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Tolerance Interval Approach for the Determination of Overfill of Liquid Parenteral Drug Products.

Schmelzer, Bernhard and Sutter, Marc (2022) Tolerance Interval Approach for the Determination of Overfill of Liquid Parenteral Drug Products. PDA journal of pharmaceutical science and technology, 77 (3). pp. 181-196. ISSN 1948-2124


Liquid parenteral products contain an overfill to ensure withdrawal of the declared volume. The overfill must be sufficiently high to compensate for the expected loss during product preparation and administration, but it should also be minimized to prevent accidental overdosing and unforeseen dose splitting of single-dose products. Finding the right balance between too much and too little overfill with an acceptable risk of product failure is challenging and requires consideration of the relevant sources of variability of the extractable volume. This article provides a novel approach for the calculation of the required overfill based on tolerance interval methodology. In a first step, a tolerance interval multiplier from the literature is proposed, and a simulation study is conducted to assess the appropriateness of its use for overfill determination. In a second step, this multiplier is adapted to cover operator-to-operator variability in the loss data and compared with other multipliers via a second simulation study. Use of a tolerance interval multiplier enables adaptation of the overfill such that the risk of not reaching the minimum extractable volume fulfills predefined acceptance criteria. By this, the scientific justification of the selected overfill is strengthened and control over a critical quality attribute is improved.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Pharmaceutical Preparations Parenteral Nutrition Computer Simulation
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2023 00:45
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2023 00:45


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