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  1. The regulation of Pharmaceutical Excipients

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    Vikrant Saluja; Bhupinder Singh Sekhon

    2013-01-01

    Pharmaceutical excipients are vital components of drug formulations and are generally considered pharmacologically inert. Control of excipient manufacturing and distribution is now considered a key priority by regulatory authorities and pharmaceutical manufacturers, because adulteration of pharmaceutical excipients has resulted in adverse effects in patients. Furthermore, with the emergence of novel excipients and delivery systems, better quality and supply control of pharmaceutical excipient...

  2. Multifunctional coprocessed excipients for improved tabletting performance.

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    Saha, Sumit; Shahiwala, Aliasgar F

    2009-02-01

    With the advancement of tablet manufacturing process, the demand of excipients with improved functionalities, mainly in terms of flow and compression properties, has increased. Coprocessed excipients are a mixture of two or more existing excipients at subparticle level, offer substantial benefits of the incorporated excipients and minimize their drawbacks. These multipurpose excipients have dramatically reduced the number of incorporating excipients in the tablet. The present review discusses the potential advantages of coprocessing and coprocessed excipients, material characteristics required for coprocessing, methods of coprocessing and various coprocessed excipients for direct compression available in the market.

  3. Excipient choices for special populations.

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    Nagel-Edwards, Karen M; Ko, James Y

    2008-01-01

    Patients with allergies or intolerances and those requiring special diets are among the groups that require formulations with special excipients. When compounding preparations for this population, the suitability of dyes, flavorings, sweeteners, preservatives, gelatins, milk products, gluten, corn, soy, nuts, alcohol, chocolate, and other animal-derived ingredients must be considered. Unlike manufacturers of foods and nutritional supplements, pharmaceutical companies are not required to list certain ingredients of manufactured drugs, such as wheat. Therefore, a patient may unknowingly purchase a manufactured drug containing an excipient that he cannont tolerate. Once informed of a patient's allergy, intolerance, or special diet, the compounding pharmacist is able to prepare a prescription from which a particular excipient has been eliminated. In many cases, however, the particulars of a patient's specific allergy or intolerance are difficult to determine and predict, and thus creative thinking is required from the copounding pharmacist. Without question, the need for special excipients will continue.

  4. Quality Risk Management of Compliant Excipients

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    Brian Carlin

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Raw material compliance and GMP do not eliminate variability. Quality by Design should minimize the risk that raw material variability will adversely affect the finished product Critical Quality Attributes. The sources of technological risk from excipients are reviewed and approaches to excipient risk management are discussed. Supplier involvement throughout the product life-cycle is recommended to minimize excipient-related risk.

  5. Basic principles of drug--excipients interactions.

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    Vranić, Edina

    2004-05-01

    Excipients are generally considered inert additives included in drug formulation to help in the manufacturing, administration or absorption. Other reasons for inclusion concern product differentiation, appearance enhancement or retention of quality. Excipients can initiate, propagate or participate in chemical or physical interactions with an active substance, possibly leading to compromised quality or performance of the medication. Understanding the chemical and physical nature of excipients, the impurities or residues associated with them and how they may interact with other materials, or with each other, forewarns the pharmaceutical technologist of possibilities for undesirable developments.

  6. From single excipients to dual excipient platforms in dry powder inhaler products.

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    Shur, Jagdeep; Price, Robert; Lewis, David; Young, Paul M; Woollam, Grahame; Singh, Dilraj; Edge, Stephen

    2016-12-05

    Recent years have seen a marked diversification of excipient based formulation strategies used for the development and commercialisation of dry powder inhaler (DPI) products. These innovative approaches not only provide benefits to patients and health care professionals through the availability of a wider range of therapeutic DPI products, but, importantly, also allow formulators to exploit the potential opportunities that excipients provide for the development of DPIs. Whilst many DPI products have, and continue to be developed using a single formulation excipient, the commercialisation of DPI products which contain the two excipients lactose monohydrate and magnesium stearate, namely the 'dual excipient platform' has recently been achieved. This article provides an overview of the background and current status of the development of such 'dual excipient platform' based DPI products. Crown Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. The counter ion: expanding excipient functionality

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    Shireesh Apte

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Excipients have increasingly become 'enablers' of drug delivery and efficacy rather than passive bystanders. Advances in pharmaceutical technology have enabled the ability to deliver specific counter ions (in the form of the counter ion containing excipient and the API simultaneously to preselected targets in the body. This, coupled with a near universal mechanism of columbic interactions that determine the [API- counter ion] efficacy, can be harnessed to exploit this hitherto unavailable or unrecognized enabling mechanism. New excipients may be assembled by a near inexhaustible supply of different permutations of counter ions and their judicious use in specific situations could potentially drive a renaissance in excipient innovation (and drug delivery and efficacy despite regulatory stagnation.

  8. Selection of excipients for extended release formulations of glipizide through drug-excipient compatibility testing.

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    Verma, Rajan K; Garg, Sanjay

    2005-07-15

    For the development of extended release formulations of glipizide, techniques of thermal and isothermal stress testing (IST) were used to assess the compatibility of glipizide with selected excipients. Initially, differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) was used to evaluate the compatibility. IR spectrum of drug-excipient mixture was also compared with that of pure drug and excipient. Compatibility of excipients defined in the prototype formula was tested using IST. Based on the DSC results alone, magnesium stearate, meglumine, TRIS buffer, and lactose, were found to exhibit interaction with glipizide. Stressed binary mixtures (stored at 50 degrees C for 3 weeks) of glipizide and meglumine showed yellow coloration indicating potential incompatibility. Based on the results of DSC, IR, and/or HPLC, excipients defined in the prototype formula were found to be compatible with glipizide. The optimized formulation developed using the compatible excipients were found to be stable after 3 months of accelerated stability studies (40 degrees C and 75% RH). Overall, compatibility of excipients with glipizide was successfully evaluated using the combination of thermal and IST methods and the formulations developed using the compatible excipients was found to be stable.

  9. Evaluation of hydroperoxides in common pharmaceutical excipients.

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    Wasylaschuk, Walter R; Harmon, Paul A; Wagner, Gabriella; Harman, Amy B; Templeton, Allen C; Xu, Hui; Reed, Robert A

    2007-01-01

    While the physical properties of pharmaceutical excipients have been well characterized, impurities that may influence the chemical stability of formulated drug product have not been well studied. In this work, the hydroperoxide (HPO) impurity levels of common pharmaceutical excipients are measured and presented for both soluble and insoluble excipients. Povidone, polysorbate 80 (PS80), polyethylene glycol (PEG) 400, and hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC) were found to contain substantial concentrations of HPOs with significant lot-to-lot and manufacturer-to-manufacturer variation. Much lower HPO levels were found in the common fillers, like microcrystalline cellulose and lactose, and in high molecular weight PEG, medium chain glyceride (MCG), and poloxamer. The findings are discussed within the context of HPO-mediated oxidation and formulating drug substance sensitive to oxidation. Of the four excipients with substantial HPO levels, povidone, PEG 400, and HPC contain a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and organic HPOs while PS80 contains predominantly organic HPOs. The implications of these findings are discussed with respect to the known manufacturing processes and chemistry of HPO reactivity and degradation kinetics. Defining critical HPO limits for excipients should be driven by the chemistry of a specific drug substance or product and can only be defined within this context. (c) 2006 Wiley-Liss, Inc. and the American Pharmacists Association.

  10. Hypersensitivity Reactions from Excipients in Systemic Glucocorticoid Formulations

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    Calogiuri, Gianfranco; Garvey, Lene H; Romita, Paolo

    2016-01-01

    Glucocorticoids are the most widely used drugs for the treatment of hypersensitivity, however these drugs themselves and the excipients contained in commercial corticosteroid formulations are able to induce severe immediate-type hypersensitivity reactions. Reactions involving excipients have been...

  11. Effect of Reprocessing and Excipient Characteristics on Ibuprofen ...

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    Methods: The effect of excipient type, technology and reprocessing on flow, compressibility and compactibility was assessed using and 8x2x2 factorial design. Design Expert® v.8.01 software was employed for data analysis. Pure excipients were processed by direct compression, while the ibuprofen:excipient mixtures were ...

  12. Development and evaluation of a tripartite novel excipient for direct ...

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    Various batches (A-E) of the novel excipient was prepared by co-processing varying concentrations of okro gum with gelatinized maize starch and lactose using ... Drug-novel excipient compatibility was investigated using FTIR. ... FTIR analyses revealed no interaction between the novel excipient and salbutamol.

  13. Surrogate functionality of celluloses as tablet excipients.

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    Díaz Ramírez, Carmen Cristina; Robles, Leopoldo Villafuerte

    2010-12-01

    The variety of excipients from different sources and prices to which we have access gives rise to the necessity to evaluate their functional characteristics. The aim of this work is to determine some physical and technological characteristics of celluloses from different sources, India and United States, to ascertain their functionality as tablet excipients. The used surrogate functionality properties are particle morphology and particle size distribution, compactibility, ejection pressure, and the disintegration properties of pure excipients and their compressed tablets. The innovators Avicel and Croscarmellose show advantages over the generic celluloses Alfacel and Carmacel. Avicel PH 101 and 102 show an average of 26% greater compactibility than both types of Alfacel, whereas the compactibility of Croscarmellose is greater than that of Carmacel in about 50%. Avicel tablets compacted at a compaction pressure of 47 MPa exhibit shorter disintegration times (3.7 minutes) than Alfacel tablets (28 minutes), whereas Carmacel show better disintegrant properties than Croscarmellose. This occurs regardless of the similar particle morphology, size, and size distribution. As expected, all celluloses show low ejection pressures. The surrogate functionality properties of the generic celluloses are still considered as satisfactory to be used as tablet excipients, although they are inferior in some aspects to innovator celluloses. Alfacel and Carmacel have the potential to be used as filler, binder, and disintegrant, in the design of tablets. Moreover, one should bear in mind that the differences reported here may be altered because of a possible inter-batch variability and variations in the moisture content.

  14. Hospitalised neonates in Estonia commonly receive potentially harmful excipients

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    Lass Jana

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Information on the neonatal exposure to excipients is limited. Our aim was to describe the extent of excipient intake by Estonian neonates; to classify the excipients according to potential neonatal toxicity and thereby to measure the extent of exposure of neonates to potentially harmful excipients. Methods A prospective cohort study that recorded all medicines prescribed to patients aged below 28 days admitted to Tartu University Hospital from 01.02-01.08 2008 and to Tallinn Children’s Hospital from 01.02- 01.08 2009 was conducted. Excipients were identified from Summaries of Product Characteristics and classified according to toxicity following a literature review. Results 1961 prescriptions comprising 107 medicines were written for 348/490 neonates admitted. A total of 123 excipients were found in 1620 (83% prescriptions and 93 (87% medicines. 47 (38% of these excipients were classified as potentially or known to be harmful to neonates. Most neonates (97% received at least one medicine (median number 2 with potentially or known to be harmful excipient. Parabens were the most commonly used known to be harmful excipients and sodium metabisulphite the most commonly used potentially harmful excipient, received by 343 (99% and 297 (85% of treated neonates, respectively. Conclusions Hospitalised neonates in Estonia are commonly receiving a wide range of excipients with their medication. Quantitative information about excipients should be made available to pharmacists and neonatologists helping them to take into account excipient issues when selecting medicines and to monitor for adverse effects if administration of medicines containing excipients is unavoidable.

  15. Carboxymethyl Starch Excipients for Drug Chronodelivery.

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    Ispas-Szabo, Pompilia; De Koninck, Patrick; Calinescu, Carmen; Mateescu, Mircea Alexandru

    2017-07-01

    Carboxymethyl starch (CMS) is a pH-responsive excipient exhibiting also interesting properties for applications in delayed drug delivery systems. This work was aimed to investigate the release properties of monolithic and dry-coated tablets based on ionic sodium CMS and on protonated CMS, formulated with three model tracers: acetaminophen, acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), and sodium diclofenac. The sodium or protonated CMS were obtained from the same CMS synthesis by controlling the final pH of reaction media. The two forms of CMS were confirmed by the Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The in vitro dissolution profiles for monolithic and double core tablets were different and allowed a better understanding of characteristics of the two excipient forms. It was found that the protonated CMS exhibited a better stability in simulated gastric fluid in comparison to its sodium salt in monolithic dosage forms, whereas both excipients afforded a complete gastric protection of drugs when formulated as dry-coated dosages. Determination of water uptake and erosion rate of monolithic matrices based on the two CMS forms showed different mechanisms involved in the delivery of the three model active molecules in simulated intestinal media. When pancreatic enzymes were added in dissolution media, the drug release was accelerated showing that CMS is still a substrate for alpha-amylase. Both sodium and protonated starch excipients, formulated as dry-coated dosages, afforded a good gastro-protection and allowed a drug chronodelivery at various intervals up to 4-5 h. They could be considered as an alternative for delayed delivery and a solvent-free coating procedure.

  16. Drug–excipient interactions in ketoprofen: A vibrational spectroscopy study

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    Carvalho, L. A. E. Batista de; Marques, M. Paula M.; Tomkinson, John

    2006-01-01

    Ketoprofen (3-benzoyl-alpha-methylbenzeneacetic acid) is a widely used nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), always administered in the form of drug-excipient physical mixtures (PMs). The occurrence of possible interactions between ketoprofen and two commonly used excipients - lactose (LAC) and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) - was evaluated, through vibrational spectroscopy techniques [both Raman and Inelastic Neutron Scattering (INS)]. Spectral evidence of drug:excipient close contacts, w...

  17. Excipient variability and its impact on dosage form functionality.

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    Dave, Vivek S; Saoji, Suprit D; Raut, Nishikant A; Haware, Rahul V

    2015-03-01

    Pharmaceutical excipients are essential components of most modern dosage forms. Although defined as pharmacologically inert, excipients can be thought of as the true enablers of drug product performance. Unintentional variability in the properties of the excipients may be unavoidable, albeit minimizable. The variability may originate from the source, the excipient-manufacturing process, or during the manufacturing of dosage forms. Excipient variability may have a range of influences on their functionality and performance in the dosage form. A better understanding of these influences on the critical quality attributes of the final product is of prime importance. Modern analytical tools provide a significant assistance in characterizing excipient variability to achieve this understanding. The principles and concepts of Quality-by-Design, process analytical technology, and design space, provide a holistic risk-based approach toward manufacture and application of excipients in pharmaceutical formulations. The International Pharmaceutical Excipients Council (IPEC) has developed guidelines for proper selection, use, and evaluation of excipients in pharmaceutical products. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. and the American Pharmacists Association.

  18. Production of cocrystals in an excipient matrix by spray drying.

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    Walsh, David; Serrano, Dolores R; Worku, Zelalem Ayenew; Norris, Brid A; Healy, Anne Marie

    2018-01-30

    Spray drying is a well-established scale-up technique for the production of cocrystals. However, to the best of our knowledge, the effect of introducing a third component into the feed solution during the spray drying process has never been investigated. Cocrystal formation in the presence of a third component by a one-step spray drying process has the potential to reduce the number of unit operations which are required to produce a final pharmaceutical product (e.g. by eliminating blending with excipient). Sulfadimidine (SDM), a poorly water soluble active pharmaceutical ingredient (API), and 4-aminosalicylic acid (4ASA), a hydrophilic molecule, were used as model drug and coformer respectively to form cocrystals by spray drying in the presence of a third component (excipient). The solubility of the cocrystal in the excipient was measured using a thermal analysis approach. Trends in measured solubility were in agreement with those determined by calculated Hansen Solubility Parameter (HSP) values. The ratio of cocrystal components to excipient was altered and cocrystal formation at different weight ratios was assessed. Cocrystal integrity was preserved when the cocrystal components were immiscible with the excipient, based on the difference in Hansen Solubility Parameters (HSP). For immiscible systems (difference in HSP > 9.6 MPa 0.5 ), cocrystal formation occurred even when the proportion of excipient was high (90% w/w). When the excipient was partly miscible with the cocrystal components, cocrystal formation was observed post spray drying, but crystalline API and coformer were also recovered in the processed powder. An amorphous dispersion was formed when the excipient was miscible with the cocrystal components even when the proportion of excipient used as low (10% w/w excipient). For selected spray dried cocrystal-excipient systems an improvement in tableting characteristics was observed, relative to equivalent physical mixtures. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier

  19. [Studies on the food allergenic proteins contained in pharmaceutical excipients].

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    Sakai, Shinobu; Adachi, Reiko; Miyazaki, Tamaki; Aso, Yukio; Okuda, Haruhiro; Teshima, Reiko

    2012-01-01

    Most drugs contain pharmaceutical excipients. These are pharmacologically inactive substances used as vehicles for the active ingredients of a medication. Some of these pharmaceutical excipients are produced from allergenic foods (e.g., milk, egg, peanut, soybean, and sesame) and removing proteins completely from such excipients is difficult. Therefore, if individuals with food allergy consume drugs containing allergenic food-derived excipients, eliminating the risk of developing specific allergic symptoms induced by them may not be possible. We determined the levels of proteins in pharmaceutical excipients and ethical drugs (inhalants and injections) by spectrophotometric analyses. The level of protein in the pharmaceutical excipient lactose in each sample was approximately 1 mg/g. In the case of oils from soybeans, peanuts, and sesame in pharmaceutical excipients, proteins were detected in the range 7-9 microg/g sample. We also determined levels of allergenic proteins in pharmaceutical excipients and ethical drugs using commercial enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay systems. The milk proteins in lactose were detected in the range 1.39-13.07 microg/g. The results of this study suggest that physicians, patients with food allergies, pharmacists, and healthcare providers must pay attention to presence of potential impurities those may cause allergic symptoms in pharmaceutical products.

  20. Impact Of Excipient Variability On Drug Product Processing And Performance.

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    Peng Soh, Josephine Lay; Liew, Celine Valeria; Sia Heng, Paul Wan

    2015-01-01

    It is rare to have a pharmaceutical dosage form presented with just the pure active pharmaceutical ingredient because the drug substance does not possess adequately desirable physical attributes to be processed into the final dosage form. Consequently, additives or excipients which are inert ingredients serving a functional purpose are added to enhance the overall properties of the final formulation for ease of processability or drug product performance. Variability in excipients arises from source of raw materials and in synthesis/manufacturing process resulting in different mechanisms of action, optimum concentration for use and final product performance including drug-excipient interactions. Unsurprisingly, variability of excipients has been well researched within specific focus areas. This review article aims to look at how different pharmaceutical processes are influenced by the differences in excipient properties as well as advanced analytical and statistical modeling techniques used in their development and characterization.

  1. Excipient-assisted vinpocetine nanoparticles: experiments and molecular dynamic simulations.

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    Li, Cai-Xia; Wang, Hao-Bo; Oppong, Daniel; Wang, Jie-Xin; Chen, Jian-Feng; Le, Yuan

    2014-11-03

    Hydrophilic excipients can be used to increase the solubility and bioavailability of poorly soluble drugs. In this work, the conventional water-soluble pharmaceutical excipients hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (HPMC), polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), and lactose (LAC) were used as solid supports to prevent drug nanoparticles from aggregation and enhance drug dissolution. Excipient-assisted vinpocetine (VIN) nanoparticles were prepared by reactive precipitation. The analysis results indicated that HPMC was a suitable excipient to prepare VIN nanoparticles. VIN/HPMC nanoparticles had a mean size of 130 nm within a narrow distribution. The dissolution rate of VIN nanoparticles was significantly faster than those of a physical mixture of VIN/HPMC and raw VIN. VIN/HPMC nanoparticles had a higher dissolution profile than VIN/PVP and VIN/LAC nanoparticles. Besides, molecular dynamics (MD) simulation was applied to investigate the molecular interactions between VIN and excipients. The calculated results revealed that VIN interacted with excipients by Coulomb and Lennard-Jones (LJ) interactions. Few hydrogen bonds were formed between VIN and excipients. The HPMC affording smaller particle size may be a result of the stronger interactions between VIN and HPMC (mainly LJ interaction) and the property of HPMC. These characteristics may greatly influence the adsorption behavior and may be the crucial parameter for the better performance of HPMC.

  2. Investigation of nanocarriers and excipients for preparation of nanoembedded microparticles.

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    Wang, Yingya; Beck-Broichsitter, Moritz; Yang, Mingshi; Rantanen, Jukka; Bohr, Adam

    2017-06-30

    Colloidal drug delivery systems often face physical and chemical instability as well as challenges with directed delivery. In order to overcome these challenges the colloidal formulations can be processed into microparticulate form (nanoembedded microparticles (NEMs)). In this study, different polymer nanocarriers (poly(lactide-co-glycolide), poly(styrene), chitosan and dendrimers) were used for preparing NEMs by spray-drying. Further, distinct matrix excipients were investigated including sugars (i.e., trehalose, sucrose, mannitol) and polymers (poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) and poly(ethylene glycol)), and the characteristics and performance of NEMs were studied in detail. It was found that with increasing hydrophilicity of the polymer nanocarriers, an increasing amount of excipient was necessary to stabilize the nanoparticles. NEMs containing polyplexes and nanogels required a matrix-to-nanoparticle (M:N) ratio of 50:1 and 10:1, respectively, whereas NEMs with poly(styrene) and poly(lactide-co-glycolide) only required an M:N ratio of 1:1 and 1:4, respectively. Investigation of different excipients demonstrated that water soluble sugars and polymers can be used to prepare NEMs and that spray-dried amorphous excipients (trehalose, sucrose, poly(vinyl pyrrolidone)) are superior to spray-dried crystalline excipients (mannitol, poly(ethylene glycol)) for stabilizing NEMs. It is therefore important to select an appropriate excipient for stabilization of a given nanoparticle system and identify a suitable level of this excipient to keep the nanoparticles viable. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Investigation of nanocarriers and excipients for preparation of nanoembedded microparticles

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    Wang, Yingya; Beck-broichsitter, Moritz; Yang, Mingshi

    2017-01-01

    polymer nanocarriers (poly(lactide-co-glycolide), poly(styrene), chitosan and dendrimers) were used for preparing NEMs by spray-drying. Further, distinct matrix excipients were investigated including sugars (i.e., trehalose, sucrose, mannitol) and polymers (poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) and poly(ethylene glycol......:1 and 10:1, respectively, whereas NEMs with poly(styrene) and poly(lactide-co-glycolide) only required an M:N ratio of 1:1 and 1:4, respectively. Investigation of different excipients demonstrated that water soluble sugars and polymers can be used to prepare NEMs and that spray-dried amorphous excipients...

  4. Chitin and Chitosan as Direct Compression Excipients in Pharmaceutical Applications

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    Adnan A. Badwan

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Despite the numerous uses of chitin and chitosan as new functional materials of high potential in various fields, they are still behind several directly compressible excipients already dominating pharmaceutical applications. There are, however, new attempts to exploit chitin and chitosan in co-processing techniques that provide a product with potential to act as a direct compression (DC excipient. This review outlines the compression properties of chitin and chitosan in the context of DC pharmaceutical applications.

  5. Excipient Usage Technical Risk Assessment for Generic Solid Dose Products

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    Ajay Babu Pazhayattil

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper proposes an assessment methodology for solid dose generic small molecule drug products. It addresses the ‘usage of the excipient’ portion of the trinomial by utilizing the systematic approach of Risk Identification, Risk Analysis and Risk Evaluation as per ICH Q9 Quality Risk Management outlined for developing risk control strategies. The assessment and maintenance of excipient risk profile is essential to minimize any potential risk associated to excipients impacting patients.

  6. Comparative functionality of Croscarmellose and Carmacel as tablet excipients

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    Díaz Ramírez, Carmen C.; Villafuerte Robles, Leopoldo

    2011-01-01

    The great variety of excipients to which we have access thanks the globalization gives rise to the necessity to evaluate their functionality, currently the pharmaceutical performance of croscarmellose and carmacel as tablet excipient. Carmacel formulations show faster powder flow and dissolution rate while Croscarmellose formulations show greater compactibility. Individually, carmacel formulations show greater powder flow and faster dissolution rate when the diluent is pharmatose or calcium p...

  7. Chitin and Chitosan as Direct Compression Excipients in Pharmaceutical Applications

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    Badwan, Adnan A.; Rashid, Iyad; Al Omari, Mahmoud M.H.; Darras, Fouad H.

    2015-01-01

    Despite the numerous uses of chitin and chitosan as new functional materials of high potential in various fields, they are still behind several directly compressible excipients already dominating pharmaceutical applications. There are, however, new attempts to exploit chitin and chitosan in co-processing techniques that provide a product with potential to act as a direct compression (DC) excipient. This review outlines the compression properties of chitin and chitosan in the context of DC pharmaceutical applications. PMID:25810109

  8. Functional Salad Dressing as an Excipient Food

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    Sibel Karakaya

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study is to develop salad dressing as an excipient food that can be used to enhance beneficial effects of salads when co-ingested together. The compounds that include bioactive constituents different from other salad dressings are germinated seed and sprouts of lentils and cowpeas, and caseinomacropeptide isolated from whey. The proximate composition, total phenols and total flavonoids of salad dressing were determined. Its beneficial effects on health (antioxidant activity, antidiabetic activity, bile acid binding capacity, and angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitory activity were determined using in vitro methods.
Energy value of salad dressing is 111 kcal/100 g and 11.41% of the energy value of the salad dressing is provided by protein. Total phenol content is 79 mg CE/100 g. Salad dressing displayed higher antioxidant activity against DPPH radical (130 mM Trolox/100 g than that of ORAC value (72 mM Trolox/100 g. Salad dressing inhibited ACE by approximately 37%. Expected glycemic index of salad dressing was 74.0 and belongs to high glycemic index foods. Contrary to, salad dressing inhibited α-glucosidase and α-amylase with the IC50 values 1.77 mg protein/mL and 2.40 mg protein/mL, respectively. Relative to cholestyramine, bile acid binding capacity of salad dressing is 39.85%.

  9. Risk evaluation of impurities in topical excipients: The acetol case

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    Jente Boonen

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Pharmaceutical excipients for topical use may contain impurities, which are often neglected from a toxicity qualification viewpoint. The possible impurities in the most frequently used topical excipients were evaluated in-silico for their toxicity hazard. Acetol, an impurity likely present in different topical pharmaceutical excipients such as propylene glycol and glycerol, was withheld for the evaluation of its health risk after dermal exposure.An ex-vivo in-vitro permeation study using human skin in a Franz Diffusion Cell set-up and GC as quantification methodology showed a significant skin penetration with an overall Kp value of 1.82×10−3 cm/h. Using these data, limit specifications after application of a dermal pharmaceutical product were estimated. Based on the TTC approach of Cramer class I substances, i.e. 1800 µg/(day∙person, the toxicity-qualified specification limits of acetol in topical excipients were calculated to be 90 µg/mL and 180 µg/mL for propylene glycol and glycerol, respectively.It is concluded that setting specification limits for impurities within a quality-by-design approach requires a case-by-case evaluation as demonstrated here with acetol. Keywords: Acetol, Impurity, Excipients, Transdermal penetration, Specification limits

  10. Excipient Nanoemulsions for Improving Oral Bioavailability of Bioactives

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    Laura Salvia-Trujillo

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The oral bioavailability of many hydrophobic bioactive compounds found in natural food products (such as vitamins and nutraceuticals in fruits and vegetables is relatively low due to their low bioaccessibility, chemical instability, or poor absorption. Most previous research has therefore focused on the design of delivery systems to incorporate isolated bioactive compounds into food products. However, a more sustainable and cost-effect approach to enhancing the functionality of bioactive compounds is to leave them within their natural environment, but specifically design excipient foods that enhance their bioavailability. Excipient foods typically do not have functionality themselves but they have the capacity to enhance the functionality of nutrients present in natural foods by altering their bioaccessibility, absorption, and/or chemical transformation. In this review article we present the use of excipient nanoemulsions for increasing the bioavailability of bioactive components from fruits and vegetables. Nanoemulsions present several advantages over other food systems for this application, such as the ability to incorporate hydrophilic, amphiphilic, and lipophilic excipient ingredients, high physical stability, and rapid gastrointestinal digestibility. The design, fabrication, and application of nanoemulsions as excipient foods will therefore be described in this article.

  11. Excipient-API interactions in dry powder inhalers

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    Shireesh Apte

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available There remains a paucity of predictive models to evaluate the suitability of excipients or excipient mixtures for dry powder inhalers because a large number of interdependent variables affect both formulation and inhaler performance. The problem is compounded by empirical studies that are performed under different experimental conditions which make data comparison difficult. An easily calculable molecular parameter, the Parachor, relates structural constants to surface tension. When applied in conjunction with results obtained from inverse gas chromatography, the Parachor can be used to calculate adhesive and cohesive surface energies between excipients and active pharmaceutical ingredients. Values calculated from the Parachor are consistent with qualitative hypotheses and agree reasonably well with published quantitative results. The ability to both achieve and predict the free particle fraction from Parachor derived surface energy data represents a new paradigm worthy of further perusal.

  12. Expanding innovation in the field of pharmaceutical excipients

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    Shireesh Apte

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available The current generation of combined or derivatized excipients (from food products primarily increase manufacturing efficiencies, improve API ADME profiles and provide sustained delivery. While these attributes certainly are by no means trivial for the pharmaceutical industry, they are not necessarily conducive to enable in vivo delivery or increase in vivo efficacy of next generation APIs’. While the ability of food ingredient mixtures or derivatives to modulate more of such ‘delivery attributes' should not be underestimated, a reevaluation of this paradigm is necessary such that 'innovation by design' supersedes 'innovation by serendipity', especially with regard to making pharmaceutical excipients fit for in vivo purpose.

  13. Correlation between calculated molecular descriptors of excipient amino acids and experimentally observed thermal stability of lysozyme

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    Meng-Lund, Helena; Friis, Natascha; van de Weert, Marco

    2017-01-01

    A quantitative structure-property relationship (QSPR) between protein stability and the physicochemical properties of excipients was investigated to enable a more rational choice of stabilizing excipients than prior knowledge. The thermal transition temperature and aggregation time were determined...

  14. Effect of Reprocessing and Excipient Characteristics on Ibuprofen ...

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    Effect of Reprocessing and Excipient Characteristics on. Ibuprofen Tablet Properties. John Rojas*, Carlos Zuluaga and Andrés Cadavid. Department of Pharmacy, School of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, The University of Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia. *For correspondence: Email: jrojasca@gmail.com; Tel: 574 219 5472.

  15. Studies of Particle Packings in Mixtures of Pharmaceutical Excipients

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    Bentham, Craig; Dutt, Meenakshi; Hancock, Bruno; Elliott, James

    2005-03-01

    Pharmaceutical powder blends used to generate tablets are complex multicomponent mixtures of the drug powder and excipients which facilitate the delivery of the required drug. The individual constituents of these blends can be noncohesive and cohesive powders. We study the geometric and mechanical characteristics of idealized mixtures of excipient particle packings, for a small but representative number of dry noncohesive particles, generated via gravitational compaction followed by uniaxial compaction. We discuss particle packings in 2- and 3- component mixtures of microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) & lactose and MCC, starch & lactose, respectively. We have computed the evolution of the force and stress distributions in monodisperse and polydisperse mixtures comprised of equal parts of each excipient; comparisons are made with results for particles packings of pure blends of MCC and lactose. We also compute the stress-strain relations for these mixtures. In order to obtain insight into details of the particle packings, we calculate the coordination number, packing fraction, radial distribution functions and contact angle distributions for the various mixtures. The numerical experiments have been performed on spheroidal idealizations of the excipient grains using Discrete Element Method simulations (Dutt et al., 2004 to be published).

  16. Are excipients really inert ingredients? A review of adverse reactions to excipients in oral dermatologic medications in Canada.

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    Noiles, Kristin; Vender, Ronald

    2010-01-01

    Whereas several literature reviews have discussed the role of excipients in drug-related reactions, no article has focused specifically on those found in oral dermatologic medications. The Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS) was used to reference the inert ingredients found in oral dermatologic medications. An extensive literature review was subsequently conducted using PubMed and MEDLINE to document adverse reactions to these excipients. Sixty-three oral dermatologic medications were reviewed. Lactose was commonly used as a filler. Several medications indicated that they were dye, tartrazine, or gluten free. Three medications were found to contain soybean oil and one was found to contain peanut oil. Although there are documented reactions to excipients in other products in the literature, few reports outline reactions to excipients in oral dermatologic medications. Whether this low frequency is accurate or whether it is due to a lack of reporting remains unknown. If the latter reasoning is correct, dermatologists must be more aware of these possible reactions. This article serves as a reference guide for dermatologists to aid in prescribing medications to individuals with known sensitivities and to assist in working up patients with suspected reactions to inert ingredients.

  17. Polymeric Plant-derived Excipients in Drug Delivery

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    Josias H. Hamman

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Drug dosage forms contain many components in addition to the active pharmaceutical ingredient(s to assist in the manufacturing process as well as to optimise drug delivery. Due to advances in drug delivery technology, excipients are currently included in novel dosage forms to fulfil specific functions and in some cases they directly or indirectly influence the extent and/or rate of drug release and absorption. Since plant polysaccharides comply with many requirements expected of pharmaceutical excipients such as non-toxicity, stability, availability and renewability they are extensively investigated for use in the development of solid oral dosage forms. Furthermore, polysaccharides with varying physicochemical properties can be extracted from plants at relatively low cost and can be chemically modified to suit specific needs. As an example, many polysaccharide-rich plant materials are successfully used as matrix formers in modified release dosage forms. Some natural polysaccharides have even shown environmental-responsive gelation characteristics with the potential to control drug release according to specific therapeutic needs. This review discusses some of the most important plant-derived polymeric compounds that are used or investigated as excipients in drug delivery systems.

  18. Numerical Model to Characterize the Size Increase of Combination Drug and Hygroscopic Excipient Nanoparticle Aerosols.

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    Longest, P Worth; Hindle, Michael

    2011-01-01

    Enhanced excipient growth is a newly proposed respiratory delivery strategy in which submicrometer or nanometer particles composed of a drug and hygroscopic excipient are delivered to the airways in order to minimize extrathoracic depositional losses and maximize lung retention. The objective of this study was to develop a validated mathematical model of aerosol size increase for hygroscopic excipients and combination excipient-drug particles and to apply this model to characterize growth under typical respiratory conditions. Compared with in vitro experiments, the droplet growth model accurately predicted the size increase of single component and combination drug and excipient particles. For typical respiratory drug delivery conditions, the model showed that droplet size increase could be effectively correlated with the product of a newly defined hygroscopic parameter and initial volume fractions of the drug and excipient in the particle. A series of growth correlations was then developed that successively included the effects of initial drug and excipient mass loadings, initial aerosol size, and aerosol number concentration. Considering EEG delivery, large diameter growth ratios (2.1-4.6) were observed for a range of hygroscopic excipients combined with both hygroscopic and non-hygroscopic drugs. These diameter growth ratios were achieved at excipient mass loadings of 50% and below and at realistic aerosol number concentrations. The developed correlations were then used for specifying the appropriate initial mass loadings of engineered insulin nanoparticles in order to achieve a predetermined size increase while maximizing drug payload and minimizing the amount of hygroscopic excipient.

  19. Risk assessment of neonatal excipient exposure: lessons from food safety and other areas.

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    Turner, M A; Duncan, J C; Shah, U; Metsvaht, T; Varendi, H; Nellis, G; Lutsar, I; Yakkundi, S; McElnay, J C; Pandya, H; Mulla, H; Vaconsin, P; Storme, T; Rieutord, A; Nunn, A J

    2014-06-01

    Newborn babies can require significant amounts of medication containing excipients intended to improve the drug formulation. Most medicines given to neonates have been developed for adults or older children and contain excipients thought to be safe in these age groups. Many excipients have been used widely in neonates without obvious adverse effects. Some excipients may be toxic in high amounts in which case they need careful risk assessment. Alternatively, it is conceivable that ill-founded fears about excipients mean that potentially useful medicines are not made available to newborn babies. Choices about excipient exposure can occur at several stages throughout the lifecycle of a medicine, from product development through to clinical use. Making these choices requires a scalable approach to analysing the overall risk. In this contribution we examine these issues. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. [Studies on new co-processed excipient consisting of lactose and gelatinized starch].

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    Wang, Song-tao; Zhang, Jing; Lin, Xiao; Shen, Lan; Feng, Yi

    2014-11-01

    Co-processed excipients withgelatinized or non-gelatinized starch were prepared by spray drying. Powder and tablet properties of corocessed excipients prepared were compared with those of physical mixtures and spray-dried lactose. Their applicability in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) powder tableting was tested on two TCM extracts, i.e., the gardenia extract and the Herba Sedi extract. It was shown that gelatinizing starch before co-spray drying with lactose could improve the performance and efficiency of starch as a binder, resulting in remarkable improvement in physicomechanical properties of co-processed excipients prepared. Conpared to self-made and commercially available spray-dried lactose, co-processed excipients achieved better compactability and higher drug loading for TCM extracts. In conclusion, the lactose-gelatinized starch co-processed excipient, with excellent physicomechanical properties, is promising to be explored as a new excipient for direct tableting.

  1. The Effects of Excipients on Protein Aggregation During Agitation: An Interfacial Shear Rheology Study

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    Liu, Lu; Qi, Wei; Schwartz, Daniel K.; Randolph, Theodore W.; Carpenter, John F.

    2013-01-01

    We investigated the effects of excipients in solutions of keratinocyte growth factor 2 (KGF-2) on protein aggregation during agitation as well as on interfacial shear rheology at the air-water interface. Samples were incubated with or without agitation, and in the presence or absence of the excipients heparin, sucrose or polysorbate 80 (PS80). The effect of excipients on the extent of protein aggregation was determined by UV spectroscopy and microflow imaging (MFI). Interfacial shear rheology...

  2. [Influence of several excipients on damp-proof performance of pharmaceutical materials of traditional Chinese medicine].

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    Yin, Xiao-Qin; Xu, Jia-Yin; Du, Lin-Jiao; Chen, Yan-Jun

    2013-07-01

    To study the influence of several excipients on damp-proof performance of pharmaceutical materials of traditional Chinese medicine. The moisture absorption rate and parameters of hydroscopicity were used as the evaluation index of the damp-proof property of the complex Chinese medicine and preparation 1 and 2. The moisture rate of complex Chinese medicine 1 was 62.54%, the critical relative humidity (CRH) was 38%. The moisture rate of complex Chinese medicine 2 was 16.36%, the CRH was 53%. Excipients had different effect on lower the hyproscopic property of complex Chinese medicine 1 and 2. The initial moisture adsorption velocity of excipients of complex Chinese medicine 1 in a ascending order were dextrin lactose excipients in a ascending order were dextrin = calcium hydrogen phosphate = micro crystalline cellulose lactose excipients in a ascending order were dextrin lactose excipients of complex Chinese medicine 2 in a ascending order were mannitol lactose excipients in a ascending order were mannitol = dextrin = calcium hydrogen phosphate lactose excipients in a ascending order were mannitol lactose excipients of preparation based on the property of the complex traditional Chinese medicine. The study provided experimental evidences for the research and development of the pharmaceutical materials of traditional Chinese medicine.

  3. Penetrometry and estimation of the flow rate of powder excipients.

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    Zatloukal, Z; Sklubalová, Z

    2007-03-01

    In this work, penetrometry with a sphere was employed to study the flow properties of non-consolidated pharmaceutical powder excipients: sodium chloride, sodium citrate, boric acid, and sorbitol. In order to estimate flow rate, the pressure of penetration in Pascals was used. Penetrometry measurement with a sphere requires modification of the measurement container, in particular by decreasing the diameter of the container, to prevent undesirable movement of material in a direction opposite to that in which the sphere penetrates. Thus penetrometry by a sphere seems to be similar to indentation by the Brinell hardness tester. The pressure of penetration was determined from the depth of penetration by analogy with the Brinell hardness number and an equation for the inter conversion of the two variables is presented. The penetration pressure allowed direct estimation of the flow rate only for those powder excipients with a size fraction in the range of 0.250-0.630 mm. Using the ratio of penetration pressure to bulk density, a polynomial quadratic equation was generated from which the flow rates for the group of all tested powders could be estimated. Finally, if the inverse ratio of bulk density and penetration pressure was used as an independent variable, the flow rate could be estimated by linear regression with the coefficient of determination r2 = 0.9941. In conclusion, using sphere penetrometry, the flow properties of non-consolidated powder samples could be investigated by indentation. As a result, a linear regression in which the flow rate was directly proportional to the powder bulk density and inversely proportional to the penetration pressure could be best recommended for the estimation of the flow rate of powder excipients.

  4. Computational prediction of drug solubility in lipid based formulation excipients.

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    Persson, Linda C; Porter, Christopher J H; Charman, William N; Bergström, Christel A S

    2013-12-01

    To investigate if drug solubility in pharmaceutical excipients used in lipid based formulations (LBFs) can be predicted from physicochemical properties. Solubility was measured for 30 structurally diverse drug molecules in soybean oil (SBO, long-chain triglyceride; TGLC), Captex355 (medium-chain triglyceride; TGMC), polysorbate 80 (PS80; surfactant) and PEG400 co-solvent and used as responses during PLS model development. Melting point and calculated molecular descriptors were used as variables and the PLS models were validated with test sets and permutation tests. Solvation capacity of SBO and Captex355 was equal on a mol per mol scale (R (2) = 0.98). A strong correlation was also found between PS80 and PEG400 (R (2) = 0.85), identifying the significant contribution of the ethoxylation for the solvation capacity of PS80. In silico models based on calculated descriptors were successfully developed for drug solubility in SBO (R (2) = 0.81, Q (2) = 0.76) and Captex355 (R (2) = 0.84, Q (2) = 0.80). However, solubility in PS80 and PEG400 were not possible to quantitatively predict from molecular structure. Solubility measured in one excipient can be used to predict solubility in another, herein exemplified with TGMC versus TGLC, and PS80 versus PEG400. We also show, for the first time, that solubility in TGMC and TGLC can be predicted from rapidly calculated molecular descriptors.

  5. Lumichrome complexation by cyclodextrins: influence of pharmaceutical excipients.

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    Lilletvedt, M; Kristensen, S; Tønnesen, H H

    2010-12-01

    Complexation of the model drug lumichrome by 2-hydroxypropyl-beta-cyclodextrin (HPbetaCD), the most widely used cyclodextrin derivative in pharmaceutical preparations, was investigated in this study. The influence of frequently used pharmaceutical excipients, i.e. alcohols (ethanol, glycerol, propylene glycol), buffers (phosphate, citrate) and tonicity modulators (NaCl, MgCl2) was evaluated by phase solubility, absorption and fluorescence emission spectra and fluorescence lifetime studies. Further, complex formation constants and fluorescence quantum yields were calculated. The formation of a 1:1 complex was indicated by phase solubility studies. The shape of the absorption and emission spectra for lumichrome was nearly independent of dissolution medium. The intensity of the absorption peak was slightly decreasing by the addition of HPbetaCD, which indicates formation of an inclusion complex of lumichrome in the ground state. The intensity of the fluorescence emission peak (i.e. fluorescence quantum yield) was also steadily decreasing by the increase in HPbetaCD concentration. Monoexponential fluorescence decay was obtained in the absence of cyclodextrin. In the presence of cyclodextrin, bi-exponential decays were observed in all aqueous vehicles with the exception of plain water or samples containing salts. The longest decay time corresponds to the lifetime of free (uncomplexed) lumichrome, while the shortest decay time was attributed to the excited state of the complexed alloxazine form of lumichrome. The selected excipients influence the complexation constant and the lumichrome excited state deactivation pathways to various extents.

