Drug dissolution testing – trend

Often I visit PubMed site (link) to search for recent articles with search phrase “drug dissolution”. On the top right corner of the search outcome a chart appears showing number of articles published on yearly basis for the search phrase. I have reproduced (below) this chart for the years 1970 to 2019. As can be seen from the chart, there is a dramatic decrease in number of publications during the year 2019. This might not be a scientific or statistical conclusion; however, decrease (about 27%) is significant.

There is strong possibility that scientists have lost credibility and relevancy of drug dissolution testing as I have been highlighting for the past number of years in particular through my citizen petition to the FDA in 2018 (link). Going forward, people should take note of this observation and use caution in conducting dissolution tests in particular using USP testers and methods.

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