. No.: 487,042

[30] Foreign Application Priority Data July 12, 1973 France 73.25531 [52] US. Cl 424/21; 264/113 [51] Int. Cl. A61K 9/24 [58] Field of Search 424/19-22 [56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 462,990 11/1891 Oppenheimer 424/21 3,048,526 8/1962 Boswell 424/21 3,096,248 7/1963 Rudzki 424/31 3,341,416 9/1967 Anderson et al. 424/35 X 3,488,418 l/l970 Holliday et a1. 424/230 3.524.910 8/1970 Holliday et al. 424/230 Primary ExaminerShep K. Rose Attorney, Agent, or FirmBrowdy and Neimark [57] ABSTRACT The present invention relates to new tablets for administration of medicaments, which tablets contain in their mass, controlled-release microcapsules, that is to say elemental particles coated with a protective covering which contains an encapsulated product which is gradually released in a controlled, regular and timedependent way.

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TABLETS CONTAINING IN THEIR MASS CONTROLLED-RELEASE MICRO-CAPSULES AND PROCESS FOR MANUFACTURE OF SAID TABLETS FIELD OF THE INVENTION The present invention relates to new tablets containing in their mass, controlled-release microcapsules and to the method of manufacture of such tablets.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION The pharmaceutical industy has, for a long time, attempted to solve the problem of prolonging the period of effective action of medicaments. This problem is particularly important in the case where the period of effective action is short and also if there is a problem of conditioning two substances, or mixtures of substances, which are incompatible with one another in the same tablet especially when it would be advantageous to administer these substances in association with one another.

It has been proposed to solve both of these problems by producing multi-layer tablets in which a plurality of medicamental substances are distributed in different layers, superposed on one another by successive pressmgs.

The multi'layer tablets which have been produced with the object of constituting controlled-release types of medicament, comprise a plurality of superposed layers, the most common number of layers being three. Each of these layers has such a composition that the medicaments are liberated at intervals of time which are spaced apart. When the multi-layer tablets are intended to separate active constituents which are incompatible with one another, three layers are again usually provided, which comprise a thin central layer of an inert substance which separates two layers of much greater thickness, which contain the incompatible medicaments.

Nevertheless, the multi-layer tablets already known which are of the controlled-release type, that is to say, tablets which release the active ingredients in a controlled manner over a period of time, suffer from the disadvantage that it cannot be ensured that the active constituent is liberated in a programmed manner at sufficiently regular intervals.

It is for this reason that attempts have been made to find other forms which produce a controlled-release effect over a period of time. It is for this reason that microcapsules have been proposed.

The microcapsules comprise elemental particles of small dimensions, that is to say, having dimensions from a few microns to several millimeters. These microcapsules may be in a solid or liquid state and may be coated with a protective covering to form a micropackage. This micro-package is capable of being destroyed by mechanical or any bio-chemical action, at the time when it is desired to use the micro-packaged substance. Alternatively, the structure thereof may be such that it constitutes a coating through which the active constituent is progressively liberated.

The protective coating covering the elemental particles is obtained either by chemical or mechanical methods of encapsulation. The coatings of microcapsules, which are intended to act in a controlled-release manner over a period of time, are prepared by methods known per se. In particular, it is possible to regulate the rate of external diffusion of the encapsulated product by different methods. It is particularly possible to vary the thickness, to a greater or lesser extent, of the coating and, above all, by providing the coating with a predetermined micro-porosity.

Nevertheless, these microcapsules are relatively fragile structures. Until now, it has proved impossible to put them into the form of tablets. A tablet is, of course, a very convenient form of administration since it reduces the volume to be swallowed by a patient. In fact, in the course of the process of mixing with pressing with adjuvants or other associated substances, an abrasive effect is noticed. This affects the external layer of the microcapsules and leads to at least a partial destruction of the microcapsule. This, accordingly, affects the quality of the controlled-release effect desired. Moreover, the direct pressing of the microcapsule, irrespective of whether or not the microcapsule is of the double core coating type, has the effect of destroying its external and internal structure and the tablet obtained loses all its effectiveness.