  6. Safe excipient exposure in neonates and small children - protocol for the SEEN project

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    Valeur, Kristine Svinning; Hertel, Steen Axel; Lundstrøm, Kaare Engell

    2017-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: The pharmacokinetics of excipients in neonates differs from that of older children. In a recent pan--European survey, two thirds of neonates received at least one potentially harmful excipient, such as ethanol and benzoates. The content of sweeteners varied by route of administration...

  7. A high throughput platform for understanding the influence of excipients on physical and chemical stability

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    Raijada, Dhara; Cornett, Claus; Rantanen, Jukka

    2013-01-01

    The present study puts forward a miniaturized high-throughput platform to understand influence of excipient selection and processing on the stability of a given drug compound. Four model drugs (sodium naproxen, theophylline, amlodipine besylate and nitrofurantoin) and ten different excipients were...

  8. Immediate-type hypersensitivity reaction to Mannitol as drug excipient (E421): a case report.

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    Calogiuri, G F; Muratore, L; Nettis, E; Casto, A M; Di Leo, E; Vacca, A

    2015-05-01

    Allergic reactions to mannitol have been reported rarely, despite its widespread use as a drug and as a food excipient. This is the first case report in which oral mannitol induces an immediate type hypersensitivity as a drug excipient, in a 42 year old man affected by rhinitis to olive tree pollen. Unusual and undervalued risk factors for mannitol hypersensitivity are examined.

  9. Functionality specific excipients influencing manufacturability and/or processing of pharmaceutical dosage forms: a wish list

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    Shireesh Apte

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The non-availability of suitable excipients that perform specific functions in manufacturing unit operations or during storage leads to suboptimal processes and formulations. A ‘wish list’ of excipients that may alleviate selected sub-optimal processes and formulations is presented.

  10. Miniaturized approach for excipient selection during the development of oral solid dosage form

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    Raijada, Dharaben Kaushikkumar; Müllertz, Anette; Cornett, Claus

    2014-01-01

    The present study introduces a miniaturized high-throughput platform to understand the influence of excipients on the performance of oral solid dosage forms during early drug development. Wet massing of binary mixtures of the model drug (sodium naproxen) and representative excipients was followed...

  11. Anti-diabetic effects of excipients: possibility of formulation of an anti-diabetic dosage form using pharmaceutical excipients or their constituents, or food additives.

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    Shireesh Apte

    2016-01-01

    The ability of pharmaceutical excipients to exhibit significant bioactivity independent of the active pharmaceutical ingredient is beginning to be recognized. Certain types of diets or foods have been demonstrated to alleviate diabetic symptoms. Because most excipients are derivatives of food products, it is not unreasonable to assume that these molecules are responsible at least in part for the diabetes ameliorative properties of such foods or food products. Indeed, evidence has accumulated ...

  12. Excipients in medicinal products used in gastroenterology as a possible cause of side effects.

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    Ursino, Maria Grazia; Poluzzi, Elisabetta; Caramella, Carla; De Ponti, Fabrizio

    2011-06-01

    Although most adverse drug reactions are caused by the active substances, excipients may sometimes affect the safety profile of a medicinal product. The aim of this review is twofold: (1) To identify the excipients most frequently contained in oral medicinal products marketed in Italy for gastrointestinal indications, and to evaluate the main safety concerns, considering both intrinsic toxicity and patient-related risk factors. (2) To analyze possible differences with medicinal products marketed in the United Kingdom and USA in terms of excipients and relevant warnings reported in the label. We identified excipients with potential impact on safety profile and calculated frequency of use of each identified excipient in 98 selected medicinal products. We discussed possible safety concerns in clinical practice. We also analyzed US and UK Summary of Products Characteristics (SmPC) of oral gastrointestinal products by searching in appropriate collections of regulatory agencies. Eleven excipients with a safety impact were identified (sucrose, saccharin, aspartame, sorbitol, mannitol, lactose, ethanol, propylene glycol, parabens, menthol and silica) and no substantial differences were found between drugs marketed in the three countries concerning excipient content. Warnings were more detailed in the SmPC of UK or USA products rather than Italian products. Information about pharmaceutical excipients with known effects is important in clinical practice, but the frequent lack of details in the related section of the SmPCs makes it difficult for health professionals to provide relevant advice. The availability of alternative products of the same therapeutic class, but lacking specific excipient(s) should be considered in selected patients. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. Evaluation of dibutyrylchitin as new excipient for sustained drug release.

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    Casettari, Luca; Cespi, Marco; Castagnino, Enzo

    2012-08-01

    Dibutyrylchitin (DBC), a lipophilic chitin diester, has been synthesized from chitin and butyric anhydride with methanesulfonic acid as catalyst. Exhaustive esterification of free alcoholic groups of chitin was assessed by FT-IR and (1)H-NMR spectroscopy. High degree of alkyl substitution allowed DBC to acquire an almost completely lipophilic character. Tablets of paracetamol and metformin employing DBC as major excipient, in comparison with starch, microcrystalline cellulose, lactose and polyvinylpyrrolidone, were prepared and rates of drug release were checked by dissolution test assays. DBC released drug at a lower rate than that of the other tested materials. A comparison study of rate release of metformin from DBC tablets and from metformin-hydroxypropyl methylcellulose prolonged release oral formulation available on the market has been also curried out. Under the same conditions and in the presence of the same amount of loaded drug, DBC released 64% of metformin whereas hypromellose-based tablets released 87%.

  14. Miniaturized approach for excipient selection during the development of oral solid dosage form.

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    Raijada, Dhara; Müllertz, Anette; Cornett, Claus; Munk, Tommy; Sonnergaard, Jørn; Rantanen, Jukka

    2014-03-01

    The present study introduces a miniaturized high-throughput platform to understand the influence of excipients on the performance of oral solid dosage forms during early drug development. Wet massing of binary mixtures of the model drug (sodium naproxen) and representative excipients was followed by sieving, drying, and compaction of the agglomerated material. The mini-compacts were subjected to stability studies at 25°C/5% relative humidity (RH), 25°C/60% RH and 40°C/75% RH for 3 months. The physical stability of the drug was affected by the storage condition and by the characteristics of the excipients, whereas all the samples were chemically stable. Force-distance curves obtained during the compression of agglomerated material were used for the comparison of compressibility of different drug-excipient mixtures. The agglomerated drug-excipient mixtures were also subjected to studies of the dissolution trend under sequential pH conditions to simulate pH environment of gastrointestinal tract. Major factors affecting the dissolution behavior were the diffusion layer pH of the binary mixtures and the ability of the excipients to alter the diffusion layer thickness. The proposed approach can be used for excipient selection and for early-stage performance testing of active pharmaceutical ingredient intended for oral solid dosage form. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. and the American Pharmacists Association.

  15. Development and Characterization of Multifunctional Directly Compressible Co-processed Excipient by Spray Drying Method.

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    Chauhan, Sohil I; Nathwani, Sandeep V; Soniwala, Moinuddin M; Chavda, Jayant R

    2017-05-01

    The present investigation was carried out to develop and characterize a multifunctional co-processed excipient for improving the compressibility of poorly compressible drugs. Etodolac was used as a model drug. Microcrystalline cellulose (MCC), lactose monohydrate (lactose), and StarCap 1500 (StarCap) were selected as components of the co-processed excipient. The spray drying method was used for co-processing of excipients. D-optimal mixture design was applied to optimize the proportion of component excipients. Statistical analysis of the D-optimal mixture design revealed that all response variables were significantly affected by the independent variables (p value excipient was found to be 30% MCC, 25% lactose, and 45% StarCap. This optimized batch was evaluated for flow properties, compressibility parameters such as Kawakita's and Kuno's equation and Heckel's equation, and dilution potential. Evaluation parameters for flow properties (angle of repose, Carr's index, and Hausner's ratio) suggested excellent flow character. The parameters of Kawakita's and Kuno's equation and Heckel's equation suggested improvement in the compressibility of the model drug. Dilution potential was found to be 40%, and based on that, tablets of the model drug were formulated and evaluated for general evaluation parameters of tablets. All the parameters were found to be within the acceptance criteria which concluded that the multifunctional directly compressible co-processed excipient was prepared successfully that improved the compressibility of the poorly compressible model drug etodolac along with spray drying as an efficient method for the preparation of co-processed excipient.

  16. Studies of bicalutamide-excipients interaction by combination of molecular docking and molecular dynamics simulation.

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    Li, Caixia; Wang, Jie-Xin; Le, Yuan; Chen, Jian-Feng

    2013-06-03

    While the effects of hydrophilic excipients in enhancing the dissolution rate of water-insoluble drugs have been validated, the underlying mechanism remains poorly understood, particularly at a molecular level. In this work, a combination of docking calculations and MD simulations was applied to investigate the molecular interactions between bicalutamide (BIC) and each of three excipients: lactose (LAC), hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC), and mannitol (MAN). The calculated results indicated that BIC interacted with HPMC and MAN mainly by Lennard-Jones (LJ) interactions but with LAC mainly by Coulomb (Coul) interactions. There was no hydrogen bond formed between BIC and excipient. It was shown that BIC/LAC had the biggest total solvent accessible surface area with the biggest hydrophilic area and formed the most hydrogen bonds between excipient and water. In addition to the structure analyses, BIC/LAC had both the lowest interaction energy between BIC and excipient and the lowest interaction energy between BIC/excipient and water. All these led to the best dissolution performance of BIC/LAC, which could correspond to the experimental results of dissolution test. The present study suggests that a combination of docking calculations and MD simulations, which aims at complementing the experimental work, could provide a molecular insight into the interaction between drug and excipient. It also holds the great potential to simplify the optimization process of drug delivery system and reduce both time and costs.

  17. "The Effect of Hydroxyl Containing Tablet Excipients on the Adhesive Duration of Some Mucoadhesive Polymers "

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    Seyed Alireza Mortazavi

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available In order to investigate the effect of hydroxyl group containing tablet excipients on the duration of adhesion of mucoadhesive polymers, discs containing Carbopol 934 (C934, polycarbophil (PC, sodium carboxymethyl cellulose, hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose (HPMC, tragacanth (trag. and sodium alginate (Na alg., either alone or in the presence of various amounts of excipients were prepared. The duration of adhesion of the prepared discs were determined in pH 7.0 phosphate buffer at 37°C. All the excipients examined reduced the duration of adhesion and the relative durability of the polymer containing discs. HPMC discs despite showing the longest duration of mucoadhesion, suffered the greatest reduction in adhesive properties in the presence of excipients which were examined. Following HPMC, Na alg. and then trag. discs showed the greatest sensitivity to the presence of excipients. The least reduction in the duration of adhesion was observed with PC and C934. Among the excipients tested, spray-dried lactose produced the greatest reduction in the duration of adhesion, followed by polyethylene glycol 6000 and pregelatinized starch. The smallest reduction in the adhesive properties of the test polymers was due to talc powder. Hence, it seems that addition of the tablet excipients adversely reduce the adhesive properties of mucoadhesive dosage forms, which should be carefully considered during their formulation.

  18. Investigation of excipient type and level on drug release from controlled release tablets containing HPMC.

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    Williams, Robert O; Reynolds, Thomas D; Cabelka, Tim D; Sykora, Matthew A; Mahaguna, Vorapann

    2002-05-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of excipient type and level on the release of alprazolam formulated in controlled release matrix tablets containing hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC). Each tablet formulation contained alprazolam, HPMC (Methocel K4MP), excipients, and magnesium stearate. The soluble excipients investigated were lactose monohydrate, sucrose, and dextrose, and the insoluble excipients included dicalcium phosphate dihydrate, dicalcium phosphate anhydrous, and calcium sulfate dihydrate. The similarity factor (f2 factor) was used to compare the dissolution profile of each formulation. The insoluble excipients, especially dicalcium phosphate dihydrate, caused the drug to be released at a slower rate and to a lesser extent than the soluble excipients. Soluble excipients created a more permeable hydrated gel layer for drug release, increased the porosity resulting in faster diffusion of drug, and increased the rate of tablet erosion. Use of binary mixtures of lactose monohydrate and dicalcium phosphate dihydrate produced release profiles of intermediate duration. Rapid drug dissolution was obtained when only 9.1% w/w of lactose monohydrate was present in the tablet formulation. Only when the dicalcium phosphate dihydrate level was sufficiently high (36.5% w/w) was the release rate and extent decreased. It was demonstrated that the type and level of excipient influenced the rate and extent of drug release from controlled release tablets containing HPMC. The release mechanism of alprazolam from each tablet formulation was described by either the Hixson-Crowell cube root kinetics equation or Peppas's equation. However, the different excipient types investigated did not influence the release mechanism of alprazolam from the final tablets.

  19. The effect of excipients on the stability and phase transition rate of xylazine hydrochloride and zopiclone.

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    Krūkle-Bērziņa, Kristīne; Actiņš, Andris

    2015-03-25

    The compatibility of thermodynamically unstable polymorph of two active pharmaceutical compounds (xylazine hydrochloride form X and zopiclone form C) with different excipients was investigated. The effects of the excipient and its amount in the sample on the thermal properties and possible chemical interactions were studied. The most commonly used excipients in the pharmaceutical industry - calcium carbonate, lactose hydrate, cellulose, magnesium stearate hydrate and calcium stearate hydrate were selected for this study. The dependence of the phase transition rate from an unstable to a more stable polymorph on the excipients and their amounts in the initial sample was analysed at 80°C, and the corresponding phase transition rate constants were calculated. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Medicinal plants used as excipients in the history in Ghanaian herbal medicine

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    Freiesleben, Sara Holm; Soelberg, Jens; Jäger, Anna

    2015-01-01

    Ethnopharmacological relevance The present study was carried out to investigate the traditional use, pharmacology and active compounds of four plants commonly used as excipients in herbal medicine in Ghana. Materials and methods A comprehensive literature search was conducted to gain knowledge...... about the traditional use, pharmacology and active compounds of the four plant excipients. The broth dilution antibacterial assay and the DPPH radical scavenging antioxidant assay were used to evaluate the antibacterial and antioxidant activity of the plants, respectively. Ethanol, warm water and cold....... melegueta could act as an antioxidant to preserve herbal preparations. None of the plant excipients had antibacterial activity against the bacteria tested in this study. Compounds with an aromatic or pungent smell had been identified in all the plant excipients. An explanation for the use of the plants...

  1. Design of prolonged release tablets using new solid acrylic excipients for direct compression.

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    Villanova, J C O; Ayres, E; Oréfice, R L

    2011-11-01

    The design of new excipients that extend the release of drugs from tablets over prolonged periods is essential in reaching enhanced therapeutic performances. In this sense, the objective of this study was to develop new excipients, based on acrylic monomers (ethyl acrylate, methyl methacrylate, and butyl methacrylate) for use in direct compression (DC). The polymeric excipients were prepared by suspension and emulsion polymerization reactions and were characterized by FTIR to confirm the polymerization reaction. For the success of direct compression, excipients must present good flow and compactability properties. Therefore, excipients were submitted to analysis of morphology (SEM), particle size and size distribution by laser diffraction, and powder density (bulk density and tapped density). The Carr index, Hausner ratio, flow ratio, and cotangent of the angle α were determined. Thereafter, the polymeric excipients were used to prepare inert matrices by DC using propranolol hydrochloride (PHCl) as a model drug. The tablets were evaluated for average weight, breaking force, and friability tests. The release profiles were determined, and the dissolution kinetics was studied. The results indicated that matrices prepared from excipients obtained by suspension polymerization (NWCB and PECB) presented a release of PHCl for a period exceeding 12h, most likely due to the higher micromeritic properties. The results suggested that the increase in the percentage of polymers, as well as in the compression time, resulted in a higher hardness of the matrix with a reduced rate release of the PHCl. Finally, in vitro preliminary tests showed that the polymeric excipients produced were non-toxic for the gingival fibroblasts. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Excipient selection can significantly affect solid-state phase transformation in formulation during wet granulation

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    Airaksinen, Sari; Karjalainen, Milja; Kivikero, Niina; Westermarck, Sari; Shevchenko, Anna; Rantanen, Jukka; Yliruusi, Jouko

    2005-01-01

    Phase transformations in formulations can lead to instability in physicochemical, biopharmaceutical, and processing properties of products. The influences of formulation design on the optimal dosage forms should be specified. The aim here was to investigate whether excipients with different water sorption behavior affect hydrate formation of nitrofurantoin in wet masses. Nitrofurantoin anhydrate was used as a hydrate-forming model drug, and 4 excipients with different water-absorbing potentia...

  3. Medicinal plants used as excipients in the history in Ghanaian herbal medicine.

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    Freiesleben, Sara Holm; Soelberg, Jens; Jäger, Anna K

    2015-11-04

    The present study was carried out to investigate the traditional use, pharmacology and active compounds of four plants commonly used as excipients in herbal medicine in Ghana. A comprehensive literature search was conducted to gain knowledge about the traditional use, pharmacology and active compounds of the four plant excipients. The broth dilution antibacterial assay and the DPPH radical scavenging antioxidant assay were used to evaluate the antibacterial and antioxidant activity of the plants, respectively. Ethanol, warm water and cold water extracts were prepared from the dried seeds/fruits of Aframomum melegueta, Piper guineense, Xylopia aethiopica and Monodora myristica, and tested in the assays. A. melegueta and P. guineense seemed to act as pharmacoenhancers, since they have been shown to inhibit specific CYP-enzymes. A. melegueta could act as an antioxidant to preserve herbal preparations. None of the plant excipients had antibacterial activity against the bacteria tested in this study. Compounds with an aromatic or pungent smell had been identified in all the plant excipients. An explanation for the use of the plants as excipients could rely on their taste properties. The present study suggests that there may be more than one simple explanation for the use of these four plants as excipients. Plausible explanations have been proven to be: (1) a way to increase the effect of the medicine, (2) a way to make the medicine more palatable or (3) a way to preserve the activity of the medicinal preparation over time. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. In vivo toxicology of excipients commonly employed in drug discovery in rats.

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    Gopinathan, Suma; O'Neill, Emily; Rodriguez, Lawrence A; Champ, Rose; Phillips, Megan; Nouraldeen, Amr; Wendt, Mary; Wilson, Alan G E; Kramer, Jeffrey A

    2013-01-01

    Toxicology and pharmacology studies conducted in the early stages of drug discovery often require formulation strategies involving the use of excipients with limited knowledge regarding their preclinical safety liabilities. The use of excipients is vital to efforts to solubilize and deliver small molecules in drug discovery. Whilst excipients can have a significant impact on pharmacology and toxicology studies by enabling solubility to maximize systemic exposure, they also have the potential to obscure clinical pathology endpoints. In this article, we report on the in vivo safety in rats for 18 excipients commonly employed in formulations for preclinical pharmacology and toxicology studies. The test articles were administered once daily for five days, by oral gavage to male Sprague Dawley rats, and the animals monitored for visible clinical signs. At the end of the study, routine necropsy and clinical pathology endpoints were investigated. None of the excipients tested were acutely toxic. However, there were effects on parameters commonly evaluated as indicators of health and/or toxicological response in regulated preclinical safety studies. While the excipients tested were generally well tolerated, several were found to affect common clinical pathology endpoints in a manner that might confound or conceivably mask the interpretation of compound mediated adverse/pharmacological effects. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Novel nano-cellulose excipient for generating non-Newtonian droplets for targeted nasal drug delivery.

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    Young, Paul M; Traini, Daniela; Ong, Hui Xin; Granieri, Angelo; Zhu, Bing; Scalia, Santo; Song, Jie; Spicer, Patrick T

    2017-10-01

    Thickening polymers have been used as excipients in nasal formulations to avoid nasal run-off (nasal drip) post-administration. However, increasing the viscosity of the formulation can have a negative impact on the quality of the aerosols generated. Therefore, the study aims to investigate the use of a novel smart nano-cellulose excipient to generate suitable droplets for nasal drug delivery that simultaneously has only marginally increased viscosity while still reducing nasal drips. Nasal sprays containing nano-cellulose at different concentrations were investigated for the additive's potential as an excipient. The formulations were characterized for their rheological and aerosol properties. This was then compared to conventional nasal spray formulation containing the single-component hydroxyl-propyl methyl cellulose (HPMC) viscosity enhancing excipient. The HPMC-containing nasal formulations behave in a Newtonian manner while the nano-cellulose formulations have a yield stress and shear-thinning properties. At higher excipient concentrations and shear rates, the nano-cellulose solutions have significantly lower viscosities compared to the HPMC solution, resulting in improved droplet formation when actuated through conventional nasal spray. Nano-cellulose materials could potentially be used as a suitable excipient for nasal drug delivery, producing consistent aerosol droplet size, and enhanced residence time within the nasal cavity with reduced run-offs compared to conventional polymer thickeners.

  6. Screening of several excipients for direct compression of tablets: A new perspective based on functional properties

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    John Rojas

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Excipients are widely used to formulate solid drug forms by direct compression. However, the powderforming and tableting properties of these excipients are affected by the presence of lubricants and active ingredients. In this study, a screening methodology was employed to test the performance of an excipient for direct compression. The effects of three lubricants (magnesium stearate, stearic acid and talc on the compressibility and compaction of these excipients were assessed by the compressibility index and lubricant sensitivity ratio, respectively. Likewise, the dilution potential in blends with a poorly compactible drug such as acetaminophen was also assessed. Finally, the elastic recovery of tablets was evaluated five days after production. All lubricants increased the compressibility of these excipients and improved their flowability. However, hydrophobic lubricants such as magnesium stearate had a marked negative effect on compactibility, especially in plastic-deforming and more regularlyshaped materials with a smooth surface such as Starch 1500. Alginic acid, rice and cassava starches had the largest elastic recovery (>5%, indicating a tendency to cap. Moreover, highly plastic deforming materials such as sorbitol and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP-K30 exhibited the best dilution potential (~10%, whereas alginic acid showed a very high value (~70%. In terms of performance, sorbitol, PVP-K30, Avicel PH-101, sodium alginate and pregelatinized starch were the most appropriate excipients for the direct compression of drugs.

  7. Novel coprocessed excipients composed of lactose, HPMC, and PVPP for tableting and its application.

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    Wang, SongTao; Li, JinZhi; Lin, Xiao; Feng, Yi; Kou, Xiang; Babu, Sreehari; Panicucci, Riccardo

    2015-01-01

    New coprocessed excipients composed of α-lactose monohydrate (a filler), HPMC E3 (a binder), and PVPP (a superdisintegrant) were developed by spray drying in this study to improve the tableting properties of lactose. Factors affecting the properties of the coprocessed excipients were investigated by a 3 × 3 × 2 factorial design. These factors include lactose grade (90 M, 200 M, and 450 M), percentage of HPMC (3.5%, 7.0%, and 10.5%), and percentage of PVPP (0% and 3.5%). The results show that the compactability of the excipients could be significantly improved by increasing either the percentage of HPMC or the primary particle size of lactose. The addition of 3.5% PVPP had little effect on the compactability, but significantly improved the disintegration ability. The developed coprocessed excipients have much lower yield pressures and much higher working efficiency during tableting compared to the main raw material (α-lactose monohydrate). These improvements are mainly attributed to the addition of HPMC and the proximately 30% amorphous lactose formed during process. Both HPMC and amorphous lactose were homogeneously distributed on the surface of the secondary particles, maximizing their effect. Furthermore, the low hygroscopicity and high glass transition temperature of HPMC led to a high yield. The drug loading capacity of the newly coprocessed excipients is also excellent. In summary, the tri-component coprocessed excipients investigated are promising and worthy of further development. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Approaches to new derivatives of cellulose as designed pharmaceutical excipients

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    Schwarz Brigitte

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Recently, our group initiated a synthetic program directed at new derivatives of cellulose intended as novel pharmaceutical excipients. With several notable exceptions, the attempted regioselective introduction of chemical functionality into natural cellulose by direct chemical modification will result in heterogeneous products that are difficult to characterize and the preparation of which is insufficiently reproduceable. Approaches to the chemical polymerization of appropriate glucose monomers are available, leading to a degree of polymerization in the order of 100. However, the nature of these processes does not readily lend itself to the preparation of products comprising regularly arranged protecting groups in defined positions. We have chosen a mixed organic chemical-enzyme catalyzed approach based on a procedure of Kobayashi, Shoda, Donnelly and Church. Fluoride derivatives of cellobiose may be polymerized, under catalysis by cellobiose hydrolase, to form cellulose oligosaccharides of different chain lengths. We describe the chemical syntheses of cellobiose fluoride derivatives comprising protecting groups in defined positions of the reducing or nonreducing glucose moieties of cellobiose. Such derivatives may be polymerized to afford cellulose derivatives with protecting groups on alternate glucose units. The processing of these protected cellulose derivatives to afford novel biomimetic polymers will be described.

  9. [Physical ageing of amorphous polymeric excipients I. physicochemical principles].

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    Zelkó, Romána; Kiss, Dorottya

    2005-01-01

    Most of the polymeric excipients applied in pharmaceutical technology are amorphous, which, as a result of physical ageing, can lead to changes in the stability of these materials and dosage forms prepared from them. For the tracking of physical aging and understanding its consequences, a complex knowledge of the physicochemical properties and behaviour of amorphous polymers is necessary. In the case of these materials, three single-phase physical states can be distinguished: glassy, rubbery and viscous. The transition from glassy to rubbery state occurs at the glass transition temperature, the change of which as a function of the storage conditions provides information about the physical ageing of the material. The ageing process is usually accompanied by enthalpy and volume relaxation, which are considerably influenced by the presence of different plasticizers, e.g. water. These materials usually change the glass transition temperature of the polymer, which is a result of their effect on the free volume of the system. In view of the hygroscopic behaviour and water-uptake mechanisms of polymers, the probability and extent of structural changes caused by physical aging can be predicted.

  10. A novel and multifunctional excipient for vaginal drug delivery

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    Mohd. Aamir Mirza

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available The present study explores the pharmaceutical potential of a natural organic matter (fulvic acid for sustained release, acid buffering capacity and mucoadhesion in vaginal drug delivery. The antifungal drug, Itraconazole, was first converted into inclusion complexes with fulvic acid (1:1 & 1:2 molar ratio and then characterized by Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC, X-Ray Diffraction (XRD, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT IR and Mass Spectroscopy. Results were also authenticated by conformational analysis. Solubility analysis of complexes yielded different thermodynamic parameters and explained the driving force for solubilisation when the pH was varied in an acidic range. MTT assays were also performed to assess the potential in vitro cell toxicity of the complexes in comparison to the neat drug. The complexes were then formulated into tablets and optimized for hardness, mucoadhesion and release profiles. The optimized tablets presented with satisfactory mucoadhesion, acid buffering and spreading ability. Moreover, the antifungal activity of the formulation was also increased due to improved aqueous solubility of the drug despite the larger size of the complex. The study also indicated the potential use of fulvic acid as a functional excipient in the preparation of a vaginal drug delivery system (VDDS.

  11. Thiolated polymers: evaluation of their potential as dermoadhesive excipients.

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    Grießinger, Julia Anita; Bonengel, Sonja; Partenhauser, Alexandra; Ijaz, Muhammad; Bernkop-Schnürch, Andreas

    2017-02-01

    The objective of this study was to evaluate and compare four different thiolated polymers regarding their dermoadhesive potential. Therefore, three hydrophilic polymers (poly(acrylic acid), Carbopol 971 and carboxymethylcellulose) and a lipophilic polymer (silicone oil) were chosen to generate thiolated polymers followed by characterization. The total work of adhesion (TWA) and the maximum detachment force (MDF) of formulations containing modified and unmodified polymers were investigated on skin obtained from pig ears using a tensile sandwich technique. The synthesis of thiolated polymers provided 564 µmol, 1079 µmol, 482 µmol and 217 µmol thiol groups per gram poly(acrylic acid), Carbopol 971, carboxymethylcellulose and silicone oil, respectively. Hydrogels containing poly(acrylic acid)-cysteine, Carbopol 971-cysteine, and carboxymethylcellulose-cysteamine exhibited a 6-fold, 25-fold and 9-fold prolonged adhesion on porcine skin than the hydrogel formulations prepared from the corresponding unmodified polymers, respectively. Furthermore, thiolation of silicone oil with thioglycolic acid led to a 5-fold improvement in adhesion compared to the unmodified silicone oil. A comparison between the four thiolated polymer formulations showed a clear correlation between the amount of coupled thiol groups and the TWA. According to these results thiomers might also be useful excipients to provide a prolonged dermal resistance time of various formulations.

  12. Contrasting the crospovidones functionality as excipients for direct compression

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    Daniel García Ramírez

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Specific values of technological properties of excipients allow the establishment of numerical parameters to define and compare their functionality. This study investigates the functionality of Polyplasdones XL and XL10. Parameters studied included tablet disintegration profiles, compactibility profiles and powder flow. The results allowed the establishment of quantitative surrogate functionalities of technological performance, such as absolute number, and as a value relative to the known microcrystalline cellulose type 102. Moreover, the establishment of an explicit functionality to improve the technological performance of two diluents and a model drug was investigated, as was setting up of these functionalities, as quantitative values, to determine the input variables of each material and its probable functionality in a drug product. Disintegration times of pure Polyplasdone XL and its admixtures were around half that of Polyplasdone XL10. The improvement in tablet compactibility was 25-50% greater for Polyplasdone XL10 than Polyplasdone XL. Crospovidones proportions of up to 10% have little effect on the flow properties of other powders, although pure Polyplasdone XL10 and its admixtures display compressibility indexes about 20% greater than Polyplasdone XL. The observed results are in line with a smaller particle size of Polyplasdone XL10 compared to Polyplasdone XL.

  13. Spray-dried cellulose nanofibers as novel tablet excipient.

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    Kolakovic, Ruzica; Peltonen, Leena; Laaksonen, Timo; Putkisto, Kaisa; Laukkanen, Antti; Hirvonen, Jouni

    2011-12-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the potential of cellulose nanofibers (also referred as microfibrillated cellulose, nanocellulose, nanofibrillated, or nanofibrillar cellulose) as novel tabletting material. For this purpose, physical and mechanical properties of spray-dried cellulose nanofibers (CNF) were examined, and results were compared to those of two commercial grades of microcrystalline cellulose (MCC), Avicel PH101 and Avicel PH102, which are the most commonly and widely used direct compression excipients. Chemically, MCC and CNF are almost identical, but their physical characteristics, like mechanical properties and surface-to-volume ratio, differ remarkably. The novel material was characterized with respect to bulk and tapped as well as true density, moisture content, and flow properties. Tablets made of CNF powder and its mixtures with MCC with or without paracetamol as model compound were produced by direct compression and after wet granulation. The tensile strength of the tablets made in a series of applied pressures was determined, and yield pressure values were calculated from the measurements. With CNF, both wet granulation and direct compression were successful. During tablet compression, CNF particles were less prone to permanent deformation and had less pronounced ductile characteristics. Disintegration and dissolution studies showed slightly faster drug release from direct compression tablets with CNF, while wet granulated systems did not have any significant difference.

  14. Anti-diabetic effects of excipients: possibility of formulation of an anti-diabetic dosage form using pharmaceutical excipients or their constituents, or food additives

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    Shireesh Apte

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available The ability of pharmaceutical excipients to exhibit significant bioactivity independent of the active pharmaceutical ingredient is beginning to be recognized. Certain types of diets or foods have been demonstrated to alleviate diabetic symptoms. Because most excipients are derivatives of food products, it is not unreasonable to assume that these molecules are responsible at least in part for the diabetes ameliorative properties of such foods or food products. Indeed, evidence has accumulated that such excipients act on well defined pharmacologic pathways and targets in order to exercise their beneficial effects. If excipients that act on multiple diabetogenic pharmacologic targets or pathways are combined together in concentrations that are at or above their recommended dietary allowances, the possibility exists that such a formulation may provide “stand alone” control of type II diabetes. The formulation could be as simple as a mixture of these solid powders presented in a ‘sachet’ or pack to be mixed with water and taken once or twice a day

  15. A comparison of drug loading capacity of cellactose with two ad hoc processed lactose-cellulose direct compression excipients.

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    Casalderrey, Marta; Souto, Consuelo; Concheiro, Angel; Gómez-Amoza, José Luis; Martínez-Pacheco, Ramón

    2004-04-01

    This study compares the drug loading capacity of Cellactose and two excipients of similar composition and similar particle size, prepared by dry granulation and extrusion-spheronization respectively. The drugs evaluated were acetaminophen and furosemide. Acetaminophen did not significantly affect the flow properties of any of the excipients, whereas furosemide markedly worsened flow properties, eliminating the differences initially existing among the three excipients. For both drugs, tablet mechanical properties were clearly better with Cellactose than with the other excipients. Acetaminophen dissolution rate was very similar regardless of the excipient used, but furosemide dissolution rate was lower from Cellactose tablets than from tablets prepared with the other excipients. This important difference is discussed in terms of micropore structure, specific surface area, and wettability of tablets, and is attributable to the special structure of Cellactose particles.

  16. Effects of pharmaceutical excipients on membrane permeability in rat small intestine.

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    Takizawa, Yusuke; Kishimoto, Hisanao; Nakagawa, Minami; Sakamoto, Nasa; Tobe, Yoshifusa; Furuya, Takahito; Tomita, Mikio; Hayashi, Masahiro

    2013-09-10

    Pharmaceutical excipients should not disturb the effects of drug therapy. In recent years, however, it has been reported that excipients induce some changes to the tight junction (TJ) and P-glycoprotein (P-gp), which can affect drug disposition. In this study, we examined the effects of 20 common pharmaceutical excipients from different classes on mucosal membrane and the differences of such effects among regions of the small intestine. We used the in vitro sac method in rat jejunum and ileum to study the effects of excipients on the membrane permeation of 5(6)-carboxyfluorescein (5-CF). 5-CF was used as a model of water-soluble compounds. In some dosage conditions of methyl-β-cyclodextrin, the membrane permeability of 5-CF was significantly increased in the jejunum, but such change was not observed in the ileum. Similarly, in the cases of sodium carboxymethyl starch, low-substituted hydroxypropyl cellulose and croscarmellose sodium, the membrane permeability of 5-CF was significantly increased in the jejunum, but no change was observed in the ileum. On the other hand, in both the jejunum and the ileum, the membrane permeation of 5-CF was decreased with 0.02% (w/v) hydroxypropyl cellulose, but significantly increased with it at 0.20% (w/v). It was shown that excipients affected the membrane permeability of water-soluble compounds via the paracellular route, and these effects on absorption differed among regions of the small intestine. Moreover, in the case of 20 excipients, not only an increase in membrane permeability but also a decrease was observed. Therefore, it was suggested that a more effective formulation could be designed by changing the combination of excipients. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Microbicide excipients can greatly increase susceptibility to genital herpes transmission in the mouse

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    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Several active ingredients proposed as vaginal microbicides have been shown paradoxically to increase susceptibility to infection in mouse genital herpes (HSV-2 vaginal susceptibility models and in clinical trials. In addition, "inactive ingredients" (or excipients used in topical products to formulate and deliver the active ingredient might also cause epithelial toxicities that increase viral susceptibility. However, excipients have not previously been tested in susceptibility models. Methods Excipients commonly used in topical products were formulated in a non-toxic vehicle (the "HEC universal placebo", or other formulations as specified. Twelve hours after exposure to the excipient or a control treatment, mice were challenged with a vaginal dose of HSV-2, and three days later were assessed for infection by vaginal lavage culture to assess susceptibility. Results The following excipients markedly increased susceptibility to HSV-2 after a single exposure: 5% glycerol monolaurate (GML formulated in K-Y® Warming Jelly, 5% GML as a colloidal suspension in phosphate buffered saline, K-Y Warming Jelly alone, and both of its humectant/solvent ingredients (neat propylene glycol and neat PEG-8. For excipients formulated in the HEC vehicle, 30% glycerin significantly increased susceptibility, and a trend toward increased HSV-2 susceptibility was observed after 10% glycerin, and 0.1% disodium EDTA, but not after 0.0186% disodium EDTA. The following excipients did not increase susceptibility: 10% propylene glycol, 0.18%, methylparaben plus 0.02% propylparaben, and 1% benzyl alcohol. Conclusions As reported with other surfactants, the surfactant/emulsifier GML markedly increased susceptibility to HSV-2. Glycerin at 30% significantly increased susceptibility, and, undiluted propylene glycol and PEG-8 greatly increased susceptibility.

  18. The effect of selected water-soluble excipients on the dissolution of paracetamol and Ibuprofen.

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    Shaw, Lance R; Irwin, William J; Grattan, Tim J; Conway, Barbara R

    2005-07-01

    The purpose of this investigation was to study the dissolution behavior of paracetamol and ibuprofen in the presence of a range of selected potential excipients. First, a pH-solubility profile was generated for both drugs, and the effect of changing hydrodynamic conditions on the intrinsic dissolution rate was investigated. It was established that both drugs dissolved according to the diffusion-layer model. Paracetamol solubility (approximately 20.3 mg mL(-1)) did not vary from pH 1.2-8.0, corresponding to the in vivo range in the gastrointestinal tract. Ibuprofen had an intrinsic solubility of approximately 0.06 mg mL(-1), and pK(a) was calculated as 4.4. Second, the effects of selected potential excipients (lactose, potassium bicarbonate, sodium bicarbonate, sodium chloride, and tartaric acid) were evaluated by measuring the effect of the inclusion of each additive in the dissolution medium on drug solubility, drug intrinsic dissolution rate, and solution viscosity. The results were evaluated using the diffusion-layer model, and it was determined that for paracetamol, the collected data fitted the model for all the excipients studied. For ibuprofen, it was found that there were differences between the excipients that raised the solution pH above the pK(a) to those that did not. For the excipients raising the pH above the pK(a), the effect on intrinsic dissolution rate was not as high as that expected from the change in drug solubility. It was postulated that this might be due to lack of penetration of the excipient into the drug boundary layer microenvironment. Formulators may calculate the effect of adding an excipient based on solubility increases but may not find the dissolution rate improvement expected.

  19. Spray-dried chitosan as a direct compression tableting excipient.

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    Chinta, Dakshinamurthy Devanga; Graves, Richard A; Pamujula, Sarala; Praetorius, Natalie; Bostanian, Levon A; Mandal, Tarun K

    2009-01-01

    The objective of this study was to prepare and evaluate a novel spray-dried tableting excipient using a mixture of chitosan and lactose. Three different grades of chitosan (low-, medium-, and high-molecular-weight) were used for this study. Propranolol hydrochloride was used as a model drug. A specific amount of chitosan (1, 1.9, and 2.5 g, respectively) was dissolved in 50 mL of an aqueous solution of citric acid (1%) and later mixed with 50 mL of an aqueous solution containing lactose (20, 19.1, and 18.5 g, respectively) and propanolol (2.2 g). The resultant solution was sprayed through a laboratory spray drier at 1.4 mL/min. The granules were evaluated for bulk density, tap density, Carr index, particle size distribution, surface morphology, thermal properties, and tableting properties. Bulk density of the granules decreased from 0.16 to 0.13 g/mL when the granules were prepared using medium- or high-molecular-weight chitosan compared with the low-molecular-weight chitosan. The relative proportion of chitosan also showed a significant effect on the bulk density. The granules prepared with 1 g of low-molecular-weight chitosan showed the minimum Carr index (11.1%) indicating the best flow properties among all five formulations. All three granules prepared with 1 g chitosan, irrespective of their molecular weight, showed excellent flow properties. Floating tablets prepared by direct compression of these granules with sodium bicarbonate showed 50% drug release between 30 and 35 min. In conclusion, the spray-dried granules prepared with chitosan and lactose showed excellent flow properties and were suitable for tableting.

  20. A Comparison of Drug Loading Capacity of Cellactose with Two ad hoc Processed Lactose-Cellulose Direct Compression Excipients

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    Marta CASALDERREY; Consuelo SOUTO; Angel CONCHEIRO; Jose Luis GOMEZ-AMOZA; Ramon MARTINEZ-PACHECO

    2004-01-01

    This study compares the drug loading capacity of Cellactose and two excipients of similar composition and similar particle size, prepared by dry granulation and extrusion-spheronization respectively...

  1. The relationship between the particle properties, mechanical behavior, and surface roughness of some pharmaceutical excipient compacts

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    Narayan, Padma; Hancock, Bruno C

    2003-08-25

    Several common pharmaceutical excipient powders were compacted at a constant solid fraction (SF) in order to study the relationship between powder properties, compact surface roughness, and compact mechanical properties such as hardness, elasticity, and brittleness. The materials used in this study included microcrystalline cellulose (MCC), fumaric acid, mannitol, lactose monohydrate, spray dried lactose, sucrose, and dibasic calcium phosphate dihydrate. A slow consolidation process was used to make compacts at a SF of 0.85 (typical for most pharmaceutical tablets) from single excipient components. A model was proposed to describe the surface roughness of compacts based on the brittle or ductile deformation tendencies of the powder materials. The roughness profile would also be dependent upon the magnitude of the compression stress in relation to the yield stress (onset of irreversible deformation) values of the excipients. It was hypothesized that brittle materials would produce smooth compacts with high surface variability due to particle fracture, and the converse would apply for ductile materials. Compact surfaces should be smoother if the materials were compressed above their yield pressure values. Non-contact optical profilometry was used along with scanning electron microscopy to quantify and characterize the surface morphology of the excipient compacts. The roughness parameters R{sub a} (average roughness), R{sub q} (RMS roughness), R{sub q}/R{sub a} (ratio describing surface variability), and R{sub sk} (skewness) were found to correlate with the deformation properties of the excipients. Brittle materials such as lactose, sucrose, and calcium phosphate produced compacts with low values of R{sub a} and R{sub q}, high variability, and negative R{sub sk}. The opposite was found with plastic materials such as MCC, mannitol, and fumaric acid. The highly negative skewness values for brittle material compacts may indicate their propensity to be vulnerable to

  2. DNA extraction from plant food supplements: Influence of different pharmaceutical excipients.

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    Costa, Joana; Amaral, Joana S; Fernandes, Telmo J R; Batista, Andreia; Oliveira, M Beatriz P P; Mafra, Isabel

    2015-12-01

    The consumption of plant food supplements (PFS) has been growing globally, with an increase of misleading labeling and fraudulent practices also being reported. Recently, the use of molecular biology techniques has been proposed to detect botanical adulterations, one of the possible frauds in PFS. However, difficulties in recovering DNA from some PFS samples have been described. Aiming at using DNA-based methods for the unequivocal identification of plant species in PFS, adequate DNA isolation is required. However, PFS often contain pharmaceutical excipients known to have adsorbent properties that might interfere with DNA extraction. Thus, the aim of this work was to assess the effect of different excipients (talc, silica, iron oxide and titanium dioxide) on the recovery/amplification of DNA. For that purpose, known amounts of template maize DNA were spiked either to PFS or to model mixtures of excipients and quantified by real-time PCR. The tested excipients evidenced clear adsorption phenomena that justify the hampering effect on DNA extraction from PFS. The use of either 10% talc or 0.5% dyes completely adsorbed DNA, resulting in negative PCR amplifications. For the first time, pharmaceutical excipients were shown to affect DNA extraction explaining the inability of recovering DNA from some PFS samples in previous studies. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Effects of excipients and curing process on the abuse deterrent properties of directly compressed tablets.

