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Claims for Patent: 4,820,524

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Claims for Patent: 4,820,524

Title: Gelatin coated caplets and process for making same
Abstract:A novel capsule-like medicament, method for producing such medicaments and apparatus are disclosed. The method provides a procedure for coating solid cores, such as caplets, with gelatinous coatings to produce a shiny, capsule-like medicament. Such medicaments are achieved by individually dipping and drying first one end, and then the other end, of each caplet to provide a coating which is smoother and easier to swallow than an uncoated caplet. The production of these capsule-like medicaments is readily facilitated by simple and inexpensive modifications which can be made to existing empty gelatin capsule making equipment.
Inventor(s): Berta; Norbert I. (Radnor, PA)
Assignee: McNeilab, Inc. (Spring House, PA)
Application Number:07/016,914
Patent Claims: 1. A simulated capsule-like medicament comprising:

(a) A solid caplet having a first and a second end, said caplet comprising a generally cylindrical shape;

(b) A first gelatinous coating of a first color provided on said second end of said caplet;

(c) A second gelatinous coating, of a color different from said first color, provided on said first end of said caplet, partially overlapping said first gelatinous coating and forming a seam circumscribing said medicament at about a midway point of a longitudinal axis of said medicament to form a simulated capsule-like medicament.

2. The medicament of claim 1 wherein said caplet ends are coated in a red and white gelatinous material.

3. The medicament of claim 1 wherein said caplet is pre-coated to reduce absorption of moisture and said gelatinous coatings by said caplet.

4. The medicament of claim 1 wherein said first and second gelatinous coatings are provided in thicknesses of about 5 to 40 mils.

5. The medicament of claim 1 wherein said caplet comprises a width and a length, wherein said length is at least 2.5 times the width.

6. The medicament of claim 1 wherein said first and second gelatinous coatings are provided in thicknesses of about 15-25 mils.

7. The medicament of claim 1 wherein said first and second gelatinous coatings comprise gelatin.
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