This impossibility of pressing microcapsules under satisfactory conditions whilst preserving the wholeness of the microcapsules, has necessitated the microcapsules to be hitherto used in the form of gelules. This pharmaceutical form whilst it enables the microcapsules to retain their effectiveness, nevertheless suffers from a disadvantage which is of some consequence, that is to say, it is difficult to swallow. Moreover, this format is unsuitable when one attempts to associate microcapsules with one or more other active substances. In fact, not only does this entail extremely large gelules, but additionally, the operation of mixing the microcapsules with other granulated active agents has an abrasive effect due to the contact of the microcapsules with one another. The resultant erosion of the microcapsules has the effect of annoyingly affecting the controlled-release.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The object of the present invention is to provide new tablets which contain controlled-release microcapsules in their mass, which respond better to the necessities of the art than controlled-release agents previously known. In particular, it is an object of the invention to provide new tablets which permit the use of microcapsules which allow the controlled-release of the active constituent in a regular and time-dependent manner, whilst at the same time permitting an important reduction in the dimensions of the pharmaceutical preparations including microcapsules.

According to the present invention, there are provided new tablets containing, in their mass, controlledrelease microcapsules, characterised in that they are constituted by the association of a plurality of superposed layers, of which the medial layer is essentially constituted by microcapsules containing an active substance, whilst the exterior layers which may possibly also contain identical or different active substances and which have a composition usual for the making of tablets constitute means of protecting the microcapsules of the medial layer, particularly against the shock of compression.

According to an advantageous embodiment of the invention, the tablets in accordance with the invention have a hardness of the order of 10 to 20 kg on their surface and of theorder of 8 to 16 kg on their periphery.

According to a preferable embodiment of the invention, the ratio between the sum of the thicknesses of the external layers and the thickness of the medial layer containing the microcapsules, is advantageously between 0.8 and 4 and preferably between 1 and 2.4.

According to the present invention there is also provided a method of making tablets containing, within their mass, controlled-release microcapsules character ised in that they are prepared in a tablet-making machine, a first external layer which essentially comprises excipients, and possibly therapeutically active substances which is subjected to a light compression, by simple levelling, for example, in that an internal layer superposed on the first external layer is prepared, the internal layer essentially comprising microcapsules containing an active substance, which internal layer is subjected to a light compression, by simple levelling, for example, in that a second external layer is prepared, of which the composition is identical to or different from, that of the first external layer, which is superposed on the internal layer of microcapsules, after which the superposed layers are subjected to compression in a machine for making tablets, which exerts a pressure force capable of giving rise to tablets of which the cohesion is sufficient to ensure the disintegration of the tablet in accordance with the conditions required by the French Pharmacopoeia.

According to an advantageous embodiment of the process according to the present invention, the microcapsules containing an active substance, are associated, in the medial layer, with an excipient which favors the disintegration of the microcapsules. By putting the process in accordance with the present invention into effect, there are obtained tablets in which the microcapsules contained in the medial layer are not damaged during the compression process due to the presence of external layers of a sufficient thickness which protects the medial layer on each side.

Tests carried out by the applicant have shown that for a medial layer thickness-of between 0.6 and 3 millimeters, and preferably between 1 to 2 millimeters, the thickness of each of the external layers must be between O.8 and 2 millimeters and preferably between 1 and 1.2 millimeters. The tablets obtained in accordance with the present invention have associated therewith the advantage inherent in their presentation in the form of tablets, that is to say, the administration of active substances in a small volume together with the advantage of microcapsules, that is to say, a controlledrelease of one or more active substances in a programmed manner with respect to time.

DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS The carrying out of the process in accordance with the present invention will now be described in greater detail.

A composition adapted to form the external layers of the final tablet is prepared. This composition essentially comprises excipients to which may possibly be added active substances; the excipients advantageously comprise an excipient of appropriate charge, for example, a microcrystalline a-cellulose such as that which is known under the trade name of AVICEL PH 102 (sold particularly by the firm *SEPlC), associated with a corn starch and with a lubricant such as for example, a mixture of monodiand tri-palmitostearic esters of glycerol such as those which are sold (by Etablissements GATTEFOSSE) under the trade name of 4 PRECIROL. into such a composition can be introduced active substances which are incompatible with those contained in the microcapsules, or active substances which are immediate-acting compared with the active substances contained in the microcapsules which act progressively over a period of time. Alternatively, the composition may contain active substances which act at a level of gastro-intestinal transit different from that of the substance contained in the microcapsules.