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    Rahman, Ziyaur; Zidan, Ahmed S; Korang-Yeboah, Maxwell; Yang, Yang; Siddiqui, Akhtar; Shakleya, Diaa; Khan, Mansoor A; Cruz, Celia; Ashraf, Muhammad

    2017-01-30

    The objective of the present investigation was to understand the effects of excipients and curing process on the abuse deterrent properties (ADP) of Polyox™ based directly compressible abuse deterrent tablet formulations (ADFs). The excipients investigated were lactose (monohydrate or anhydrous), microcrystalline cellulose and hydroxypropyl methylcellulose. The ADPs studied were tablet crush resistance or hardness, particle size distribution following mechanical manipulation, drug extraction in water and alcohol, syringeability and injectability. Other non-ADPs such as surface morphology and tablet dissolution were also studied. It was found that presence of 50% or more of water soluble or swellable excipient in the ADF tablets significantly affected the tablet hardness, particle size distribution following mechanical manipulation and drug extraction while small amount (5%) of excipients had either minimal or no effect on ADPs of these tablets. Addition of high molecular weight HPMC (K 100M) affected syringeability and injectability of ADF. Curing process was found to affect ADPs (hardness, particle size distribution, drug extraction and syringeability and injectability) when compared with uncured tablet. In conclusion, addition of large amount of excipients, especially water soluble ones in Polyox™ based ADF tablets increase the risk of abuse by various routes of administration. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  4. Drug-Drug/Drug-Excipient Compatibility Studies on Curcumin using Non-Thermal Methods

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    Moorthi Chidambaram

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Curcumin is a hydrophobic polyphenol isolated from dried rhizome of turmeric. Clinical usefulness of curcumin in the treatment of cancer is limited due to poor aqueous solubility, hydrolytic degradation, metabolism, and poor oral bioavailability. To overcome these limitations, we proposed to fabricate curcumin-piperine, curcumin-quercetin and curcumin-silibinin loaded polymeric nanoformulation. However, unfavourable combinations of drug-drug and drug-excipient may result in interaction and rises the safety concern. Hence, the present study was aimed to assess the interaction of curcumin with excipients used in nanoformulations. Methods: Isothermal stress testing method was used to assess the compatibility of drug-drug/drug-excipient. Results: The combination of curcumin-piperine, curcumin-quercetin, curcumin-silibinin and the combination of other excipients with curcumin, piperine, quercetin and silibinin have not shown any significant physical and chemical instability. Conclusion: The study concludes that the curcumin, piperine, quercetin and silibinin is compatible with each other and with other excipients.

  5. Applications of Polymers as Pharmaceutical Excipients in Solid Oral Dosage Forms.

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    Debotton, Nir; Dahan, Arik

    2017-01-01

    Over the last few decades, polymers have been extensively used as pharmaceutical excipients in drug delivery systems. Pharmaceutical polymers evolved from being simply used as gelatin shells comprising capsule to offering great formulation advantages including enabling controlled/slow release and specific targeting of drugs to the site(s) of action (the "magic bullets" concept), hence hold a significant clinical promise. Oral administration of solid dosage forms (e.g., tablets and capsules) is the most common and convenient route of drug administration. When formulating challenging molecules into solid oral dosage forms, polymeric pharmaceutical excipients permit masking undesired physicochemical properties of drugs and consequently, altering their pharmacokinetic profiles to improve the therapeutic effect. As a result, the number of synthetic and natural polymers available commercially as pharmaceutical excipients has increased dramatically, offering potential solutions to various difficulties. For instance, the different polymers may allow increased solubility, swellability, viscosity, biodegradability, advanced coatings, pH dependency, mucodhesion, and inhibition of crystallization. The aim of this article is to provide a wide angle prospect of the different uses of pharmaceutical polymers in solid oral dosage forms. The various types of polymeric excipients are presented, and their distinctive role in oral drug delivery is emphasized. The comprehensive know-how provided in this article may allow scientists to use these polymeric excipients rationally, to fully exploit their different features and potential influence on drug delivery, with the overall aim of making better drug products. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  6. Effects of various excipients on tizanidine hydrochloride tablets prepared by direct compression.

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    Khan, Lubna Ghazal; Razvi, Nighat; Anjum, Fakhsheena; Siddiqui, Saeed Ahmed; Ghayas, Sana

    2014-09-01

    This study was conducted to assess the effects of various excipients in 10 different Tizanidine hydrochloride tablet dosage forms that were prepared by direct compression method (DC). Various excipients are available for DC method; we selected those excipients that are used commonly in tablet manufacturing. The excipients used included lactose anhydrous, di-basic calcium phosphate anhydrous, starch, talc, sodium carboxy methyl cellulose, polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP), silicon dioxide (Aerosil), stearic acid, magnesium stearate and microcrystalline cellulose (Avicel). These tablets were then evaluated by performing different pharmacopoeial and non-pharmacopoeial tests (i.e. diameter, hardness, thickness, weight variation, disintegration and assay). It was observed that Formulations B, D and H of Tizanidine hydrochloride gave best results within USP specified limits for the tests employed among all the formulations whereas Formulations F and G showed poor friability, disintegration and dissolution profiles rendering starch in combination of talc and sodium carboxy-methyl cellulose unsuitable for Tizanidine hydrochloride tablet formulations. With the present approach, more studies can be designed using other active ingredients and excipients to get an optimal and cost effective product.

  7. Recently Investigated Natural Gums and Mucilages as Pharmaceutical Excipients: An Overview.

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    Choudhary, Pritam Dinesh; Pawar, Harshal Ashok

    2014-01-01

    Due to advances in drug delivery technology, currently, excipients are included in novel dosage forms to fulfil specific functions and in some cases they directly or indirectly influence the extent and/or rate of drug release and drug absorption. Recent trends towards use of plant based and natural products demand the replacement of synthetic additives with natural ones. Today, the whole world is increasingly interested in natural drugs and excipients. These natural materials have many advantages over synthetic ones as they are chemically inert, nontoxic, less expensive, biodegradable, and widely available. This review discusses majority of the plant-derived polymeric compounds (gums and mucilage's), their sources, chemical constituents, uses, and some recent investigations as excipients in novel drug delivery systems.

  8. Release of indomethacin from ultrasound dry granules containing lactose-based excipients.

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    Cavallari, Cristina; Albertini, Beatrice; Rodriguez, Lorenzo; Rabasco, Antonio M; Fini, Adamo

    2005-01-20

    Physical mixtures were prepared containing indomethacin and beta-lactose and alpha-lactose-based excipients (Ludipress and Cellactose). The mixtures were compacted with the aid of ultrasound, obtaining tablets, which were milled and sieved. Granules thus obtained were examined by optical microscopy and differential scanning calorimetry. The intense yellow color of the granules and the absence of indomethacin peak in thermograms suggest important modifications of indomethacin physical state; the drug thus modified appears to be spread on the excipient particle surface as a thin film, giving a lustrous appearance. No influence of ultrasound was observed on phase transition concerning lactose; only loss of water was important under high energy ultrasound. Dissolution profiles suggest an increased release of the drug from the systems treated with ultrasound at high energy, with respect to a traditional compaction; while no difference could be evidenced among the three excipients that, however, appear all suitable for this ultrasound-aided direct compression process.

  9. IDENTIFICATION OF PHARMACEUTICAL EXCIPIENT BEHAVIOR OF CHICKPEA (CICER ARIETINUM) STARCH IN GLICLAZIDE IMMEDIATE RELEASE TABLETS.

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    Meka, Venkata Srikanth; Yee, Phung; Sheshala, Ravi

    2016-01-01

    In the past few years, there are number of researchers carrying out their research on the excipients derived from polysaccharides and some of these researches show that natural excipients are comparable and can serve as an alternative to the synthetic excipients. Hence, the objectives of this research are to characterize the naturally sourced chickpea starch powder and to study the pharmaceutical excipient behavior of chickpea starch in gliclazide immediate release (IR) tablets. In this research, the binding properties of chickpea starch were compared to that of povidone, whereas the disintegrant properties of chickpea starch were compared to those of crospovidone, croscarmellose sodium and sodium starch glycolate. Flow property of chickpea starch was assessed with the measurement of bulk density, tapped density, compressibility index and angle of repose. Calibration curve for gliclazide in phosphate buffer pH 7.4 was developed. Gliclazide IR tablets were then produced with direct compression method. Physicochemical characteristics of the tablets, including thickness, tablet weight uniformity, hardness, disintegration time and friability were evaluated. Then, in vitro dissolution studies were performed by following United States Pharmacopeia (USP) dissolution method. The dissolution results were analyzed and compared with t30, t50, dissolution efficiency (DE). Lastly, drug-excipient compatibility studies, including Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopic analysis and differential scanning calorimetric (DSC) analysis were carried out. Fair flow property was observed in the chickpea starch powder. Furthermore, the tablets produced passed all the tests in physicochemical characteristics evaluation except hardness and disintegration test. Additionally, in vitro dissolution studies show that chickpea starch acted as a disintegrant instead of a binder in gliclazide IR tablets and its disintegrant properties were comparable to those of crospovidone, croscarmellose

  10. Investigation of drug-excipient compatibility using rheological and thermal tools

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    Trivedi, Maitri R.

    HYPOTHESIS: We plan to investigate a different approach to evaluate drug-excipient physical compatibility using rheological and thermal tools as opposed to commonly used chemical techniques in pharmaceutical industry. This approach offers practical solutions to routinely associated problems arising with API's and commonly used hydrates forms of excipients. ABSTRACT: Drug-Excipient compatibility studies are an important aspect of pre-formulation and formulation development in pharmaceutical research and development. Various approaches have been used in pharmaceutical industry including use of thermal analysis and quantitative assessment of drug-excipient mixtures after keeping the samples under stress environment depending upon the type of formulation. In an attempt to provide better understanding of such compatibility aspect of excipients with different properties of API, various rheological and thermal studies were conducted on binary mixtures of excipients which exist in different hydrates. Dibasic Calcium Phosphate (DCP, anhydrous and dihydrate forms) and Lactose (Lac, anhydrous and monohydrate) were selected with cohesive API's (Acetaminophen and Aspirin). Binary mixtures of DCP and Lac were prepared by addition of 0% w/w to 50% w/w of the API into each powder blend. Rheological and thermal aspects were considered using different approaches such as powder rheometer, rotational shear cell and traditional rheometery approaches like angle of repose (AOR), hausner's ratio (HR) and cares index (CI). Thermal analysis was conducted using modulated differential scanning calorimetry (MDSC) and thermal effusivity. The data suggested that the powder rheometer showed distinctive understanding in the flowability behavior of binary mixtures with addition of increasing proportion of API's than traditional approaches. Thermal approaches revealed the potential interaction of water of crystallization DCP-D with the API (APAP) while such interactions were absent in DCP-A, while

  11. Pullulan: an advantageous natural polysaccharide excipient to formulate tablets of alendronate-loaded microparticles

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    Luana Mota Ferreira

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available This work reports the preparation of tablets by direct compression of sodium alendronate-loaded microparticles, using pullulan as filler. The tableting properties of pullulan were compared with those of microcrystalline cellulose and lactose. Pullulan tablets showed low variations in average weight, thickness and drug content. Moreover, these tablets exhibited a higher hardness compared to the other excipients. In vitro release studies showed that only pullulan was capable to maintain gastroresistance and release properties of microparticles, due to its ability to protect particles against damage caused by compression force. Thus, pullulan was considered an advantageous excipient to prepare tableted microparticles.

  12. Enhancement of lycopene bioaccessibility from tomato juice using excipient emulsions: Influence of lipid droplet size.

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    Salvia-Trujillo, L; McClements, D J

    2016-11-01

    The use of excipient emulsions to increase the bioaccessibility of lycopene in tomato juice was studied by simulating gastrointestinal conditions. The influence of droplet diameter (d=0.17 or 19μm) and thermal treatment (90°C, 10min) on lycopene bioaccessibility was evaluated. Lycopene bioaccessibility was relatively low (processing did not appreciably disrupt tomato cells, and therefore only led to a slight increase in lycopene bioaccessibility. Overall, this study shows that excipient emulsions may increase the bioaccessibility of carotenoids in tomato juices. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Surface acidity and solid-state compatibility of excipients with an acid-sensitive API: case study of atorvastatin calcium.

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    Govindarajan, Ramprakash; Landis, Margaret; Hancock, Bruno; Gatlin, Larry A; Suryanarayanan, Raj; Shalaev, Evgenyi Y

    2015-04-01

    The objectives of this study were to measure the apparent surface acidity of common excipients and to correlate the acidity with the chemical stability of an acid-sensitive active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) in binary API-excipient powder mixtures. The acidity of 26 solid excipients was determined by two methods, (i) by measuring the pH of their suspensions or solutions and (ii) the pH equivalent (pHeq) measured via ionization of probe molecules deposited on the surface of the excipients. The chemical stability of an API, atorvastatin calcium (AC), in mixtures with the excipients was evaluated by monitoring the appearance of an acid-induced degradant, atorvastatin lactone, under accelerated storage conditions. The extent of lactone formation in AC-excipient mixtures was presented as a function of either solution/suspension pH or pHeq. No lactone formation was observed in mixtures with excipients having pHeq > 6, while the lactone levels were pronounced (> 0.6% after 6 weeks at 50°C/20% RH) with excipients exhibiting pHeq 6, 3-6, and API, were identified based on pHeq measurements. The incompatibility prediction was confirmed in the chemical stability tests using AC as an example of an acid-sensitive API.

  14. Modulation of the wettability of excipients by surfactant and its impacts on the disintegration and release of tablets.

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    Yang, Baixue; Xu, Lu; Wang, Qiuxiao; Li, Sanming

    2016-12-01

    To investigate the modulation of the wettability of excipients by different types of surfactants and its impacts on the disintegration of tablets and drug release. The critical micelle concentration (CMC) of surfactants, including sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS), dodecyl trimethyl ammonium bromide (DTAB), cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) and polysorbate (Tween-20 and Tween-80), was obtained using the platinum ring method. Contact angles of surfactant solutions on the excipient compacts and double-distilled water on the mixture of surfactant and the other excipient (magnesium stearate (MgSt) or sodium alginate (SA)) were measured by the sessile drop technique. Besides, surface free energy of excipients was calculated by the Owens method. Finally, the disintegration of tablets and in vitro dissolution testing were performed according to the method described in USP. The wettability of excipients could be enhanced to different extent with low concentration of surfactant solutions and maintained stable basically after CMC. For MgSt (hydrophobic excipient), the shorter the hydrophobic chain (C12, including SDS and DTAB), the better the wettability with the addition of surfactant in the formulation, leading to the shorter disintegration time of tablets and higher drug release rate. In contrast, the wettability of SA (hydrophilic excipient) was reduced by adding surfactant, resulting in the longer disintegration time of tablets and lower release rate. The modulation of the wetting of pharmaceutical excipients by surfactant had changed the disintegration time of tablets and drug release rate to a greater extent.

  15. Disproportionation of the calcium salt of atorvastatin in the presence of acidic excipients

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    Christensen, Niels Peter Aae; Rantanen, Jukka; Cornett, Claus

    2012-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to combine vibrational spectroscopy and chemometrics for investigating excipient-induced disproportionation of the calcium salt of atorvastatin into the corresponding free acid form in environments relevant to manufacturing and storage of solid dosage formulations...

  16. Cytotoxicity of Different Excipients on RPMI 2650 Human Nasal Epithelial Cells

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    Tamás Horváth

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available The nasal route receives a great deal of attention as a non-invasive method for the systemic administration of drugs. For nasal delivery, specific formulations containing excipients are used. Because of the sensitive respiratory mucosa, not only the active ingredients, but also additives need to be tested in appropriate models for toxicity. The aim of the study was to measure the cytotoxicity of six pharmaceutical excipients, which could help to reach larger residence time, better permeability, and increased solubility dissolution rate. The following excipients were investigated on RPMI 2650 human nasal septum tumor epithelial cells: β-d-mannitol, sodium hyaluronate, α and β-cyclodextrin, polyvinyl alcohol and methylcellulose. 3-(4,5-dimethyltiazol-2-yl-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT dye conversion assay and real-time impedance analysis were used to investigate cytotoxicity. No excipient showed toxicity at 0.3% (w/v concentration or below while 1% concentration a significantly reduced metabolic activity was measured by MTT assay for methylcellulose and cyclodextrins. Using impedance measurements, only β-cyclodextrin (1% was toxic to cells. Mannitol at 1% concentration had a barrier opening effect on epithelial cells, but caused no cellular damage. Based on the results, all additives at 0.3%, sodium hyaluronate and polyvinyl alcohol at 1% concentrations can be safely used for nasal formulations.

  17. Use of mixture design in drug-excipient compatibility determinations: Thymol nanoparticles case study.

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    Pires, Felipe Q; Angelo, Tamara; Silva, Joyce K R; Sá-Barreto, Lívia C L; Lima, Eliana M; Gelfuso, Guilherme M; Gratieri, Tais; Cunha-Filho, Marcílio S S

    2017-04-15

    The objective of this work was to access thymol-excipient compatibility using an alternative protocol of mixture design subsidizing the development of nanostructures lipid carriers containing this drug. Simultaneous DTA-TG analyses associated with infrared spectroscopy were performed according to simplex centroid mixture designs with three components. Two designs were used: the design A containing stearic acid (SA), soybean lecithin (LC), and sodium taurodeoxycholate (TAU) and the design B, where TAU was replaced by polysorbate 80 (P80). Assays allowed for a quantitative evaluation of thermal events involved with thymol (TML) - melting and evaporation -, as well as events related to excipients decomposition and overall system stability. Although the anionic surfactant TAU did not interact with TML in solid state, chemical and physical stability were compromised after drug melting. Alternatively, nonionic surfactant P80 could be a good excipient option, as TML formulation stability was not influenced by it. Fatty acid SA did not compromise TML stability alone, but, when in combination with other formulation components, negative interaction leading to a possible decomposition of the system was observed. Finally, phospholipid LC solubilizes TML extending its evaporation to higher temperatures; hence, drug stability may be increased. In conclusion, the use of mixture design in the evaluation of multicomponent systems is a valuable tool for identification of synergistic effects of excipients, providing more complete information on formulation development. In addition, the association of techniques employed allowed inferring with certainty if thermal interactions could compromise formulation stability. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Co-Processed Chitin-Mannitol as a New Excipient for Oro-Dispersible Tablets

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    Nidal Daraghmeh

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available This study describes the preparation, characterization and performance of a novel excipient for use in oro-dispersible tablets (ODT. The excipient (Cop–CM consists of chitin and mannitol. The excipient with optimal physicochemical properties was obtained at a chitin: mannitol ratio of 2:8 (w/w and produced by roll compaction (RC. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC, Fourier transform-Infrared (FT-IR, X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD and scanning electron microscope (SEM techniques were used to characterize Cop–CM, in addition to characterization of its powder and ODT dosage form. The effect of particle size distribution of Cop–CM was investigated and found to have no significant influence on the overall tablet physical properties. The compressibility parameter (a for Cop–CM was calculated from a Kawakita plot and found to be higher (0.661 than that of mannitol (0.576 due to the presence of the highly compressible chitin (0.818. Montelukast sodium and domperidone ODTs produced, using Cop–CM, displayed excellent physicochemical properties. The exceptional binding, fast wetting and superdisintegration properties of Cop–CM, in comparison with commercially available co-processed ODT excipients, results in a unique multifunctional base which can successfully be used in the formulation of oro-dispersible and fast immediate release tablets.

  19. Interactions and incompatibilities of pharmaceutical excipients with active pharmaceutical ingredients: a comprehensive review

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    Sonali S. Bharate

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Studies of active drug/excipient compatibility represent an important phase in the preformulation stage of the development of all dosage forms. The potential physical and chemical interactions between drugs and excipients can affect the chemical nature, the stability and bioavailability of drugs and, consequently, their therapeutic efficacy and safety. The present review covers the literature reports of interaction and incompatibilities of commonly used pharmaceutical excipients with different active pharmaceutical ingredients in solid dosage forms. Examples of active drug/excipient interactions, such as transacylation, the Maillard browning reaction, acid base reactions and physical changes are discussed for different active pharmaceutical ingredients belonging to different therapeutic categories viz antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic, antihypertensive, anti-convulsant, antibiotic, bronchodialator, antimalarial, antiemetic, antiamoebic, antipsychotic, antidepressant, anticancer, anticoagulant and sedative/hypnotic drugs and vitamins. Once the solid-state reactions of a pharmaceutical system are understood, the necessary steps can be taken to avoid reactivity and improve the stability of drug substances and products.

  20. Evaluation of drug-excipient interaction in the formulation of celecoxib tablets.

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    Bozdağ-Pehlivan, Sibel; Subaşi, Birsel; Vural, Imran; Unlü, Nurşen; Capan, Yilmaz

    2011-01-01

    In the present study, the possible interactions between celecoxib and some excipients (colloidal silicon dioxide (Aerosil), microcrystalline cellulose (Avicel PH 102), lactose anhydrous, magnesium stearate, cross-povidone and talc) were evaluated by examining the pure drug or drug-excipient powder mixtures which were stored under different conditions (25 +/- 2 degrees C, 60% RH +/- 5% RH or 40 + 2 degrees C, 75% RH +/- 5% RH) and different period (30 or 60 days) using DSC, FT-IR and HPLC. In order to investigate the possibility of celecoxib-excipient interaction in aqueous medium, dispersions of the pure drug or drug in physical powder mixture (1:1 w/w) in water (1%, w/v) were also prepared and evaluated by FT-IR and HPLC at day 0 and day 7 (40 +/- 2 degrees C). The interaction between celecoxib and magnesium stearate or colloidal silicon dioxide were determined in the aqueous dispersions by FT-IR. Different tablet formulations with or without excipients tested were prepared, and assessed for drug dissolution and permeability.

  1. CONDITIONING MICROBIAL PRODUCTS CONTAINING NITROGEN FIXING BACTERIA WITH DIFFERENT SOLID EXCIPIENTS

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    VINTILĂ T.

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The stability in real time of two strains of Rhizobium (Rhizobium meliloti andRhizobium japonicum mixed with different excipients was evaluated during a6-months period. The excipients studied were: peat, peat and calciumcarbonate, zeolite, and ceramic. Liquid cultures and excipients mixtures weredried (12-14% humidity, sealed in plastic bags and preserved at +4oC. Thecells were activated periodically by suspending aliquots from dry products in0.9% saline solution. The viability of Rhizobium cells was evaluated bycultivation of diluted suspensions in YMA plates. The number of viable cells isdecreasing during drying in all cases, increase in the first month of storage,and remains constant or decrease very slowly during storage for all obtaineddry products containing rhizobia mixed with solid dry excipients. The highestnumber of viable cells at the end of the experiment was obtained in ceramicwith Rhizobium japonicum (8x105 cells/gram, and the lowest number ofviable cells was obtained in zeolite with Rhizobium meliloti (1,1x103cells/gram.

  2. EVALUATION OF MODIFIED RICE STARCH, A NEW EXCIPIENT FOR DIRECT COMPRESSION

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    BOS, CE; BOLHUIS, GK; LERK, CF; DUINEVELD, CAA

    1992-01-01

    The compression characteristics of modified rice starch (Primotab(R)ET), a new excipient for the preparation of tablets by direct compression is evaluated. Modified rice starch is an agglomerated rice starch product. It has excellent flowing and disintegration properties. In contrast to other

  3. Co-Processed Chitin-Mannitol as a New Excipient for Oro-Dispersible Tablets

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    Daraghmeh, Nidal; Chowdhry, Babur Z.; Leharne, Stephen A.; Al Omari, Mahmoud M. H.; Badwan, Adnan A.

    2015-01-01

    This study describes the preparation, characterization and performance of a novel excipient for use in oro-dispersible tablets (ODT). The excipient (Cop–CM) consists of chitin and mannitol. The excipient with optimal physicochemical properties was obtained at a chitin: mannitol ratio of 2:8 (w/w) and produced by roll compaction (RC). Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), Fourier transform-Infrared (FT-IR), X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) techniques were used to characterize Cop–CM, in addition to characterization of its powder and ODT dosage form. The effect of particle size distribution of Cop–CM was investigated and found to have no significant influence on the overall tablet physical properties. The compressibility parameter (a) for Cop–CM was calculated from a Kawakita plot and found to be higher (0.661) than that of mannitol (0.576) due to the presence of the highly compressible chitin (0.818). Montelukast sodium and domperidone ODTs produced, using Cop–CM, displayed excellent physicochemical properties. The exceptional binding, fast wetting and superdisintegration properties of Cop–CM, in comparison with commercially available co-processed ODT excipients, results in a unique multifunctional base which can successfully be used in the formulation of oro-dispersible and fast immediate release tablets. PMID:25830680

  4. Polymer excipients enable sustained drug release in low pH from mechanically strong inorganic geopolymers.

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    Jämstorp, Erik; Yarra, Tejaswi; Cai, Bing; Engqvist, Håkan; Bredenberg, Susanne; Strømme, Maria

    2012-01-01

    Improving acid resistance, while maintaining the excellent mechanical stability is crucial in the development of a sustained and safe oral geopolymer dosage form for highly potent opioids. In the present work, commercially available Methacrylic acid-ethyl acrylate copolymer, Polyethylene-glycol (PEG) and Alginate polymer excipients were included in dissolved or powder form in geopolymer pellets to improve the release properties of Zolpidem, herein acting as a model drug for the highly potent opioid Fentanyl. Scanning electron microscopy, compression strength tests and drug release experiments, in gastric pH 1 and intestinal pH 6.8 conditions, were performed. The polymer excipients, with an exception for PEG, reduced the drug release rate in pH 1 due to their ability to keep the pellets in shape, in combination with the introduction of an insoluble excipient, and thereby maintain a barrier towards drug diffusion and release. Neither geopolymer compression strength nor the release in pH 6.8 was considerably impaired by the incorporation of the polymer excipients. The geopolymer/polymer composites combine high mechanical strength and good release properties under both gastric and intestinal pH conditions, and are therefore promising oral dosage forms for sustained release of highly potent opioids.

  5. Evaluation of microwave oven heating for prediction of drug-excipient compatibilities and accelerated stability studies.

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    Schou-Pedersen, Anne Marie V; Østergaard, Jesper; Cornett, Claus; Hansen, Steen Honoré

    2015-05-15

    Microwave ovens have been used extensively in organic synthesis in order to accelerate reaction rates. Here, a set up comprising a microwave oven combined with silicon carbide (SiC) plates for the controlled microwave heating of model formulations has been applied in order to investigate, if a microwave oven is applicable for accelerated drug stability testing. Chemical interactions were investigated in three selected model formulations of drug and excipients regarding the formation of ester and amide reaction products. In the accelerated stability studies, a design of experiments (DoE) approach was applied in order to be able to rank excipients regarding reactivity: Study A: cetirizine with PEG 400, sorbitol, glycerol and propylene glycol. Study B: 6-aminocaproic acid with citrate, acetate, tartrate and gluconate. Study C: atenolol with citric, tartaric, malic, glutaric, and sorbic acid. The model formulations were representative for oral solutions (co-solvents), parenteral solutions (buffer species) and solid dosage forms (organic acids applicable for solubility enhancement). The DoE studies showed overall that the same impurities were generated by microwave oven heating leading to temperatures between 150°C and 180°C as compared to accelerated stability studies performed at 40°C and 80°C using a conventional oven. Ranking of the reactivity of the excipients could be made in the DoE studies performed at 150-180°C, which was representative for the ranking obtained after storage at 40°C and 80°C. It was possible to reduce the time needed for drug-excipient compatibility testing of the three model formulations from weeks to less than an hour in the three case studies. The microwave oven is therefore considered to be an interesting alternative to conventional thermal techniques for the investigation of drug-excipient interactions during preformulation. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. High-Throughput Raman Spectroscopy Screening of Excipients for the Stabilization of Amorphous Drugs.

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    Chen, Xiaoyun; Stoneburner, Kris; Ladika, Mladen; Kuo, Tzu-Chi; Kalantar, Thomas H

    2015-11-01

    Low aqueous solubility of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) is an enduring problem in pharmaceutical development, and it is becoming increasingly prevalent among new drug candidates. It is estimated that about 40% of drugs in the development pipeline and approximately 60% of the drugs coming directly from discovery suffer from poor aqueous solubility and slow dissolution, thereby reducing their bioavailability and efficacy and thus preventing their commercialization. It is well known that utilizing the amorphous form of a drug can be a useful approach to improve the dissolution rate and solubility of poorly water-soluble APIs. Amorphous compounds are thermodynamically unstable, but they can be stabilized by combining them with a carrier polymer (excipient) to form a solid dispersion. High-throughput Raman spectroscopy was used in this study to identify excipients that promote formation and stabilization of the amorphous drug form in solid dispersions. Four model APIs were used as poorly soluble drug candidates: ketoprofen, danazol, griseofulvin, and probucol. The Raman signals of excipients were generally negligible, and therefore Raman bands from the drugs were used with minimal spectral pre-processing. By comparing Raman spectra collected from the APIs in the crystalline and molten state, appropriate spectral features and regions were identified for the development of semi-quantitative methods to determine the amorphous content for each API. It is demonstrated that methods based on peak intensity ratio, peak width, peak distance, and classical least squares can all be effective methods for the screening of excipients. Interesting excipient-dependent phase transformation behavior was also observed for probucol.

  7. Controlled release matrix tablets of glipizide: Influence of different grades of ethocel and Co-excipient on drug release.

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    Mehsud, Saif Ullah; Khan, Gul Majid; Hussain, Abid; Akram, Muhammad; Akhlaq, Muhammad; Khan, Kamran Ahmad; Shakoor, Abdul

    2016-05-01

    The aim of the current study was to formulate and evaluate glipizide controlled release matrix tablets by means of different grades of polymer Ethoceland different co-excipients in order to evaluate their effect on drug release profiles during in vitro dissolution studies. Type II diabetes mellitus is usually treated with Glipizide. Glipizide belongs to sulfonylurea group. Gastric disturbance and severe hypoglycemia has been observed after taking glipizide orally. To overcome these problems, controlled release matrices were developed using different grades of ethyl cellulose polymer with a drug-polymer ratio of 1:3by the direct compression method. The effect on drug release of partial replacement of lactose by different co-excipients, HPMC K100M, starch and CMC, were also studied. Diameter, thickness, hardness, friability, weight variations, drug contents of formulations were tested, these properties were within prescribed limits. Co-excipients and polymer containing formulations were compared to the without co-excipients and polymer containing formulations with respect to their release profile. After a 24-hour release study, ethyl cellulose polymer containing formulation exhibited prolonged release for 5-16 hours; however the polymer Ethocel (R) standard FP 7 Premium without co-excipient containing formulation exhibited controlled release for 24 hours. Incompatibility was investigated between drugs, co-excipient DSC and polymer study was performed and any type of interaction was not found. Different kinetic models were used to study the release mechanism. An enhanced release rate was observed in case of excipients containing formulations.

  8. Factors affecting defining the quality and functionality of excipients used in the manufacture of dry powder inhaler products.

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    Edge, Stephen; Mueller, Stefan; Price, Robert; Shur, Jagdeep

    2008-09-01

    The successful manufacture of a regulatory approved dry powder inhaler (DPI) product is only achievable by applying robust control systems to all aspects of analytical, engineering, and material based processes. Whilst many aspects of DPI drug product manufacturing can be adequately controlled, it is often the control of materials, that is, drug substance and excipients, which can lead to variation in the quality of the final drug product. This article gives an overview of DPI excipients and highlights the challenges of defining and, importantly, understanding the relationships between quality and functionality for excipient components in DPI formulations.

  9. Characterization of low crystallinity cellulose as a direct compression excipient: Effects of physicochemical properties of cellulose excipients on their tabletting characteristics

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    Kothari, Sanjeev Hukmichand

    A scale-up method for the preparation of a new excipient, low crystallinity powder cellulose (LCPC), was established. Physicochemical characterization of a series of LCPC materials was performed, and compared to the physicochemical properties of commercially existing cellulose excipients, microcrystalline cellulose (AvicelsRTM) and powdered celluloses (Solka Flocs RTM). Low crystallinity cellulose powders had high amorphous contents (>50%) and a low degree of polymerization (2 kg), typically showed low yield pressures (compressibility (>200 MPa), and intermediate compactability (250--600 MPa2) values. Mechanical characterization of the three types of cellulose materials, and the statistical models obtained for the results, indicated that a high porosity (>810%), a high average of amorphous content (>40%) and moisture content (>4%), and a low degree of polymerization (compressibility and compactability. The bonding indices of microcrystalline celluloses (0.013 to 0.031) and LCPC materials (0.011 to 0.020) investigated indicated a ductile behavior. The LCPC compacts showed a higher brittle fracture propensity (0.42 to 0.55) as compared to the brittle fracture indices (0.02 to 0.19) seen for the Avicel RTM compacts. Heckel analysis of different particle size fractions of LCPC and the surface area results of the LCPC compacts indicated that the particles do not fragment on uniaxial compression. The rapid disintegration times (5 to 90 seconds) for LCPC tablets at low as well as high solid fractions suggest the high affinity of these materials to water, due to their high amorphous contents that expose a larger number of hydroxyl groups to water, compared to the more crystalline materials, such as microcrystalline celluloses, the tablets of which showed extremely long disintegration times (24 to 6000 seconds). The physicochemical and mechanical characterization of low crystallinity cellulose suggests it to be a promising direct compression excipient for immediate release

  10. Pharmaceutical design of a new lactose-free coprocessed excipient: application of hydrochlorothiazide as a low solubility drug model.

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    Viscasillas Clerch, Anna; Fernandez Campos, Francisco; Del Pozo, Alfonso; Calpena Campmany, Ana Cristina

    2013-07-01

    Most co-processed excipients used in direct-compression tablets contain lactose, which prevents lactose-intolerant patients from taking such tablets. Therefore, a novel lactose-free co-processed excipient for direct compression tablets has been prepared. Microcrystalline cellulose and dicalcium phosphate dehydrate were used as primary excipients which underwent a wet granulation process and factorial experiment in order to ascertain the best prototype. Finally, the best two prototypes were added to hydrochlorothiazide, which has chosen as the model drug because of its low solubility. An extensive characterization of the new excipient as well as the drug loaded tablets is reported. Our results show adequate parameters (rheological and compression behavior, uniformity of weight, disintegration, friability, crushing force and cohesion index). Moreover, the biopharmaceutical profile was evaluated; the tablets exhibits a Weibull kinetic function and fast drug release.

  11. Excipient foods: designing food matrices that improve the oral bioavailability of pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals.

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    McClements, David Julian; Xiao, Hang

    2014-07-25

    The oral bioavailability of many lipophilic bioactive agents (pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals) is limited due to various physicochemical and physiological processes: poor release from food or drug matrices; low solubility in gastrointestinal fluids; metabolism or chemical transformation within the gastrointestinal tract; low epithelium cell permeability. The bioavailability of these agents can be improved by specifically designing food matrices that control their release, solubilization, transport, metabolism, and absorption within the gastrointestinal tract. This article discusses the impact of food composition and structure on oral bioavailability, and how this knowledge can be used to design excipient foods for improving the oral bioavailability of lipophilic bioactives. Excipient foods contain ingredients or structures that may have no bioactivity themselves, but that are able to promote the bioactivity of co-ingested bioactives. These bioactives may be lipophilic drugs in pharmaceutical preparations (such as capsules, pills, or syrups) or nutraceuticals present within food matrices (such as natural or processed foods and beverages).

  12. Risk assessment of supply chain for pharmaceutical excipients with AHP-fuzzy comprehensive evaluation.

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    Li, Maozhong; Du, Yunai; Wang, Qiyue; Sun, Chunmeng; Ling, Xiang; Yu, Boyang; Tu, Jiasheng; Xiong, Yerong

    2016-01-01

    As the essential components in formulations, pharmaceutical excipients directly affect the safety, efficacy, and stability of drugs. Recently, safety incidents of pharmaceutical excipients posing seriously threats to the patients highlight the necessity of controlling the potential risks. Hence, it is indispensable for the industry to establish an effective risk assessment system of supply chain. In this study, an AHP-fuzzy comprehensive evaluation model was developed based on the analytic hierarchy process and fuzzy mathematical theory, which quantitatively assessed the risks of supply chain. Taking polysorbate 80 as the example for model analysis, it was concluded that polysorbate 80 for injection use is a high-risk ingredient in the supply chain compared to that for oral use to achieve safety application in clinic, thus measures should be taken to control and minimize those risks.

  13. Evaluation of Colocasia esculenta Starch as an Alternative Tablet Excipient to Maize Starch: Assessment by Preformulation and Formulation Studies

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    Kusuma. R; Venkat Reddy. P; Samba Shiva Rao. A

    2015-01-01

    Starch isolated from Colocasia esculenta plant was studied as an alternative pharmaceutical excipient to maize and potato starch. The Colocasia esculenta starch has been evaluated by series of tests as mentioned in Indian Pharmacopoeia before being used for evaluation. It was tested along with maize and potato starch as an alternative excipient by performing battery of preformulation and formulation tests. The results obtained for Colocasia esculenta starch was comparable with maize starch an...

  14. Evaluation of Pectin derived from Orange peel as a Pharmaceutical Excipient

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    M Ravindrakullai reddy; Kopparam Manjunath

    2013-01-01

    The objective of the present work is extraction of pectin from waste of orange fruit peel and further characterization for useful alternative pharmaceutical excipient. The pectin was subjected to phytochemical and physicochemical characterization of its safety and suitability to use as binding and suspending agent. FT-IR spectroscopy, DSC studies were performed for drug, orange peel pectin powder, prepared tablet and suspension formulations. Aceclofenac tablets were prepared by wet granulatio...

  15. Analysis of Pharmaceutical Excipient MCC Avicel PH102 Using Compaction Equations

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    Peciar Peter

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available This paper focuses on the characterization of the tabletting process and analysis one of the most common pharmaceutical excipients MCC Avicel PH102 by Heckel, Kawakita, Cooper-Eaton and Adams compaction equations. Experimental material was determined by measuring its parameters as particle size distribution, angle of wall friction and flow properties and for more detailed characteristics of the material particles, microscopy images of the powder before and after compressing were created.

  16. Development of lyophilization cycle and effect of excipients on the stability of catalase during lyophilization

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    Lale, Shantanu V; Goyal, Monu; Bansal, Arvind K

    2011-01-01

    Introduction: The purpose of the present study was to screen excipients such as amino acids and non-aqueous solvents for their stabilizing effect on catalase, a model protein, for lyophilization. The present study also includes optimization of lyophilization cycle for catalase formulations, which is essential from the commercial point of view, since lyophilization is an extremely costly process. Materials and Methods: Activity of catalase was determined using catalase activity assay. Differen...

  17. [The effect of selected excipients on properties hydrogels on the basis Carbopol 934P].

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    Szcześniak, Maria; Pluta, Janusz

    2013-01-01

    AIM OF THE STUDY. The study on the effect of absorption promotors on the properties of hydrogels prepared from Carbopol 934P basis containing 1% hydrocortisone. hydrocortysone, Carbopol 934P, propylene glycol-1,2 N,N-dimethylacetamide purified water to P Ph 9th Ed., ethanol 760 g/1, Tween 20. Dynamic viscosity test: was carried out using the Rheotest 2. The values of the shear stress and viscosity were calculated from measurements. Consistency test--TPA test was performed with Exponent Stable Micro Systems texture analyzer. Examination of pharmaceutical availability of hydrocortisone: The process of hydrocortysone release from hydrophilic base was carried out according to the method based on active substance diffusion through a semi-permeable membrane. Concentration of hydrocortysone according to Polish Pharmacopoeia 9th Ed. Rheological studies showed that the process is nonlinear. Tested gels shows thixotropic properties. The tension decreases with the increase in the percentage of excipients. Hardness tests showed that in comparison to the reference gel, pressure force increased in the presence of 1% of the excipients in the gel, and the reduction in the presence of 15% of the excipients. Gels are characterized with greater cohesiveness than the control preparation. The release process of the drug substance proceeds in accordance with first order kinetics. Increasing concentrations of used absorption promotors influenced on increase the number of hydrocortisone released from the hydrogels prepared on the basis of 3% Carbopol 934 F gel. 1. Tested gels are showing thixotropic propereties and are non-Newtonian systems. 2. The hardness and cohesiveness of the gels increases with increasing concentrations of the excipients. 3. The value of the constant release rate is increases in the presence of ethanol, Tween 20, and DMA.

  18. Gastroretentive floating tablets: An investigation of excipients effect on tablet properties

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    Jindal, Shammy; Jindal, Kamya; Gupta, Ghanshyam; Garg, Rajeev; Awasthi, Rajendra

    2016-01-01

    Present communication was aimed to investigate the effect of excipients on buoyancy and drug release properties from the floating tablets. Gastroretentive floating tablets were developed by the wet granulation method using hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC K4M), carbopol 934P, carbopol 971P and crospovidone as a rate controlling polymers. Sodium bicarbonate and PVP K30 were used as a gas generating agent and granulating agent, respectively. The effect of formulation variables on tablet perf...

  19. Hydrophilic excipients modulate the time lag of time-controlled disintegrating press-coated tablets.

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    Lin, Shan-Yang; Li, Mei-Jane; Lin, Kung-Hsu

    2004-08-16

    An oral press-coated tablet was developed by means of direct compression to achieve the time-controlled disintegrating or rupturing function with a distinct predetermined lag time. This press-coated tablet containing sodium diclofenac in the inner core was formulated with an outer shell by different weight ratios of hydrophobic polymer of micronized ethylcellulose (EC) powder and hydrophilic excipients such as spray-dried lactose (SDL) or hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC). The effect of the formulation of an outer shell comprising both hydrophobic polymer and hydrophilic excipients on the time lag of drug release was investigated. The release profile of the press-coated tablet exhibited a time period without drug release (time lag) followed by a rapid and complete release phase, in which the outer shell ruptured or broke into 2 halves. The lag phase was markedly dependent on the weight ratios of EC/SDL or EC/HPMC in the outer shell. Different time lags of the press-coated tablets from 1.0 to 16.3 hours could be modulated by changing the type and amount of the excipients. A semilogarithmic plot of the time lag of the tablet against the weight ratios of EC/SDL or EC/HPMC in the outer shell demonstrated a good linear relationship, with r = 0.976 and r = 0.982, respectively. The predetermined time lag prior to the drug release from a press-coated tablet prepared by using a micronized EC as a retarding coating shell can be adequately scheduled with the addition of hydrophilic excipients according to the time or site requirements.

  20. Hydrophilic excipients modulate the time lag of time-controlled disintegrating press-coated tablets

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    Lin, Shan-Yang; Li, Mei-Jane; Lin, Kung-Hsu

    2004-01-01

    An oral press-coated tablet was developed by means of direct compression to achieve the time-controlled disintegrating or rupturing function with a distinct predetermined lag time. This press-coated tablet containing sodium diclofenac in the inner core was formulated with an outer shell by different weight ratios of hydrophobic polymer of micronized ethylcellulose (EC) powder and hydrophilic excipients such as spray-dried lactose (SDL) or hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC). The effect of th...

