Children's Preferences for Oral Dosage Forms and Their Involvement in Formulation Research via EPTRI (European Paediatric Translational Research Infrastructure)



Alessandrini, Elisa, Brako, Francis, Scarpa, Mariagiovanna, Lupo, Mariangela, Bonifazi, Donato, Pignataro, Valeria, Cavallo, Maria, Cullufe, Ornela, Enache, Cristina, Nafria, Begonya
et al (show 5 more authors) (2021) Children's Preferences for Oral Dosage Forms and Their Involvement in Formulation Research via EPTRI (European Paediatric Translational Research Infrastructure). PHARMACEUTICS, 13 (5). 730-.

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Abstract

The paucity of evidence-based data on formulation characteristics preferred by the children is known to limit the design of tailored paediatric dosage forms. The European Paediatric Translational Research Infrastructure (EPTRI) commissioned a study to evaluate children's dosage forms perceived preferences in some European countries and explore the feasibility of using the young persons advisory groups (YPAGs) to involve children in formulation research. An online, age-adapted survey was developed and translated into six languages. The survey link was disseminated across seven European countries: Albania, Italy, the Netherlands, and Dutch-speaking part of Belgium, Romania, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Respondents' (n = 1172) perceived preferences for oral dosage forms primarily differed based on age, health status, and experience. Conventional dosage forms, i.e., liquid (35%), tablets (19%), and capsules (14%), were the most selected. Liquid was widely selected by children less than 12 years and by those healthy and taking medicines rarely. Monolithic solid forms were mostly chosen by adolescents and by children with a chronic disease taking medicines frequently. There was a clear lack of familiarity with more novel dosage forms (e.g., orodispersible films and granules). Noteworthy, granules were not appreciated, particularly by adolescents (52.8%). To rationalise the creation of paediatric formulations, it is important to involve children as active stakeholders and to apply tools assessing children's perspectives on medicines to inform acceptable dosage form development from the start.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: paediatric formulations, oral dosage forms, medicines acceptability, EPTRI, patient-centric research
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences > Institute of Life Courses and Medical Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2021 10:24
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2023 21:23
DOI: 10.3390/pharmaceutics13050730
Open Access URL: http://doi.org/10.3390/pharmaceutics13050730
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3144853