This composition is put into the form of granules whichh have a grain size identical to that of the microcapsules, so that the free flow in the tablet machine can be identical in the two compositions.

A composition adapted to form the medial layer of the final tablet is then prepared by association of the microcapsules containing the active substance, with an excipient which improves the free flow and which facilitates the disintegration and, in so doing, the splitting of the tablets. Half of the quantity of the external layer composition is introduced into the matrix of a tabletmaking machine, in which it is subjected to a light compression with a punch which is just sufficient to level this first external layer. After levelling of the first external layer, the medial layer composition prepared is superposed thereon. This is then subjected to a light compression with a punch, which is, again, just sufficient to level it. A second external layer constituted by the other half of the external layer composition is then superposed on the medial layer containing the microcapsules. The assembly of the three superposed layers is then subjected, in a tablet-making machine, to a com pressive force which is a function, in particular, of the nature of the products being made into tablets, and which produces tablets having a hardness, when measured on a Stokes apparatus, lying within the range of 10 to 20 kg on its surface and of 8 to 16 kg around its periphery. Such a hardness value is sufficient, in the pharmaceutical condition art, to ensure the wholeness of the microcapsules is preserved.

The tablets thus obtained are advantageously flat and bevelled having a diameter of the order of ll mm, a final weight of between 0.360 and 0.660 grams, and a final total thickness of between 3.3 and 5.65 mm, the thickness of each of the external layers being between 0.8 and 2 mm if the thickness of the medial layer is of the order of 0.6 to 3 mm and preferably between 1 and 2 mm. Besides the embodiments described herein before, the invention also comprises other embodiments, which will be apparent from the following description.

The invention will be further described, purely by way of example, with reference to the following nonlimitative examples which show methods of preparing new tablets in accordance with the invention.

EXAMPLE 1 1. A composition adapted to form the external layers of the final tablet is prepared by mixing the following constituents in the proportions stated:

Active constituents:

Hesperidine methyl-chalconc 0.065 g Aspirin 0.100 g 4-chloro-l-dehydro-methyl-testosterone 0.00165 g Excipicnts Lubricants such as. for example, a

mixture of mono-, di 4 and triptllmitostearic esters of glycerol (known in particular, under the trade name of "PREClROl.) 0.00175 g Corn Starch 0.050 g Filler excipient such as for example.

-continued Active constituents: microcrystalline a-cellulosc (known under the trade name ofA\/ICEL PH 102') Q.s.p. 0.260 g This mixture is put into the form of granules of a grain size identical to that of the microcapsules, in such a manner that the dispersion in the tablet making machine of this composition is identical to that of the microcapsules. In practice, the granules obtained have a grain size less than 1000 a.

2. A composition adapted to form the medial layer of the final tablet is prepared, by mixing the following constituents in the proportions stated:

Active constituent: Microcapsules enclosing papaverine chlorhydrate of the order of 0.097 g Filler excipient favoring free flow such as AVlCEL PH 102 for example Q.s.p. 0.140 g 3. a. 0.130 g of the composition described in (l) is placed into the matrix of a tablet machine, and is subjected to a pressing, by levelling for example, with the aid of the suitable means such as the punch of the machine, without, however, supplying a compressive force to this latter.

b. On the external layer thus produced, the composition described in (2) is superposed and this is also subjected to a pressing, by levelling for example, with the aid of suitable means such as the punch of the machine, in such a manner that the punch only exerts the compressive force exercised by its own weight.

c. On the microcapsule layer is then superposed 0.130 g of the composition described in (l).

d. The multi-layer composition thus obtained, comprising a medial layer of microcapsules protected by two external layers, is submitted to a suitable compressive force in a tablet machine in such a manner as to obtain tablets having a hardness sufficient to be pharmaceutically satisfactory whilst nevertheless permitting a disintegration conforming to the standards laid down in the French Pharmacopoeia and preserving the programmed controlled-release of the active constituents.

The tablet obtained by using the method which has just been described is a flat tablet, chamfered, having a diameter of l 1 mm, a final thickness of 3.8 mm and a final weight of 0.400 g. This disinegrates in a period of 35 minutes. The thickness of each of the external layers is 1.07 mm whilst the thickness of the microcapsule layer is 1.65 mm.