  1. Cationic Thiolated Poly(aspartamide) Polymer as a Potential Excipient for Artificial Tear Formulations

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    Budai-Szűcs, Mária; Horvát, Gabriella; Szilágyi, Barnabás Áron; Gyarmati, Benjámin; Szilágyi, András; Berkó, Szilvia; Szabó-Révész, Piroska; Sandri, Giuseppina; Bonferoni, Maria Cristina; Caramella, Carla; Soós, Judit; Facskó, Andrea; Csányi, Erzsébet

    2016-01-01

    Dry eye disease is a relatively common ocular problem, which causes eye discomfort and visual disorders leading to a decrease in the quality of life. The aim of this study was to find a possible excipient for eye drop formulations, which is able to stabilize the tear film. A cationic thiolated polyaspartamide polymer, poly[(N-mercaptoethylaspartamide)-co-(N-(N′,N′-dimethylaminoethyl)aspartamide)] (ThioPASP-DME), was used as a potential vehicle. Besides satisfying the basic requirements, the chemical structure of ThioPASP-DME is similar to those of ocular mucins as it is a protein-like polymer bearing a considerable number of thiol groups. The solution of the polymer is therefore able to mimic the physiological properties of the mucins and it can interact with the mucus layer via disulphide bond formation. The resultant mucoadhesion provides a prolonged residence time and ensures protective effect for the corneal/conjunctival epithelium. ThioPASP-DME also has an antioxidant effect due to the presence of the thiol groups. The applicability of ThioPASP-DME as a potential excipient in eye drops was determined by means of ocular compatibility tests and through examinations of the interactions with the mucosal surface. The results indicate that ThioPASP-DME can serve as a potential eye drop excipient for the therapy of dry eye disease. PMID:27313866

  2. Effects of Excipient Interactions on the State of the Freeze-Concentrate and Protein Stability.

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    Jena, Sampreeti; Horn, Jacqueline; Suryanarayanan, Raj; Friess, Wolfgang; Aksan, Alptekin

    2017-02-01

    The physical state of excipients in freeze-dried formulations directly affects the stability of the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API). Crystallization of trehalose and mannitol in frozen solutions has been shown to be a function of composition. However, to date a detailed study of the effect of concentrations of the API and other excipients on the crystallinity of mannitol and trehalose in frozen solutions has not been reported. The crystallinity of mannitol and trehalose in frozen solutions was characterized by Differential Scanning Calorimetry, X-ray diffractometry, and FTIR spectroscopy. The secondary structure of BSA was probed by FTIR, and Circular Dichroism spectroscopy in frozen and thawed solutions, respectively. Trehalose crystallization was accompanied by unfolding of BSA. BSA delayed and reduced the extent of mannitol and trehalose crystallization. Similar effects were observed upon adding D2O (≥5% w/w) and low concentrations of polysorbate 20 (≤0.2% w/w) with retention of BSA in its native conformation. At high BSA to trehalose mass ratio, the protein could stabilize itself in the frozen state, but unfolded upon thawing. The API and other excipients, in a concentration-dependent manner, influenced the physical state of the freeze concentrate as well as the stability of the API.

  3. Terminalia gum as a directly compressible excipient for controlled drug delivery.

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    Bamiro, Oluyemisi A; Odeku, Oluwatoyin A; Sinha, Vivek R; Kumar, Ruchita

    2012-03-01

    The exudates from the incised trunk of Terminalia randii has been evaluated as controlled release excipient in comparison with xanthan gum and hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (HPMC) using carvedilol (water insoluble) and theophylline (water soluble) as model drugs. Matrix tablets were prepared by direct compression and the effects of polymer concentration and excipients-spray dried lactose, microcrystalline cellulose and dicalcium phosphate dihydrate on the mechanical (crushing strength (CS) friability (F) and crushing strength-friability ratio (CSFR)) and drug release properties of the matrix tablets were evaluated. The drug release data were fitted into different release kinetics equations to determine the drug release mechanism(s) from the matrix tablets. The results showed that the CS and CSFR increased with increase in polymer concentration while F decreased. The ranking of CS and CSFR was HPMC > terminalia > xanthan while the ranking was reverse for F. The ranking for t(25) (i.e. time for 25% drug release) at a polymer concentration of 60% was xanthan > terminalia = HPMC. The dissolution time, t(25), of theophylline matrices was significantly lower (p excipients used with the release mechanisms varying from Fickian to anomalous. Terminalia gum compared favourably with standard polymers when used in controlled release matrices and could serve as a suitable alternative to the standard polymers in drug delivery.

  4. Cationic surfactants-modified natural zeolites: improvement of the excipients functionality.

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    Krajisnik, Danina; Milojević, Maja; Malenović, Anđelija; Daković, Aleksandra; Ibrić, Svetlana; Savić, Snezana; Dondur, Vera; Matijasević, Srđan; Radulović, Aleksandra; Daniels, Rolf; Milić, Jela

    2010-10-01

    In this study an investigation of cationic surfactants-modified natural zeolites as drug formulation excipient was performed. The aim of this work was to carry out a study of the purified natural zeolitic tuff with high amount of clinoptilolite as a potential carrier for molecules of pharmaceutical interest. Two cationic surfactants (benzalkonium chloride and hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide) were used for modification of the zeolitic surface in two levels (equal to and twice as external cation-exchange capacity of the zeolitic tuff). Prepared samples were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric, high-performance liquid chromatography analysis, and powder flow determination. Different surfactant/zeolite composites were used for additional investigation of three model drugs: diclofenac diethylamine, diclofenac sodium, and ibuprofen by means of adsorption isotherm measurements in aqueous solutions. The modified zeolites with two levels of surfactant coverage within the short activation time were prepared. Determination of flow properties showed that modification of zeolitic surface reflected on powder flow characteristics. Investigation of the model drugs adsorption on the obtained composites revealed that a variation between adsorption levels was influenced by the surfactant type and the amount present at the surface of the composites. In vitro release profiles of the drugs from the zeolite-surfactant-drug composites revealed that sustained drug release could be attained over a period of 8 hours. The presented results for drug uptake by surfactant-zeolite composites and the afterward drug release demonstrated the potential use of investigated modified natural zeolite as excipients for advanced excipients in drug formulations.

  5. Effect of pharmaceutical excipients on the stability of trichlormethiazide tablets under humid conditions.

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    Teraoka, Reiko; Matsushima, Yuki; Sugimoto, Isao; Inoue, Kana; Morita, Shin-ya; Kitagawa, Shuji

    2009-12-01

    The stability of trichlormethiazide (TCM) and the drug in the nine products available on the market (the original tablet (B) and 8 generic tablets (G1-G8)) were investigated under humid conditions. TCM was non-hygroscopic and was not degraded under humid conditions. Drug degradation in aqueous ethanol was accelerated with increased water concentration, and the drug stability in buffer solution was improved with decreased pH. TCM decomposition was not detected in each unwrapped tablet at low relative humidity. However, rapid degradation was observed for products G1 and G2, while product B and G7 showed higher stability at high relative humidity. The stability of products G1 and G2 decreased with increasing humidity. The same results were observed for the tablets in press-through packages (PTP), but the degradation rate was much slower than tablets without PTP packages. These results suggested that the adsorbed moisture by excipients cause TCM degradation. Various pharmaceutical excipients are added to TCM tablets and these vary between different pharmaceutical companies. Intact drug and pharmaceutical excipients, including lactose, microcrystalline cellulose, corn starch, hydroxypropylcellulose (HPC), low substituted HPC (L-HPC), calcium stearate, and light anhydrous silicic acid, were mixed, and the sample mixtures were stored in humid conditions. It was found that the TCM content decreased significantly in a binary mixture of TCM/HPC 1 : 1.

  6. Cationic Thiolated Poly(aspartamide Polymer as a Potential Excipient for Artificial Tear Formulations

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    Mária Budai-Szűcs

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Dry eye disease is a relatively common ocular problem, which causes eye discomfort and visual disorders leading to a decrease in the quality of life. The aim of this study was to find a possible excipient for eye drop formulations, which is able to stabilize the tear film. A cationic thiolated polyaspartamide polymer, poly[(N-mercaptoethylaspartamide-co-(N-(N′,N′-dimethylaminoethylaspartamide] (ThioPASP-DME, was used as a potential vehicle. Besides satisfying the basic requirements, the chemical structure of ThioPASP-DME is similar to those of ocular mucins as it is a protein-like polymer bearing a considerable number of thiol groups. The solution of the polymer is therefore able to mimic the physiological properties of the mucins and it can interact with the mucus layer via disulphide bond formation. The resultant mucoadhesion provides a prolonged residence time and ensures protective effect for the corneal/conjunctival epithelium. ThioPASP-DME also has an antioxidant effect due to the presence of the thiol groups. The applicability of ThioPASP-DME as a potential excipient in eye drops was determined by means of ocular compatibility tests and through examinations of the interactions with the mucosal surface. The results indicate that ThioPASP-DME can serve as a potential eye drop excipient for the therapy of dry eye disease.

  7. Comparative effects of some hydrophilic excipients on the rate of gabapentin and baclofen lactamization in lyophilized formulations.

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    Cutrignelli, Annalisa; Denora, Nunzio; Lopedota, Angela; Trapani, Adriana; Laquintana, Valentino; Latrofa, Andrea; Trapani, Giuseppe; Liso, Gaetano

    2007-03-06

    The aim of this study was to gain insights into the role played by some excipients on the stability of gabapentin 1 and baclofen 2 which can undergo degradation giving rise to the corresponding lactams 2-azaspiro[4.5]decan-3-one 3 and 4-(4-chlorophenyl)-2-pyrrolidone 4, respectively. A screening study was carried out on drug and drug-excipient freeze-dried mixtures at 50 degrees C and under three different humidity values by using a number of commonly available excipients. These include hydroxypropyl-beta-(HP-beta-CD), sulfobutyl-beta-cyclodextrin (SBE-beta-CD), lactose, raffinose, trehalose, PVP-K30 and mannitol. For most cases, it was found that the lactam formation can be satisfactory described by an apparent zero-order equation. Excipients shown to negatively impact gabapentin stability are HP-beta-CD, SBE-beta-CD, lactose and PVP K30 while only this last excipient had a significant effect on the degradation of baclofen. The results can be rationalized in terms of conformational factors favouring the intramolecular dehydration reaction. A positive effect of moisture on the lactamization process was observed under some circumstances. Water may provide a favourable environment for degradation. These findings, taken together, should be considered during the selection of excipients for a possible formulation of gabapentin and baclofen.

  8. Structural changes of polymer-coated microgranules and excipients on tableting investigated by microtomography using synchrotron X-ray radiation.

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    Kajihara, Ryusuke; Noguchi, Shuji; Iwao, Yasunori; Suzuki, Yoshio; Terada, Yasuko; Uesugi, Kentaro; Itai, Shigeru

    2015-03-15

    Multiple-unit tablets consisting of polymer-coated microgranules and excipients have a number of advantageous pharmaceutical properties. Polymer-coated microgranules are known to often lose their functionality because of damage to the polymer coating caused by tableting, and the mechanism of polymer coating damage as well as the structural changes of excipients upon tableting had been investigated but without in-situ visualization and quantitative analysis. To elucidate the mechanism of coating damage, the internal structures of multiple-unit tablets were investigated by X-ray computed microtomography using synchrotron X-rays. Cross sectional images of the tablets with sub-micron spatial resolution clearly revealed that void spaces remained around the compressed excipient particles in the tablets containing an excipient composed of cellulose and lactose (Cellactose(®) 80), whereas much smaller void spaces remained in the tablets containing an excipient made of sorbitol (Parteck(®) SI 150). The relationships between the void spaces and the physical properties of the tablets such as hardness and disintegration were investigated. Damage to the polymer coating in tablets was found mainly where polymer-coated microgranules were in direct contact with each other in both types of tablets, which could be attributed to the difference in hardness of excipient particles and the core of the polymer-coated microgranules. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. A method to evaluate the effect of contact with excipients on the surface crystallization of amorphous drugs.

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    Zhang, Si-Wei; Yu, Lian; Huang, Jun; Hussain, Munir A; Derdour, Lotfi; Qian, Feng; de Villiers, Melgardt M

    2014-12-01

    Amorphous drugs are used to improve the solubility, dissolution, and bioavailability of drugs. However, these metastable forms of drugs can transform into more stable, less soluble, crystalline counterparts. This study reports a method for evaluating the effect of commonly used excipients on the surface crystallization of amorphous drugs and its application to two model amorphous compounds, nifedipine and indomethacin. In this method, amorphous samples of the drugs were covered by excipients and stored in controlled environments. An inverted light microscope was used to measure in real time the rates of surface crystal nucleation and growth. For nifedipine, vacuum-dried microcrystalline cellulose and lactose monohydrate increased the nucleation rate of the β polymorph from two to five times when samples were stored in a desiccator, while D-mannitol and magnesium stearate increased the nucleation rate 50 times. At 50% relative humidity, the nucleation rates were further increased, suggesting that moisture played an important role in the crystallization caused by the excipients. The effect of excipients on the crystal growth rate was not significant, suggesting that contact with excipients influences the physical stability of amorphous nifedipine mainly through the effect on crystal nucleation. This effect seems to be drug specific because for two polymorphs of indomethacin, no significant change in the nucleation rate was observed under the excipients.

  10. The MTT assay as tool to evaluate and compare excipient toxicity in vitro on respiratory epithelial cells.

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    Scherliess, Regina

    2011-06-15

    There are not many excipients already approved in drug products for the use in the respiratory tract. In this study, a rapid in vitro screening procedure to assess and compare acute toxicity of soluble excipient substances on respiratory epithelial cells utilising the Calu-3 cell line is presented. The test substances are either dissolved in HBSS+HEPES buffer or are directly applied to the cellular surface. After 4h incubation, the substances are removed and the cell viability is assessed using an MTT assay. The tested excipients include polysorbate 20 and 80, lactose and povidone 30 as well as glycerol and propylene glycol as examples of excipients already being used in formulations for application in the respiratory tract. These substances are sorted according to their toxic effect and new excipients not yet used in the respiratory tract like HPMC can be classified in this scheme. With this, besides information from systemic toxicity tests, a first valuation of the acute toxic effect of the substance on respiratory epithelial cells is gained. This can aid in the choice of new excipients being necessary for modern respiratory formulations comprising new active compounds as biomolecules or new delivery strategies such as sustained or prolonged delivery. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Utilizing quantitative certificate of analysis data to assess the amount of excipient lot-to-lot variability sampled during drug product development.

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    Kushner, Joseph

    2013-01-01

    Understanding variability in excipient physico-chemical properties is becoming an important aspect of Quality-by-Design drug product development. However, present experimental methods have only been able to study a few physico-chemical properties for a few excipient lots due to time, cost, and sample gathering considerations. An alternative analysis method is proposed here that shows how quantitative physico-chemical property data reported in vendor certificates of analysis can evaluate excipient lot-to-lot variability in a comprehensive and low cost manner. Microcrystalline cellulose, spray-dried lactose, and magnesium stearate were selected as commonly-used excipients for this demonstration. The proposed analysis method offers drug product developers several advantages over present experimental methods, including the ability to: (1) examine excipient products for manufacturing site and/or year-to-year variations, (2) quantify a domain of prior experience for each excipient by determining the percentage of excipient lots contained within a multi-dimensional ellipsoid described by the excipient lots used during drug product development, and (3) rationally select excipient lots from the vendors inventory to maximize the domain of prior experience throughout the drug development process. For cases where certificate of analysis data may contain insufficient information, drug product developers and excipient vendors should work together to identify more appropriate datasets for analysis.

  12. Influence of excipients on characteristics and release profiles of poly(ε-caprolactone) microspheres containing immunoglobulin G

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    Erdemli, Özge [Department of Engineering Sciences, Middle East Technical University, Ankara (Turkey); Keskin, Dilek [Department of Engineering Sciences, Middle East Technical University, Ankara (Turkey); Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Center of Excellence, Middle East Technical University, Ankara (Turkey); Tezcaner, Ayşen, E-mail: tezcaner@metu.edu.tr [Department of Engineering Sciences, Middle East Technical University, Ankara (Turkey); Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Center of Excellence, Middle East Technical University, Ankara (Turkey)

    2015-03-01

    Protein instability during microencapsulation has been one of the major drawbacks of protein delivery systems. In this study, the effects of various excipients (poly vinyl alcohol, glucose, starch, heparin) on the stability of encapsulated human immunoglobulin G (IgG) in poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) microspheres and on microsphere characteristics were investigated before and after γ-sterilization. Microspheres formulated without any excipients and with glucose had a mean particle size around 3–4 μm whereas the mean particle sizes of other microspheres were around 5–6 μm. Use of PVA significantly increased the IgG-loading and encapsulation efficiency of microspheres. After γ-irradiation, IgG stability was mostly maintained in the microspheres with excipients compared to microspheres without any excipients. According to the μBCA results, microspheres without any excipient showed a high initial burst release as well as a fast release profile among all groups. Presence of PVA decreased the loss in the activity of IgG released before (completely retained after 6 h and 15.69% loss after 7 days) and after γ-irradiation (26.04% loss and 52.39% loss after 6 h and 7 days, respectively). The stabilization effect of PVA on the retention of the activity of released IgG was found more efficient compared to other groups formulated with carbohydrates. - Highlights: • Good excipient provides retention of protein stability during microencapsulation. • PVA was more effective on retention of the IgG stability compared to carbohydrates. • Starch was not an appropriate excipient for the retention of IgG stability.

  13. Development and Evaluation of a Novel, Multifunctional, Co-processed Excipient via Roll Compaction of α- Lactose Monohydrate and Magnesium Silicate

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    Faisal Al-Akayleh; Mohammed Shubair; Hatim AlKhatib; Iyad Rashid; Adnan Badwan; Mustafa AL-Mishlab

    2013-01-01

    Co-processing of lactose with synthetic amorphous magnesium silicate has been investigated herein in the context of expanding native lactose applications as a direct compressible excipient. The foregoing was carried out using roll compactor. The obtained excipient was characterized using particle size analysis and compression properties (Kawakita equation). This new excipient showed plastic behavior upon compression, good flowability and crushing strength with shorter disintegration time. Com...

  14. Development and evaluation of a novel, multifunctional, co-processed excipient via roller compaction of α-Lactose Monohydrate and Magnesium Silicate.

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    Faisal Al-Akayleh; Mustafa AL-Mishlab; Mohammed Shubair; Hatim S. AlKhatib; Iyad Rashid; Adnan Badwan

    2016-01-01

    This study investigates co-processing lactose with synthetic amorphous magnesium silicate with the aim of expanding the use of directly compressible excipients based on native lactose. The co-processing was performed using roller compaction. The co-processed excipient was characterized using particle size analysis and compression properties (Kawakita equation). The co-processed excipient demonstrated plastic behavior upon compression, good flowability and crushing strength and a shorter disin...

  15. Characterisation of a novel, multifunctional, co-processed excipient and its effect on release profile of paracetamol from tablets prepared by direct compression

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    Eraga, Sylvester Okhuelegbe; Arhewoh, Matthew Ikhuoria; Uhumwangho, Michael Uwumagbe; Iwuagwu, Magnus Amara

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To characterise a novel multifunctional pharmaceutical excipient and investigate its effect on paracetamol release from tablets prepared by direct compression. Methods: The excipient was prepared by co-processing gelatinized maize starch with sodium carboxymethyl cellulose and microcrystalline cellulose in a ratio of 2:1:1, dried and pulverized into powder. The excipient formulated was characterized using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and differential scanning calorime...

  16. Novel insights into excipient effects on the biopharmaceutics of APIs from different BCS classes: Lactose in solid oral dosage forms.

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    Kubbinga, Marlies; Moghani, Laura; Langguth, Peter

    2014-09-30

    Excipients encompass a wide range of properties that are of importance for the resulting drug product. Regulatory guidelines on biowaivers for immediate release formulations require an in depth understanding of the biopharmaceutic effects of excipients in order to establish bioequivalence between two different products carrying the same API based on dissolution tests alone. This paper describes a new approach in evaluating biopharmaceutic excipient effects. Actually used quantities of a model excipient, lactose, formulated in combination with APIs from different BCS classes were evaluated. The results suggest that companies use different (relative) amounts depending on the characteristics of the API. The probability of bioinequivalence due to a difference in lactose content between test and reference products was classified as low for BCS class I APIs and medium for BCS class II and III APIs, whereas a high probability was assigned to the combination of lactose and BCS class IV APIs. If repeated for other excipients, this retrospective, top-down approach may lead to a new database and more widespread applications of the biowaiver approach. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Enhancement of carotenoid bioaccessibility from carrots using excipient emulsions: influence of particle size of digestible lipid droplets.

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    Zhang, Ruojie; Zhang, Zipei; Zou, Liqiang; Xiao, Hang; Zhang, Guodong; Decker, Eric Andrew; McClements, David Julian

    2016-01-01

    The influence of initial lipid droplet size on the ability of excipient emulsions to increase carotenoid bioaccessibility from carrots was investigated using a simulated gastrointestinal tract (GIT). Corn oil-in-water excipient emulsions were fabricated with different surface-weighted mean droplet diameters: d32 = 0.17 μm (fine), 0.46 μm (medium), and, 10 μm (large). Bulk oil containing a similar quantity of lipids as the emulsions was used as a control. The excipient emulsions and control were mixed with pureed carrots, and then passed through a simulated GIT (mouth, stomach, and small intestine), and changes in particle size, charge, microstructure, lipid digestion, and carotenoid bioaccessibility were measured. Carotenoid bioaccessibility significantly increased with decreasing lipid droplet size in the excipient emulsions, which was attributed to the rapid formation of mixed micelles that could solubilize the carotenoids in the intestinal fluids. These results have important implications for designing excipient foods, such as dressings, dips, creams, and sauces, to increase the bioavailability of health-promoting nutraceuticals in foods.

  18. Evidence-based nanoscopic and molecular framework for excipient functionality in compressed orally disintegrating tablets.

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    Ali Al-Khattawi

    Full Text Available The work investigates the adhesive/cohesive molecular and physical interactions together with nanoscopic features of commonly used orally disintegrating tablet (ODT excipients microcrystalline cellulose (MCC and D-mannitol. This helps to elucidate the underlying physico-chemical and mechanical mechanisms responsible for powder densification and optimum product functionality. Atomic force microscopy (AFM contact mode analysis was performed to measure nano-adhesion forces and surface energies between excipient-drug particles (6-10 different particles per each pair. Moreover, surface topography images (100 nm2-10 µm2 and roughness data were acquired from AFM tapping mode. AFM data were related to ODT macro/microscopic properties obtained from SEM, FTIR, XRD, thermal analysis using DSC and TGA, disintegration testing, Heckel and tabletability profiles. The study results showed a good association between the adhesive molecular and physical forces of paired particles and the resultant densification mechanisms responsible for mechanical strength of tablets. MCC micro roughness was 3 times that of D-mannitol which explains the high hardness of MCC ODTs due to mechanical interlocking. Hydrogen bonding between MCC particles could not be established from both AFM and FTIR solid state investigation. On the contrary, D-mannitol produced fragile ODTs due to fragmentation of surface crystallites during compression attained from its weak crystal structure. Furthermore, AFM analysis has shown the presence of extensive micro fibril structures inhabiting nano pores which further supports the use of MCC as a disintegrant. Overall, excipients (and model drugs showed mechanistic behaviour on the nano/micro scale that could be related to the functionality of materials on the macro scale.

  19. The effects of excipients on protein aggregation during agitation: an interfacial shear rheology study.

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    Liu, Lu; Qi, Wei; Schwartz, Daniel K; Randolph, Theodore W; Carpenter, John F

    2013-08-01

    We investigated the effects of excipients in solutions of keratinocyte growth factor 2 (KGF-2) on protein aggregation during agitation as well as on interfacial shear rheology at the air-water interface. Samples were incubated with or without agitation, and in the presence or absence of the excipients heparin, sucrose, or polysorbate 80 (PS80). The effect of excipients on the extent of protein aggregation was determined by UV-visible spectroscopy and micro-flow imaging. Interfacial shear rheology was used to detect the gelation time and strength of protein gels at the air-water interface. During incubation, protein particles of size ≥1 μm and insoluble aggregates formed faster for KGF-2 solutions subjected to agitation. Addition of either heparin or sucrose promoted protein aggregation during agitation. In contrast, PS80 substantially inhibited agitation-induced KGF-2 aggregation but facilitated protein particulate formation in quiescent solutions. The combination of PS80 and heparin or sucrose completely prevented protein aggregation during both nonagitated and agitated incubations. Interfacial rheological measurements showed that KGF-2 in buffer alone formed an interfacial gel within a few minutes. In the presence of heparin, KGF-2 interfacial gels formed too quickly for gelation time to be determined. KGF-2 formed gels in about 10 min in the presence of sucrose. The presence of PS80 in the formulation inhibited gelation of KGF-2. Furthermore, the interfacial gels formed by the protein in the absence of PS80 were reversible when PS80 was added to the samples after gelation. Therefore, there is a correspondence between formulations that exhibited interfacial gelation and formulations that exhibited agitation-induced aggregation. Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  20. New direct compression excipient from tigernut starch: physicochemical and functional properties.

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    Builders, Philip F; Anwunobi, Patricia A; Mbah, Chukwuemeka C; Adikwu, Michael U

    2013-06-01

    Tigernut starch has been isolated and modified by forced retrogradation of the acidic gel by freezing and thawing processes. Relevant physicochemical and functional properties of the new excipient (tigernut starch modified by acid gelation and accelerated (forced) retrogradation (ST(AM))) were evaluated as a direct compression excipient in relation to the native tigernut starch (ST(NA)), intermediate product (tigernut starch modified by acid gelation (ST(A))), and microcrystalline cellulose (MCC). The particle morphology, swelling capacity, moisture sorption, differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) thermographs and X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) patterns, flow, dilution capacity, and tablet disintegration efficiency were evaluated. The particles of ST(NA) were either round or oval in shape, ST(A) were smooth with thick round edges and hollowed center while ST(AM) were long, smooth, and irregularly shaped typically resembling MCC. The DSC thermographs of ST(NA) and MCC showed two endothermic transitions as compared with ST(A) and ST(AM) which showed an endothermic and an exothermic. The moisture uptake, swelling, flow, and dilution capacity of ST(AM) were higher than those of MCC, ST(A), and ST(NA). The XRD pattern and moisture sorption profile of ST(AM) showed similarities and differences with ST(NA), ST(A), and MCC that relate the modification. Acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) tablets containing ST(AM) disintegrated at 3±0.5 min as compared with the tablets containing ST(NA), ST(A), and MCC which disintegrated at 8.5±0.5, 10±0.5, and 58±0.8 min, respectively. The study shows the physicochemical properties of tigernut starch modified by forced retrogradation as well as its potential as an efficient direct compression excipient with enhanced flow and disintegration abilities for tablets production.

  1. Evidence-Based Nanoscopic and Molecular Framework for Excipient Functionality in Compressed Orally Disintegrating Tablets

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    Al-khattawi, Ali; Alyami, Hamad; Townsend, Bill; Ma, Xianghong; Mohammed, Afzal R.

    2014-01-01

    The work investigates the adhesive/cohesive molecular and physical interactions together with nanoscopic features of commonly used orally disintegrating tablet (ODT) excipients microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) and D-mannitol. This helps to elucidate the underlying physico-chemical and mechanical mechanisms responsible for powder densification and optimum product functionality. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) contact mode analysis was performed to measure nano-adhesion forces and surface energies between excipient-drug particles (6-10 different particles per each pair). Moreover, surface topography images (100 nm2–10 µm2) and roughness data were acquired from AFM tapping mode. AFM data were related to ODT macro/microscopic properties obtained from SEM, FTIR, XRD, thermal analysis using DSC and TGA, disintegration testing, Heckel and tabletability profiles. The study results showed a good association between the adhesive molecular and physical forces of paired particles and the resultant densification mechanisms responsible for mechanical strength of tablets. MCC micro roughness was 3 times that of D-mannitol which explains the high hardness of MCC ODTs due to mechanical interlocking. Hydrogen bonding between MCC particles could not be established from both AFM and FTIR solid state investigation. On the contrary, D-mannitol produced fragile ODTs due to fragmentation of surface crystallites during compression attained from its weak crystal structure. Furthermore, AFM analysis has shown the presence of extensive micro fibril structures inhabiting nano pores which further supports the use of MCC as a disintegrant. Overall, excipients (and model drugs) showed mechanistic behaviour on the nano/micro scale that could be related to the functionality of materials on the macro scale. PMID:25025427

  2. Targeting Aerosol Deposition to and Within the Lung Airways Using Excipient Enhanced Growth

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    Tian, Geng; Li, Xiang; Hindle, Michael

    2013-01-01

    Abstract Background Previous studies have characterized the size increase of combination submicrometer particles composed of a drug and hygroscopic excipient when exposed to typical airway thermodynamic conditions. The objective of this study was to determine the deposition and size increase characteristics of excipient enhanced growth (EEG) aerosols throughout the tracheobronchial (TB) airways and to evaluate the potential for targeted delivery. Methods Submicrometer particles composed of a poorly water-soluble drug (insulin) and hygroscopic excipient (sodium chloride) were considered at drug:excipient mass ratios of 50:50 and 25:75. A previously validated computational fluid dynamics model was used to predict aerosol size increase and deposition in characteristic geometries of the mouth–throat (MT), upper TB airways through the third bifurcation (B3), and remaining TB airways through B15. Additional validation experiments were also performed for albuterol sulfate:mannitol particles. Both growth of combination particles and deposition are reported throughout the conducting airways for characteristic slow and deep (SD) and quick and deep (QD) inhalations. Results For all EEG cases considered, MT deposition was less than 1% of the drug dose, which is at least one order of magnitude lower than with state-of-the-art and conventional inhalers. Final aerosol sizes exiting the TB region and entering the alveolar airways were all greater than 3 μm. For SD inhalation, deposition fractions of 20% were achieved in the lower TB region of B8–B15, which is a factor of 20–30×higher than conventional delivery devices. With QD inhalation, maximum alveolar delivery of 90% was observed. Conclusions Increasing the dose delivered to the lower TB region by a factor of 20–30×or achieving 90% delivery to the alveolar airways was considered effective aerosol targeting compared with conventional devices. The trend of higher flow rates resulting in better alveolar delivery of

  3. Evaluation of microwave oven heating for prediction of drug-excipient compatibilities and accelerated stability studies

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    Schou-Pedersen, Anne Marie V; Østergaard, Jesper; Cornett, Claus

    2015-01-01

    a design of experiments (DoE) approach in order to be able to rank excipients regarding reactivity: Study A: cetirizine with PEG 400, sorbitol, glycerol and propylene glycol. Study B: 6-aminocaproic acid with citrate, acetate, tartrate and gluconate. Study C: atenolol with citric, tartaric, malic, glutaric......, and sorbic acid. The model formulations were representative for oral solutions (co-solvents), parenteral solutions (buffer species) and solid dosage forms (organic acids applicable for solubility enhancement). The DoE studies showed overall that the same impurities were generated by microwave oven heating...

  4. Investigation and control of the uniformity of drug nanoparticles directly deposited on the particulate surfaces of excipient by PLD

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    Nagare, S [Technofarm Axesz Co., Ltd., 4-4-27-703 Aobadai, Meguro, Tokyo 153-0042 (Japan); Sagawa, Jo [Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University, 3-14-1, Hiyoshi, Yokohama 223-8522 (Japan); Senna, M [Technofarm Axesz Co., Ltd., 4-4-27-703 Aobadai, Meguro, Tokyo 153-0042 (Japan)

    2007-04-15

    Pulsed laser deposition (PLD) of drug nanoparticles for pharmaceutical preparation was investigated. Indomethacin (IM) was preliminary mixed with magnesium stearate (StMg) to prepare a target for PLD. By using the composite targets, the percentage of deposited nanoparticles in the collected powder increased compared to when only IM was ablated. The percentage of IM nanoparticles was the highest when IM and StMg were mixed at 1:1 ratio. Nanoparticles of the composite target were deposited on the micron sized particulate excipient, i.e., SiO{sub 2}, potato starch, and lactose. The excipient powders were mixed by rotation. Their surface coverage was evaluated by FE-SEM observation and diffuse reflectance (DR) UV-Vis spectroscopy. The surface coverage was estimated to be around 50 % for 20 min deposition time. Simple rotation of the excipient powders was found to be one of the effective methods for uniform deposition of nanoparticles.

  5. Investigation and control of the uniformity of drug nanoparticles directly deposited on the particulate surfaces of excipient by PLD

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    Nagare, S.; Sagawa, Jo; Senna, M.

    2007-04-01

    Pulsed laser deposition (PLD) of drug nanoparticles for pharmaceutical preparation was investigated. Indomethacin (IM) was preliminary mixed with magnesium stearate (StMg) to prepare a target for PLD. By using the composite targets, the percentage of deposited nanoparticles in the collected powder increased compared to when only IM was ablated. The percentage of IM nanoparticles was the highest when IM and StMg were mixed at 1:1 ratio. Nanoparticles of the composite target were deposited on the micron sized particulate excipient, i.e., SiO2, potato starch, and lactose. The excipient powders were mixed by rotation. Their surface coverage was evaluated by FE-SEM observation and diffuse reflectance (DR) UV-Vis spectroscopy. The surface coverage was estimated to be around 50 % for 20 min deposition time. Simple rotation of the excipient powders was found to be one of the effective methods for uniform deposition of nanoparticles.

  6. Reply to "On the Effect of Common Excipients on the Oral Absorption of Class 3 Drugs".

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    Vaithianathan, Soundarya; Haidar, Sam H; Zhang, Xinyuan; Jiang, Wenlei; Avon, Christopher; Dowling, Thomas C; Shao, Changxing; Kane, Maureen; Hoag, Stephen W; Flasar, Mark H; Ting, Tricia Y; Polli, James E

    2016-04-01

    We previously concluded that 12 common excipients need not be qualitatively the same and quantitatively very similar to reference for Biopharmaceutics Classification System-based biowaivers. This conclusion for regulatory relief is based upon a series of bioequivalence studies in humans involving cimetidine and acyclovir. Limitations were also discussed. We understand the major concern of García-Arieta et al. is that "results obtained by Vaithianathan et al. should not be extrapolated to other drugs." We understand that individuals conducting their own risk/benefit analysis may reach that conclusion, and we reply to the concerns of García-Arieta et al. We continue to conclude that the 12 common excipients need not be qualitatively the same nor quantitatively very similar to reference, but rather, simply be not more than the quantities studied in our manuscript for cimetidine and acyclovir, and potentially other class 3 drugs with similar properties. Copyright © 2016 American Pharmacists Association®. All rights reserved.

  7. Evaluation of Chitosan-Microcrystalline Cellulose Blends as Direct Compression Excipients

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    Emmanuel O. Olorunsola

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available This study was aimed at evaluating chitosan-microcrystalline cellulose blends as direct compression excipients. Crab shell chitosan, α-lactose monohydrate, and microcrystalline cellulose powders were characterized. Blends of the microcrystalline cellulose and chitosan in ratios 9 : 1, 4 : 1, 2 : 1, and 1 : 1 as direct compression excipients were made to constitute 60% of metronidazole tablets. Similar tablets containing blends of the microcrystalline cellulose and α-lactose monohydrate as well as those containing pure microcrystalline cellulose were also produced. The compact density, tensile strength, porosity, disintegration time, and dissolution rate of tablets were determined. Chitosan had higher moisture content (7.66% and higher moisture sorption capacity (1.33% compared to microcrystalline cellulose and lactose. It also showed better flow properties (Carr’s index of 18.9% and Hausner’s ratio of 1.23. Compact density of tablets increased but tensile strength decreased with increase in the proportion of chitosan in the binary mixtures. In contrast to lactose, the disintegration time increased and the dissolution rate decreased with increase in the proportion of chitosan. This study has shown that chitosan promotes flowability of powder mix and rapid disintegration of tablet. However, incorporation of equal proportions of microcrystalline cellulose and chitosan leads to production of extended-release tablet. Therefore, chitosan promotes tablet disintegration at low concentration and enables extended-release at higher concentration.

  8. The relationship between drained angle and flow rate of size fractions of powder excipients.

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    Sklubalová, Z; Zatloukal, Z

    2009-12-01

    The influence of powder size of chosen pharmaceutical powder excipients on drained angle as well as the correlation between drained angle and the mass flow rate of certain powder size fractions were investigated in this work. A method of the indirect estimation of the three-dimensional drained angle from the mass of the residual powder was used experimentally to study the influence of powder size fractions in range of 0.200-0.630 mm for sodium chloride, sodium citrate, potassium chloride, and potassium citrate. Failures of flow significantly increased the drained angles for powder size fraction of 0.200-0.250 mm. For the uniformly flowable powder size fraction of 0.400-0.500 mm, the faster the flow rate, the smaller drained angles were observed for excipients investigated. To estimate parameters of the flow equation, the measurement of material flow rates from the hopper of different orifice sizes is needed, while the estimation of drained angle is much easier needing only one hopper. Finally, the increase of the hopper wall angle of the standard conical hopper to 70 degrees could be recommended to achieve uniform mass flow and to reduce the adverse effect of powder gliding along the hopper walls.

  9. Development of lyophilization cycle and effect of excipients on the stability of catalase during lyophilization

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    Lale, Shantanu V; Goyal, Monu; Bansal, Arvind K

    2011-01-01

    Introduction: The purpose of the present study was to screen excipients such as amino acids and non-aqueous solvents for their stabilizing effect on catalase, a model protein, for lyophilization. The present study also includes optimization of lyophilization cycle for catalase formulations, which is essential from the commercial point of view, since lyophilization is an extremely costly process. Materials and Methods: Activity of catalase was determined using catalase activity assay. Differential scanning calorimetry was used to determine eutectic melting temperature of the frozen catalase solution, which is essential for the optimization of lyophilization cycle. Results: When catalase was lyophilized without excipients, it was found that about 65-78% of the initial activity of catalase was lost during the lyophilization process in a concentration dependent manner. The maximum stability of catalase during lyophilization was observed at pH 7.0. Amino acids like alanine, glycine, lysine, serine and 4-hydroxy proline showed strong stabilizing effect on catalase during lyophilization by protecting catalase activity above 95%, whereas valine and cysteine hydrochloride showed destabilizing effect on catalase. Non-aqueous solvents such as dimethyl formamide, dimethyl sulphoxide, polyethylene glycol (PEG) 200, PEG 400, PEG 600 and ethylene glycol also showed destabilizing effect on catalase during lyophilization. Conclusions: In order to prevent loss of catalase activity during lyophilization of catalase, use of amino acids like alanine, glycine, lysine, serine and 4-hydroxy proline in optimum concentration is highly advisable. PMID:23071946

  10. The production of 'aerodynamically equivalent' drug and excipient inhalable powders using a novel fractionation technique.

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    Taki, Mohammed; Marriott, Christopher; Zeng, Xian-Ming; Martin, Gary P

    2011-02-01

    Inhalation particles can be produced by various techniques such as milling, controlled crystallisation and spray-drying, but current methods cannot, to-date, precisely control the aerodynamic size distribution of produced powders. The aim of this study was to develop and validate a novel preparative technique whereby the efficient and reproducible aerodynamic fractionation of drug and excipient powders could be achieved. Salmeterol xinafoate (SX), fluticasone propionate (FP) and fine α-lactose monohydrate (FL) were chosen as model compounds. Powders were aerosolised using a dry powder feeder into a Next Generation Impactor operated at 60 L min(-1). Powders deposited on NGI stages were then collected and analysed. The fractionation process was successful for all powders producing significant linear correlations between the pre-set aerodynamic cut-off limits and geometric size measurements. For each of SX, FP and FL, sufficient powder quantities were recovered from NGI stages 1-6 producing six fractions with sequential aerodynamic and geometric particle size distributions. The fractionation technique was efficient and reproducible for all powders studied. The method can be equally applied to various drugs and excipients regardless of their previous production/processing history. Therefore, the aerodynamic fractionation technique may be used to compare and contrast samples produced by different processes. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Effects of highly hygroscopic excipients on the hydrolysis of simvastatin in tablet at high relative humidity.

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    Chen, W L; Guo, D W; Shen, Y Y; Guo, S R; Ruan, K P

    2012-11-01

    Effects of highly hygroscopic sorbitol, citric acid, sodium carboxymethyl cellulose or polyvinylpolypyrrolidone, on the hydrolysis of simvastatin in tablets at 25°/90% RH were studied. The simvastatin tablets were prepared by direct powder compression. Simvastatin and its hydrolyte, simvastatin acid, were quantitatively analysed by high performance liquid chromotography. The hygroscopicity, water swelling ratio, water solubility and pH of the four hygroscopic excipients were investigated. During the investigation period, the weight gain of sorbitol or citric acid increased faster than that of polyvinylpolypyrrolidone or sodium carboxymethyl cellulose at 25°/90% RH, accordingly, the moisture sorption of the tablets containing citric acid or sorbitol (T-3 or T-6) were more than that of the tablets containing sodium carboxymethyl cellulose or polyvinylpolypyrrolidone (T-4 or T-5). The increase of simvastatin acid content with time at 25°/90% RH for the tablets was in the following order: T-6 hygroscopicity but also their other properties, such as moisture retention capacity and pH. Sorbitol as hygroscopic excipient in tablet can most effectively prevent the hydrolysis of simvastatin in tablet.

  12. Simultaneous Quantification of Three Polymorphic Forms of Carbamazepine in the Presence of Excipients Using Raman Spectroscopy

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    Marco Farias

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The occurrence of polymorphic transitions is a serious problem for pharmaceutical companies, because it can affect the bioavailability of the final product. With several known polymorphic forms carbamazepine is one of the most problematic drugs in this respect. Raman spectroscopy is a vibrational technique that is becoming very important in the pharmaceutical field, mainly due to its highly specific molecular fingerprint capabilities and easy use as a process analytical tool. However, multivariate methods are necessary both for identification and quantification. In this work an analytical methodology using Raman spectroscopy and interval Partial Least Squares Regression (iPLS, was developed in order to quantify mixtures of carbamazepine polymorphs in the presence of the most common excipients. The three polymorphs CBZ I, CBZ III and CBZ DH (which is a dihydrate were synthesized and characterized by PXRD and DSC. Subsequently, tablets were manufactured using excipients and 15 different mixtures of carbamazepine polymorphs. The iPLS model presented average prediction validation errors of 1.58%, 1.04% and 0.22% wt/wt, for CBZ I, CBZ III and CBZ DH, respectively, considering the whole mass of the tablet. The model presents a good prediction capacity and the proposed methodology could be used to perform quality control in final products.

