Film Coatings

Practical and elegant film coating solutions for all your formulation requirements

Your tablet film coatings are the outward expression of your product’s quality. That’s why the Ashland team is always solving – to provide you with effective, high-quality coatings that perform in the manner you require, while also delivering the right color and functionality. 

Each of Ashland’s products is fully formulated, easily dispersed and provides a range of functions to suit almost any tablet core. Aquarius film-coating systems offer an optimum balance of film strength and adhesion, even for challenging cores and release profiles. Many of Ashland’s film coating systems are sprayable at high solid concentrations, so you can realize faster coating times and reduced energy usage. 

For greater usability, Ashland’s coating systems help deliver a smooth, defect-free appearance complete with crisp logo definition in clear, white, pearlescent or full-color formulations that can also be customized to address the unique needs of your formulation.

In the end, Ashland’s film coating systems and team of passionate, tenacious solvers are here to help you deliver pharmaceutical formulations that are more effective, more easily used, and more appealing. Here are just a few examples of the benefits Ashland’s film coatings can deliver:

  • Improved adhesion
  • Improved flexibility
  • Moisture barrier
  • Odor and taste masking
  • Minimize coating time
  • Address visual defects
  • Controlled/delayed release

Film coating solutions

Class Grade Detail Benefit
Functional AquariusTM Protect High-solids coatings based on cellulosic polymers
  • Guards against moisture, bad tastes and odors
Functional AquariusTM Control ENA Delayed-release (entereic) coatings based on methacrylic acid-ethyl acrylate copolymer
  • Protect active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) that degrade in gastric fluid
  • Prevent the release of APIs that may irritate the gastric mucosa
Functional AquariusTM Control SRX Sustained release coatings based on ethylcellulose
  • Effective even when drug release is required over extended period of time
  • No curing after coating
Aesthetic AquariusTM Preferred High-solids coatings based on cellulosic or high-solids PVP/VA polymers
  • Improve tablet appearance
  • Faster throughput, reduced labor and energy costs compared with conventional, lower-solids coatings
Aesthetic AquariusTM Prime Coatings based on traditional cellulosic polymers
  • Available in clear and white formulations off the shelf
  • Match easily to existing existing HPMC film coating systems
  • Disperse easily in water and can be applied to immediate-release dosage forms

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