The hardness of this tablet measured on Strokes apparatus is kg on its surface and 5 kg on its periphery.

The tablets in accordance with the present invention which have just been described cause the immediate liberation of the therapeutic agents contained in their external layers and the controlled-release, over a prolonged period of time, up to 8 hours, of the papaverine contained in the microcapsules of the medial layer. One practical application shows a particular interest in the case of medicaments of which the therapeutic action is transient, such as is the case with papaverine, be cause it allows a progressive controlled-release of the papaverine in the patient, and thus maintains a constant amount of medicament. The application of the new pharmaceutical form in accordance with the present invention, to the administration of other medicaments of which the therapeutic action is fleeting, such as adrenaline, and trinitrine, is of major interest.

The present invention also shows a great interest in the case where it is desired to administer one substance which it is desired to maintain at a regular level in the patient for a long period of time, without having to greatly increase the number of doses or by giving extremely large doses; this being the case, for example, with hypnotic or tranquilizing substances.

The form of administration in accordance with the present invention is also particularly interesting in that it allows the association of microcapsules with other therapeutic substances, notably in that it allows association of two or more substances of which the actions are complementary or potentialise one another, such as is the case with the association of a delaying product and a non-delaying product, or with the association of a hypnotic agent having immediate action with a hypnotic agent having a delayed action.

EXAMPLE 2 Other excipients besides AVICEL PH 102 described in Example 1 have been tested in association with the microcapsules of the medial layer containing the active constituent, such as papaverine chlorhydrate as described in Example 1. The efficiency of those excipients has been studied. The efficiency criterion chosen in the tests which will be described hereinafter, is the time release in vitro of micro-encapsulated papaverine chlorhydrate. This is a function of the excipient associated with the microcapsules. This test has made it clear, in the first place of the role of the excipient, which plays a complementary role in the protection of the microcapsules, preventing these latter from sticking together and from being damaged during the preparation of the tablets, which have the result of affecting the controlled-release effect.

The process also makes clear, in the second place, the importance of the choice of the excipient, which must not have too great an adhesiveness, which raises the risk of conferring a too strong cohesion on the microcapsules before compression, thus preventing them from satisfactorily disintegrating. The choice of the excipient must, on the contrary, favor the disintegration of the microcapsules. The studies which will be described hereinafter compare the release times in vitro of micro-encapsulated papaverine chlorhydrate associated with different excipients as follows:

1. AVICEL plus corn starch 2. Maize starch 3. Alginate 4. Polyoxyethyleneglycol (POEG) AVICEL The test on the liberation of papaverine chlorhydrate consists in placing the sample in a disintegration apparatus of the type described in the American Pharmacopoeia, Edition XVIII, and to simulate the progressive passage from the gastric medium to the intestinal medium at 37C i 1C.

The compositions of the gastric and intestinal medias are those described on pages 1026 and 1027 respectively of the American Pharmacopoeia. The pH of the gastric medium is adjusted to 1.6 and the pH of the intestinal medium is adjusted to 5.0. However, this latter does not contain any pancreatin, which is inactive at this pH. The sample is immersed for an hour in a bath containing only the gastric medium at 37C. Every hour thereafter, half the volume of the bath is removed and replaced by an-equal volume of intestinal medium.

The results obtained with these different excipients are, in other respects, compared with the time oflibera tion of the micro-encapsulated papaverine chlorhydrate associated with AVICEU in the standard tablets (that is to say, made according to conventional pharmacotechnical methods for the obtaining of classical non-multilayer tablets; in the description which follows, the expression standard tablets, is always used in this manner). The results of this study are shown in Table I below, as well as in the accompanying drawing.

TABLE I Time of liberation in vitro of micro-encapsulated papaverine chlorhydrate.

Comparison with standard tablets and with microcapsules alone. Incidence of the nature of the excipients.