  13. Overview on zein protein: a promising pharmaceutical excipient in drug delivery systems and tissue engineering.

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    Labib, Gihan

    2018-01-01

    Natural pharmaceutical excipients have been applied extensively in the past decades owing to their safety and biocompatibility. Zein, a natural protein of plant origin offers great benefit over other synthetic polymers used in controlled drug and biomedical delivery systems. It was used in a variety of medical fields including pharmaceutical and biomedical drug targeting, vaccine, tissue engineering, and gene delivery. Being biodegradable and biocompatible, the current review focuses on the history and the medical application of zein as an attractive still promising biopolymer. Areas covered: The current review gives a broadscope on zein as a still promising protein excipient in different fields. Zein- based drug and biomedical delivery systems are discussed with special focus on current and potential application in controlled drug delivery systems, and tissue engineering. Expert opinion: Zein as a protein of natural origin can still be considered a promising polymer in the field of drug delivery systems as well as in tissue engineering. Although different researchers spotted light on zein application in different industrial fields extensively, the feasibility of its use in the field of drug delivery replenished by investigators in recent years has not yet been fully approached.

  14. The influence of co-formers on the dissolution rates of co-amorphous sulfamerazine/excipient systems

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    Gniado, Katarzyna; Löbmann, Korbinian; Rades, Thomas

    2016-01-01

    A comprehensive study on the dissolution properties of three co-amorphous sulfamerazine/excipient systems, namely sulfamerazine/deoxycholic acid, sulfamerazine/citric acid and sulfamerazine/sodium taurocholate (SMZ/DA, SMZ/CA and SMZ/NaTC; 1:1 molar ratio), is reported. While all three co...

  15. The impact of particle preparation methods and polymorphic stability of lipid excipients on protein distribution in microparticles

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    Liu, Jingying; Christophersen, Philip C; Yang, Mingshi

    2017-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: The present study aimed at elucidating the influence of polymorphic stability of lipid excipients on the physicochemical characters of different solid lipid microparticles (SLM), with the focus on the alteration of protein distribution in SLM. METHODS: Labeled lysozyme was incorporated...

  16. Significance of excipients to enhance the bioavailability of poorly water-soluble drugs in oral solid dosage forms: A Review

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    Vadlamudi, Manoj Kumar; Dhanaraj, Sangeetha

    2017-11-01

    Nowadays most of the drug substances are coming into the innovation pipeline with poor water solubility. Here, the influence of excipients will play a significant role to improve the dissolution of poorly aqueous soluble compounds. The drug substance needs to be dissolved in gastric fluids to get the better absorption and bioavailability of an orally administered drug. Dissolution is the rate-controlling stage for drugs which controls the rate and degree of absorption. Usually, poorly soluble oral administrated drugs show a slower dissolution rate, inconsistent and incomplete absorption which can lead to lower bioavailability. The low aqueous solubility of BCS class II and IV drugs is a major challenge in the drug development and delivery process. Several technologies have been used in an attempt to progress the bioavailability of poorly water-soluble drug compounds which include solid dispersions, lipid-based formulations, micronization, solvent evaporation, co-precipitation, ordered mixing, liquid-solid compacts, solvent deposition inclusion complexation, and steam aided granulation. In fact, most of the technologies require excipient as a carrier which plays a significant role in improving the bioavailability using Hypromellose acetate succinate, Cyclodextrin, Povidone, Copovidone, Hydroxypropyl cellulose, Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, Crospovidone, Starch, Dimethylacetamide, Polyethylene glycol, Sodium lauryl sulfate, Polysorbate, Poloxamer. Mesoporous silica and so on. This review deliberates about the excipients significance on bioavailability enhancement of drug products in a single platform along with pragmatically proved applications so that user can able to select the right excipients as per the molecule.

  17. Screening of polysaccharides from tamarind, fenugreek and jackfruit seeds as pharmaceutical excipients.

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    Nayak, Amit Kumar; Pal, Dilipkumar; Santra, Kousik

    2015-08-01

    The paper describes the isolation and screening of plant polysaccharides namely tamarind seed polysaccharide (TSP), fenugreek seed mucilage (FSM) and jackfruit seed starch (JFSS) from tamarind (Tamarindus indica L.) seeds, fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum L.) seeds and jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus L.) seeds, respectively. The yields of isolated dried TSP, FSM and JFSS were 47.00%, 17.36% and 18.86%, respectively. Various physicochemical properties like colour, odour, taste, solubility in water, pH and viscosity of these isolated plant polysaccharides were assessed. Isolated polysaccharide samples were subjected to some phytochemical identification tests. FTIR and (1)H NMR analyses of isolated polysaccharides were performed, which suggest the presence of sugar residues. Isolated TSP, FSM and JFSS can be used as pharmaceutical excipients in various pharmaceutical formulations. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. l-Cystine-Crosslinked Polypeptide Nanogel as a Reduction-Responsive Excipient for Prostate Cancer Chemotherapy

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    Liang He

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Smart polymer nanogel-assisted drug delivery systems have attracted more and more attention in cancer chemotherapy because of their well-defined morphologies and pleiotropic functions in recent years. In this work, an l-cystine-crosslinked reduction-responsive polypeptide nanogel of methoxy poly(ethylene glycol-poly(l-phenylalanine-co-l-cystine (mPEG-P(LP-co-LC was employed as a smart excipient for RM-1 prostate cancer (PCa chemotherapy. Doxorubicin (DOX, as a regular chemotherapy drug, was embedded in the nanogel. The loading nanogel marked as NG/DOX was shown to exhibit glutathione (GSH-induced swelling and GSH-accelerated DOX release. Subsequently, NG/DOX showed efficient cellular uptake and proliferation inhibition. Furthermore, NG/DOX presented enhanced antitumor efficacy and security in an RM-1 PCa-grafted mouse model in vivo, indicating its great potential for clinical treatment.

  19. Incompatibility of croscarmellose sodium with alkaline excipients in a tablet formulation.

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    Bindra, Dilbir S; Stein, Daniel; Pandey, Preetanshu; Barbour, Nancy

    2014-05-01

    The objective of the current work was to study an observed incompatibility between croscarmellose sodium and basic excipients in a tablet formulation. Significant dissolution slowdown was observed for alkaline tablet compositions of an acid-labile drug containing croscarmellose sodium (CCS) as a disintegrant. The severity of the dissolution slowdown was directly proportional to both the degree of alkalinity and the level of CCS in the tablet formulation. It is postulated that the ester cross-links in CCS were partially or fully hydrolyzed under basic conditions (pH values >9) forming by-products of increased water solubility. This increase in the level of water-soluble polymer can lead to the formation of a viscous barrier in the tablet upon moisture uptake, thus slowing down its dissolution. The dissolution slowdown was not observed for a similar alkaline tablet preparation containing crospovidone as a disintegrant.

  20. Interest of multifunctional lipid excipients: case of Gelucire 44/14.

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    Chambin, O; Jannin, V

    2005-07-01

    This paper focuses on the interest of a multifunctional lipid excipient from the lauroyl macrogolglycerides, i.e., Gelucire 44/14. This compound, characterized by a drop point of 44 degrees C and a HLB (Hydrophilic Lipophilic Balance) of 14, is made of a specific mixture, leading to particular properties. Gelucire 44/14 forms a fine emulsion in contact with aqueous fluids, inducing a pseudo-solubilization of poorly water-soluble active substances and thus increasing their bioavailability. It could be used either as a binder for immediate release pellets by melt granulation or as a self-emulsifying drug delivery system by capsule molding or as a powder obtained by cryogenic grinding. These different methods and their interests are then discussed.

  1. Characterizing compaction-induced thermodynamic changes in a common pharmaceutical excipient.

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    Wurster, Dale Eric; Buckner, Ira S

    2012-08-01

    Work, heat, and internal energy change values were measured during compression of a common pharmaceutical tablet excipient, anhydrous lactose, using a compression calorimeter. Heat of solution measurements were used independently to measure the energy change caused by compaction. Both the compression calorimeter and the heat of solution measurements showed an increase in anhydrous lactose's energy state as a result of the net compression and decompression process. Excellent agreement between the energy change measured by compression calorimetry (0.94 J/g) and the energy change measured by solution calorimetry (0.91 J/g) strongly supports the data and results generated by the compression calorimeter. Furthermore, specific volume and specific surface area measurements were used to investigate the nature of the measured energy increase. The results indicate that the vast majority of the stored energy is most likely associated with residual strain within the compacted particles. Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  2. Effect of directly compressible excipient and treated agar on drug release of clopidogrel oral disintegrating tablets.

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    Venkateswarlu, Kambham; Nirosha, Manyam; Kumar Reddy, Budideti Kishore; Sai Kiran, Badithala Siva

    2017-07-01

    In the present investigation, oral dissolving/dispersible/disintegrating tablets (ODTs) of clopidogrel were designed with a view to enhance the bioavailability and patient compliance by two different methods, namely, direct compression and effervescent methods using directly compressible excipient and treated agar (TAG). In the direct compression method, TAG was used as a disintegrant and another method used a mixture of sodium bicarbonate and tartaric acid along with TAG as disintegrants. Among the directly compressed tablets, treated agar formulation 3 and among the effervescent tablets, treated agar and effervescent formulation 4 was found to be promising. Treated agar formulation 3 prepared by direct compression method emerged as an overall best formulation based on the in vitro drug release characteristics.

  3. Development and Optimization of a Starch-Based Co-processed Excipient for Direct Compression Using Mixture Design.

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    Apeji, Yonni E; Oyi, Avosuahi R; Isah, Adamu B; Allagh, Teryila S; Modi, Sameer R; Bansal, Arvind K

    2017-10-16

    The development of novel excipients with enhanced functionality has been explored using particle engineering by co-processing. The aim of this study was to improve the functionality of tapioca starch (TS) for direct compression by co-processing with gelatin (GEL) and colloidal silicon dioxide (CSD) in optimized proportions. Design of Experiment (DoE) was employed to optimize the composition of the co-processed excipient using the desirability function and other supporting studies as a basis for selecting the optimized formulation. The co-processed excipient (SGS) was thereafter developed by the method of co-fusion. Flow and compaction studies of SGS were carried out in comparison to its parent component (TS) and physical mixture (SGS-PM). Tablets were prepared by direct compression (DC) containing ibuprofen (200 mg) as a model for poor compressibility using SGS, Prosolv®, and StarLac® as multifunctional excipients. The optimized composition of SGS corresponded to TS (90%), GEL (7.5%), and CSD (2.5%). The functionality of SGS was improved relative to SGS-PM in terms of flow and compression. Tablets produced with SGS were satisfactory and conformed to USP specifications for acceptable tablets. SGS performed better than Prosolv® in terms of disintegration and was superior to StarLac with respect to tensile strength and disintegration time. The application of DoE was successful in optimizing and developing a starch-based co-processed excipient that can be considered for direct compression tableting.

  4. Influence of different excipients on the properties of hard gelatin capsules with metamizole sodium

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    Rogowska Magdalena

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Metamizole is an effective non-opioid analgesic drug used in the treatment of acute and chronic pain. Due to induced potentially life-threatening blood disorders, metamizole was withdrawn from market in many parts of the world, however, it is one of the most popular analgesics in Poland that is available as an over the counter drug. Patients tend to prefer capsules over tablets, as they are easier to swallow and taste better. The powder-filled capsules also have greater bioavailability and require less excipients, as compared to tablets. Polymic excipients are mainly used in capsule filling, and have influence upon the physico-chemical properties of the hard gelatin capsules and the powder formulation. The aim of the study was to determine whether various combinations of polymers impact the disintegration time and pharmaceutical availability of hard gelatin capsules with metamizole sodium. The results of our work demonstrated that the 80% of all active substance was released in all tested formulations within 15 minutes. Herein, the capsule containing lactose monohydrate had the longest release (4% after 2 min., while capsules containing mannitol had the fastest release (81.2% after 2 min.. Moreover, the addition of HPMC to capsules with lactose brought about a slight increase in the metamizole release rate, while the addition of PVP 30 to capsules with microcrystalline cellulose slightly accelerated release. This data suggests that the use of different polymers in capsules formulation brings about changes in the physical properties of powders and modifies the release profile of metamizole. In our study, the most preferred formulation was one containing microcrystalline cellulose (good powder properties and fairly fast release.

  5. Optimization of high-concentration endostatin formulation: Harmonization of excipients' contributions on colloidal and conformational stabilities.

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    Wang, Shujing; Zhang, Xinyi; Wu, Guoliang; Tian, Zhou; Qian, Feng

    2017-09-15

    Recently, increasing research efforts have been devoted into developing high-concentration protein drugs for subcutaneous injection, especially for those with short half-lives and high-dose requirement. Proteins at high concentrations normally present increased colloidal and structural instability, such as aggregation, fibrillation and gelation, which significantly challenges the high-concentration formulation development of protein drugs. Here we used endostatin, a 20kD recombinant protein, as a model drug for high-concentration formulation optimization. The colloidal and conformational stability of endostatin at high concentration of 30mg/mL were investigated in formulations containing various excipients, including saccharides (mannitol, sorbitol and sucrose), salts (ArgHCl and NaCl), and surfactants (tween 20 and 80). Protein fibrillation was characterized and semi-quantified by optical polarized light microscopy and transmission electron microscopy, and the amount of fiber formation at elevated temperature of 40°C was determined. The soluble protein aggregates were characterized by dynamic and static light scattering before and after dilution. The conformational stability were characterized by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, fluorescence, circular dichroism, and differential scanning calorimetry. We observed that the soluble aggregation, fibrillation and gelation, induced by conformational and colloidal instabilities of the protein solution, could be substantially optimized by using suitable stabilizers such as combinations of saccharides and surfactants; while formation of gel and soluble aggregates at high protein concentration (e.g., 30mg/mL) and elevated temperature (40°C) could be prevented by avoiding the usage of salts. It's worth emphasizing that some stabilizers, such as salts and surfactants, could show opposite contributions in conformational and colloidal stabilities of endostatin. Therefore, cautions are needed when one attempts to correlate

  6. Effect of colloidal silica on rheological properties of common pharmaceutical excipients.

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    Majerová, Diana; Kulaviak, Lukáš; Růžička, Marek; Štěpánek, František; Zámostný, Petr

    2016-09-01

    In pharmaceutical industry, the use of lubricants is mostly based on historical experiences or trial and error methods even these days. It may be demanding in terms of the material consumption and may result in sub-optimal drug composition. Powder rheology enables more accurate monitoring of the flow properties and because the measurements need only a small sample it is perfectly suitable for the rare or expensive substances. In this work, rheological properties of four common excipients (pregelatinized maize starch, microcrystalline cellulose, croscarmellose sodium and magnesium stearate) were studied by the FT4 Powder Rheometer, which was used for measuring the compressibility index by a piston and flow properties of the powders by a rotational shear cell. After an initial set of measurements, two excipients (pregelatinized maize starch and microcrystalline cellulose) were chosen and mixed, in varying amounts, with anhydrous colloidal silicon dioxide (Aerosil 200) used as a glidant. The bulk (conditioned and compressed densities, compressibility index), dynamic (basic flowability energy) and shear (friction coefficient, flow factor) properties were determined to find an optimum ratio of the glidant. Simultaneously, the particle size data were obtained using a low-angle laser light scattering (LALLS) system and scanning electron microscopy was performed in order to examine the relationship between the rheological properties and the inner structure of the materials. The optimum of flowability for the mixture composition was found, to correspond to empirical findings known from general literature. In addition the mechanism of colloidal silicone dioxide action to improve flowability was suggested and the hypothesis was confirmed by independent test. New findings represent a progress towards future application of determining the optimum concentration of glidant from the basic characteristics of the powder in the pharmaceutical research and development. Copyright

  7. A PAT-based qualification of pharmaceutical excipients produced by batch or continuous processing.

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    Hertrampf, A; Müller, H; Menezes, J C; Herdling, T

    2015-10-10

    Pharmaceutical excipients have an influence on the main requirements for medicinal products (viz., quality, safety and efficacy) but also on their manufacturability. During product lifecycle it may become necessary to introduce minor changes (e.g., to continuously improve it) or major changes in the validated process (e.g., moving it to a new production site, replacing process version or even disruptively changing processing type). Those changes can influence the critical to quality attributes of the product. Therefore, it is important to enhance process understanding to avoid the risk of any significant quality changes. Process analytical technology can support better decision making and risk-management as required in quality by design - viz., by many pharmaceutical regulatory authorities. This study compares the quality of the pharmaceutical excipient sodium carbonate (anhydrous) produced either in a batch or a continuous process. For continuous processing two different production lines were available that differed on the dryer and crystallizer types used. Therefore their influence on critical to quality attributes of sodium carbonate was investigated for each of the three processing alternatives. The overall goal was to identify which of the continuous processes ensures a similar product quality to batch processing. Namely, changes on chemical and physical attributes of the product were investigated with Raman spectroscopy, laser diffraction and X-ray powder diffraction. Principal component analysis, a very common multivariate analysis technique, was applied to extract relevant information from small differences at multiple spectral regions from samples from each process type and from each analytical technique used. Changing processing from batch to continuous improved consistency of certain attributes (e.g., particle size distribution) but affected others. However, the increased process/product knowledge gained can lead to an enhanced control strategy and

  8. Dehydration of bacteriophages in electrospun nanofibers: effect of excipients in polymeric solutions

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    Koo, Charmaine K. W.; Senecal, Kris; Senecal, Andre; Nugen, Sam R.

    2016-12-01

    Bacteriophages are viruses capable of infecting and lysing target bacterial cells; as such they have potential applications in agriculture for decontamination of foods, food contact surfaces and food rinse water. Although bacteriophages can retain infectivity long-term using lyophilized storage, the process of freeze-drying can be time consuming and expensive. In this study, electrospinning was used for dehydrating bacteriophages in polyvinylpyrrolidone polymer solutions with addition of excipients (sodium chloride, magnesium sulfate, Tris-HCl, sucrose) in deionized water. The high voltage dehydration reduced the infectivity of bacteriophages following electrospinning, with the damaging effect abated with addition of storage media (SM) buffer and sucrose. SM buffer and sucrose also provided the most protection over extended storage (8 weeks; 20 °C 1% relative humidity) by mitigating environmental effects on the dried bacteriophages. Magnesium sulfate however provided the least protection due to coagulation effects of the ion, which can disrupt the native conformation of the bacteriophage protein coat. Storage temperatures (20 °C, 4 °C and -20 °C 1% relative humidity) had a minimal effect while relative humidity had substantial effect on the infectivity of bacteriophages. Nanofibers stored in higher relative humidity (33% and 75%) underwent considerable damage due to extensive water absorption and disruption of the fibers. Overall, following storage of nanofiber mats for eight weeks at ambient temperatures, high infective phage concentrations (106-107 PFU ml-1) were retained. Therefore, this study provided valuable insights on preservation and dehydration of bacteriophages by electrospinning in comparison to freeze drying and liquid storage, and the influence of excipients on the viability of bacteriophages.

  9. Entirely S-protected chitosan: A promising mucoadhesive excipient for metronidazole vaginal tablets.

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    Lupo, Noemi; Fodor, Benjamin; Muhammad, Ijaz; Yaqoob, Muhammad; Matuszczak, Barbara; Bernkop-Schnürch, Andreas

    2017-12-01

    Synthesis and evaluation of an entirely S-protected chitosan as mucoadhesive excipient for vaginal drug delivery. N-acetyl-cysteine was linked to 6-mercaptonicotinamide via disulphide exchange reaction. The obtained ligand, NAC-6-MNA, was subsequently attached to chitosan by carbodiimide mediated amide bond formation in two concentrations. The synthesized S-protected chitosan was chemically characterized and mucoadhesive properties and stability against oxidation were investigated. Moreover, metronidazole tablets comprising the S-protected chitosan were evaluated regarding water uptake capacity, disintegration behaviour, residence time on vaginal mucosa, release of the encapsulated drug and antimicrobial activity. S-protected chitosan displayed 160±19 (CS-MNA-160) and 320±38 (CS-MNA-320)µmol of ligand per gram of polymer. At pH 4.2, CS-MNA-160 and CS-MNA-320 showed 5.2-fold and 6.2-fold increase in mucus viscosity in comparison to unmodified chitosan (One-way ANOVA, pS-protected chitosan remained stable against oxidation in presence of 0.5%v/v hydrogen peroxide. Metronidazole tablets consisting in S-protected chitosan showed prolonged residence time on vaginal mucosa and improved water uptake capacity and disintegration time in comparison to tablets consisting of unmodified chitosan. Moreover, CS-MNA-320 metronidazole tablets displayed prolonged drug release and antimicrobial activity. On the basis of the achieved results, entirely S-protected chitosan represents a promising excipient for the development of metronidazole vaginal tablets. S-protected thiomers are polymers modified with thiol groups protected by aromatic ligands and characterized by strong mucoadhesive properties and high stability against oxidation. Up to date, the entirely S-protection of thiol groups was achieved via the synthesis of the ligand 2-((2-amino-2-carboxyethyl)disulfanyl)nicotinic acid) which can be directly bound to the backbone of polymers bearing carboxylic moieties as pectin

  10. Trifluoroacetic acid as excipient destabilizes melittin causing the selective aggregation of melittin within the centrin-melittin-trifluoroacetic acid complex

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    Belinda Pastrana-Rios

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Trifluoroacetic acid (TFA may be the cause of the bottleneck in high resolution structure determination for protein-peptide complexes. Fragment based drug design often involves the use of synthetic peptides which contain TFA (excipient. Our goal was to explore the effects of this excipient on a model complex: centrin-melittin-TFA. We performed Fourier transform infrared, two-dimensional infrared correlation spectroscopies and spectral simulations to analyze the amide I'/I'* band for the components and the ternary complex. Melittin (MLT was observed to have increased helicity upon its interaction with centrin, followed by the thermally induced aggregation of MLT within the ternary complex in the TFA presence.

  11. Role Of Polymeric Excipients On Controlled Release Profile of Glipizide from PLGA and Eudragit RS 100 Nanoparticles

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    Naha, Pratap; Byrne, Hugh; Panda, Amulya

    2012-01-01

    Polylactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA) 50:50 and Eudragit RS 100 nanoparticles entrapping glipizide along with excipients were prepared using single emulsion solvent evaporation method. The objective was to develop single oral dose glipizide nano particles for reducing blood sugar level in diabetes induced experimental animals. Incorporation of Polyethylene glycol (PEG) (0.5%), Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) (0.5%) and Tween 20 (0.5%) in the organic phase during particle formulation improve...

  12. Influence of excipients and processing conditions on the development of agglomerates of racecadotril by crystallo-co-agglomeration

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    Garala, Kevin; Patel, Jaydeep; Patel, Anjali; Raval, Mihir; Dharamsi, Abhay

    2012-01-01

    Purpose: The purpose of the present investigation was to improve the flow and mechanical properties of racecadotril by a crystallo-co-agglomeration (CCA) technique. Direct tableting is a requirement of pharmaceutical industries. Poor mechanical properties of crystalline drug particles require wet granulation which is uneconomical, laborious, and tedious. Materials and Methods: The objective of this work was to study the influence of various polymers/excipients and processing conditions on the...

  13. The Cumulative Daily Tolerance Levels of Potentially Toxic Excipients Ethanol and Propylene Glycol Are Commonly Exceeded in Neonates and Infants.

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    Valeur, Kristine Svinning; Hertel, Steen Axel; Lundstrøm, Kaare Engell; Holst, Helle

    2017-12-27

    Polymedicated neonates and young infants may be at risk of harmful cumulative exposure to toxic excipients like ethanol, propylene glycol and benzyl alcohol during routine clinical care. The aim of this study was to calculate the cumulative daily alcohol exposure (mg/kg/day) in polymedicated neonates and infants and compare these levels to the tolerance limits found in guidelines published by European Medicines Agency (EMA). As part of the SEEN study, all medicinal products administered to neonates and infants were recorded. All included neonates received ≥2 medicinal products/day and infants ≥3 medicinal products/day. Daily excipient levels were calculated based on quantities obtained from manufacturers or databases. Excipient levels were compared to tolerance limits proposed by the EMA. Altogether, 470 neonates and 160 infants were included, recording 4207 prescriptions and 316 products. In total, 45% (n = 288) of patients were exposed to an alcohol of interest; 2% (n = 14) were exposed to benzyl alcohol (BA), 38% (n = 237) to ethanol and 23% (n = 146) to propylene glycol (PG). Of the total number of prescriptions involving ethanol-containing medicinal products (n = 334), 51% would alone exceed tolerance limit of 6 mg/kg/day. Of the total number of prescriptions involving PG-containing medicinal products (n = 174), 70% would alone exceed a maximum tolerance limit of 50 mg/kg/day. Maximal daily exposure to ethanol (1563 mg/kg/day) or PG (954 mg/kg/day) exceeded the tolerance limits recommended by EMA 260.5 and 19.1 times, respectively. Tolerance limits for ethanol and PG as proposed by the EMA are frequently exceeded in polymedicated neonates and infants due to the cumulative effect of these alcohols. Alternative formulations may minimize excipient exposure. © 2017 Nordic Association for the Publication of BCPT (former Nordic Pharmacological Society).

  14. Selective Imaging of APIs in Powdered Blends with Common Excipients Utilizing TPE-UVF and UV-SONICC

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    Toth, S. J.; Madden, J. T.; Taylor, L. S.; Marsac, P.; Simpson, G. J.

    2013-01-01

    Second order nonlinear optical imaging of chiral crystals (SONICC) and two-photon excited fluorescence measurements [both autofluorescence and two-photon excited UV-fluorescence (TPE-UVF)] were assessed for the selective detection of APIs relative to common pharmaceutical excipients. Active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) compose only a small percentage of most tabulated formulations, yet the API distribution within the tablet can affect drug release and tablet stability. Complementary measurements using either UV-SONICC (266 nm detection) or TPE-UVF were shown to generate signals >50-fold more intense for a model API (griseofulvin) than those produced by common pharmaceutical excipients. The combined product of the measurements produced signals >104-fold greater than the excipients studied. UV-SONICC or TPE-UVF produced greater selectivity than analogous measurements with visible-light detection, attributed to the presence of aromatic moieties within the API exhibiting strong one and two photon absorption at ~266 nm. Complementary SONICC and fluorescence measurements allowed for the sensitive detection of the three-dimensional distribution of tadalafil within a Cialis® tablet to a depth of >140 µm. PMID:22816778

  15. Evaluation of selected polysaccharide excipients in buccoadhesive tablets for sustained release of nicotine.

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    Park, Calum R; Munday, Dale L

    2004-07-01

    Some naturally occurring biocompatible materials were evaluated as mucoadhesive controlled release excipients for buccal drug delivery. A range of tablets were prepared containing 0-50% w/w xanthan gum, karaya gum, guar gum, and glycol chitosan and were tested for swelling, drug release, and mucoadhesion. Guar gum was a poor mucoadhesive and lacked sufficient physical integrity for buccal delivery. Karaya gum demonstrated superior adhesion to guar gum and was able to provide zero-order drug release, but concentrations greater than 50% w/w may be required to provide suitable sustained release. Xanthan gum showed strong adhesion to the mucosal membrane and the 50% w/w formulation produced zero-order drug release over 4 hours, about the normal time interval between daily meals. Glycol chitosan produced the strongest adhesion, but concentrations greater than 50% w/w are required to produce a nonerodible matrix that can control drug release for over 4 hours. Swelling properties of the tablets were found to be a valuable indicator of the ability of the material to produce sustained release. Swelling studies also gave an indication of the adhesion values of the gum material where adhesion was solely dependent upon penetration of the polymer chains into the mucus layer.

  16. Isolation, characterization and investigation of Cordia dichotoma fruit polysaccharide as a herbal excipient.

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    Pawar, Harshal Ashok; Jadhav, Pravin

    2015-01-01

    The objective of the present research work was to isolate, purify and characterize Cordia dichotoma gum and investigate its disintegration property in oral tablets. The isolated gum was tested for physicochemical characteristics such as solubility, pH (1% w/w in water), swelling index, loss on drying, ash value, bulk and tapped density, Carr's index, Hausner's ratio and angle of repose. The Orodispersible tablets of valsartan were prepared by direct compression method and evaluated for average weight (mg), drug content (%), thickness (mm), hardness (kg/cm(2)), friability (%), wetting time (sec), water absorption ratio (%) and disintegration time (sec). FTIR studies revealed that there was no interaction between drug, gum and other excipients used in the study. The F4 batch with disintegration time 26.34 ± 0.78 s and in vitro release 99.64 ± 0.43% was selected as optimized formulation. This formulation was compared with conventional marketed formulation and was found superior. Batch F4 was subjected to stability studies for three months and was tested for its disintegration time, drug contents and dissolution behaviour. Batch F4 was found stable for three months at accelerated temperature. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Applications of mesoporous materials as excipients for innovative drug delivery and formulation.

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    Shen, Shou-Cang; Ng, Wai Kiong; Chia, Leonard Sze Onn; Dong, Yuan-Cai; Tan, Reginald Beng Hee

    2013-01-01

    Due to uniquely ordered nanoporous structure and high surface area as well as large pore volume, mesoporous materials have exhibited excellent performance in both controlled drug delivery with sustained release profiles and formulation of poorly aqueoussoluble drugs with enhanced bioavailability. Compared with other bulk excipients, mesoporous materials could achieve a higher loading of active ingredients and a tunable drug release profile, as the high surface density of surface hydroxyl groups offered versatility to be functionalized. With drug molecules stored in nano sized channels, the pore openings could be modified using functional polymers or nano-valves performing as stimuli-responsive release devices and the drug release could be triggered by environmental changes or other external effects. In particular, mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSN) have attracted much attention for application in functional target drug delivery to the cancer cell. The smart nano-vehicles for drug delivery have showed obvious improvements in the therapeutic efficacy for tumor suppression as compared with conventional sustained release systems, although further progress is still needed for eventual clinical applications. Alternatively, unmodified mesoporous silica also exhibited feasible application for direct formulation of poorly water-soluble drugs to enhance dissolution rate, solubility and thus increase the bioavailability after administration. In summary, mesoporous materials offer great versatility that can be used both for on-demand oral and local drug delivery, and scientists are making great efforts to design and fabricate innovative drug delivery systems based on mesoporous drug carriers.

  18. Flow rate and flow equation of pharmaceutical free-flowable powder excipients.

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    Sklubalová, Zdenka; Zatloukal, Zdenek

    2013-02-01

    Basic aspect of powder handling is powder flow which depends on mechanical properties of the solid material. This experimental work presents the results of flowability testing of the free-flowable particle size fraction of 0.0250-0.0315 cm of five powder excipients. The single-point determination of the mass flow rate from a cylindrical, flat-bottomed hopper was primarily influenced by the diameter of a circular orifice. The significant effect of the orifice height was also noted. Increasing the orifice height, the flow under gravity is directed resulting in the sudden acceleration of the flow rate. The critical zone relates to the orifice diameter. The multi-point determination of flowability employed the actual parameters of the flow equation which allows the prediction of the mass flow rate. The precision of the prediction was the basic criterion in optimization of the orifice geometry. Based on the results, the orifice height of 1.6 cm can be recommended for the correction of faster powder flow. For the slower powder flow, an orifice height of 0.2 cm can be used alternatively. In conclusion, the information about the orifice height used should be referred to whenever test the powder flowability and compare the results.

  19. [Micromeritic evaluation of the direct compression excipient LubriTose AN].

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    Zhang, Yi-Lan; Tian, Chao; Hu, Dan-Rong; Ke, Xue; Tian, Ji-Lai

    2012-05-01

    This study is to report the evaluation of the micromeritic properties of LubriTose AN, which is expected to provide preliminary theoretical basis for the direct compression technology. From the aspects of flowability, compressibility and dilution potential, the angle of repose, flow velocity, the Carr' index, tensile strength, elastic recovery, yield pressure and the lubricating ability of LubriTose AN were determined. Also, model drugs were selected to investigate the dilute potential under the desirable compressing performance. Compared to the physical mixtures, the flowability of LubriTose AN was better, and the deformation mechanism was the same with anhydrous lactose, both brittle deformation. The compressibility and compaction of LubriTose AN was slightly better than that of physical mixtures under low and moderate pressure. The dilution potential of LubriTose AN were high for most of hydrophobic drugs. The lubricate ability was desirable under different rotational speeds. LubriTose AN is an excellent co-processed excipient, which is helpful for the promotion and improvement of the tablet manufacturing level.

  20. Why is mannitol becoming more and more popular as a pharmaceutical excipient in solid dosage forms?

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    Ohrem, H Leonhard; Schornick, Eva; Kalivoda, Adela; Ognibene, Roberto

    2014-05-01

    Various fillers/binders which are applied for the formulation of solid oral dosage forms are assessed for their benefits and drawbacks, including lactose, sorbitol, mannitol, microcrystalline cellulose and calcium hydrogen phosphate dihydrate. A focus of this work was to evaluate the application of mannitol in comparison to other common fillers/binders as it was observed that this excipient is gaining more and more attention in pharmaceutical formulation development and production. While one of the main advantages of conventional fillers/binders such as lactose, microcrystalline cellulose and calcium hydrogen phosphate dihydrate is their low price level, mannitol excels regarding its physicochemical characteristics such as a low hygroscopicity, a strong inertness towards both the API and the patient's body, its good compactibility and the ability to produce extremely robust tablets. Additionally, the suitability of mannitol for the emerging formulation technology of orally disintegrating tablets is pointed out. In summary, it is emphasized that the selection of the filler/binder is highly individual, depending, for example, on the preferred characteristics of the final solid dosage form, the applied API and the available budget. However, mannitol exhibits many strong advantages which can be expected to result in a more widespread application in the near future.

  1. Transglycosylated stevia and hesperidin as pharmaceutical excipients: dramatic improvement in drug dissolution and bioavailability.

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    Uchiyama, Hiromasa; Tozuka, Yuichi; Imono, Masaaki; Takeuchi, Hirofumi

    2010-10-01

    The capability of transglycosylated materials, α-glycosyltransferase-treated stevia (Stevia-G) and α-glycosyl hesperidin (Hsp-G), to enhance the bioavailability of poorly water-soluble drugs was investigated. Spray-dried particles (SDPs) of drug/transglycosylated material, such as, flurbiprofen (FP)/Stevia-G, probucol (PRO)/Stevia-G, FP/Hsp-G, and PRO/Hsp-G were prepared. All SDPs showed pronounced improvement in both dissolution rate and apparent drug solubility. The amount of dissolved PRO was significantly improved to that of untreated PRO crystals when prepared as SDPs of PRO/Stevia-G or PRO/Hsp-G. There was no cytotoxicity to Caco-2 cells at levels of 10% Stevia-G or Hsp-G solution. Values for the area under the plasma concentration-time curve (AUC) of untreated PRO, SDPs of PRO/Hsp-G and PRO/Stevia-G after oral administration to rats were 4.94±2.06, 26.08±4.52 and 48.79±9.97μgh/mL, respectively. Interestingly, AUC values in cases of the FP system were in the order of untreated FPStevia-GStevia-G, a newly investigated material for this purpose, was found to have good potential for use as a pharmaceutical excipient. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. The impact of roller compaction and tablet compression on physicomechanical properties of pharmaceutical excipients.

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    Iyer, Raman Mahadevan; Hegde, Shridhar; Dinunzio, James; Singhal, Dharmendra; Malick, Waseem

    2014-08-01

    Material properties play a significant role in pharmaceutical processing. The impact of roller compaction (RC) and tablet compression on solid fraction (SF), tensile strength (TS) and flexural modulus (FM) of Avicel DG [co-processed excipient with 75% microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) and 25% anhydrous dibasic calcium phosphate (DCPA)], lactose and 1:1 Mixture of the two was studied. Materials were roller compacted at different force and roller type and compressed into tablets over a range of compression pressures (CP). SF, TS and FM were determined for ribbons and tablets. Roller force was a significant variable affecting SF while roller type was not. Both SF and TS of tablets increased with CP with Avicel DG exhibiting greater TS than that of 1:1 Mixture while tablets of lactose had the lowest TS. The TS of tablets decreased exponentially with tablet porosity. Ribbon of Avicel DG had higher TS and lower SF than lactose and greater reworkability. This is attributed to plastic deformation of MCC resulting in high degree of bonding and fragmentation of DCPA that fills the void spaces during tablet compression. The lack of significant increase in SF and low tablet TS for lactose upon compression is likely due to its brittle fragmentation and some elastic recovery as shown by the high FM.

  3. The surface characterisation and comparison of two potential sub-micron, sugar bulking excipients for use in low-dose, suspension formulations in metered dose inhalers.

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    James, Jeff; Crean, Barry; Davies, Martyn; Toon, Richard; Jinks, Phil; Roberts, Clive J

    2008-09-01

    This study compares the surface characteristics and surface energetics of two potential bulking excipients, anhydrous sub-micron alpha-lactose and sub-micron sucrose, for use with low-dose, suspension formulations in pressurised metered dose inhalers (pMDIs). Both sub-micron bulking excipients are processed from parent materials (alpha-lactose monohydrate/alpha-lactose monohydrate and silk grade sucrose, respectively) so the surface characteristics of each material were determined and compared. Additionally, the surface energetics and adhesive interactions between each sub-micron bulking excipient and some chosen active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) used in pMDI formulations were also determined. From this data, it was possible to predict the potential degree of interaction between the APIs and each sub-micron bulking excipient, thus determining suitable API-excipient combinations for pMDI formulation optimisation. Salmon calcitonin was also investigated as a potential API due to the current interest in, and the potential low-dose requirements for, the pulmonary delivery of proteins. The size and morphology of each sub-micron excipient (and parent materials) were determined using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and the crystalline nature of each sub-micron excipient and parent material was assessed using X-ray diffraction (XRD). The surface chemistry of each sub-micron excipient was analysed using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The surface energies of each sub-micron excipient, along with their respective parent materials and any intermediates, were determined using two techniques. The surface energies of these materials were determined via (a) single particle adhesive interactions using atomic force microscopy (AFM) and (b) 'bulk' material surface interactions using contact angle measurements (CA). From the CA data, it was possible to calculate the theoretical work of adhesion values for each API-excipient interaction using the surface component

  4. Compatibility studies of nevirapine in physical mixtures with excipients for oral HAART

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    Oliveira, G.G.G. de; Ferraz, H.G. [Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Health, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo 05508-900 (Brazil); Severino, P. [Department of Biotechnological Processes, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Campinas, Campinas 13083-970 (Brazil); Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Fernando Pessoa University, Porto 4200-150 (Portugal); Souto, E.B., E-mail: eliana@ufp.edu.pt [Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Fernando Pessoa University, Porto 4200-150 (Portugal); Institute for Biotechnology and Bioengineering, Centre for Genomics and Biotechnology, University of Tras-os-Montes e Alto Douro (IBB-CGB/UTAD), 5001-801 Vila Real (Portugal)

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    Nevirapine is a hydrophobic non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor, used in first line regimens of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). The drug has more than one crystalline form, which may have implications for its behaviour during production and also for its in vivo performance. This study was aimed at exploring the suitability of thermoanalytical methods for the solid-state characterization of commercial crystalline forms of nevirapine. The drug powder was characterized by ultraviolet spectrophotometry, stereoscopy, scanning electron microscopy, wide-angle X-ray diffraction, measurements of density, flowability, solubility and intrinsic dissolution rate (IDR), differential scanning calorimetry, thermogravimetric analysis, and photostability measurements. The results showed that nevirapine has high stability and is not susceptible to degradation under light exposure. The drug showed compatibility with the excipients tested (lactose, microcrystalline cellulose, polyvinylpyrrolidone and polyvinyl acetate copolymer (PVP/PVA), and hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (HPMC)). Nevirapine has low solubility, an acid medium being the most appropriate medium for assessing the release of the drug from dosage forms. However, the data obtained from IDR testing indicate that dissolution is the critical factor for the bioavailability of this drug. - Graphical abstract: Bulk nevirapine powder analysed by scanning electron microscopy and the drug solubility profile in various buffer solutions. The pH values of the media in which the tests were conducted are also presented. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nevirapine shows more than one crystalline form, that influence its in vivo and in vitro behaviour. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer DSC and TGA were used for solid-state characterization of crystalline forms of nevirapine. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nevirapine is compatible with lactose, microcrystalline cellulose, PVP/PVA copolymers and HPMC. Black

  5. Development of modified release 3D printed tablets (printlets) with pharmaceutical excipients using additive manufacturing.

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    Goyanes, Alvaro; Fina, Fabrizio; Martorana, Annalisa; Sedough, Daniel; Gaisford, Simon; Basit, Abdul W

    2017-07-15

    The aim of this study was to manufacture 3D printed tablets (printlets) from enteric polymers by single filament fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printing (3DP). Hot melt extrusion was used to generate paracetamol-loaded filaments from three different grades of the pharmaceutical excipient hypromellose acetate succinate (HPMCAS), grades LG, MG and HG. One-step 3DP was used to process these filaments into enteric printlets incorporating up to 50% drug loading with two different infill percentages (20 and 100%). X-ray Micro Computed Tomography (Micro-CT) analysis revealed that printlets with 20% infill had cavities in the core compared to 100% infill, and that the density of the 50% drug loading printlets was higher than the equivalent formulations loaded with 5% drug. In biorelevant bicarbonate dissolution media, drug release from the printlets was dependent on the polymer composition, drug loading and the internal structure of the formulations. All HPMCAS-based printlets showed delayed drug release properties, and in the intestinal conditions, drug release was faster from the printlets prepared with polymers with a lower pH-threshold: HPMCAS LG > HPMCAS MG > HPMCAS HG. These results confirm that FDM 3D printing makes it possible not only to manufacture delayed release printlets without the need for an outer enteric coating, but it is also feasible to adapt the release profile in response to the personal characteristics of the patient, realizing the full potential of additive manufacturing in the development of personalised dose medicines. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Risk of error estimated from Palestine pharmacists' knowledge and certainty on the adverse effects and contraindications of active pharmaceutical ingredients and excipients.

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    Shawahna, Ramzi; Al-Rjoub, Mohammed; Al-Horoub, Mohammed M; Al-Hroub, Wasif; Al-Rjoub, Bisan; Al-Nabi, Bashaaer Abd

    2016-01-01

    This study aimed to investigate community pharmacists' knowledge and certainty of adverse effects and contraindications of pharmaceutical products to estimate the risk of error. Factors influencing their knowledge and certainty were also investigated. The knowledge of community pharmacists was assessed in a cross-sectional design using a multiple-choice questions test on the adverse effects and contraindications of active pharmaceutical ingredients and excipients from May 2014 to March 2015. Self-rated certainty scores were also recorded for each question. Knowledge and certainty scores were combined to estimate the risk of error. Out of 315 subjects, 129 community pharmacists (41.0%) completed the 30 multiple-choice questions test on active ingredients and excipients. Knowledge on active ingredients was associated with the year of graduation and obtaining a licence to practice pharmacy. Knowledge on excipients was associated with the degree obtained. There was higher risk of error in items on excipients than those on ingredients (PPalestine was insufficient with high risk of errors. Knowledge of community pharmacists on the safety issues of active ingredients and excipients need to be improved.

  7. ¹³C solid-state NMR analysis of the most common pharmaceutical excipients used in solid drug formulations, Part I: Chemical shifts assignment.

