Dissolution testing of oral modified-release dosage forms

J Pharm Pharmacol. 2012 Jul;64(7):944-68. doi: 10.1111/j.2042-7158.2012.01477.x. Epub 2012 Feb 21.


Objectives: The in-vivo performance of oral modified-release dosage forms is determined by the interplay of various physiological- and dosage-form-derived parameters. Thus it is often a challenge to predict the in-vivo drug-release behaviour from modified-release dosage forms based solely on in-vitro release rates.

Key findings: For a long time the most common procedure to obtain in-vitro/in-vivo correlations for modified-release formulations was to apply test conditions typically used for quality control on a retrospective basis. Such so-called 'compendial approaches' are typically not biorelevant with respect to volumes, composition and physicochemical properties of the test media and also do not take into consideration the mechanical and hydrodynamic forces that may influence dosage-form behaviour during passage through the gastrointestinal tract.

Summary: This review provides an overview of physiological conditions relevant to in-vivo drug release and of dissolution models which, based on current scientific findings on human gastrointestinal physiology, have been developed to enable a better prediction of the in-vivo performance of oral MR dosage forms.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Oral
  • Biological Availability
  • Chemistry, Pharmaceutical
  • Delayed-Action Preparations / chemistry*
  • Delayed-Action Preparations / standards
  • Gastrointestinal Tract / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Pharmaceutical Preparations / administration & dosage*
  • Quality Control
  • Solubility


  • Delayed-Action Preparations
  • Pharmaceutical Preparations