EXAMPLE 3 The compositions described in Example I are prepared, and by putting into operation the process de- Multilayered tablets in accordance with the invention Micro- Standard "AVICEL" Maize Alginate POEG '71 of capsules tablet starch Starch +AV|CEL papaverine alone AVICEL Curve Curve Curve Curve Curve S I II III IV 25 2 h25 h30 0h40 I MS I h35 2 hOO 50 6 hOO I hOO 2h00 2 h25 1 M 3 hi5 75 h l h40 3h00 3 h50 4 h05 4 h3O 90 2hl5 5hOO ShlS 5 h 7hOO 100 2 h30 8h00 8 hOO 8 h 8 h The accompanying drawing shows the curves obtained corresponding to Table I, to wit: The curve S corresponds to standard type tablets, that is to say, to tablets comprising microcapsules containing papaverine chlorhydrate, made, as indicated above, according to usual pharmacotechnical methods for obtaining of non-multilayer classical tablets.

Curves I to IV relate to multi-layer tablets in accordance with the invention, in which:

Curve I: the active constituent of the medial layer is associated with AVICEL and corn starch;

Curve II: the active constituent of the medial layer is associated with maize starch;

Curve III: the active constituent of the medial layer is associated with alginates;

Curve IV: the active constituent of the medial layer is associated with AVICEL PH 102 and polyoxyethyleneglycol.

Table I above, as well as the curves shown in the accompanying drawing show very clearly the extended and progressive controlled-release with respect to time of tablets containing microcapsules; moreover, the su periority of certain excipients (notably AVICEL PH 102 polyoxyethyleneglycol) is also clearly shown.

The time of liberation in vitro of micro-encapsulated papaverine chlorhydrate is then studied as a function of the respective thicknesses of the two external layers and the medial layer. Table II below shows clearly the liberation times: in the case of tablets such as those described in Example 1 (column 6); in the case of tablets B above (column 7); in the case of tablets C above (column 5 and comparing them with the time of liberation of the papaverine chlorhydrate obtained: in the one case with microcapsules alone, containing papaverine chlorhydrate (column 2); in the second case with tablets of standard type, that is to say tablets constituted by microcapsules containing papaverine chlorhydrate, manufactured in accordance with usual methods for the obtaining of classical tablets of non-multilayer type (column 3); and in the third case with an association of constituents mentioned in Example I, in the form of a simple mixture and not in the form of multilayer tablets in accordance with the present invention (column 4).

i TABLE II Time of liberation in vitro of micro-encapsulated papaverine chlorhydrate. Incidence of the thickness of the layers.

Multilayer tablets in accordance with the -continued Multilayer tablets in accordance with the /2 of painvention pa\erine Micro- Standard Mixture external external external chlorcapsules tablets not layer layer layer hydrate only tabletliberated ted 046 mm 1.07 mm 2 25 mm 90 2 hlS 8 hOO 3 h3O 5 hOO 5 hOU I00 2 h30 l0 hOO 4 hOO 8 hOO 8 hOO 1. Column relatin to microca sules alone:

g P EXAMPLE 4 This relates to the study of the liberation time in vitro of papaverine chlorhydrate for the microcapsules per The principle characteristics of the compressed tabse. It is to be noted that after 10 hours, the liberation of lets according to this invention have been verified and the papaverine is extremely slow. more particularly: 2. Column relating to standard tablets: their hardness This relates to tablets having been subjected to a clastheir speed of disintegration sical compression. In this case, during the course of the the times required for liberating the active principal of compression, the microcapsules of the superficial layer the compressed tablet, on tablets made on industrial have suffered a deterioration which gives them a type machines of the Layer-Press type made by Manesty of paraffin" appearance, which prevents the damping the composition of these tablets being as follows: necessary for disintegration.

To permit the testing Ofthe liberation of the p p exterior layers Starx I500 corn starch 0.06g ine chlorhydrate, the tablets had to be broken by hand gflqr ggg S P 8288 g to allow the disintegration and the dosage in vitro: the media] layer glgz g results obtained indicate that there is no improvement papaverine chlorhydrate 0.1 1.2g in the controlled-release and that the encapsulated mi- E 9" l 4000 006g \lcel PHIOZ [starch crogranules have been damaged by the compression. (granules) Q S P, (Moo 3. Column relating to the non-tabletted association:

This study shows the incidence of excipients and of the other possibly associated substances on the time of whlle varying the speed of rotatlon of the machine from 600 tarelease of Papavermebl t /mln t 1400 tablets/mi ut It can be stated that the other substances which are h e s 0 f h put into the preferred composition diminish the liberat e Pressure 0 compression t at ls t e pressure tion time of the a averine are columns 2 and which counterbalances the pressure exerted on the 4) It is also nece sziiy to compare the results obtained upper punches from 258 tons t9 4 tons' with multila er tablets in accordance with the inven- The tests have been Camed out usmg four pornons tion to those obtained b the association of microca or Sub lots numbered from I to of the same fab"- y p 40 cation lot, Lot 74056 PP, each of these parts corre- Sule? and other exclplems (Compare Columns 6 and sponding to one of the parameters that were varied, 7 with column 4). The study of the above details leads and which have been mentioned above. to the conclusion that the thlcknessof the external lay- The results Obtained are tabulated in Table In which be less than mm; must be between follows, from which it is evident that the tablets conand 2 and preferablybetween 1 m forming to the present invention present a great hard- For the pressure fqces as those q that ness and a great cohesion, while disintegrating rapidly. to say, leadln g to a dlslntegratlon of the tablet in accor- TABLE III MULTILAYERED TABLETS CONTAINING CONTROLLED-RELEASE MICROCAPSULES ACCORDING TO THE INVENTION Frac Weight Thickness Speed Compensa- Hardness Hard- Disin 25% of PA. 509? of PA. 75% of PA tions per in MM Rpm tory on edges ness on tegroliberated liberated liberated Lnit pressure faces tion in: in: in;

l l.05g 5.8 600 3t 213k 5 3H45 5H 7H 15 III 109 g 5t! 1000 4t 3 I6 R 19.5 k 46" 2 H 30 3 H 45 5 H IV L09 .6 1400 2.8t 214k 17k 1' 2H 5H45 8H Compression accomplished on a Manesty type Layer-press Punches l6 mm chanlfered plates PA, lVlicrocncapsulated papaverine chlorohydrate It will be seen from the preceding description that the present invention allows the obtaining of new tablets containing, in their mass, controlled-release microcapsules, which show important advantages with respect to the prior art, and in particular, that of permitting administration in a small volume, of one or more active substances, of which the liberation in the patient is programmed.

Various minor modifications can be made to the present invention without departing from the scope thereof. Thus, it will be readily appreciated that the preceding examples refer to the controlled-release, with respect to time, of papaverine. It will be readily apparent that the present invention gives the optimum results and it will be understood that other microencapsulated medicaments can be put into a form which conform to the present invention and which will give equally satisfactory results. Moreover, utilization of multi-layer compounds containing microcapsules in their mass can extend to fields other than therapeutics (for example, the progressive liberation of insecticides, disinfectants and coloring materials).

We claim:

1. Compressed layered tablets containing, in their mass, controlled-release microcapsules, comprising the association of a plurality of superposed layers, of which the medial layer essentially comprises microcapsules containing an active substance, while the exterior layers, which have a microcrystalline cellulose, starch, alginate, or polyoxy ethylene glycol tablet excipient composition, constitute means of protecting the microcapsules of the medial layer, particularly against the shock of compression, said tablet excipient composition being in the form of granules having the same grain size as said microcapsules.

2. Tables according to claim 1, wherein said exterior layers also contain active substances.

3. Tablets according to claim 2, wherein said active substances contained in the exterior layers are identical substances.

4. Tablets according to claim 2, wherein said active substances contained in each of the exterior layers are different from each other.

5. Tablets according to claim 1, wherein said tablets have a hardness of the order of 10 to 20 kg on their surface and of the order of 8 to 16 kg on their periphery.

6. Tablets according to claim 1, wherein the ratio between the sum of the thicknesses of the external layers and the thickness of the medial layer containing the microcapsules, is between 0.8 and 4.

7. Tablets according to claim 1, wherein the ratio between the sum of the thicknesses of the external layers and the thickness of the medial layer containing the microcapsules is between 1 and 2.4.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification424/469, 424/479, 264/113, 424/472, 424/475, 424/474, 424/482
International ClassificationA61K9/24, A61J3/10, A61J3/07, A61K9/20
Cooperative ClassificationA61K9/2081, A61K9/209, A61J3/07, A61J3/10
European ClassificationA61K9/20K4B, A61J3/07, A61K9/20K2B, A61J3/10