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    Pisklak, Dariusz Maciej; Zielińska-Pisklak, Monika Agnieszka; Szeleszczuk, Łukasz; Wawer, Iwona

    2016-04-15

    Solid-state NMR is an excellent and useful method for analyzing solid-state forms of drugs. In the (13)C CP/MAS NMR spectra of the solid dosage forms many of the signals originate from the excipients and should be distinguished from those of active pharmaceutical ingredient (API). In this work the most common pharmaceutical excipients used in the solid drug formulations: anhydrous α-lactose, α-lactose monohydrate, mannitol, sucrose, sorbitol, sodium starch glycolate type A and B, starch of different origin, microcrystalline cellulose, hypromellose, ethylcellulose, methylcellulose, hydroxyethylcellulose, sodium alginate, magnesium stearate, sodium laurilsulfate and Kollidon(®) were analyzed. Their (13)C CP/MAS NMR spectra were recorded and the signals were assigned, employing the results (R(2): 0.948-0.998) of GIPAW calculations and theoretical chemical shifts. The (13)C ssNMR spectra for some of the studied excipients have not been published before while for the other signals in the spectra they were not properly assigned or the assignments were not correct. The results summarize and complement the data on the (13)C ssNMR analysis of the most common pharmaceutical excipients and are essential for further NMR studies of API-excipient interactions in the pharmaceutical formulations. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. The Cumulative Daily Tolerance Levels of Potentially Toxic Excipients Ethanol and Propylene Glycol Are Commonly Exceeded in Neonates and Infants

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    Valeur, Kristine Svinning; Hertel, Steen Axel; Lundstrøm, Kaare Engell

    2018-01-01

    Polymedicated neonates and young infants may be at risk of harmful cumulative exposure to toxic excipients like ethanol, propylene glycol and benzyl alcohol during routine clinical care. The aim of this study was to calculate the cumulative daily alcohol exposure (mg/kg/day) in polymedicated....... In total, 45% (n = 288) of patients were exposed to an alcohol of interest; 2% (n = 14) were exposed to benzyl alcohol (BA), 38% (n = 237) to ethanol and 23% (n = 146) to propylene glycol (PG). Of the total number of prescriptions involving ethanol-containing medicinal products (n = 334), 51% would alone...

  9. Lipolysis of the semi-solid self-emulsifying excipient Gelucire 44/14 by digestive lipases.

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    Fernandez, Sylvie; Rodier, Jean-David; Ritter, Nicolas; Mahler, Bruno; Demarne, Frédéric; Carrière, Frédéric; Jannin, Vincent

    2008-08-01

    Gelucire 44/14 is a semi-solid self-emulsifying excipient used for the oral delivery of poorly water-soluble drugs. It is composed of C8-C18 acylglycerols and PEG-32 esters, all of which are potential substrates for digestive lipases. Here we studied the lipolysis of Gelucire 44/14 by porcine pancreatic extracts, human pancreatic juice and several purified digestive lipases. Human pancreatic lipase (HPL), the main lipase involved in the digestion of triacylglycerols, did not show any significant activity on Gelucire 44/14 or on either of its individual compounds, C8-C18 acylglycerols and PEG-32 esters. Other pancreatic lipases such as human pancreatic lipase-related protein 2 (HPLRP2) showed low activity on Gelucire 44/14 although the highest activity of HPLRP2 was that observed on the C8-C18 acylglycerol fraction, which accounts for 20% (w/w) of Gelucire 44/14. In addition, HPLRP2 showed low activities on the PEG-32 esters, whether these were tested individually or mixed together. Carboxyl ester hydrolase (CEH) showed high activity on Gelucire 44/14, and the highest activities of CEH were those recorded on the total PEG-32 ester fraction and on each individual PEG-32 ester, except for PEG-32 monostearate. The highest activity of all the enzymes tested was that of dog gastric lipase (DGL) on Gelucire 44/14, although DGL showed low activity on the PEG-32 ester fraction and on each individual PEG-32 ester. We compared the lipolysis of Gelucire 44/14 with that of Labrasol, another self-emulsifying excipient, which is liquid at room temperature. Human pancreatic juice showed similar rates of activity on both Gelucire 44/14 and Labrasol. This finding means that these excipients are hydrolyzed in vivo during pancreatic digestion, mainly by CEH in the case of Gelucire 44/14 and by both HPLRP2 and CEH in that of Labrasol, whereas HPL showed very low activities on each of these two excipients. This is the first time the effects of PEG and acyl chain length on the lipolytic

  10. Novel multifunctional pharmaceutical excipients derived from microcrystalline cellulose-starch microparticulate composites prepared by compatibilized reactive polymer blending.

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    Builders, Philip F; Bonaventure, Agbo M; Tiwalade, Adelakun; Okpako, Larry C; Attama, Anthony A

    2010-03-30

    The choice of excipients remains a critical factor in pharmaceutical formulations. Microcrystalline cellulose-maize starch composites (MCC-Mst) have been prepared by mixing colloidal dispersions of microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) with 10% (w/w) of chemically gelatinized maize starch (Mst) at controlled temperature conditions for use as multifunctional excipients with direct compression and enhanced disintegration abilities. The novel excipient was evaluated for its direct compression and enhanced disintegrant properties and the result compared with the properties of the individual components. Some of its physicochemical and thermal properties were also determined together with effects of freeze-thaw cycles of processing on the functional and physicochemical properties. The scanning electron micrograph (SEM) shows that the particles of the MCC-Mst were irregular in shape and multiparticulate with a marked degree of asperity. The indirect assessment of the powder flow properties as determined by Carr's compressibility index and angle of repose showed that the MCC-Mst possesses better flow compared with MCC and Mst. MCC-Mst is moderately hygroscopic and shows a Type III moisture sorption isotherm. The FT-IR spectra and DSC thermograms of the composite were different from those of MCC and Mst. The hardness of aspirin tablets was enhanced by incorporating MCC-Mst and MCC, but was reduced by Mst. While the tablets prepared with MCC-Mst and Mst disintegrated within 7min, aspirin compacts devoid of any excipient and those prepared with MCC did not disintegrate even after 2h. Acetaminophen compacts prepared with MCC and MCC-Mst showed similar compact hardness characteristics and loading properties. The loading capacity of the different samples of the composite decreased with increase in the freeze-thaw cycles. The loading capacity of the different materials as assessed by their compact hardness efficiency can be represented as follows (MCC>T0>T1>T4>T3>T2>Mst). Generally

  11. EPR response characterization of drugs excipients for applying in accident dosimetry; Caracterizacao da resposta RPE dos excipientes dos medicamentos para aplicacao em dosimetria de acidente

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    Marczewski, Barbara S.; Rodrigues Junior, Orlando; Galante, Ocimar L.; Costa, Zelia M. da; Campos, Leticia L. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2002-07-01

    Some drugs are widely used by the population and can be employed to dose retrospective. The carbohydrates (saccharides), commonly used as excipients in the pharmaceutical industry, produce a quantity of free radicals after gamma irradiation, making them useful for dosimetry in emergency or accident situations that imply in dose evaluation from the materials found nearly or in contact with victims. In general, EPR signal from pulverized pills of some drugs are very complex due to the variety of components in the formulation. Because of this fact, some pharmaceutical excipients identified in the pill composition were also analysed by EPR spectrometry. On the counter drugs were studied: Cebion glucose, AAS, Aspirina, Conmel, Lacto-Purga and sugar substitutive ZeroCal. The excipients were: lactose, amide, anhydrous glucose and magnesium stearate. In some samples the number of radicals produced increased with the dose, showing a linear response for a dose range of interest and an adequate sensibility for dosimetry in accident cases.

  12. Physicochemical and Antimicrobial Properties of Cocoa Pod Husk Pectin Intended as a Versatile Pharmaceutical Excipient and Nutraceutical

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    Full Text Available The physicochemical and antimicrobial properties of cocoa pod husk (CPH pectin intended as a versatile pharmaceutical excipient and nutraceutical were studied. Properties investigated include pH, moisture content, ash values, swelling index, viscosity, degree of esterification (DE, flow properties, SEM, FTIR, NMR, and elemental content. Antimicrobial screening and determination of MICs against test microorganisms were undertaken using agar diffusion and broth dilution methods, respectively. CPH pectin had a DE of 26.8% and exhibited good physicochemical properties. Pectin had good microbiological quality and exhibited pseudoplastic, shear thinning behaviour, and high swelling capacity in aqueous media. The DE, FTIR, and NMR results were similar to those of previous studies and supported highly acetylated low methoxy pectin. CPH pectin was found to be a rich source of minerals and has potential as a nutraceutical. Pectin showed dose-dependent moderate activity against gram positive and gram negative microorganisms but weak activity against Listeria spp. and A. niger. The MICs of pectin ranged from 0.5 to 4.0 mg/mL, with the highest activity against E. coli and S. aureus (MIC: 0.5–1.0 mg/mL and the lowest activity against A. niger (MIC: 2.0–4.0 mg/mL. The study has demonstrated that CPH pectin possesses the requisite properties for use as a nutraceutical and functional pharmaceutical excipient.

  13. Physicochemical and Antimicrobial Properties of Cocoa Pod Husk Pectin Intended as a Versatile Pharmaceutical Excipient and Nutraceutical

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    Adi-Dako, Ofosua; Frimpong Manso, Samuel; Boakye-Gyasi, Mariam EL; Sasu, Clement; Pobee, Mike

    2016-01-01

    The physicochemical and antimicrobial properties of cocoa pod husk (CPH) pectin intended as a versatile pharmaceutical excipient and nutraceutical were studied. Properties investigated include pH, moisture content, ash values, swelling index, viscosity, degree of esterification (DE), flow properties, SEM, FTIR, NMR, and elemental content. Antimicrobial screening and determination of MICs against test microorganisms were undertaken using agar diffusion and broth dilution methods, respectively. CPH pectin had a DE of 26.8% and exhibited good physicochemical properties. Pectin had good microbiological quality and exhibited pseudoplastic, shear thinning behaviour, and high swelling capacity in aqueous media. The DE, FTIR, and NMR results were similar to those of previous studies and supported highly acetylated low methoxy pectin. CPH pectin was found to be a rich source of minerals and has potential as a nutraceutical. Pectin showed dose-dependent moderate activity against gram positive and gram negative microorganisms but weak activity against Listeria spp. and A. niger. The MICs of pectin ranged from 0.5 to 4.0 mg/mL, with the highest activity against E. coli and S. aureus (MIC: 0.5–1.0 mg/mL) and the lowest activity against A. niger (MIC: 2.0–4.0 mg/mL). The study has demonstrated that CPH pectin possesses the requisite properties for use as a nutraceutical and functional pharmaceutical excipient. PMID:27066294

  14. Influence of excipients and processing conditions on the development of agglomerates of racecadotril by crystallo-co-agglomeration.

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    Garala, Kevin; Patel, Jaydeep; Patel, Anjali; Raval, Mihir; Dharamsi, Abhay

    2012-10-01

    The purpose of the present investigation was to improve the flow and mechanical properties of racecadotril by a crystallo-co-agglomeration (CCA) technique. Direct tableting is a requirement of pharmaceutical industries. Poor mechanical properties of crystalline drug particles require wet granulation which is uneconomical, laborious, and tedious. The objective of this work was to study the influence of various polymers/excipients and processing conditions on the formation of directly compressible agglomerates of the water-insoluble drug, racecadotril, an antidiarrheal agent. The agglomerates of racecadotril were prepared using dichloromethane (DCM)-water as the crystallization system. DCM acted as a good solvent for racecadotril as well as a bridging liquid for the agglomeration of the crystallized drug and water as the nonsolvent. The prepared agglomerates were tested for micromeritic and mechanical properties. The process yielded ~90 to 96% wt/ wt spherical agglomerates containing racecadotril with the diameter between 299 and 521 μ. A higher rotational speed of crystallization system reduces the size of the agglomerates and disturbs the sphericity. Spherical agglomerates were generated with a uniform dispersion of the crystallized drug. CCA showed excellent flowability and crushing strength. Excipients and processing conditions can play a key role in preparing spherical agglomerates of racecadotril by CCA, an excellent alternative to the wet granulation process to prepare intermediates for direct compression.

  15. Molecular Factors Governing the Liquid and Glassy States Recrystallization of Celecoxib in Binary Mixtures with Excipients of Different Molecular Weights.

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    Grzybowska, K; Chmiel, K; Knapik-Kowalczuk, J; Grzybowski, A; Jurkiewicz, K; Paluch, M

    2017-04-03

    Transformation of poorly water-soluble crystalline pharmaceuticals to the amorphous form is one of the most promising strategies to improve their oral bioavailability. Unfortunately, the amorphous drugs are usually thermodynamically unstable and may quickly return to their crystalline form. A very promising way to enhance the physical stability of amorphous drugs is to prepare amorphous compositions of APIs with certain excipients which can be characterized by significantly different molecular weights, such as polymers, acetate saccharides, and other APIs. By using different experimental techniques (broadband dielectric spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffraction) we compare the effect of adding the large molecular weight polymer-polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP K30)-and the small molecular weight excipient-octaacetylmaltose (acMAL)-on molecular dynamics as well as the tendency to recrystallization of the amorphous celecoxib (CEL) in the amorphous solid dispersions: CEL-PVP and CEL-acMAL. The physical stability investigations of the binary systems were performed in both the supercooled liquid and glassy states. We found that acMAL is a better inhibitor of recrystallization of amorphous CEL than PVP K30 deep in the glassy state (T Tg). We discuss molecular factors governing the recrystallization of amorphous CEL in examined solid dispersions.

  16. Choice of excipients for gelly-like pulp prepared ex tempore "on a spoon"- "placebo" and with sartans.

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    Wolska, Eliza; Kluk, Anna; Zarazińska, Magda; Boniecka, Magdalena; Sznitowska, Małgorzata

    2016-01-01

    To ensure safe oral administration, pediatric patients require an appropriate dosage form to be swallowed without relevant difficulties. Ex tempore hydrated powders, forming viscous pulp "on a spoon", have recently gained much interest as pediatric formulations. The aim of this study was to evaluate the viscosity-increasing substances and disintegrants, alone or in mixtures, as excipients suitable for preparing such formulations, with candesartan and valsartan chosen as model active substances. The mixtures of excipients were prepared in the form of powders, granules or lyophilizates, which were evaluated in terms of their ability to form a homogenous mass after hydration with a small amount of water. The best compositions were tested with candesartan cilexetil and valsartan (2% and 10% w/w, respectively). Performed studies include macroscopic, organoleptic and microscopic observations, as well as a textural analysis, determination of gelation time and rheological measurements. Mixtures of guar gum, lactose and one of the disintegrants (F-Melt M, Prosolv 50, Prosolv Easy, Lycatab, Pharmaburst, Pearlitol) demonstrated the best properties. With regard to drug-incorporating formulations, granules were evaluated as the most satisfying form, while the functional properties of lyophilized formulations were poor. Granules with candesartan cilexetil (2%) were found to be the most promising for further development.

  17. Effect of core size and excipients on the lag time and drug release from a pulsatile drug delivery system.

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    Efentakis, M; Iliopoyloy, A; Siamidi, A

    2011-01-01

    Pulsatile drug delivery system, based on a core-in-cup dry-coated tablet was examined and evaluated. The system consisted of three different parts: a core tablet (with increasing diameter), containing the active ingredient acting as reservoir; an impermeable outer shell; and a top cover layer barrier. The core tablet contained either caffeine or theophylline as model drugs. To investigate and evaluate how the geometrical characteristics of the core tablets, drugs, and excipients influence the behavior of the system presented, namely, lag time and drug release. Drug release exhibited a lag time period dependent on the core tablet size, drug solubility, and characteristics of polymer and polymer mixtures. The lag time was increased by increasing the core tablet diameter and the quantity of soluble lactose in the top cover layer. The quantity and characteristics of materials, the core tablet size, and the erosion of the top cover layer were found to be important factors in controlling the lag time and release. Increase in core tablet diameter resulted in lower lag times and greater release and release rates. Similarly, by increasing sufficiently the quantity of the soluble excipient lactose, in the top layer we observed a decrease of the lag times and an increase of release.

  18. The Effect of Formulation Excipients and Thermal Treatment on the Release Properties of Lisinopril Spheres and Tablets

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    Zoriely Amador Ríos

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Multiparticulate systems are used in the development of controlled release systems. The objective of this study was to determine the effect of the wax level, the type of excipient, and the exposure of the tablets to thermal treatment on drug release. Spheres from multiparticulate system with different wax levels and excipients were developed using the drug Lisinopril and compressed into tablets; these tablets were analyzed to determine the drug release. All tablets contained constant level of Lisinopril (10% w/w and Compritol (30% and 50% w/w. Also, as a diluent, all of them contained 30% w/w Avicel and 30% w/w dibasic calcium phosphate or lactose, or 60% Avicel. Tablets compacted from spheres prepared by extruder/marumerizer and using 30% w/w lipid and 60% Avicel released 84% of drug at six hours of dissolution testing, while tablets of the same composition but prepared using 30% dibasic calcium phosphate and 30% Avicel released 101%. When the tablets were thermally treated, the drug release reduced. As the percent of lipid increased in the formulation, the drug release decreased. Compaction of tablets prepared from spheres with wax has potential for controlling the drug release.

  19. The Effect of Formulation Excipients and Thermal Treatment on the Release Properties of Lisinopril Spheres and Tablets

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    Amador Ríos, Zoriely; Ghaly, Evone Shehata

    2015-01-01

    Multiparticulate systems are used in the development of controlled release systems. The objective of this study was to determine the effect of the wax level, the type of excipient, and the exposure of the tablets to thermal treatment on drug release. Spheres from multiparticulate system with different wax levels and excipients were developed using the drug Lisinopril and compressed into tablets; these tablets were analyzed to determine the drug release. All tablets contained constant level of Lisinopril (10% w/w) and Compritol (30% and 50% w/w). Also, as a diluent, all of them contained 30% w/w Avicel and 30% w/w dibasic calcium phosphate or lactose, or 60% Avicel. Tablets compacted from spheres prepared by extruder/marumerizer and using 30% w/w lipid and 60% Avicel released 84% of drug at six hours of dissolution testing, while tablets of the same composition but prepared using 30% dibasic calcium phosphate and 30% Avicel released 101%. When the tablets were thermally treated, the drug release reduced. As the percent of lipid increased in the formulation, the drug release decreased. Compaction of tablets prepared from spheres with wax has potential for controlling the drug release. PMID:26185757

  20. Performance of combination drug and hygroscopic excipient submicrometer particles from a softmist inhaler in a characteristic model of the airways.

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    Longest, P Worth; Tian, Geng; Li, Xiang; Son, Yoen-Ju; Hindle, Michael

    2012-12-01

    Excipient enhanced growth (EEG) of inhaled submicrometer pharmaceutical aerosols is a recently proposed method intended to significantly reduce extrathoracic deposition and improve lung delivery. The objective of this study was to evaluate the size increase of combination drug and hygroscopic excipient particles in a characteristic model of the airways during inhalation using both in vitro experiments and computational fluid dynamic (CFD) simulations. The airway model included a characteristic mouth-throat (MT) and upper tracheobronchial (TB) region through the third bifurcation and was enclosed in a chamber geometry used to simulate the thermodynamic conditions of the lungs. Both in vitro results and CFD simulations were in close agreement and indicated that EEG delivery of combination submicrometer particles could nearly eliminate MT deposition for inhaled pharmaceutical aerosols. Compared with current inhalers, the proposed delivery approach represents a 1-2 order of magnitude reduction in MT deposition. Transient inhalation was found to influence the final size of the aerosol based on changes in residence times and relative humidity values. Aerosol sizes following EEG when exiting the chamber (2.75-4.61 μm) for all cases of initial submicrometer combination particles were equivalent to or larger than many conventional pharmaceutical aerosols that frequently have MMADs in the range of 2-3 μm.

  1. Physicochemical and Antimicrobial Properties of Cocoa Pod Husk Pectin Intended as a Versatile Pharmaceutical Excipient and Nutraceutical.

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    Adi-Dako, Ofosua; Ofori-Kwakye, Kwabena; Frimpong Manso, Samuel; Boakye-Gyasi, Mariam El; Sasu, Clement; Pobee, Mike

    2016-01-01

    The physicochemical and antimicrobial properties of cocoa pod husk (CPH) pectin intended as a versatile pharmaceutical excipient and nutraceutical were studied. Properties investigated include pH, moisture content, ash values, swelling index, viscosity, degree of esterification (DE), flow properties, SEM, FTIR, NMR, and elemental content. Antimicrobial screening and determination of MICs against test microorganisms were undertaken using agar diffusion and broth dilution methods, respectively. CPH pectin had a DE of 26.8% and exhibited good physicochemical properties. Pectin had good microbiological quality and exhibited pseudoplastic, shear thinning behaviour, and high swelling capacity in aqueous media. The DE, FTIR, and NMR results were similar to those of previous studies and supported highly acetylated low methoxy pectin. CPH pectin was found to be a rich source of minerals and has potential as a nutraceutical. Pectin showed dose-dependent moderate activity against gram positive and gram negative microorganisms but weak activity against Listeria spp. and A. niger. The MICs of pectin ranged from 0.5 to 4.0 mg/mL, with the highest activity against E. coli and S. aureus (MIC: 0.5-1.0 mg/mL) and the lowest activity against A. niger (MIC: 2.0-4.0 mg/mL). The study has demonstrated that CPH pectin possesses the requisite properties for use as a nutraceutical and functional pharmaceutical excipient.

  2. Polymer coating of carrier excipients modify aerosol performance of adhered drugs used in dry powder inhalation therapy.

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    Traini, Daniela; Scalia, Santo; Adi, Handoko; Marangoni, Elisabetta; Young, Paul M

    2012-11-15

    The potential of excipient coating to enhance aerosol performance of micronized drugs in carrier excipient-drug blends, used in dry powder inhalers, was investigated. Both EC (ethyl cellulose) and PVP (polyvinylpyrrolidone) were used as coating agents. Carriers were prepared via sieve fractioning followed by spray drying, with and without polymer additive. Each uncoated and coated carrier salbutamol sulphate (SS) blended systems were evaluated for particle size, morphology, drug carrier adhesion and aerosolisation performance, after blending and storage for 24h. All carrier-based systems prepared had similar particle sizes and morphologies. The surface chemistries of the carriers were significantly different, as was drug-carrier adhesion and aerosolisation performance. Particle adhesion between SS and aerosol performance (fine particle fraction; FPF) followed the rank: PVP coated>un-coated>EC coated lactose. This rank order could be attributed to the surface energy measured by contact goniometry and related to the chemistry of lactose and each polymer. Storage did not significantly affect aerosol performance, however a rank increase in mean FPF value was observed for uncoated and EC coated lactose. Finally, the net electrostatic charge across the aerosol cloud indicated that the EC coated lactose transferred less charge to SS particles. The performance of each carrier system could be attributed to the carrier surface chemistry and, in general, by careful selection of the coating polymer, drug-carrier adhesion, electrostatic charge and aerosol performance could be controlled. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Using the Slug Mucosal Irritation Assay to Investigate the Tolerability of Tablet Excipients on Human Skin in the Context of the Use of a Nipple Shield Delivery System.

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    Kendall, Richard; Lenoir, Joke; Gerrard, Stephen; Scheuerle, Rebekah L; Slater, Nigel K H; Tuleu, Catherine

    2017-04-01

    Neonates are particularly challenging to treat. A novel patented drug delivery device containing a rapidly disintegrating tablet held within a modified nipple shield (NSDS) was designed to deliver medication to infants during breastfeeding. However concerns exist around dermatological nipple tolerability with no pharmaceutical safety assessment guidance to study local tissue tolerance of the nipple and the areola. This is the first Slug Mucosal Irritation (SMI) study to evaluate irritancy potential of GRAS excipients commonly used to manufacture rapidly disintegrating immediate release solid oral dosage form METHODS: Zinc sulphate selected as the antidiarrheal model drug that reduces infant mortality, was blended with functional excipients at traditional levels [microcrystalline cellulose, sodium starch glycolate, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate]. Slugs were exposed to blends slurried in human breast milk to assess their stinging, itching or burning potential, using objective values such as mucus production to categorize irritation potency RESULTS: Presently an in vivo assay, previously validated for prediction of ocular and nasal irritation, was used as an alternative to vertebrate models to anticipate the potential maternal dermatological tolerability issues to NSDS tablet components. The excipients did not elicit irritancy. However, mild irritancy was observed when zinc sulphate was present in blends. These promising good tolerability results support the continued investigation of these excipients within NSDS rapidly disintegrating tablet formulations. Topical local tolerance effects being almost entirely limited to irritation, the slug assay potentially adds to the existing preformulation toolbox, and may sit in between the in vitro and existing in vivo assays.

  4. ¹³C solid-state NMR analysis of the most common pharmaceutical excipients used in solid drug formulations Part II: CP kinetics and relaxation analysis.

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    Pisklak, Dariusz Maciej; Zielińska-Pisklak, Monika; Szeleszczuk, Łukasz; Wawer, Iwona

    2016-04-15

    Excipients used in the solid drug formulations differ in their NMR relaxation and (13)C cross-polarization (CP) kinetics parameters. Therefore, experimental parameters like contact time of cross-polarization and repetition time have a major impact on the registered solid state NMR spectra and in consequence on the results of the NMR analysis. In this work the CP kinetics and relaxation of the most common pharmaceutical excipients: anhydrous α-lactose, α-lactose monohydrate, mannitol, sucrose, sorbitol, sodium starch glycolate type A and B, starch of different origin, microcrystalline cellulose, hypromellose, ethylcellulose, methylcellulose, hydroxyethylcellulose, sodium alginate, magnesium stearate, sodium laurilsulfate and Kollidon(®) were analyzed. The studied excipients differ significantly in their optimum repetition time (from 5 s to 1200 s) and T(1ρ)(I) parameters (from 2 ms to 73 ms). The practical use of those differences in the excipients composition analysis was demonstrated on the example of commercially available tablets containing indapamide as an API. The information presented in this article will help to choose the correct acquisition parameters and also will save the time and effort needed for their optimization in the NMR analysis of the solid drug formulations. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. [A CASE OF ANAPHYLAXIS IN THE PEDIATRIC PATIENT WITH MILK ALLERGY DUE TO TRACES OF MILK PROTEIN IN THE LACTOSE USED AS AN EXCIPIENT OF INAVIR INHALATION].

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    Morikawa, Miki; Kanemitsu, Yoshitomi; Tsukamoto, Hiroki; Morikawa, Akimasa; Tomioka, Yoshihisa

    2016-05-01

    The patient was a 6-year-old female with milk allergy and persistent asthma. She experienced anaphylactic reactions just after the inhalation of Inavir (Laninamivir Octanoate Hydrate) to treat flu infection. A skin-prick test showed positive reactions for Inavir inhaler powder and lactose used as an excipient but negative for Laninamivir. Same results were obtained in a drug-stimulated basophil activation test. The lactose excipient in Inavir inhaler powder was supposed to contain milk proteins, which caused anaphylactic reactions. To test this possibility, we examined the contamination of allergic milk proteins in the lactose excipient and found the smear band by silver staining, which was identified as β-lactoglobulin (β-LG) by Western blotting using specific monoclonal antibody and patient's sera. The β-LG in Inavir was supposed to be glycosylated with lactose because the molecular weight was slightly higher than β-LG standard reference as seen in mobility. In fact, the incubation with lactose in vitro tended to increase molecular weight. Following these results, we herein report that the trace amounts of β-LG contaminated in the lactose excipient of Inavir could cause immediate allergic reactions. The risk that the lactose-containing dry powder inhalers cause allergic reactions for patients with cow's milk allergy need to be reminded. In particular, the use for flu patients should be paid careful attention because of increased airway hypersensitivity in those patients.

  6. Characterisation of a novel, multifunctional, co-processed excipient and its effect on release profile of paracetamol from tablets prepared by direct compression

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    Sylvester Okhuelegbe Eraga

    2015-09-01

    Conclusions: The drug-excipient ratios of 1:3 and 1:4 gave pharmaceutically acceptable tablets that met the British Pharmacopoeia specifications. The t50% value of the 1:4 batch of tablets may find its usefulness in formulating drugs for which a fast onset of action is desired.

  7. Poly(2-ethyl-2-oxazoline) as matrix excipient for drug formulation by hot melt extrusion and injection molding.

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    Claeys, Bart; Vervaeck, Anouk; Vervaet, Chris; Remon, Jean Paul; Hoogenboom, Richard; De Geest, Bruno G

    2012-10-15

    Here we evaluate poly(2-ethyl-2-oxazoline)s (PEtOx) as a matrix excipient for the production of oral solid dosage forms by hot melt extrusion (HME) followed by injection molding (IM). Using metoprolol tartrate as a good water-soluble model drug we demonstrate that drug release can be delayed by HME/IM, with the release rate controlled by the molecular weight of the PEtOx. Using fenofibrate as a lipophilic model drug we demonstrate that relative to the pure drug the dissolution rate is strongly enhanced by formulation in HME/IM tablets. For both drug molecules we find that solid solutions, i.e. molecularly dissolved drug in a polymeric matrix, are obtained by HME/IM. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  8. Role of excipients in hydrate formation kinetics of theophylline in wet masses studied by near-infrared spectroscopy

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    Jørgensen, Anna C; Airaksinen, Sari; Karjalainen, Milja

    2004-01-01

    . Anhydrous theophylline was chosen as the hydrate-forming model drug compound and two excipients, silicified microcrystalline cellulose (SMCC) and alpha-lactose monohydrate, with different water absorbing properties, were used in formulation. An early stage of wet massing was studied with anhydrous...... theophylline and its 1:1 (w/w) mixtures with alpha-lactose monohydrate and SMCC with 0.1g/g of purified water. The changes in the state of water were monitored using near-infrared spectroscopy, and the conversion of the crystal structure was verified using X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD). SMCC decreased...... the hydrate formation rate by absorbing water, but did not inhibit it. The results suggest that alpha-lactose monohydrate slightly increased the hydrate formation rate in comparison with a mass comprising only anhydrous theophylline....

  9. Evaluation of beta-lactose, PVP K12 and PVP K90 as excipients to prepare piroxicam granules using two wet granulation techniques.

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    Albertini, Beatrice; Cavallari, Cristina; Passerini, Nadia; González-Rodríguez, M L; Rodriguez, Lorenzo

    2003-11-01

    The present investigation aimed at evaluating the use of different excipients, beta-lactose and polyvinylpyrrolidone of two molecular weights (PVP K12 and PVP K90), in the production of improved release piroxicam granules, by wet granulation using both water and steam as granulation liquid. The formulations examined were: piroxicam (Px)/beta-lactose; Px/PVP K12 and Px/PVP K90, each one at a 1:9 weight ratio. The most significant difference between beta-lactose and PVP is that, using the first excipient, both steam and water granules were produced while, when PVP were employed, only steam granules were obtained. Image analysis revealed that beta-lactose steam granules had a larger surface area with respect to water granules, whereas lower values of this parameter were observed in PVP-s granules, confirming the Scanning Electron Microscopy micrographs and the fractal analysis results. As regards the enhancement of the dissolution profiles, the best result was obtained using beta-lactose steam granules followed by PVP K12 ones, even if the reactive dimension values indicated that during the dissolution process PVP K12 granules modified the surface more than beta-lactose granules. As regards PVP K90, this excipient was the one less influencing the granule morphology and the dissolution behaviour. Differential Scanning Calorimetry analysis suggested the partial amorphisation of the drug in the granules containing the three excipients. This result was then confirmed by X-ray powder diffraction analysis. Therefore, beta-lactose and PVP K12 could be proposed as useful excipients to enhance the dissolution rate of Px from granules prepared using the steam granulation technique.

  10. Effect of Kollidon VA®64 particle size and morphology as directly compressible excipient on tablet compression properties.

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    Chaudhary, R S; Patel, C; Sevak, V; Chan, M

    2018-01-01

    The study evaluates use of Kollidon VA®64 and a combination of Kollidon VA®64 with Kollidon VA®64 Fine as excipient in direct compression process of tablets. The combination of the two grades of material is evaluated for capping, lamination and excessive friability. Inter particulate void space is higher for such excipient due to the hollow structure of the Kollidon VA®64 particles. During tablet compression air remains trapped in the blend exhibiting poor compression with compromised physical properties of the tablets. Composition of Kollidon VA®64 and Kollidon VA®64 Fine is evaluated by design of experiment (DoE). A scanning electron microscopy (SEM) of two grades of Kollidon VA®64 exhibits morphological differences between coarse and fine grade. The tablet compression process is evaluated with a mix consisting of entirely Kollidon VA®64 and two mixes containing Kollidon VA®64 and Kollidon VA®64 Fine in ratio of 77:23 and 65:35. A statistical modeling on the results from the DoE trials resulted in the optimum composition for direct tablet compression as combination of Kollidon VA®64 and Kollidon VA®64 Fine in ratio of 77:23. This combination compressed with the predicted parameters based on the statistical modeling and applying main compression force between 5 and 15 kN, pre-compression force between 2 and 3 kN, feeder speed fixed at 25 rpm and compression range of 45-49 rpm produced tablets with hardness ranging between 19 and 21 kp, with no friability, capping, or lamination issue.

  11. Gamma sterilization of pharmaceuticals--a review of the irradiation of excipients, active pharmaceutical ingredients, and final drug product formulations.

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    Hasanain, Fatima; Guenther, Katharina; Mullett, Wayne M; Craven, Emily

    2014-01-01

    Sterilization by gamma irradiation has shown a strong applicability for a wide range of pharmaceutical products. Due to the requirement for terminal sterilization where possible in the pharmaceutical industry, gamma sterilization has proven itself to be an effective method as indicated by its acceptance in the European Pharmacopeia and the United States Pharmacopeia ( ). Some of the advantages of gamma over competitive procedures include high penetration power, isothermal character (small temperature rise), and no residues. It also provides a better assurance of product sterility than aseptic processing, as well as lower validation demands. Gamma irradiation is capable of killing microorganisms by breaking their chemical bonds, producing free radicals that attack the nucleic acid of the microorganism. Sterility by gamma irradiation is achieved mainly by the alteration of nucleic acid and preventing the cellular division. This review focuses on the extensive application of gamma sterilization to a wide range of pharmaceutical components including active pharmaceutical ingredients, excipients, final drug products, and combination drug-medical devices. A summary of the published literature for each class of pharmaceutical compound or product is presented. The irradiation conditions and various quality control characterization methodologies that were used to determine final product quality are included, in addition to a summary of the investigational outcomes. Based on this extensive literature review and in combination with regulatory guidelines and other published best practices, a decision tree for implementation of gamma irradiation for pharmaceutical products is established. This flow chart further facilitates the implementation of gamma irradiation in the pharmaceutical development process. The summary therefore provides a useful reference to the application and versatility of gamma irradiation for pharmaceutical sterilization. Many pharmaceutical products

  12. Survivability of freeze-dried probiotic Pediococcus pentosaceus strains GS4, GS17 and Lactobacillus gasseri (ATCC 19992 during storage with commonly used pharmaceutical excipients within a period of 120 days

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    Mayur Bagad

    2017-10-01

    Conclusions: Commonly used excipients can be considered as a vehicle for delivering active principle in probiotic formulation and for sustaining the viability and stability of probiotic strains for a period of 120 d.

  13. Development of pre-activated α-cyclodextrin as a mucoadhesive excipient for intra-vesical drug delivery.

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    Ijaz, Muhammad; Prantl, Maximilian; Lupo, Noemi; Laffleur, Flavia; Hussain Asim, Mulazim; Matuszczak, Barbara; Bernkop-Schnürch, Andreas

    2017-12-20

    The study was designed to synthesize and characterize pre-activated α-cyclodextrin (α-CD) derivatives as mucus adhering excipients for intra-vesical drug delivery. Sodium periodate (NaIO4) was used to oxidize α-CD and subsequently cysteamine was covalently attached to carbonyl groups of oxidized α-CD via reductive amination to produce thiolated α-CD. l-cysteine-2-mercaptonicotinic acid conjugate (Cys-MNA) was covalently attached to carbonyl groups of oxidized α-CD to produce pre-activated α-CD having enhance stability against oxidation at higher pH. Thiolated and pre-activated α-CD derivatives were quantitatively assayed for the attached thiol groups and MNA groups, respectively. Cell viability and tolerability was evaluated via resazurin assay and via red blood cells (RBC) lysis assay, respectively. Mucoadhesive properties were evaluated on porcine bladder mucosa. Trimethoprim (TMP) was encapsulated into thiolated and pre-activated α-CD derivatives and the dissolution behavior was evaluated in vitro. Thiol groups attached to thiolated α-CD derivatives α-CD-SH780 and α-CD-SH1426 were 780±68μmol/g and 1426±66μmol/g, respectively. For the entirely pre-activated α-CD derivatives, α-CD-MNA3609 and α-CD-MNA4285 number of attached MNA groups were 3609±19μmol/g and 4285±43μmol/g, respectively. Thiolated and pre-activated derivatives of α-CD did not show adverse effects to cells determined via resazurin and RBC lysis assays. Mucoadhesion on porcine bladder mucosa was significantly improved for thiolated and pre-activated α-CD derivatives. Thiolated α-CD-SH1426 showed 15-fold and pre-activated α-CD-MNA4285 showed 25-fold improved mucoadhesion compared to unmodified α-CD. Further, pre-activated α-CD-MNA4285 showed 2-fold enhanced dissolution of encapsulated TMP compared to free TMP over 3 h. The study shows that pre-activated α-CD could be an excipient of the choice for the formulations of mucoadhesive intra-vesical drug delivery systems

  14. Bioequivalence studies and sugar-based excipients effects on the properties of new generic ketoconazole tablets formulations and stability evaluation by using direct compression method.

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    Viçosa, Alessandra L; Chatah, Eliane N; Santos, Tereza C; Jones, Luiz F; Dantas, Cide B; Dornelas, Camila B; Rodrigues, Carlos R; Castro, Helena C; Sousa, Valéria P; Dias, Luiza R S; Cabral, Lúcio M

    2009-01-01

    In this work we described the development of a new solid oral formulation of ketoconazole, a broad-spectrum antifungal agent that belongs to the class II of Biopharmaceutics Classification System (BCS). The ketoconazole raw material supplier was selected to present a best flow and compactation. In addition we used direct compression and superdisintegrants associated to polyols to enhance the dissolution of the ketoconazole tablets. The dissolution was evaluated based in level C in vivo/in vitro correlation established. The best formulation was obtained with croscarmellose/maltose association that in the accelerated stability assays presented no differences on quality specifications and no drug-excipients interaction by DSC analyses. In this work it was possible to confirm the use of sugar-based excipients as suitable dissolution enhancers in pharmaceutical technology and real processes conditions.

  15. Quality by Design (QbD) Approach for Development of Co-Processed Excipient Pellets (MOMLETS) By Extrusion-Spheronization Technique.

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    Patel, Hetal; Patel, Kishan; Tiwari, Sanjay; Pandey, Sonia; Shah, Shailesh; Gohel, Mukesh

    2016-01-01

    Microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) is an excellent excipient for the production of pellets by extrusion spheronization. However, it causes slow release rate of poorly water soluble drugs from pellets. Co-processed excipient prepared by spray drying (US4744987; US5686107; WO2003051338) and coprecipitation technique (WO9517831) are patented. The objective of present study was to develop co-processed MCC pellets (MOMLETS) by extrusion-spheronization technique using the principle of Quality by Design (QbD). Co-processed excipient core pellets (MOMLETS) were developed by extrusion spheronization technique using Quality by Design (QbD) approach. BCS class II drug (telmisartan) was layered onto it in a fluidized bed processor. Quality Target Product Profile (QTPP) and Critical Quality Attributes (CQA) for pellets were identified. Risk assessment was reported using Ishikawa diagram. Plackett Burman design was used to check the effect of seven independent variables; superdisintegrant, extruder speed, ethanol: water, spheronizer speed, extruder screen, pore former and MCC: lactose; on percentage drug release at 30 min. Pareto chart and normal probability plot was constructed to identify the significant factors. Box-Behnken design (BBD) using three most significant factors (Extruder screen size, type of superdisintegrant and type of pore former) was used as an optimization design. The control space was identified in which desired quality of the pellets can be obtained. Co-processed excipient core pellets (MOMLETS) were successfully developed by QbD approach. Versatility, Industrial scalability and simplicity are the main features of the proposed research. Copyright© Bentham Science Publishers; For any queries, please email at epub@benthamscience.org.

  16. Investigations of a spray-drying method for producing nanoporous / nano-particulate microparticles (NPMPs) of proteins and protein-excipient composites

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    2009-01-01

    The research, presented in this thesis, concerns the application of a spray-drying method to produce nanoporous/nano-particulate microparticles (NPMPs) of proteins, stabilising excipients and composites. The proposed method, involves spray-drying a solution or suspension of the compound(s) plus possibly a process enhancer (for example, ammonium carbonate) from a co-solvent system consisting of at least two volatile solvents. The potential of NPMPs for inclusion in dry powder formulations for ...

  17. Use of a screening method to determine excipients which optimize the extent and stability of supersaturated drug solutions and application of this system to solid formulation design.

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    Vandecruys, Roger; Peeters, Jef; Verreck, Geert; Brewster, Marcus E

    2007-09-05

    Assessing the effect of excipients on the ability to attain and maintain supersaturation of drug-based solution may provide useful information for the design of solid formulations. Judicious selection of materials that affect either the extent or stability of supersaturating drug delivery systems may be enabling for poorly soluble drug candidates or other difficult-to-formulate compounds. The technique suggested herein is aimed at providing a screening protocol to allow preliminary assessment of these factors based on small to moderate amounts of drug substance. A series of excipients were selected that may, by various mechanisms, affect supersaturation including pharmaceutical polymers such as HMPC and PVP, surfactants such as Polysorbate 20, Cremophor RH40 and TPGS and hydrophilic cyclodextrins such as HPbetaCD. Using a co-solvent based method and 25 drug candidates, the data suggested, on the whole, that the surfactants and the selected cyclodextrin seemed to best augment the extent of supersaturation but had variable benefits as stabilizers, while the pharmaceutical polymers had useful effect on supersaturation stability but were less helpful in increasing the extent of supersaturation. Using these data, a group of simple solid dosage forms were prepared and tested in the dog for one of the drug candidates. Excipients that gave the best extent and stability for the formed supersaturated solution in the screening assay also gave the highest oral bioavailability in the dog.

  18. Powder flow in an automated uniaxial tester and an annular shear cell: a study of pharmaceutical excipients and analytical data comparison.

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    Kuentz, Martin; Schirg, Peter

    2013-09-01

    An automated version of uniaxial powder flow testing has recently been developed and there is a need for experimental data from pharmaceutical powders. To compare the novel testing method with an annular shear cell using different pharmaceutical excipients. A particular aim was to gain an improved understanding of potential differences in the obtained flow results. Nine excipients were studied with both flow testers at different consolidation levels. Unconfined yield strengths were determined at similar major consolidation stresses. Finally, an anisotropic stress factor was calculated and the fractal character of the powders was assessed by means of image analysis in a rotating drum. Data correlated generally well; however, the unconfined yield strength from uniaxial testing resulted mostly in lower values compared to annular shear cell testing. Differences were specific for the given excipients and mannitol demonstrated the highest discrepancy of measured flow parameters. The differences were first discussed by considering wall friction, anisotropy of forces, brittleness as well as the fractal nature of the powder surface. This heterogeneity of the powder as well as the anisotropy of forces was also found to be important for the relative flow index. The automated uniaxial method demonstrated faster and more reproducible flow testing as compared to an annular shear cell. Therefore, the new method has a high potential in pharmaceutics for example in the quality-control of powders.

