In order to ensure that high potency drugs deliver notable results, they undergo a process known as encapsulation. In most cases, the formulation of drugs is from substances that are mainly plant extraction from different parts of the world. We can define this process as the enclosing of tiny droplets in a coating to form capsules. Each capsule contains the correct percentage of drug that a patient needs for proper execution of its intended purpose. Encapsulation has been widely used in the manufacture of multivitamins and drugs. Plant extraction is a process that has been used worldwide from ancient times in order to extract medical values from plants and herbs.
Why is it important to encapsulate drugs?
- Production costs are highly cut down.
- Reduced risk of drug-human contamination
- Drug-drug contamination is also reduced
- Reduced production time
- Handling them is easier as compared to other methods
- The chances of an explosion or fire are reduced.
As the need for drugs keeps on rising, so are the challenges. Some of the challenges are:
First, the medicine is becoming expensive by the day. The number of qualified plant operators is diminishing as a result of the high qualifications that have been set out. Upgrading of the safety measures requirements has also resulted in the low production of the drugs. This follows the manufacturer’s inability to comply in time.
Waste disposal measures and equipment to aid the same have become too expensive. Perhaps, this is because of a rise in demand due to the upcoming manufacturers. Regulators have taken it upon themselves to make requirements strict enough in order to curb unscrupulous manufacturers.
There are several challenges that are faced by pharmaceutical companies while plant extraction process are going on.
What can be done?
In retaliation of these challenges, manufacturers should ensure they comply with the laid down rules. They should carry out extensive screening of their employees to ensure they do not have half-baked plant operators.
Manufacturers need to have good record skills and if need be, they can upgrade to software and applications to aid in the safe delivery of good quality high potency drugs.