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The process of micronization reduces particles down to a micrometer or, in some instances, a nanometer in size. This can be utilized to better the bioavailability of poorly soluble active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). Micronization increases particle surface area and accelerates dissolution rates. This process can also be used to improve formulation homogeneity and control particle size.
Micronization can be used with a wide range of drug types, such as solid dosage, injectable, ocular, and inhaled products. Technicians a pharmaceutical companies use fluid energy with a jet mill, which grinds materials by using a high speed jet of compressed air or inert gas to impact particles into each other. However, the process generates considerable static electricity, so it is necessary to work with equipment and in ATEX-restrictive environments to avoid the risk of explosion. In addition, micronization is done in a nitrogen atmosphere and at a temperature below 10° C, so precautions must be taken to ensure a safe working environment.
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