  19. Application of percolation model to the tensile strength and the reduced modulus of elasticity of three compacted pharmaceutical excipients.

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    Busignies, Virginie; Leclerc, Bernard; Porion, Patrice; Evesque, Pierre; Couarraze, Guy; Tchoreloff, Pierre

    2007-09-01

    Percolation theory has been applied to several mechanical properties of pharmaceutical tablets. This power law describes the change of tablet's properties with the relative density. It defines critical tablet densities from which the mechanical properties start to change. The exponent in the law is expected to be universal for a mechanical property and numerical values are proposed in the literature. In this work, the percolation model was applied to the tensile strength and the reduced modulus of elasticity (obtained from surface indentation test) of three compacted pharmaceutical excipients (a microcrystalline cellulose, a lactose and an anhydrous calcium phosphate). Two approaches were proposed. First, the exponent was kept constant and equal to the values used in the literature (2.7 for the tensile strength and 3.9 for the reduced modulus of elasticity). Secondly, the critical tablet density (i.e. the percolation threshold) and the exponent were determined from the model. In the first approach, the percolation thresholds were higher than the relative tapped density. Using the second approach, the experimentally determined exponents were not close to the values of the literature and the critical relative densities were higher than the relative tapped density or equal to zero. Then, this study showed that the exponent seems not universal and that the model must be used carefully.

  20. The influence of stevia on the flow, shear and compression behavior of sorbitol, a pharmaceutical excipient for direct compression.

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    Hurychová, Hana; Ondrejček, Pavel; Šklubalová, Zdenka; Vraníková, Barbora; Svěrák, Tomáš

    2018-02-01

    Good flow and compaction properties are necessary for the manipulation of particulate material in the pharmaceutical industry. The influence of the addition of an alternative sweetener, rebaudioside A, in a concentration 0.2% w/w and 0.5% w/w on the flow, shear and compaction properties of sorbitol for direct compaction, Merisorb® 200, was investigated in this work. Rebaudioside A worsened the flow properties of sorbitol: the Hausner ratio, the compressibility index and the mass flow rate through the aperture of a model hopper. Using a Jenike shear cell revealed a significant increase in cohesion leading to the decrease of the flow function; moreover, the addition of rebaudioside A increased the total energy for compression of tablets and plasticity estimated by the force-displacement method. Finally, the tablets showed a higher tensile strength and needed longer time to disintegrate compared to the tablets made of sorbitol itself. In view of the results for the free-flowable excipient, sorbitol, the effects of stevia even for a 0.2% w/w concentration have to be carefully considered, particularly whenever used in pharmaceutical formulations of poor flow properties.

  1. A study of the compaction process and the properties of tablets made of a new co-processed starch excipient.

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    Mužíková, Jitka; Eimerová, Irena

    2011-05-01

    This article deals with the study of the energetic relationships during compaction and the properties of tablets produced from a co-processed excipient based on starch and called StarCap 1500®. This article compares it with the substance Starch1500®. The study also includes the mixtures of StarCap 1500® and the granulated directly compressible lactose Pharmatose DCL®15. The tablet properties tested included tensile strength and disintegration time, examined in dependence on compression force, and also a 0.4% addition of magnesium stearate. The results show a better compressibility of StarCap 1500 in comparison with Starch 1500 and a lower elastic component of energy. The tablets were stronger and disintegrated more rapidly, but the substance possessed a higher sensitivity to an addition of a lubricant than Starch 1500. Increasing portions of StarCap 1500 in the mixtures with Pharmatose DCL 15 increased the tensile strength of tablets, disintegration period as well as the sensitivity to an addition of a lubricant. From the energetic viewpoint, energy for friction was decreasing, while the energy accumulated by the tablet during compaction and the elastic component of energy were increased.

  2. Evaluation of excipients for enhanced thermal stabilization of a human type 5 adenoviral vector through spray drying.

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    LeClair, Daniel A; Cranston, Emily D; Xing, Zhou; Thompson, Michael R

    2016-06-15

    We have produced a thermally stable recombinant human type 5 adenoviral vector (AdHu5) through spray drying with three excipient formulations (l-leucine, lactose/trehalose and mannitol/dextran). Spray drying leads to immobilization of the viral vector which is believed to prevent viral protein unfolding, aggregation and inactivation. The spray dried powders were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, Karl Fischer titrations, and X-ray diffraction to identify the effects of temperature and atmospheric moisture on the immobilizing matrix. Thermal stability of the viral vector was confirmed in vitro by infection of A549 lung epithelial cells. Mannitol/dextran powders showed the greatest improvement in thermal stability with almost no viral activity loss after storage at 20°C for 90days (0.7±0.3 log TCID50) which is a significant improvement over the current -80°C storage protocol. Furthermore, viral activity was retained over short term exposure (72h) to temperatures as high as 55°C. Conversely, all powders exhibited activity loss when subjected to moisture due to amplified molecular motion of the matrix. Overall, a straightforward method ideal for the production of thermally stable vaccines has been demonstrated through spray drying AdHu5 with a blend of mannitol and dextran and storing the powder under low humidity conditions. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Utilization of nanoemulsions to enhance bioactivity of pharmaceuticals, supplements, and nutraceuticals: Nanoemulsion delivery systems and nanoemulsion excipient systems.

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    Aboalnaja, Khaled Omer; Yaghmoor, Soonham; Kumosani, Taha Abdullah; McClements, David Julian

    2016-09-01

    The efficacy of many hydrophobic bioactives (pharmaceuticals, supplements, and nutraceuticals) is limited due to their relatively low or highly variable bioavailability. Nanoemulsions consisting of small lipid droplets (r nanoemulsion-based approaches to control these processes and improve bioavailability are discussed: nanoemulsion delivery systems (NDS) and nanoemulsion excipient systems (NES). In NDS, hydrophobic bioactives are dissolved within the lipid phase of oil-in-water nanoemulsions. In NES, the bioactives are present within a conventional drug, supplement, or food, which is consumed with an oil-in-water nanoemulsion. Examples of NDS and NES utilization to improve bioactive bioavailability are given. Considerable progress has been made in nanoemulsion design, fabrication, and testing. This knowledge facilitates the design of new formulations to improve the bioavailability of pharmaceuticals, supplements, and nutraceuticals. NDS and NES must be carefully designed based on the major factors limiting the bioavailability of specific bioactives. Research is still required to ensure these systems are commercially viable, and to demonstrate their safety and efficacy using animal and human feeding studies.

  4. Evaluation of Three Chitin Metal Silicate Co-Precipitates as a Potential Multifunctional Single Excipient in Tablet Formulations

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    Rana Al-Shaikh Hamid

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available The performance of the novel chitin metal silicate (CMS co-precipitates as a single multifunctional excipient in tablet formulation using direct compression and wet granulation methods is evaluated. The neutral, acidic, and basic drugs Spironolactone (SPL, ibuprofen (IBU and metronidazole (MET, respectively, were used as model drugs. Commercial Aldactone®, Fleximex® and Dumazole® tablets containing SPL, IBU and MET, respectively, and tablets made using Avicel® 200, were used in the study for comparison purposes. Tablets of acceptable crushing strength (>40 N were obtained using CMS. The friability values for all tablets were well below the maximum 1% USP tolerance limit. CMS produced superdisintegrating tablets (disintegration time < 1 min with the three model drugs. Regarding the dissolution rate, the sequence was as follow: CMS > Fleximex® > Avicel® 200, CMS > Avicel® 200 > Dumazole® and Aldactone® > Avicel® 200 > CMS for IBU, MET and SPL, respectively. Compressional properties of formulations were analyzed using density measurements and the compression Kawakita equation as assessment parameters. On the basis of DSC results, CMS co precipitates were found to be compatible with the tested drugs. Conclusively, the CMS co-precipitates have the potential to be used as filler, binder, and superdisintegrant, all-in-one, in the design of tablets by the direct compression as well as wet granulation methods.

  5. Determination of As, Cd, Hg and Pb in continuous use drugs and excipients by plasma-based techniques in compliance with the United States Pharmacopeia requirements

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    da Silva, Caroline Santos; Pinheiro, Fernanda Costa; do Amaral, Clarice Dias Britto; Nóbrega, Joaquim Araújo

    2017-12-01

    Some inorganic impurities are toxic to human health even when present at low concentrations and therefore must be carefully monitored in products as continuous use drugs. This work aimed the development of a simple microwave-assisted digestion procedure for different types of drugs and excipients and the analytical determination of elemental impurities according to the new regulations of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) 232 and 233 using inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES) or inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Eight drugs samples and two excipients of different brands were microwave-assisted digested with inverse aqua regia. Addition and recovery experiments were performed according to J values, once permissible daily exposure value is specific for each element and estimated according to the maximum daily dose of drug indicated by the label. Samples were spiked with values of 1.5J in order to check accuracies for As, Cd, Hg, and Pb. Recoveries obtained by ICP-OES ranged from 75 to 148% and for ICP-MS ranged from 74 to 120%. The limits of detection for ICP-OES ranged from 0.4 to 17 mg kg- 1 and for ICP-MS from 7.4 to 41.6 μg kg- 1. Both analytical methods were adequate in terms of accuracies and sensitivities. Considering the maximum daily dose, all drugs samples and excipients contained As, Cd, Hg and Pb below the maximum limits stipulated by USP since all of them presented contents below respective limits of detection.

  6. Characterization of cellulose biomass for use as an excipient in pharmaceutical field; Caracterizacao de biomassa de celulose para utilizacao como excipiente na area farmaceutica

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    Garcia, Keth R.; Turella, Tais C.; Santos, Venina dos; Brandalise, Rosmary N. [Universidade de Caxias do Sul (UCS), Caxias do Sul, RS (Brazil). Centro de Ciencias Exatas e da Tecnologia; Angeli, Valeria W., E-mail: rnbranda@ucs.br [Universidade de Caxias do Sul (UCS), Caxias do Sul, RS (Brazil). Centro de Ciencias Biologicas e da Saude

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    Every day the industry of paper and cellulose discards large amounts of waste. An alternative to reuse this kind of biomass is to transform part of it in cellulose nanocrystals and nanofibrils to be used as excipients in pharmaceutical field. Thus, cellulose fibrils were obtained in nanoscale using mill and fibrils' characterization study were performed by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, thermal analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, infrared Fourier transform and X-rays diffraction. Hence, the methodology used to obtain and characterize nanocellulose was effective and the fibers/fibrils lengths are in nanometer dimension with high potential to apply in the pharmaceutical field. (author)

  7. Influence of excipients, drugs, and osmotic agent in the inner core on the time-controlled disintegration of compression-coated ethylcellulose tablets.

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    Lin, Shan-Yang; Lin, Kung-Hsu; Li, Mei-Jane

    2002-09-01

    The effect of excipient, drug, and osmotic agent loaded in the inner core tablet on the time-controlled disintegration of compression-coated tablet prepared by direct compression with micronized ethylcellulose was investigated. The excipients [spray-dried lactose, hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose, sodium starch glycolate, microcrystalline cellulose, different drugs (sodium diclofenac: model drug, salbutamol sulfate, and theophylline anhydrate) and osmotic agent (sodium chloride)] were used to formulate the composition of the inner core tablet. The result indicates that drug release from all the compression-coated tablets was characterized by a distinctive lag of time followed by a faster drug release, dependent on the types of excipient and drug, and osmotic agent used in the inner core tablet. Respectively, the lag of time was 8.5, 12.4, 14.6, or 15.8 h for spray-dried lactose, hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose, sodium starch glycolate, or microcrystalline cellulose-loaded inner core tablet, as compared with 16.4 h for an inner core made of sodium diclofenac alone. The direct-compressible excipients such as spray-dried lactose, sodium starch glycolate, and microcrystalline cellulose seemed not to illustrate a marked disintegration function to rapidly rapture the outer coating layer. The lag of time was only slightly shortened from 16.4 to 14.6 h, >24 to 17.8 h, or >24 to 21.3 h for sodium diclofenac, theophylline anhydrate, or salbutamol sulfate incorporated with sodium starch glycolate into the inner core tablet, respectively, suggesting that sodium starch glycolate did not perform its superdisintegration. Once an osmotic agent of sodium chloride was incorporated into the inner core tablet, the lag of time for the compression-coated tablet was markedly shortened to sodium chloride added, the less the time of lag obtained. Osmotic pressure did have a key role in controlling the drug dissolution. The present result implies that osmotic function is more suitable than

  8. Excipientes de medicamentos e as informações da bula Pharmaceutical excipients and the information on drug labels

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    Aracy Pereira Silveira Balbani

    2006-06-01

    preservatives, dyes, sweeteners and flavouring substances in 73 pharmaceutical preparations of 35 medicines for oral administration, according to drug labeling information about the excipients. METHODS: 35 medications were selected, both over-the-counter and prescription durgs, marketed in Brazil. The sample included: analgesic/antipyretic, antimicrobial, mucoregulatory, cough and cold, decongestant, antihistamine, bronchodilator, corticosteroid, antiinflammatory and vitamin medications. We collected data on 73 preparations of these drugs, according to drug labeling information regarding preservatives, dyes, sweeteners and flavourings. RESULTS: Methylparaben and propylparaben were the most common preservatives found (43% and 35.6% respectively. The most common sweeteners were: sucrose (sugar (53.4%, sodium saccharin (38.3% and sorbitol (36.9%. Twenty-one medicines (28,7% contained two sweeteners. Colourless medicines predominated (43.8%, followed by those with sunset yellow dye (FD&C yellow no. 6 (15%. Five products (6.8% contained more than one colour agent. Tartrazine (FD&C yellow no. 5 was present in seven preparations (9.5%. Fruit was the most common flavouring found (83%. Labelings of drugs which contained sugar frequently omitted its exact concentration (77%. Of the four labelings of medicines which contained aspartame, two did not warn patients regarding phenylketonuria. CONCLUSION: Omission and inacuracy of drug labeling information on pharmaceutical excipients may expose susceptible individuals to adverse reactions caused by preservatives and dyes. Complications of inadvertent intake of sugar-containing medicines by diabetics, or aspartame intake by patients with phenylketonuria may also occur.

  9. Evaluation of the light scattering and the turbidity microtiter plate-based methods for the detection of the excipient-mediated drug precipitation inhibition.

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    Petruševska, Marija; Urleb, Uroš; Peternel, Luka

    2013-11-01

    The excipient-mediated precipitation inhibition is classically determined by the quantification of the dissolved compound in the solution. In this study, two alternative approaches were evaluated, one is the light scattering (nephelometer) and other is the turbidity (plate reader) microtiter plate-based methods which are based on the quantification of the compound precipitate. Following the optimization of the nephelometer settings (beam focus, laser gain) and the experimental conditions, the screening of 23 excipients on the precipitation inhibition of poorly soluble fenofibrate and dipyridamole was performed. The light scattering method resulted in excellent correlation (r>0.91) between the calculated precipitation inhibitor parameters (PIPs) and the precipitation inhibition index (PI(classical)) obtained by the classical approach for fenofibrate and dipyridamole. Among the evaluated PIPs AUC100 (nephelometer) resulted in only four false positives and lack of false negatives. In the case of the turbidity-based method a good correlation of the PI(classical) was obtained for the PIP maximal optical density (OD(max), r=0.91), however, only for fenofibrate. In the case of the OD(max) (plate reader) five false positives and two false negatives were identified. In conclusion, the light scattering-based method outperformed the turbidity-based one and could be reliably used for identification of novel precipitation inhibitors. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Aerosolization Characteristics of Dry Powder Inhaler Formulations for the Excipient Enhanced Growth (EEG) Application: Effect of Spray Drying Process Conditions on Aerosol Performance

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    Son, Yoen-Ju; Longest, P. Worth; Hindle, Michael

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this study was to develop a spray dried submicrometer powder formulation suitable for the excipient enhanced growth (EEG) application. Combination particles were prepared using the Buchi Nano spray dryer B-90. A number of spray drying and formulation variables were investigated with the aims of producing dry powder formulations that were readily dispersed upon aerosolization and maximizing the fraction of submicrometer particles. Albuterol sulfate, mannitol, L-leucine, and poloxamer 188 were selected as a model drug, hygroscopic excipient, dispersibility enhancer and surfactant, respectively. Formulations were assessed by scanning electron microscopy and aerosol performance following aerosolization using an Aerolizer® dry powder inhaler (DPI). In vitro drug deposition was studied using a realistic mouth-throat (MT) model. Based on the in vitro aerosolization results, the best performing submicrometer powder formulation consisted of albuterol sulfate, mannitol, L-leucine and poloxamer 188 in a ratio of 30:48:20:2, containing 0.5% solids in a water:ethanol (80:20% v/v) solution which was spray dried at 70 °C. The submicrometer particle fraction (FPF1μm/ED) of this final formulation was 28.3% with more than 80% of the capsule contents being emitted during aerosolization. This formulation also showed 4.1% MT deposition. The developed combination formulation delivered a powder aerosol developed for the EEG application with high dispersion efficiency and low MT deposition from a convenient DPI device platform. PMID:23313343

  11. Influence of Excipients and Spray Drying on the Physical and Chemical Properties of Nutraceutical Capsules Containing Phytochemicals from Black Bean Extract

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    Daniel Guajardo-Flores

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Black beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L. are a rich source of flavonoids and saponins with proven health benefits. Spray dried black bean extract powders were used in different formulations for the production of nutraceutical capsules with reduced batch-to-batch weight variability. Factorial designs were used to find an adequate maltodextrin-extract ratio for the spray-drying process to produce black bean extract powders. Several flowability properties were used to determine composite flow index of produced powders. Powder containing 6% maltodextrin had the highest yield (78.6% and the best recovery of flavonoids and saponins (>56% and >73%, respectively. The new complexes formed by the interaction of black bean powder with maltodextrin, microcrystalline cellulose 50 and starch exhibited not only bigger particles, but also a rougher structure than using only maltodextrin and starch as excipients. A drying process prior to capsule production improved powder flowability, increasing capsule weight and reducing variability. The formulation containing 25.0% of maltodextrin, 24.1% of microcrystalline cellulose 50, 50% of starch and 0.9% of magnesium stearate produced capsules with less than 2.5% weight variability. The spray drying technique is a feasible technique to produce good flow extract powders containing valuable phytochemicals and low cost excipients to reduce the end-product variability.

  12. Application of design space optimization strategy to the development of LC methods for simultaneous analysis of 18 antiretroviral medicines and 4 major excipients used in various pharmaceutical formulations.

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    Habyalimana, Védaste; Mbinze, Jérémie Kindenge; Yemoa, Achille Loconon; Waffo, Christelle; Diallo, Tidiane; Tshilombo, Nicodème Kalenda; Ntokamunda, Justin-Léonard Kadima; Lebrun, Pierre; Hubert, Philippe; Marini, Roland Djang'eing'a

    2017-05-30

    As one of the world's most significant public health challenges in low- and middle-income countries, HIV/AIDS deserves to be treated with appropriate medicines, however which are not spared from counterfeiting. For that, we developed screening and specific HPLC methods that can analyze 18 antiretroviral medicines (ARV) and 4 major excipients. Design of experiments and design space methodology were initially applied for 15 ARV and the 4 excipients with prediction thanks to Monte Carlo simulations and focusing on rapidity and affordability thus using short column and low cost organic solvent (methanol) in gradient mode with 10mM buffer solutions of ammonium hydrogen carbonate. Two other specific methods dedicated to ARV in liquid and in solid dosage formulations were also predicted and optimized. We checked the ability of one method for the analysis of a fixed-dose combination composed by emtricitabine/tenofovir/efavirenz in tablet formulations. Satisfying validation results were obtained by applying the total error approach taking into account the accuracy profile as decision tool. Then, the validated method was applied to test two samples coded A and B, and claimed to contain the tested ARV. Assay results were satisfying only for sample B. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Preparation and characterization of spray-dried powders intended for pulmonary delivery of insulin with regard to the selection of excipients.

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    Razavi Rohani, Seyed Salman; Abnous, Khalil; Tafaghodi, Mohsen

    2014-04-25

    The aim of this study was to produce microparticles with optimal aerodynamic diameter for deep lung delivery (i.e., 1-3μm) of a protein drug intended for systemic absorption, using a combination of generally regarded as safe (GRAS) excipients. Based on the preliminary experiments, mannitol, l-alanine, sodium alginate, chitosan and dipalmitoylphosphatidilcholine (DPPC) were chosen as excipients and human insulin as a model protein drug. Dry powders were prepared by spray-drying. Powders with varying yields (29-80%) and low tapped densities (0.22-0.38 g/cm(3)) were obtained. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) revealed distinctive particle morphologies among formulations from isolated spherical to highly folded particles. Aerodynamic properties were assessed by next generation impactor (NGI). Mass median aerodynamic diameter (MMAD) and fine particle fraction (FPF) ranged from 2.1 to 4.6 μm and 46 to 81%, respectively. A comparative study of protein release from microparticles was conducted in vitro using an open membrane system with more than 50% cumulative release in all formulations which followed different kinetic models. Insulin's integrity was investigated by spectrofluorimetry and electrophoresis, and no tangible changes were observed in the structure of insulin. Of the formulations studied, the third, containing mannitol/sodium alginate/insulin/sodium citrate showed promising characteristics, optimal for systemic delivery of proteins via deep lung deposition. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. Aerosolization characteristics of dry powder inhaler formulations for the excipient enhanced growth (EEG) application: effect of spray drying process conditions on aerosol performance.

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    Son, Yoen-Ju; Worth Longest, P; Hindle, Michael

    2013-02-25

    The aim of this study was to develop a spray dried submicrometer powder formulation suitable for the excipient enhanced growth (EEG) application. Combination particles were prepared using the Buchi Nano spray dryer B-90. A number of spray drying and formulation variables were investigated with the aims of producing dry powder formulations that were readily dispersed upon aerosolization and maximizing the fraction of submicrometer particles. Albuterol sulfate, mannitol, L-leucine, and poloxamer 188 were selected as a model drug, hygroscopic excipient, dispersibility enhancer and surfactant, respectively. Formulations were assessed by scanning electron microscopy and aerosol performance following aerosolization using an Aerolizer dry powder inhaler (DPI). In vitro drug deposition was studied using a realistic mouth-throat (MT) model. Based on the in vitro aerosolization results, the best performing submicrometer powder formulation consisted of albuterol sulfate, mannitol, L-leucine and poloxamer 188 in a ratio of 30:48:20:2, containing 0.5% solids in a water:ethanol (80:20%, v/v) solution which was spray dried at 70 °C. The submicrometer particle fraction (FPF(1 μm/ED)) of this final formulation was 28.3% with more than 80% of the capsule contents being emitted during aerosolization. This formulation also showed 4.1% MT deposition. The developed combination formulation delivered a powder aerosol developed for the EEG application with high dispersion efficiency and low MT deposition from a convenient DPI device platform. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Poly(DL-lactic acid) as a direct compression excipient in controlled release tablets - Part I. Compaction behaviour and release characteristics of poly(DL-lactic acid) matrix tablets

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    Steendam, R; Lerk, CF

    1998-01-01

    High-molecular weight poly(DL-lactic acid) (PDLA, M-v 85000) was applied as a direct compression excipient in controlled release tablets. PDLA powders with good flowing properties were obtained by milling pre-cooled PDLA granules. Apparent yield pressure values ranged from 44 to 71 MPa for

  16. Comparison of the effect of two excipients (karite nut butter and vaseline on the efficacy of Cocos nucifera, Elaeis guineensis and Carapa procera oil-based repellents formulations against mosquitoes biting in Ivory Coast

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    Konan Y.L.

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available Repellents in the form of dermal pomades are recommended as a protection against awakening and bedtime mosquito bites. If synthesis repellents are available, they are nevertheless not common and the prices remain out of reach for the communities concerned. The people therefore have to resort more and more to traditional concoctions, some of which have been shown to be effective. After demonstrating that oil-based formulations (lotions, creams, pomades of Cocos nucifera (coconut, Elaeis guineensis (oil palm and Carapa procera (gobi were effective against mosquitoes, it became necessary to study the impact of the two excipients used in their manufacture, on the effectiveness of the repellents. Experiments were carried with Anopheles gambiae and Aedes aegypti under lobaratory conditions and any other mosquitoes collected under field conditions in Ivory Coast. The laboratory results indicate that the average protection times obtained with formulations with karite nut butter as excipient (54.8 ± 37.0 mn and 74.6 ± 26.4 mn respectively on An. gambiae and Ae. aegypti are higher than those recorded with vaseline as excipient (respectively 42.7 ± 30.0 mn and 60.8 ± 33.9 mn. On the other hand, under field conditions, the biting rate percentage reduction obtained with the products with karite nut butter and vaseline excipient were similar (respectively 29.8 % and 35.9 % for all mosquitoes collected and 45.7 % and 47.4 % against An. gambiae. Nevertheless, the use of karite nut butter on repellent products should be encouraged because its sale price is very lower (10 time less than the vaseline's.

  17. Selective imaging of active pharmaceutical ingredients in powdered blends with common excipients utilizing two-photon excited ultraviolet-fluorescence and ultraviolet-second order nonlinear optical imaging of chiral crystals.

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    Toth, S J; Madden, J T; Taylor, L S; Marsac, P; Simpson, G J

    2012-07-17

    Second order nonlinear optical imaging of chiral crystals (SONICC) and two-photon excited fluorescence measurements [both autofluorescence and two-photon excited UV-fluorescence (TPE-UVF)] were assessed for the selective detection of APIs relative to common pharmaceutical excipients. Active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) compose only a small percentage of most tabulated formulations, yet the API distribution within the tablet can affect drug release and tablet stability. Complementary measurements using either UV-SONICC (266 nm detection) or TPE-UVF were shown to generate signals >50-fold more intense for a model API (griseofulvin) than those produced by common pharmaceutical excipients. The combined product of the measurements produced signals >10(4)-fold greater than the excipients studied. UV-SONICC or TPE-UVF produced greater selectivity than analogous measurements with visible-light detection, attributed to the presence of aromatic moieties within the API exhibiting strong one and two photon absorption at ~266 nm. Complementary SONICC and fluorescence measurements allowed for the sensitive detection of the three-dimensional distribution of tadalafil within a Cialis tablet to a depth of >140 μm.

  18. A novel pharmaceutical excipient: Coprecipitation of calcium and magnesium silicate using brine-seawater in date palm cellulose as an absorbing host

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    Mohammad Hamaidi

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available This research aims to produce a cost competitive and innovative pharmaceutical additive with multi-purpose use in the pharmaceutical industry from Saudi Arabia natural resources and bio-wastes. The waste substance, brine, and the naturally occurring compound, sodium silica, were reacted together to produce water insoluble calcium and magnesium silicate salts [WISS]. The purity index WISS was compared with synthetic Mg silicae.The produced particle size was 1.994 µm. Date palm cellulose [DPC] with a high purity index [0.99] was produced from the biomass waste of date palm tree. DPC was used as a host for coprecipitation of synthetic calcium magnesium silicate within its intimate structures. The interaction between the cellulose polymer and silicates is physical in nature. WISS-DPC was more flowable than DPC. In SEM, the particles of DPC were fibrous and irregular in shape, while WISS-DPC showed more regular shape than DPC. Tablets prepared from WISS-DPC were harder and had lower disintegration time at all compression forces compared to those made from DPC. The produced excipient had excellent compaction and disintegration properties and could be used as a superdisintegrant and tablet binder in pharmaceutical industries.

  19. On the role of API in determining porosity, pore structure and bulk modulus of the skeletal material in pharmaceutical tablets formed with MCC as sole excipient.

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    Ridgway, Cathy; Bawuah, Prince; Markl, Daniel; Zeitler, J Axel; Ketolainen, Jarkko; Peiponen, Kai-Erik; Gane, Patrick

    2017-06-30

    The physical properties and mechanical integrity of pharmaceutical tablets are of major importance when loading with active pharmaceutical ingredient(s) (API) in order to ensure ease of processing, control of dosage and stability during transportation and handling prior to patient consumption. The interaction between API and excipient, acting as functional extender and binder, however, is little understood in this context. The API indomethacin is combined in this study with microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) at increasing loading levels. Tablets from the defined API/MCC ratios are made under conditions of controlled porosity and tablet thickness, resulting from different compression conditions, and thus compaction levels. Mercury intrusion porosimetry is used to establish the accessible pore volume, pore size distribution and, adopting the observed region of elastic intrusion-extrusion at high pressure, an elastic bulk modulus of the skeletal material is recorded. Porosity values are compared to previously published values derived from terahertz (THz) refractive index data obtained from exactly the same tablet sample sets. It is shown that the elastic bulk modulus is dependent on API wt% loading under constant tablet preparation conditions delivering equal dimensions and porosity. The findings are considered of novel value in respect to establishing consistency of tablet production and optimisation of physical properties. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Antisolvent crystallization of pharmaceutical excipients from aqueous solutions and the use of preferred orientation in phase identification by powder X-ray diffraction.

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    Crisp, J L; Dann, S E; Blatchford, C G

    2011-04-18

    Crystallization of lactose from 10% (w/v) aqueous solutions was investigated with the use of polar antisolvents. Crystal growth was observed at 50-65% antisolvent content and showed a morphological transition from a polyhedral to needle-like habit with increasing antisolvent content, which coincided with a polymorphic transition from alpha lactose monohydrate (Lα·H(2)O) to beta lactose (Lβ). Where dehydrating antisolvents were employed such as methanol and ethanol, evidence of Lα·H(2)O dehydration to form Lα(S) was also observed at 95% antisolvent content. Powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) analysis of the crystals highlighted the preferred orientation effects exhibited by large crystals of this kind, indicating the difficulties experienced by the non-specialist when performing phase identification of lactose polymorphs. The same studies were applied to raffinose pentahydrate, trehalose dihydrate and mannitol to assess the effects of crystallization conditions on other pharmaceutical excipients. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. PREPARATION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF CO-PROCESSED EXCIPIENT-PREGELATINIZED CASSAVA STARCH PROPIONATE AS A MATRIX IN THE GASTRORETENTIVE DOSAGE FORM

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    Junaedi

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available The gastroretentive dosage form is designed to prolong the gastric residence time of the drug delivery system whichalso results in the development of an appropriate excipient. The purpose of this study is to develop and characterize coprocessedexcipient made from carrageenan (kappa-iota = 1:1 and pregelatinized cassava starch propionate (PCSP inratios of 1:1, 1:2, and 1:3. PCSP was prepared with propionic anhydride in an aqueous medium. The product was mixedwith carrageenan (kappa-iota = 1:1, as well as characterized physicochemical and functional properties. The coprocessedexcipient was then used as a mucoadhesive granule and floating tablet. The USP Basket was selected toperform the dissolution test of the granules in HCl buffer (pH 1.2 and distilled water for 8 hours each. Mucoadhesiveproperties were evaluated using bioadhesive through a vitro test and wash-off test. As for the floating tablet, the USPPaddle was selected to perform the dissolution test of the tablets in 0.1 N HCl for 10 hours. The floating lag time andfloating time were tested in 0.1 N HCl for 24 hours. The result of these studies indicated that co-processed excipientcarrageenan-PCSP can retard dosage form in gastric and drug controlled release, thus making it a suitable material forthe gastroretentive dosage form.

  2. Solutions as solutions--synthesis and use of a liquid polyester excipient to dissolve lipophilic drugs and formulate sustained-release parenterals.

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    Asmus, Lutz R; Gurny, Robert; Möller, Michael

    2011-11-01

    Solid poly(lactides) and poly(lactide-co-glycolides) are widely used polymers for sustained-release parenterals. However, they have some unfavorable properties regarding manufacturing of the formulations and administration to the patient due to their solid aggregate state. In contrast, hexyl-substituted poly(lactic acid) (hexPLA, poly(2-hydroxyoctanoic acid)) is a viscous degradable polyester. To date, a two-step ring-opening polymerization was used for its synthesis. Here, we investigated a novel one-pot one-step melt polycondensation method to prepare hexPLA for biomedical applications by a simple green chemistry process. No catalyst or solely pharmaceutically acceptable catalysts and environmentally friendly purification methods without organic solvents were used. The resulting hexPLA polymers are stable under dry heat sterilization conditions. Low molecular weight hexPLAs with less than 5000 g/mol are less viscous than high molecular weight polymers. HexPLA can dissolve lipophilic active substances, with generally high incorporation capacities in low molecular weight polymers. The incorporation of solid compounds increases the viscosity and glass transition temperature, whereas the addition of small amounts of plasticizers or sparse warming significantly decreases the viscosity. Loratadine is soluble in hexPLA up to 28%. This highly concentrated Loratadine-hexPLA formulation released the active compound entirely over 14 days without initial burst in a zero order kinetic, matching the clinical requirements for such a sustained-release formulation. This demonstrates the potential of hexPLA as an excipient for injectable sustained-release formulations. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Determination of ambroxol hydrochloride, guaifenesin, and theophylline in ternary mixtures and in the presence of excipients in different pharmaceutical dosage forms.

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    Abdelwahab, Nada S

    2012-01-01

    Determination of ternary mixtures of ambroxol hydrochloride, guaifenesin, and theophylline with minimum sample pretreatment and without analyte separation has been successfully achieved by using chemometric and RP-HPLC methods. The developed chemometric models are partial least squares (PLS) and genetic algorithm coupled with PLS. Data of the analyses were obtained from UV-Vis spectra of the studied drugs in different concentration ranges. These models have been successfully updated to be applied for determination of the proposed drugs in Farcosolvin syrup and in the presence of a syrup excipient (methyl paraben). In the developed RP-HPLC method, chromatographic runs were performed on an RP-C18 analytical column with the isocratic mobile phase 0.05 M phosphate buffer-methanol-acetonitrile-triethylamine (63.5 + 27.5 + 9 + 0.25, v/v/v/v, pH 5.5 adjusted with orthophosphoric acid) at a flow rate of 1.2 mL/min. The analytes were detected and quantified at 220 nm. The method was optimized in order to obtain good resolution between the studied components and to prevent interference from methyl paraben. Method validation was performed with respect to International Conference on Harmonization guidelines and the validation acceptance criteria were met in all cases. The proposed methods can be considered acceptable for QC of the studied drugs in pharmaceutical capsules and syrup. The results obtained by the suggested chemometric methods for determination of the studied mixture in different pharmaceutical preparations were statistically compared to those obtained by applying the developed RP-HPLC method, and no significant difference was found.

  4. Development and Validation of a Chromatography Method Using Tandem UV/Charged Aerosol Detector for Simultaneous Determination of Amlodipine Besylate and Olmesartan Medoxomil: Application to Drug-Excipient Compatibility Study.

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    Brondi, Ariadne M; Garcia, Jerusa S; Trevisan, Marcello G

    2017-01-01

    A study was carried out to investigate compatibility of amlodipine besylate and olmesartan medoxomil with a variety of pharmaceutical excipients. Both drugs are antihypertensive agents that can be administered alone, in monotherapy, or in pharmaceutical association. The studies were performed using binary and ternary mixtures, and samples were stored for 3 and 6 months at 40°C under 75% relative humidity and dry conditions. For this study, a method based on high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) was developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of amlodipine besylate and olmesartan medoxomil in samples from pharmaceutical preformulation studies using diode array detector (DAD) and charged aerosol detector (CAD). The runtime per sample was 10 min with retention time of 7.926 min and 4.408 min for amlodipine and olmesartan, respectively. The validation was performed according to ICH guidelines. The calibration curve presents linear dynamic range from 12 to 250  μ g mL -1 for amlodipine and from 25 to 500  μ g mL -1 for olmesartan with coefficient of determination ( R 2  ≥ 0.9908) while repeatability and reproducibility (expressed as relative standard deviation) were lower than 1.0%. The excipients such as corn starch, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate, polyvinyl alcohol, talc, polyvinylpyrrolidone, lactose monohydrate, and polyethylene glycol showed potential incompatibilities after accelerated stability testing.

  5. Development and Validation of a Chromatography Method Using Tandem UV/Charged Aerosol Detector for Simultaneous Determination of Amlodipine Besylate and Olmesartan Medoxomil: Application to Drug-Excipient Compatibility Study

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    Ariadne M. Brondi

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available A study was carried out to investigate compatibility of amlodipine besylate and olmesartan medoxomil with a variety of pharmaceutical excipients. Both drugs are antihypertensive agents that can be administered alone, in monotherapy, or in pharmaceutical association. The studies were performed using binary and ternary mixtures, and samples were stored for 3 and 6 months at 40°C under 75% relative humidity and dry conditions. For this study, a method based on high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC was developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of amlodipine besylate and olmesartan medoxomil in samples from pharmaceutical preformulation studies using diode array detector (DAD and charged aerosol detector (CAD. The runtime per sample was 10 min with retention time of 7.926 min and 4.408 min for amlodipine and olmesartan, respectively. The validation was performed according to ICH guidelines. The calibration curve presents linear dynamic range from 12 to 250 μg mL−1 for amlodipine and from 25 to 500 μg mL−1 for olmesartan with coefficient of determination (R2 ≥ 0.9908 while repeatability and reproducibility (expressed as relative standard deviation were lower than 1.0%. The excipients such as corn starch, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate, polyvinyl alcohol, talc, polyvinylpyrrolidone, lactose monohydrate, and polyethylene glycol showed potential incompatibilities after accelerated stability testing.

  6. Structure elucidation and quantification of impurities formed between 6-aminocaproic acid and the excipients citric acid and sorbitol in an oral solution using high-resolution mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

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    Schou-Pedersen, Anne Marie V; Cornett, Claus; Nyberg, Nils

    2015-01-01

    and cyclized 6-aminocaproic acid, i.e., caprolactam. No reaction products between d-sorbitol and 6-aminocaproic acid could be observed. 3-Hydroxy-3,4-dicarboxy-butanamide-N-hexanoic acid, dimer and caprolactam were also observed after storage at 20 °C for 3 months. The findings imply that an oral solution of 6......Concentrated solutions containing 6-aminocaproic acid and the excipients citric acid and sorbitol have been studied at temperatures of 50 °C, 60 °C, 70 °C and 80 °C as well as at 20 °C. It has previously been reported that the commonly employed citric acid is a reactive excipient......, and it is therefore important to thoroughly investigate a possible reaction between 6-aminocaproic acid and citric acid. The current study revealed the formation of 3-hydroxy-3,4-dicarboxy-butanamide-N-hexanoic acid between 6-aminocaproic acid and citric acid by high-resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS) and nuclear...

  7. Structure elucidation and quantification of impurities formed between 6-aminocaproic acid and the excipients citric acid and sorbitol in an oral solution using high-resolution mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

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    Schou-Pedersen, Anne Marie V; Cornett, Claus; Nyberg, Nils; Østergaard, Jesper; Hansen, Steen Honoré

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    Concentrated solutions containing 6-aminocaproic acid and the excipients citric acid and sorbitol have been studied at temperatures of 50°C, 60°C, 70°C and 80°C as well as at 20°C. It has previously been reported that the commonly employed citric acid is a reactive excipient, and it is therefore important to thoroughly investigate a possible reaction between 6-aminocaproic acid and citric acid. The current study revealed the formation of 3-hydroxy-3,4-dicarboxy-butanamide-N-hexanoic acid between 6-aminocaproic acid and citric acid by high-resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS) and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR). Less than 0.03% of 6-aminocaproic acid was converted to 3-hydroxy-3,4-dicarboxy-butanamide-N-hexanoic acid after 30 days of storage at 80°C. Degradation products of 6-aminocaproic acid were also observed after storage at the applied temperatures, e.g., dimer, trimer and cyclized 6-aminocaproic acid, i.e., caprolactam. No reaction products between D-sorbitol and 6-aminocaproic acid could be observed. 3-Hydroxy-3,4-dicarboxy-butanamide-N-hexanoic acid, dimer and caprolactam were also observed after storage at 20°C for 3 months. The findings imply that an oral solution of 6-aminocaproic acid is relatively stable at 20°C at the pH values 4.00 and 5.00 as suggested in the USP for oral formulations. Compliance with the ICH guideline Q3B is expected. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Estudio de compatibilidad química del extracto seco de Rhizophora mangle L. y diferentes excipientes farmacéuticos por análisis térmico Study of chemical compatibility of Rhizophora mangle L. dry extract and of different pharmaceutical excipients using thermal analysis

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    Tania Pérez Bueno

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available En el presente trabajo se aplicó una de las técnicas más representativas que conforman el análisis térmico, la calorimetría diferencial de barrido, para estudiar la compatibilidad entre el extracto seco de Rhizophora mangle L. y distintos excipientes preseleccionados para la obtención de formulaciones a partir de esta especie vegetal. Se obtuvo como resultado la no interacción química entre el extracto vegetal seco y los excipientes.In present paper authors applied one of the more representative techniques conforming the thermal analysis, the differential scanning clometry to study the compatibility among the Rhizophora mangle L. dry extract and different excipients selected to obtain the formulae from this vegetal species. As result, it was possible to obtain the non-chemical interaction between the dry vegeral extract and the excipients ones.

  9. Comparative study of excipients for propanolol hydrochloryde tablets prepared by means of diferent techniques Estudo comparativo de excipientes em diferentes técnicas de preparação de comprimidos de cloridrato de propranolol

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    Cinara Maistro Mamprim

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    Full Text Available Systemic arterial hipertension (SAH is one of the major factors in cardiovascular risk, since it contributes to the existence of more than 500 thousand cases of cerebral vascular accidents (CVA, 150 thousand deaths by cerebral hemorrhage and approximately a million myocardium infarctions (IAM. In Brazil, it is estimated that about 15% of the adult population can be considered hypertensive. Hypertension can be prevented by changes in lifestyle, although in most cases, the treatment with drugs becomes necessary. Propranolol hydrochloride is the drug chosen for the hypertensive elderly population who has had myocardium infarctation previously. The drug is commercially available as injections, solutions, capsules and tablets. Tablets can be prepared using three different techniques. The most used technique is the granulation by moisture. With the advance of new excipients available in the market for the Pharmaceutical Industry, a more simple and economical technique became possible, improving the physical and chemical stability of the product, reaching the goal of getting more efficient and safer medicine. The purpose of this study was to develop formulations of propranolol hydrochloride tablets through the variation of excipients and manufacture techniques. The propranolol hydrochloryde tablets were stored at 37o C and 50o C with 90% UR for 90 days, and analysed in pre-established time intervals the formulations were evaluated as for the physical and physical-chemical aspects.   A hipertensão arterial sistêmica (HAS é um dos mais importantes fatores de risco cardiovascular uma vez que contribui, mundialmente, com mais de 500 mil casos de acidentes cerebrovasculares (AVC, 150 mil mortes por hemorragia cerebral e aproximadamente um milhão de infartos de miocárdio (IAM. No Brasil estima-se que cerca de15% dos indivíduos adultos possam ser rotulados como hipertensos. A hipertensão pode ser prevenida com a mudança no estilo de vida, embora na

  10. Potentially harmful excipients in neonatal medicines

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    Nellis, Georgi; Metsvaht, Tuuli; Varendi, Heili

    2015-01-01

    region, GA and route of administration. Geographical region remained a significant determinant of the use of parabens, polysorbate 80, propylene glycol and saccharin sodium after adjustment for the potential covariates including anatomical therapeutic chemical class of the active ingredient. CONCLUSIONS...

