Dr. John E. Botzolakis has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical and nutritional industries. For over 30 years, he has contributed greatly to the industry with three patents and multiple publications, mainly focused in the areas of solid dosage development and instrumentation for process control. His latest patent, U.S. Patent No. 4,910,023, “Drug in Combination with Flavor Masking Agent and Method for Making Same,” is an improvement on the suitability of orally-ingested drugs.
All drugs must be delivered at a correct dosage and often require time-released agents to protect the drug from rapid moisture absorption of the body. Hydroscopic drugs (i.e. drugs that have the ability to attract and hold water molecules from their environment) often have an unpleasant taste and their waxy coating often presents problems during the encapsulation process. Dr. Botzolakis’ patent is essentially a silicon dioxide coating that masks the unpleasant taste of these drugs. The coating also assists in the timely release of the drug by decreasing moisture absorption, which makes the pill become easier to swallow and digest.