Film Coating Applications

Colorcon offers a wide range of film coating products, all of which can be formulated specifically for your application and regulatory requirements. Whether the desired function for your tablet or particulate is immediate release, enteric release and/or sustained release, we have the tablet film coating technology needed to enhance, protect, or meet the desired release profile.

Immediate Release – A distinctive product appearance offers many benefits to the producers and marketers of pharmaceutical tablets and nutritional supplements. Film coating is the most economical method of enhancing your product – helping positively impact patient preference, differentiating your product's visual appearance, as well as improving the ability to swallow and masking objectionable tastes or odors. Colorcon film coatings impart mechanical integrity, color, gloss, pearlescence or moisture protection to create an immediate release tablet that is both effective and easily recognized by consumers.

Sustained Release – Colorcon manufactures and represents extended release coating systems derived from one of the most popular and regulatory accepted polymers in the pharmaceutical industry, ethylcellulose. Application of an ethylcellulose film from aqueous dispersion or organic solution provides the formulator the means to control the release of drug from a tablet or multiparticulate via diffusion of the drug through the ethylcellulose film. Novel means of controlled release can also be achieved using a combination of Colorcon's modified release coating systems.

Enteric Release – Our enteric release products can help you deliver a final tablets, capsules or multiparticulates that save you development, scale-up and production time while assuring the integrity of the coating for the safety and efficacy of your finished dosage form. Various systems are available based on a variety of delayed release polymers for aqueous or organic processing to provide enteric protection.

For the solid dosage manufacturer, tablet film coating technology conveys many benefits including improved packaging efficiency, prevention of cross contamination and reduced tablet breakage and chipping. And with a large variety of pigmented and non-pigmented tablet film coating systems available, you can coat your products in a color of your choice with a cost-effective coating that can also provide protection from light, moisture and environmental gases.

We back our film coating technology with world-class color customization support that can help to create a unique and elegant tablet image exactly to your specifications.

Browse our product listings to learn more about tablet film coatings or Contact Colorcon to discuss your specific application needs.

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Opadry is Colorcon’s original, customized, one-step film coating system which combines polymer, plasticizer and pigment, as required, in a dry…

Offering short process times and a superior film finish, the Opadry II product range consists of fully formulated dry blend systems for the aqueous…

Process Adaptability for the Perfect Finish Opadry QX, quick and fleXible film coating, is setting new productivity, efficiency and appearance…

Opadry® SGR is a high gloss, aqueous sugar film coating system that connects the art of conventional sugar coating with the science and automation…

Opadry amb II, high performance moisture barrier film coating, is the first fully formulated PVA-based immediate release system without polyethylene…

Opadry fx is an aqueous film coating system designed to impart a pearlescent and lustrous finish which will help to create a unique appearance on a…

Opalux is an opaque, aqueous, color dispersion in a concentrate of sucrose syrup. Formulated with lake and oxide pigments Opalux will produce an…

Opadry® EZ, easy swallow film coating system dramatically improves tablet mobility, reducing the probability of sticking in the throat or…

To address recent concerns regarding the use of titanium dioxide (TiO2), Colorcon confirms that a range of alternative formulations using…

Acryl-EZE delayed release products are a platform of aqueous acrylic coating systems that combine the benefits of a fully formulated coating system…

Acryl-EZE® II is a high performance coating that offers reliable enteric protection at lower weight gains compared to earlier Acryl-EZE systems. The…

Opadry Enteric is a platform of fully formulated delayed release coating systems from Colorcon suitable for application by organic or hydro-alcoholic…

Sureteric is a specially blended combination of Polyvinyl Acetate Phthalate (Phthalavin enteric coating polymer, PVAP), plasticizers and other…

Surelease is a complete, sustained release, aqueous coating system utilizing ethylcellulose as the rate controlling polymer for drug release. The…

ETHOCEL™ products are water-insoluble polymers approved for global pharmaceutical applications and used in extended release solid dosage…

ETHOCEL™ HP is an innovative new product from DuPont designed for dry powder coating process, using rotor technology. Using ethylcellulose dry…

Opadry CA is the first one-step semipermeable membrane designed to ensure consistent release from osmotic pump tablets. It combines the proven…

Opadry EC ethylcellulose organic coating is a controlled release film coating product, designed for solvent-coating of multiparticulates and tablets,…