The oral route is a simple and cost-efficient way of delivering medicine, typically as tablets or capsules. However, recent data suggest that these solid
dosage forms are often far from optimal. Commissioned by HERMES PHARMA
, the market research company
SPIEGEL INSTITUT Mannheim
surveyed 2000 people in the US and Germany to explore the acceptance of conventional dosage forms such as tablets and capsules as well as user-friendly
forms including effervescent and chewable tablets, lozenges, orally disintegrating granules (ODGs) and instant drinks. The goal of the study
was also to estimate the proportion of the population having difficulties taking tablets/capsules, as well learn how people overcome these challenges.
The researchers assessed people's awareness, experiences and preferences when using tablets/capsules and other dosage forms.