Temperature Measurement by Sublimation Rate as a Process Analytical Technology Tool in Lyophilization

Hidenori Kawasaki, Toshinori Shimanouchi, Hiroyuki Sawada, Hiroshi Hosomi, Yuta Hamabe, Yukitaka Kimura

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Product temperature (Tb) and drying time constitute critical material attributes and process parameters in the lyophilization process and especially during the primary drying stage. In the study, we performed a temperature measurement by the sublimation rate (TMbySR) to monitor the Tb value and determine the end point of primary drying. First, the water vapor transfer resistance coefficient through the main pipe from the chamber to the condenser (Cr) was estimated via the water sublimation test. The use of Cr value made it possible to obtain the time course of Tb from the measurement of pressure at the drying chamber and at the condenser. Second, a Flomoxef sodium bulk solution was lyophilized by using the TMbySR system. The outcome was satisfactory when compared with that obtained via conventional sensors. The same was applicable for the determination of the end point of primary drying. A laboratory-scale application of the TMbySR system was evidenced via the experiment using 220-, 440-, and 660-vial scales of lyophilization. The outcome was not dependent on the loading amount. Thus, the results confirmed that the TMbySR system is a promising tool in laboratory scale.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2305-2314
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019


  • diffusion
  • drying
  • freeze-drying
  • lyophilization
  • process analytical technology (PAT)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmaceutical Science


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