A closer look at oral controlled release

Latest technology in the spotlight at 6-day destination workshop

WHAT: The AAPS 41st Annual Pharmaceutical Technologies Arden Conference on Oral Controlled Release Development and Technology will focus on the breaking research and development of oral controlled release pharmaceutical products. Detailed presentations will highlight modeling for the design of controlled release products, timely regulatory and legal aspects of controlled release, material selection including a discussion of the availability of new polymer materials, and cutting-edge technologies available to develop and manufacture controlled release products. Each topic will include lectures from experts in the field followed by roundtable discussions.

WHY: The rate at which a drug is introduced into the body is as important as the nature of the drug itself. There are many types of drug delivery, but oral delivery is most common. In general, once a patient takes a drug (orally or otherwise), its contents are immediately and entirely released. The drug is absorbed quickly, and several doses per day may be required to continue the patient's relief. With controlled release, the same method of oral delivery can be used, but with fewer doses. The patient benefits because the precise concentration of the medication is kept constant within the body, which can cause fewer side effects. Exploring new methods to develop and manufacture safe and effective oral controlled release dosage forms is imperative to the future of the field.

WHO: The Pharmaceutical Technologies section of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) focuses on pharmaceutical formulation and manufacturing process technology, with emphasis on improved control of product performance and process parameters. AAPS is a professional, scientific society of more than 13,000 members employed in academia, industry, government, and other research institutes worldwide. Founded in 1986, AAPS provides a dynamic international forum for the exchange of knowledge among scientists to enhance their contributions to health. AAPS offers timely scientific programs, on-going education, information resources, opportunities for networking, and professional development.

WHEN: January 22-27, 2006

WHERE: The Thayer Hotel
674 Thayer Road
West Point, NY 10996

CONTACT: Given its remote location, limited space, and all-inclusive rate, this workshop does not have capacity for complimentary press registration; however, AAPS will facilitate interviews with conference speakers. For more information about the workshop, or to set up an interview, please contact Sarah Pfeiffer at 703-248-4744. For additional information about AAPS, please visit www.aapspharmaceutica.com.

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