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Table 4 Polymer blends used in capsules

From: Applications of polymer blends in drug delivery

Polymers Advantage(s) Commercial product Ref.
HPMC, carrageenan Plant based (gelatin free) Quali-V® hard capsules (Shionogi Qualicaps) [10]
HPMC, gellan gum Plant based (gelatin free) Vcaps® hard capsules (Capsugel) [10]
HPMC, gellan gum • Enteric functionality (without the need for enteric coating)
• GRAS excipients
• Plant based (gelatin free)
DRcaps® hard capsules (Capsugel) [10]
HPMC, HPMC-AS • Enteric functionality (without the need for enteric coating)
• Plant based (gelatin free)
Vcaps® enteric hard capsules (Capsugel) [10]
Carrageenan, starch/modified starch Plant-based (gelatin free) soft capsules • Vegesoft vegetarian softgels (Eurocaps)
• VersagelTM (Procaps)
[11, 12]
Gelatin, methacrylic acid copolymer type A Gelatin-based softgels with enteric functionality (avoids the need for enteric coating) EntericareTM softgels (Patheon) [13]
  1. Abbreviations: GRAS generally regarded as safe, HPMC hypromellose, HPMC-AS hydroxypropyl methylcellulose acetate succinate