  11. Peroral insulin delivery : new concepts and excipients

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    Sadeghi, Assal M.M.

    2008-01-01

    A number of chitosan derivatives were synthesized and compared to the previously synthesized derivatives for their permeation enhancing activity. Using these derivatives insulin nanoparticles were prepared and their effect was compared to the free polymer and insulin in Caco-2 cells. The results

  12. Reaction between drug substances and pharmaceutical excipients

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    Larsen, Jesper; Cornett, Claus; Jaroszewski, Jerzy Witold

    2009-01-01

    spectroscopy. Heating a mixture of solid carvedilol and solid citric acid monohydrate for 96h at 50 degrees C resulted in the formation of about 3% of a symmetrical ester as well as of a number of other reaction products in smaller amounts. Formation of the symmetrical ester was also observed at room......The reactivity of citric acid towards drug substances in the solid state was examined using the beta-blocker carvedilol as a model compound. The reaction mixtures were analysed by LC-MS, the reaction products were isolated by preparative HPLC, and the structures were elucidated by microprobe NMR...... temperature. At 70 degrees C, the amounts of three isomeric esters formed reached 6-8%. The minor reaction products were citric acid amides, O-acetylcarvedilol, and esters of itaconic acid....

  13. Presença de excipientes com potencial para indução de reações adversas em medicamentos comercializados no Brasil The presence of pharmaceutical excipients as possible cause of adverse drug reactions (ADR - situation in Brazil

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    Antonio Vinicios Alves da Silva

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Os excipientes farmacêuticos podem ser os responsáveis por inúmeras Reações Adversas a Medicamentos (RAM. O objetivo do trabalho foi identificar a presença de possíveis excipientes indutores de RAM em medicamentos comercializados no Brasil. Foram listados os 12 produtos mais vendidos no mercado brasileiro para análise. A detecção dos excipientes ocorreu a partir da consulta à composição da fórmula farmacêutica dos produtos, realizada de Agosto a Setembro/04, no Dicionário de Especialidades Farmacêuticas, sites SAC do laboratório produtor, e ficha técnica disponível no site da ANVISA. A identificação dos excipientes, possíveis causadores de RAM, foi realizada a partir de consulta à literatura. Foram identificadas 35 apresentações farmacêuticas, 26 classificadas como medicamentos de venda livre (71,4% e 15 de uso pediátrico (42,8%. Entre os excipientes identificados (n=100, nove eram possíveis causadores de RAM: metilparabeno, propilparabeno, corante amarelo tartrazina, bissulfito de sódio, benzoato de sódio, lactose, cloreto de benzalcônio, sorbitol e álcool benzílico, sendo identificados em sete apresentações de uso pediátrico (18,9% e doze de venda livre (32,4%. Os resultados demonstram a necessidade de maior atenção por parte dos profissionais de saúde, dos usuários de medicamentos e da avaliação pelos sistemas de farmacovigilância, da presença de excipientes como possíveis indutores de RAM.Pharmaceutical excipients can be responsible for many ADR. The objectives of this study were to identify the presence of possible excipients as cause of ADR in drugs commercialized in Brazil. Twelve medicines with high indices of sales in Brazil, were selected to analysis. The bibliographic research about the Pharmaceutical Preparations (PP was carried from August to September/04. The sources of information used were Pharmaceutical Specialties Dictionary, web sites and customer services from the manufacturers

  14. Estudios organolépticos, fisicoquímicos, microbiológicos e interacción con excipientes farmacéuticos de un extracto purificado de cera de Apis mellifera Organoleptic, physicochemical and microbiological studies and its interaction with pharmaceutical excipients of a purified extract from Apis mellifera wax

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    Víctor Luis González Canavaciolo

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available El D-002, ingrediente activo antioxidante extraído de la cera de abejas Apis mellifera, fue caracterizado desde el punto de vista físicoquímico, de igual forma se analizó su interacción con excipientes de interés farmacéutico. El D-002 es un polvo fluido inodoro de color blanco a crema, con pérdidas por secado £ 1 %; es insoluble en agua y etanol, y muy ligeramente soluble en otros disolventes orgánicos. Su composición, determinada por cromatografía de gases, fue: 1-tetracosanol (6-15 %, 1-hexacosanol (7-20 %, 1-octacosanol (12-20 %, 1-triacontanol (25-35 % 1-dotriacontanol (18-25 % y 1-tetratriacontanol (£ 7,5 %, para una pureza ³ 85 %. Fue estable durante 5 años en la zona climática IV y su análisis por calorimetría diferencial de barrido mostró 2 transiciones de fusión a 59,0 y 81,1 °C sin descomposición, una alta estabilidad térmica hasta 200 °C, así como la ausencia de interacciones con lactosa, almidón, croscarmelosa sódica, polivinil pirrolidona, celulosa microcristalina y estearato de magnesio, lo que posibilita el empleo de estos excipientes en la formulación de las tabletas.The D002, an antioxidant active ingredient extracted from the Apis mellifera bees wax was characterized from the physicochemical point of view analyzing its interaction with excipients of pharmaceutical interest. The D-002 is a creamy white odourless fluid powder with losses by £ 1 % dry; it is water and ethanol insoluble and very slightly soluble in other organic solvents. Its composition, determined by gas chromatography was: 1-tetracosanol (6-15 %, 1-hexacosanol (7-20 %, 1-octacosanol (12-20 %, 1-triacontanol (25-35 %, 1-dotriacontanol (18-25 % and 1-tetratriacontaol (£ 7,5 % for ³ 85 % of purity. It remained stable during 5 years in the IV climatic zone and its analysis by differential scanning calorimetry showed 2 fusion transitions at 59.0 and 81.1 °C. without decomposition, a high thermal stability up to 200 °C, as well as a

  15. Characterization of Grewia Gum, a Potential Pharmaceutical Excipient

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    Elijah.I.Nep

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Grewia gum was extracted from the inner stem bark of Grewia mollis and characterized by several techniques such as gas chromatography (GC, gel permeation chromatography (GPC, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC and thermogravimetric analysis of the extracted sample. Spectroscopic techniques such as x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS, fourier-transformed infrared (FT-IR, solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR, and 1H and 13C NMR techniques were also used to characterize the gum. The results showed that grewia gum is a typically amorphous polysaccharide gum containing glucose, rhamnose, galactose, arabinose and xylose as neutral sugars. It has an average molecular weight of 5925 kDa expressed as the pullulan equivalent. The gum slowly hydrated in water, dispersing and swelling to form a highly viscous dispersion exhibiting pseudoplastic flow behaviour. The polysaccharide gum is thermally stable and may have application as stabilizer or suspending agent in foods, cosmetics and in pharmaceuticals. It may have application as a binder or sustained-release polymer matrix in tablets or granulations.

  16. Formulation and evaluation of antipsoriatic gel using natural excipients

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    Raghupatruni Jhansi Laxmi

    2013-01-01

    Conclusions: In vitro anti-psoriatic activity of F3 showed the significant orthokeratosis in the mouse tail test when compared to control thus indicating that the formulation is effective in treating psoriasis.

  17. Incorporation of Certain Hydrophobic Excipients in the Core of Melt ...

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    Purpose: A process of melt granulation whereby the drug powder is mixed with a melted wax has been used to modify the dissolution rates of drug particles. The present study investigated how the incorporation of hydrophobic materials (talc or magnesium stearate) in the core of such granules may further retard drug ...

  18. THE SKIN TOLERANCE OF SHEA FAT EMPLOYED AS EXCIPIENT ...

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    The objective of this survey was to pool and analyze information on any subliminal or incidental skin irritation or sensitivity to the products gathered from both long-term and recent users of the products. High concentrations (45%, 75%) of Nigerian shea fat in preparations employed in the pilot study were neither irritant nor ...

  19. Physical stability of amorphous acetanilide derivatives improved by polymer excipients.

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    Miyazaki, Tamaki; Yoshioka, Sumie; Aso, Yukio

    2006-08-01

    Crystallization rates of drug-polymer solid dispersions prepared with acetaminophen (ACA) and p-aminoacetanilide (AAA) as model drugs, and polyvinylpyrrolidone and polyacrylic acid (PAA) as model polymers were measured in order to further examine the significance of drug-polymer interactions. The crystallization of AAA and ACA was inhibited by mixing those polymers. The most effective inhibition was observed with solid dispersions of AAA and PAA. The combination of AAA and PAA showed a markedly longer enthalpy relaxation time relative to drug alone as well as a higher T(g) than predicted by the Gordon-Taylor equation, indicating the existence of a strong interaction between the two components. These observations suggest that crystallization is effectively inhibited by combinations of drug and polymer that show a strong intermolecular interaction due to proton transfer between acidic and basic functional groups.

  20. Effect of Reprocessing and Excipient Characteristics on Ibuprofen ...

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  1. Templated nucleation of acetaminophen on spherical excipient agglomerates.

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    Quon, Justin L; Chadwick, Keith; Wood, Geoffrey P F; Sheu, Iris; Brettmann, Blair K; Myerson, Allan S; Trout, Bernhardt L

    2013-03-12

    We investigated the effect of spherical agglomeration of heterogeneous crystalline substrates on the nucleation of acetaminophen (AAP). Optical and electron microscopy showed that the surface morphologies of single crystal triclinic lactose and D-mannitol differed significantly from their counterparts formed via spherical agglomeration. Spherical agglomerates of lactose were shown to enhance the nucleation rate of acetaminophen (AAP) by a factor of 11 compared to single crystal lactose; however, no such enhancement was observed for D-mannitol. X-ray powder diffraction identified the presence of new crystal faces of lactose present only in the spherical agglomerates However, D-mannitol did not show any significant change in crystal morphology. The new crystal faces of triclinic lactose were analyzed using geometric lattice matching software and molecular dynamics simulations to establish any new and significant epitaxial matches between lactose and AAP. A coincident lattice match and a large favorable energy interaction from hydrogen bonding were observed between the (141¯) and (001) crystal faces of lactose and AAP, respectively. The enhanced nucleation kinetics, X-ray data, and computational studies indicated that the spherical crystallization of lactose exposed the (141¯) face on the surface of the agglomerates, which subsequently enhanced the nucleation rate of AAP through geometric lattice matching and molecular functionality. This study highlights the importance of exploring different heterogeneous substrate morphologies for enhancing nucleation kinetics.

  2. Cellactose a co-processed excipient: a comparison study.

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    Arida, Adi I; Al-Tabakha, Moawia M

    2008-01-01

    This article describes the differences in compaction properties between microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) and alpha-lactose monohydrate physical mixture, and microcrystalline cellulose co-processed with alpha-lactose monohydrate (Cellactose). The different compaction parameters are not only compared for the pure materials but also for the lubricated powders with magnesium stearate. Magnesium stearate does not facilitate the densification of either the physical mixture or Cellactose during compaction. The difference in tablet relaxation of the physical mixture and Cellactose indicates that the negative effect of the lubricant on the interparticle bonding of Cellactose particles is smaller than the physical mixture particles because after compaction, the structure in the Cellactose tablet is completely different from that in the physical mixture tablet. However, a larger increase in tablet relaxation at a high compression speed was found for both Cellactose and the physical mixture at different lubricant concentrations: 1.0% and 0.0%. Accordingly, the decrease in tablet strength was larger for the physical mixture tablets than for the Cellactose tablets when lubrication was applied. The examination of the tablet strengths of tablets compressed from physical mixtures of different ratios of alpha-lactose monohydrate and MCC proved the positive effect of cellulose on the tensile strength of tablets. Co-processing of MCC with alpha-lactose monohydrate showed extra contribution on the tablet strength of a physical mixture with the same mixing ratio. This extra contribution of Cellactose was attributed only to the interfacial attraction of the particles.

  3. Excipients in Oral Antihistamines Can Perpetuate Allergic Contact Dermatitis.

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    Tocci, Elizabeth M; Robinson, Amanda; Belazarian, Leah; Foley, Elizabeth; Wiss, Karen; Silvestri, Dianne L

    2015-01-01

    Propylene glycol is a well-documented causative agent of allergic contact dermatitis (ACD). It is also reported to cause systemic dermatitis after ingestion of foods or medicines containing it and after intravenous injection of a medicine with propylene glycol in its base. We describe two adolescents with sensitivity to propylene glycol confirmed by patch testing whose dermatitis improved dramatically after cessation of oral antihistamines containing propylene glycol. We report these cases to alert providers to the potential for worsening of ACD due to systemic exposure to propylene glycol in patients with a cutaneous sensitivity to the allergen. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  4. Incorporation of Certain Hydrophobic Excipients in the Core of Melt ...

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    been used to modify the dissolution rates of drug particles. The present study investigated how the incorporation of hydrophobic materials (talc or magnesium stearate) in the core of such granules may further retard drug release. Method - The hydrophobic powder was mixed with the drug (paracetamol) powder prior to melt.

  5. Phenolic excipients of insulin formulations induce cell death, pro-inflammatory signaling and MCP-1 release

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    Claudia Weber

    2015-01-01

    Insulin solutions displayed cytotoxic and pro-inflammatory potential caused by phenol or m-cresol. We speculate that during insulin pump therapy phenol and m-cresol might induce cell death and inflammatory reactions at the infusion site in vivo. Inflammation is perpetuated by release of MCP-1 by activated monocytic cells leading to enhanced recruitment of inflammatory cells. To minimize acute skin complications caused by phenol/m-cresol accumulation, a frequent change of infusion sets and rotation of the infusion site is recommended.

  6. Medicated ocular bandages and corneal health: potential excipients and active pharmaceutical ingredients.

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    Zidan, Ghada; Rupenthal, Ilva D; Greene, Carol; Seyfoddin, Ali

    2017-09-21

    Corneal blindness can occur due to improper healing of the corneal tissues after induced injury or abrasion which can be accidental, pathogenic, or after corneal surgery. Abnormal regulation of the healing mechanisms can lead to corneal opacity. Reducing inflammation and promoting epithelial wound healing are crucial for scar-free corneal recovery without eyesight complications. Current approaches for corneal wound healing involve amniotic membrane (AM) bandages, bandage contact lenses (BCL), and collagen shields in conjunction with frequent administration of therapeutic eye drops. The problem with eye drops is poor bioavailability and patient incompliance that might lead to corneal wound healing complications and poor clinical outcomes. Various methods have been proposed for loading drugs into medicated bandage lenses. There are advantages and limitations associated with each technique regarding the ease of manufacture, drug loading, release kinetics, and suitability with various therapeutics and hydrogel types. There is still, however, no drug-eluting corneal bandage on the market despite the need for such a convenient and cost-efficient strategy for corneal wound healing. This review will highlight materials and therapeutics that can be used in medicated ocular bandages and various ways of incorporating drugs, while discussing the limitations and challenges associated with bringing medicated ocular bandages in the market.

  7. Effects of excipients on hydrate formation in wet masses containing theophylline

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    Airaksinen, Sari; Luukkonen, Pirjo; Jørgensen, Anna

    2003-01-01

    Transformations between solid phases in dosage forms can lead to instability in drug release. Thus, it is important to understand mechanisms and kinetics of phase transformations and factors that may influence them. During wet granulation theophylline shows pseudopolymorphic changes that may alter...... is able to take large amounts of water into its internal structure, it was able to inhibit the formation of theophylline monohydrate only at low moisture contents, not at the amounts of water needed to form granules. Both the spectroscopic methods used could identify the hydrate formation even though...

  8. Celecoxib: Nicotinamide Dissociateion: Using Excipients to Capture the Cocrystal's Potential

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    Remenar,J.; Peterson, M.; Stephens, P.; Zhang, Z.; Zimenkov, Y.; Hickey, M.

    2007-01-01

    The cocrystal of celecoxib and nicotinamide (Cel:Nic) was crystallized from chloroform in a 1:1 ratio, and the structure has been solved from powder X-ray diffraction data. The dissolution and solubility of Cel:Nic are medium dependent and can be attributed to differences in conversion of Cel:Nic to celecoxib polymorphs I and III (Cel-I and Cel-III). The presence of low concentrations of surfactants facilitates the rapid conversion of neat Cel:Nic to large aggregates of Cel-III that dissolve more slowly than commercial Cel-III into 1% SDS solution. In contrast, combinations of Cel:Nic with both 1-10% solid SDS and PVP wet rapidly and convert to a mixture of amorphous celecoxib and a micron-sized crystalline celecoxib form IV (Cel-IV), which has recently been shown to be up to 4-fold more bioavailable than marketed Cel-III. More than 90% of the suspended material dissolves within 2 min at 37 C when transferred to 1% SDS solution. This example highlights the importance of exploring the form conversion of cocrystals in aqueous media prior to pharmacokinetic studies, and illustrates the potential of simple formulations to overcome the limitations caused by rapid dissociation of cocrystals and recrystallization of poorly soluble forms in aqueous media.

  9. Celecoxib:Nicotinamide Dissociation: Using Excipients to Capture the Cocrystal's Potential

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    Remenar,J.; Peterson, M.; Stephens, P.; Zhang, Z.; Zimenkov, Y.; Hickey, M.

    2007-01-01

    The cocrystal of celecoxib and nicotinamide (Cel:Nic) was crystallized from chloroform in a 1:1 ratio, and the structure has been solved from powder X-ray diffraction data. The dissolution and solubility of Cel:Nic are medium dependent and can be attributed to differences in conversion of Cel:Nic to celecoxib polymorphs I and III (Cel-I and Cel-III). The presence of low concentrations of surfactants facilitates the rapid conversion of neat Cel:Nic to large aggregates of Cel-III that dissolve more slowly than commercial Cel-III into 1% SDS solution. In contrast, combinations of Cel:Nic with both 1-10% solid SDS and PVP wet rapidly and convert to a mixture of amorphous celecoxib and a micron-sized crystalline celecoxib form IV (Cel-IV), which has recently been shown to be up to 4-fold more bioavailable than marketed Cel-III. More than 90% of the suspended material dissolves within 2 min at 37 C when transferred to 1% SDS solution. This example highlights the importance of exploring the form conversion of cocrystals in aqueous media prior to pharmacokinetic studies, and illustrates the potential of simple formulations to overcome the limitations caused by rapid dissociation of cocrystals and recrystallization of poorly soluble forms in aqueous media.

  10. Understanding the implications of pharmaceutical excipients and additives in the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers.

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    Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Reddy Karri; Gowthamarajan Kuppusamy; Shashank Mulukutla; Sumeet Sood; Rajkumar Malayandi

    2016-01-01

    A diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) is a consequence of Diabetes Mellitus (DM) and involves complex pathological processes. Among diabetic patients DFU is a major cause of deaths resulting from the amputation of the lower limbs. Various treatment strategies have been developed for the treatment of DFUs, but to this date unfortunately no single treatment fulfills the prerequisites necessary for treating this condition due to its complex, multifactorial pathophysiology. Additionaly, costs associated wi...

  11. Cellulose nanofibers as excipient for the delivery of poorly soluble drugs

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    Löbmann, Korbinian; Svagan, Anna J

    2017-01-01

    Poor aqueous solubility of drugs is becoming an increasingly pronounced challenge in the formulation and development of drug delivery systems. To overcome the limitations associated with these problematic drugs, formulation scientists are required to use enabling strategies which often demands...

  12. The influence of orifice height on flow rate of powder excipients.

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    Zatloukal, Z; Sklubalová, Z

    2011-12-01

    The influence of the orifice height of a cylindrical, flat-bottomed hopper on the mass flow rate of the free-flowable size fractions of sodium chloride and boric acid was investigated. It was observed that a zone of sudden acceleration of the mass flow under gravity occurred when a critical orifice height had been achieved. Based on the results, an orifice diameter equal to 12 mm with a height of between 8-16 mm is recommended for the faster flow of sodium chloride while an orifice diameter equal to 8 mm with a height of less than 8mm is appropriate for the slower flow of boric acid. In summary, the orifice height should be taken into consideration as an important parameter of a cylindrical test hopper in order to obtain a reproducible and comparable mass flow as the single-point characteristic of powder flowability.

  13. Introducing Students to Rheological Classification of Foods, Cosmetics, and Pharmaceutical Excipients Using Common Viscous Materials

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    Faustino, Ce´lia; Bettencourt, Ana F.; Alfaia, Anto´nio; Pinheiro, Lídia

    2015-01-01

    Rheological measurements are very important tools for the characterization of the flow and deformation of a material, as well as for optimization of the rheological parameters. The application and acceptance of pharmaceutical formulations, cosmetics, and foodstuffs depends upon their rheological characteristics, such as texture, consistency, or…

  14. SYNTHESIS AND EVALUATION OF β-CYCLODEXTRIN-EPICHLOROHYDRIN INCLUSION COMPLEX AS A PHARMACEUTICAL EXCIPIENT

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    K. N. Poornima

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available A water soluble Beta-cyclodextrin-epichlorohydrin complex (Beta-CDEPI was synthesized by one-step condensation polymerization. Drug- Beta-CDEPI inclusion complexes were prepared and characterized. Inclusion complexes prepared using lyophilization technique was used to formulate orodispersible tablets. Compatibility studies showed no interaction and characterization proved substantial inclusion complex formation. Drug content was found between 97-99%. In-vitro disintegration time was found to be less than 3 minutes and all the formulations showed complete drug release of 100% within 15 minutes. The formulations were found to be stable for a period of 6 months. Beta-CDEPI polymer enhances the solubility and thus effectively can be utilized to improve the aqueous solubility of poorly water soluble drugs.

  15. A COHERENT MATRIX MODEL FOR THE CONSOLIDATION AND COMPACTION OF AN EXCIPIENT WITH MAGNESIUM STEARATE

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    RIEPMA, KA; VROMANS, H; LERK, CF

    1993-01-01

    This paper reports that magnesium stearate sensitivity of brittle materials is not directly related to the degree of fragmentation during compression. A coherent matrix of magnesium stearate, created by the process of dry blending, is highly sustained during consolidation and compaction of the

  16. Flowability characterisation of drug-excipient blends using a novel powder avalanching method.

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    Nalluri, Venkateshwar Rao; Kuentz, Martin

    2010-02-01

    The scope of the work is twofold, first to introduce a new avalanche testing instrument and secondly to characterise flowability of pharmaceutical blends comprising of coarse and fine particles. The results were compared with established powder characterisation instruments like the angular shear cell and a flow through orifice tester. These different methods were applied to a broad concentration range of binary mixtures comprising coarse, well-flowing lactose and micronised, poorly flowing albendazole. Some of the mixtures were further analysed with scanning electron microscopy. The results showed clear changes in the flow behaviour of the mixtures that were considered as critical flow concentrations (CFCs). At least three drug concentrations were observed for which the flow behaviour essentially changed. Accordingly, different flow regions were identified, which were explained on the basis of changed particle packing configurations. A theoretical model successfully provided a first estimation of the initial two CFCs. In conclusion, the novel avalanche testing instrument provided complementary information to conventional flowability methodologies, and a thorough assessment of pharmaceutical blends is needed to avoid CFCs in view of a robust formulation development and hence with respect to building quality into the design of the solid dosage forms. Copyright (c) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Starch/Carbopol spray-dried mixtures as excipients for oral sustained drug delivery.

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    Pringels, E; Ameye, D; Vervaet, C; Foreman, P; Remon, J P

    2005-04-18

    The present study evaluated if mixtures prepared by spray-drying an aqueous dispersion of Amioca starch and Carbopol 974P could be used as matrix for oral sustained drug delivery. The influence of the Amioca/Carbopol 974P ratio (0/100, 25/75, 50/50, 60/40, 85/15, 90/10, 95/5 and 100/0) and the pH and ionic strength (mu) of the dissolution medium on the drug release was investigated. The matrices composed of the spray-dried mixtures with 10% or 15% Carbopol 974P sustained the drug release over the longest time period. At this Carbopol concentration, shear viscosity measurements indicated the formation of an optimal network between the polymer chains of Amioca starch and Carbopol 974P, forming a rigid gel layer offering resistance to erosion during the dissolution experiments.

  18. Amino acids as co-amorphous excipients for simvastatin and glibenclamide

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    Laitinen, Riikka; Löbmann, Korbinian; Grohganz, Holger

    2014-01-01

    to a few drugs and amino acids. To facilitate the rational selection of amino acids, the practical importance of the amino acid coming from the biological target site of the drug (and associated intermolecular interactions) needs to be established. In the present study, the formation of co......-amorphous systems using cryomilling and combinations of two poorly water-soluble drugs (simvastatin and glibenclamide) with the amino acids aspartic acid, lysine, serine, and threonine was investigated. Solid-state characterization with X-ray powder diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry, and Fourier...

  19. 77 FR 12852 - Draft Guidance for Industry on Limiting the Use of Certain Phthalates as Excipients in Center for...

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    2012-03-02

    ... such as softeners of plastics, solvents in perfumes, and additives to nail polish, as well as in... humans are less clear, epidemiological studies suggest that certain phthalates may affect reproductive... environment and the potential consequences of human exposure to phthalates have raised concerns, particularly...

  20. 77 FR 72869 - Guidance for Industry on Limiting the Use of Certain Phthalates as Excipients in Center for Drug...

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    2012-12-06

    ... found in other products for uses such as softeners of plastics, solvents in perfumes, and additives to... phthalates may affect reproductive and developmental outcomes. Other studies have confirmed the presence of... presence of phthalates in the environment and the potential consequences of human exposure to phthalates...

  1. The Competitive Influence of Li+, Na+, K+, Ag+, and H+ on the Fragmentation of a PEGylated Polymeric Excipient

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    Wei, Juan; Bristow, Anthony W. T.; O'Connor, Peter B.

    2015-01-01

    The collisionally activated dissociation (CAD) and electron capture dissociation (ECD) of doubly charged tocopheryl polyethylene glycol succinate (TPGS) have been examined. Li+, Na+, K+, Ag+, and H+ were selected in the study, and the competitive influence of each ion was investigated by fragmenting TPGS attached with two different cations, [M + X1 + X2]2+ (X1 and X2 refer to Li+, Na+, K+, Ag+, H+). For metallic adducts, CAD results show that the dissociation of ionic adducts from the precursor is most likely depending on the binding strength, where the affinity of each ion to the TPGS is in the order of Ag+ ≈ Li+ ˃ Na+ ˃ K+. Introducing more strongly bound adducts increases fragmentation. During ECD, however, the silver cation is lost most easily compared with the other alkali metal ions, but silver also shows a dominant role in producing fragmentations. Moreover, the charge carriers are lost in an order (Ag+ ˃ Na+ ˃ K+ ≥ Li+ where the loss of Ag is most easily) that appears to correlate with the standard reduction potential of the metallic ions (Ag+ ˃ Na+ ˃ K+ ˃ Li+). The ECD results suggest that the reduction potential of the charge carrier could be an important factor influencing the fragmentation, where the ion with a high reduction potential is more effective in capturing electrons, but may also be lost easily before leading to any fragmentation. Finally, a proton has the weakest binding with the TPGS according to the CAD results, and its dissociation in ECD follows the order of the reduction potential (Ag+ ˃ H+ ˃ Na+ ˃ K+ > Li+).

  2. An in vitro evaluation of fenugreek mucilage as a potential excipient for oral controlled-release matrix tablet.

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    Nokhodchi, Ali; Nazemiyeh, Hossein; Khodaparast, Afagh; Sorkh-Shahan, Tarifeh; Valizadeh, Hadi; Ford, J L

    2008-03-01

    A polysaccharide mucilage derived from the seeds of fenugreek, Trigonella foenum-graceum L (family Fabaceae) was investigated for use in matrix formulations containing propranolol hydrochloride. Methocel hypomellose K4M was used as a standard controlled release polymer for comparison purposes. In this study the effect of lactose on the release behaviour of propranolol hydrochloride from matrices formulated to contain the fenugreek mucilage also was investigated. An increase in concentration of the mucilage in matrices resulted in a reduction in the release rate of propranolol hydrochloride comparable to that observed with hypomellose matrices. The rate of release of propranolol hydrochloride from fenugreek mucilage matrices was mainly controlled by the drug:mucilage ratio. However, the mechanism of release from matrices containing drug:mucilage ratios of 1:1, 1:1.25, 1:1.5, and 1:2 remained the same. The kinetics of release, utilising the release exponent n, showed that the values of n were between 0.46-0.57 indicating that the release from fenugreek mucilage matrices was predominantly by diffusion. The presence of lactose in matrices containing mucilage increased the release rate of propranolol hydrochloride. This is due to a reduction in tortuoisity and increased pore size of channels caused by lactose through which propranolol diffuses and therefore diffusion of water into the tablet is facilitated.

  3. Investigation into the degree of variability in the solid-state properties of common pharmaceutical excipients-anhydrous lactose.

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    Gamble, John F; Chiu, Wing-Sin; Gray, Vivienne; Toale, Helen; Tobyn, Michael; Wu, Yongmei

    2010-12-01

    This paper reports the batch-to-batch and vendor-to-vendor variations in the solid-state characteristics of multiple batches of lactose anhydrous from each of three vendors and the subsequent impact of these differences on processability and/or functionality.

  4. Comparative evaluation of drug release from aged prolonged polyethylene oxide tablet matrices: effect of excipient and drug type.

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    Shojaee, Saeed; Kaialy, Waseem; Cumming, Kenneth Iain; Nokhodchi, Ali

    2016-03-01

    Polyethylene oxide (PEO) undergoes structural adjustments caused by elevated temperatures, which results in loss of its stability within direct compression tablets. The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of filler solubility on the drug delivery process of matrix tablets containing drugs with different water-solubility properties and stored at elevated temperature. The results demonstrated that in the case of propranolol HCl (highly water-soluble) tablet matrices, soluble lactose promoted drug release, whereas, a stable release of drug was observed with insoluble DCP. A drug release pattern similar to the propranolol HCl formulation containing DCP was obtained for hydrophilic matrix tablets containing either lactose or DCP for the less water-soluble drug, zonisamide. In the case of the partially water-soluble drug, theophylline, formulated with lower molecular weight PEO 750, drug release increased considerably in the presence of both fillers with increasing storage time, however a stable release rate (similar to fresh samples) was observed in the case of higher molecular weight PEO 303 tablet matrices containing theophylline with either lactose or DCP. The hydration properties (e.g. solubility) of the diluents had a considerable effect on drug release behavior from various model matrices; this effect was dependent on both molecular weight of PEO and solubility of drug.

  5. L-Leucine as an excipient against moisture on in vitro aerosolization performances of highly hygroscopic spray-dried powders.

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    Li, Liang; Sun, Siping; Parumasivam, Thaigarajan; Denman, John A; Gengenbach, Thomas; Tang, Patricia; Mao, Shirui; Chan, Hak-Kim

    2016-05-01

    L-Leucine (LL) has been widely used to enhance the dispersion performance of powders for inhalation. LL can also protect powders against moisture, but this effect is much less studied. The aim of this study was to investigate whether LL could prevent moisture-induced deterioration in in vitro aerosolization performances of highly hygroscopic spray-dried powders. Disodium cromoglycate (DSCG) was chosen as a model drug and different amounts of LL (2-40% w/w) were added to the formulation, with the aim to explore the relationship between powder dispersion, moisture protection and physicochemical properties of the powders. The powder formulations were prepared by spray drying of aqueous solutions containing known concentrations of DSCG and LL. The particle sizes were measured by laser diffraction. The physicochemical properties of fine particles were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and dynamic vapor sorption (DVS). The surface morphology and chemistry of fine particles were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS). In vitro aerosolization performances were evaluated by a next generation impactor (NGI) after the powders were stored at 60% or 75% relative humidity (RH), and 25°C for 24h. Spray-dried (SD) DSCG powders were amorphous and absorbed 30-45% (w/w) water at 70-80% RH, resulting in deterioration in the aerosolization performance of the powders. LL did not decrease the water uptake of DSCG powders, but it could significantly reduce the effect of moisture on aerosolization performances. This is due to enrichment of crystalline LL on the surface of the composite particles. The effect was directly related to the percentage of LL coverage on the surface of particles. Formulations having 61-73% (molar percent) of LL on the particle surface (which correspond to 10-20% (w/w) of LL in the bulk powders) could minimize moisture-induced deterioration in the aerosol performance. In conclusion, particle surface coverage of LL can offer short-term protection against moisture on dispersion of hygroscopic powders. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Improvement of colchicine oral bioavailability by incorporating eugenol in the nanoemulsion as an oil excipient and enhancer

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    Shen, Qi; Wang, Ying; Zhang, Yi

    2011-01-01

    The effect of eugenol on colchicine transport across an isolated rat intestinal membrane was studied using an in vitro diffusion chamber system. We found that eugenol increased the absorptive transport of the drug efficiently. The effect of eugenol on intestinal absorption of colchicine in an oral administrative nanoemulsion formulation was also demonstrated in vivo. The colchicine nanoemulsion was prepared with isopropyl myristate, eugenol, Tween80, ethanol and water, and eugenol was used as an oil phase in the formulation; an average particle size of this nanoemulsion was 41.2 ± 7.2 nm. The permeation of colchicine in the nanoemulsion across the intestinal membrane was significantly different from that of the control group (0.2 mM colchicine). Finally, co-administration of eugenol in colchicine nanoemulsion to enhance the colchicine bioavailability was investigated by an oral administration method. After oral administration of colchicine (8 mg/kg) in the form of either the nanoemulsion or in free colchicine solution, the relative bioavailability of nanoemulsion and eugenol–nanoemulsion were enhanced by about 1.6- and 2.1-fold, respectively, compared with free colchicine solution. The procedure indicated that the intestinal absorption of colchicine was enhanced significantly by eugenol in the tested nanoemulsion. All the results suggested that eugenol is an efficient component in an oral administrative formulation for improving the intestinal absorption of colchicine. PMID:21753875

  7. Adaptation of pharmaceutical excipients to FDM 3D printing for the fabrication of patient-tailored immediate release tablets.

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    Sadia, Muzna; Sośnicka, Agata; Arafat, Basel; Isreb, Abdullah; Ahmed, Waqar; Kelarakis, Antonios; Alhnan, Mohamed A

    2016-11-20

    This work aims to employ fused deposition modelling 3D printing to fabricate immediate release pharmaceutical tablets with several model drugs. It investigates the addition of non-melting filler to methacrylic matrix to facilitate FDM 3D printing and explore the impact of (i) the nature of filler, (ii) compatibility with the gears of the 3D printer and iii) polymer: filler ratio on the 3D printing process. Amongst the investigated fillers in this work, directly compressible lactose, spray-dried lactose and microcrystalline cellulose showed a level of degradation at 135°C whilst talc and TCP allowed consistent flow of the filament and a successful 3D printing of the tablet. A specially developed universal filament based on pharmaceutically approved methacrylic polymer (Eudragit EPO) and thermally stable filler, TCP (tribasic calcium phosphate) was optimised. Four model drugs with different physicochemical properties were included into ready-to-use mechanically stable tablets with immediate release properties. Following the two thermal processes (hot melt extrusion (HME) and fused deposition modelling (FDM) 3D printing), drug contents were 94.22%, 88.53%, 96.51% and 93.04% for 5-ASA, captopril, theophylline and prednisolone respectively. XRPD indicated that a fraction of 5-ASA, theophylline and prednisolone remained crystalline whilst captopril was in amorphous form. By combining the advantages of thermally stable pharmaceutically approved polymers and fillers, this unique approach provides a low cost production method for on demand manufacturing of individualised dosage forms. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Investigation of the potential application of sodium bentonite as an excipient in formulation of sustained release tablets

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    Jamal Alyoussef Alkrad

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the application of sodium bentonite (SB in formulation of tablets prepared by direct compression for oral administration was tested. Three different model drugs with different solubilities: paracetamol, diclofenac sodium and metformin HCl were tested. Each drug was mixed with SB at ratio of 50% and the mixtures were subsequently compressed. Compatibility studies were conducted using both Deferential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR. The dissolution profile for each drug was determined in USP-buffers at different time intervals. Diclofenac sodium in pH 6.8 buffer and paracetamol in both pH 6.8 and pH 4.5 buffers showed extended release. However, metformin HCl showed immediate release at the different pH values. The study showed that using SB was possible to prepare tablets with different release profiles. However, these profiles differ depending on dissolution media and drug type.

  9. THE EFFECT OF ACIDIC EXCIPIENTS ON THE RELEASE OF WEAKLY BASIC DRUGS FROM THE PROGRAMMED RELEASE MEGALOPOROUS SYSTEM

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    VANDERVEEN, C; BUITENDIJK, H; LERK, CF

    1991-01-01

    Weakly basic drugs such as ketanserin and mianserin exhibit strongly pH-dependent solubilities. Incorporated in the programmed release megaloporous system, these drugs showed pH-dependent release profiles. The strongly inhibited release rates in neutral media compared to acidic media, could be

  10. Occupational exposure of pharmaceutical workers to drug actives and excipients and their effect on Staphylococcus spp. nasal carriage and antibiotic resistance.

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    Haddadin, Randa N; Saleh, Suhair A; Ayyash, Manal A; Collier, Phillip J

    2013-01-01

    Pharmaceutical manufacturing workers are exposed to significant amounts of product ingredients, including antibiotics. Such exposure could affect their nasal microflora. To assess the effect of exposure to various unidentified pharmaceutical ingredients in cephalosporin-manufacturing and non-cephalosporin plants on the nasal carriage of Staphylococcus spp. and their antibiotic resistance. Nasal swab samples were collected from 39 workers in both plants on three different occasions. Staphylococci were isolated and identified to genus level. Antibiotic resistance profiles were determined and subsequent identification to species level was performed. There was complete absence of S. aureus in the samples collected from workers in both facilities. Multiple drug resistant coagulase-negative staphylococci (MDR CONS) prevalence rates were higher in the non-cephalosporin plant than in the cephalosporin plant, with resistance towards six classes of antibiotics. S. epidermidis was the prevalent species in the non-cephalosporin plant and S. haemolyticus prevailed in the cephalosporin-producing plant. The observed prevalence of CONS in both production plants was the same. However, exposure to intermittent non-cephalosporin pharmaceuticals results in higher prevalence of MDR CONS compared to continuous exposure to cephalosporin.

  11. A new generation starch product as excipient in pharmaceutical tablets .3. Parameters affecting controlled drug release from tablets based on high surface area retrograded pregelatinized potato starch

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    TeWierik, GHP; Eissens, AC; ArendsScholte, AW; Bolhuis, GK

    1997-01-01

    This paper describes the general applicability of a new pregelatinized starch product in directly compressible controlled-release matrix systems. It was prepared by enzymatic degradation of potato starch followed by precipitation (retrogradation), filtration and washing with ethanol. The advantages

  12. A new generation of starch products as excipient in pharmaceutical tablets .2. High surface area retrograded pregelatinized potato starch products in sustained-release tablets

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    TeWierik, GHP; Eissens, AC; ArendsScholte, AW; Lerk, CF

    1997-01-01

    A new linear short-chain starch product was prepared by gelatinization of potato starch followed by enzymatic degradation, precipitation (retrogradation) and filtration. A high specific surface area was subsequently created by washing with ethanol or acetone or freeze-drying. Tablets compressed from

  13. The influence of excipients on the stability of the moisture sensitive drugs aspirin and niacinamide: comparison of tablets containing lactose monohydrate with tablets containing anhydrous lactose.

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    Du, J; Hoag, S W

    2001-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to test the hypothesis that in tablet formulations, moisture-sensitive drugs formulated with lactose monohydrate have the same stability as formulations containing anhydrous lactose, and to characterize the kinetics of niacinamide degradation in the solid state. Aspirin and niacinamide decomposition were used as indicators of stability. Aspirin and niacinamide tablets containing either lactose monohydrate or anhydrous lactose were separately investigated at different temperatures and relative humidities; the stability tests were done at 25 degrees C--60% RH, 40 degrees C--80% RH, 60 degrees C--60% RH, 60 degrees C--80% RH, and 80 degrees C--80% RH. Official U.S. Pharmacopeia methods were used for the aspirin and niacinamide assays. Statistical analysis showed that tablets containing lactose monohydrate have the same stability as tablets containing anhydrous lactose, which means that even though water is present in the crystal structure, the bound water does not influence the reaction rate. In addition, niacinamide degradation in the solid-state can be described by a third order rate equation.

  14. Modelling and understanding powder flow properties and compactability of selected active pharmaceutical ingredients, excipients and physical mixtures from critical material properties.

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    Worku, Zelalem Ayenew; Kumar, Dinesh; Gomes, João Victor; He, Yunliang; Glennon, Brian; Ramisetty, Kiran A; Rasmuson, Åke C; O'Connell, Peter; Gallagher, Kieran H; Woods, Trevor; Shastri, Nalini R; Healy, Anne-Marie

    2017-10-05

    The development of solid dosage forms and manufacturing processes are governed by complex physical properties of the powder and the type of pharmaceutical unit operation the manufacturing processes employs. Suitable powder flow properties and compactability are crucial bulk level properties for tablet manufacturing by direct compression. It is also generally agreed that small scale powder flow measurements can be useful to predict large scale production failure. In this study, predictive multilinear regression models were effectively developed from critical material properties to estimate static powder flow parameters from particle size distribution data for a single component and for binary systems. A multilinear regression model, which was successfully developed for ibuprofen, also efficiently predicted the powder flow properties for a range of batches of two other active pharmaceutical ingredients processed by the same manufacturing route. The particle size distribution also affected the compactability of ibuprofen, and the scope of this work will be extended to the development of predictive multivariate models for compactability, in a similar manner to the approach successfully applied to flow properties. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Acyclic cucurbit[n]uril-type molecular containers: influence of aromatic walls on their function as solubilizing excipients for insoluble drugs.

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    Zhang, Ben; Isaacs, Lyle

    2014-11-26

    We studied the influence of the aromatic sidewalls on the ability of acyclic CB[n]-type molecular containers (1a-1e) to act as solubilizing agents for 19 insoluble drugs including the developmental anticancer agent PBS-1086. All five containers exhibit good water solubility and weak self-association (Ks ≤ 624 M(-1)). We constructed phase solubility diagrams to extract Krel and Ka values for the container·drug complexes. The acyclic CB[n]-type containers generally display significantly higher Ka values than HP-β-CD toward drugs. Containers 1a-1e bind the steroidal ring system and aromatic moieties of insoluble drugs. Compound 1b displays highest affinity toward most of the drugs studied. Containers 1a and 1b are broadly applicable and can be used to formulate a wider variety of insoluble drugs than was previously possible with cyclodextrin technology. For drugs that are solubilized by both HP-β-CD and 1a-1e, lower concentrations of 1a-1e are required to achieve identical [drug].

  16. Effect of different excipients on the physical characteristics of granules and tablets with carbamazepine prepared with polyethylene glycol 6000 by fluidized hot-melt granulation (FHMG).

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    Kraciuk, Radosław; Sznitowska, Malgorzata

    2011-12-01

    The objective of this study was to investigate the properties of granules and tablets with carbamazepine which were prepared employing a fluidized hot-melt granulation (FHMG) technique. The FHMG process was carried out at 65°C. Macrogol 6000 (PEG 6000) was used as a binder at the content 10% (w/w) of the granulated mass. Granules containing up to 70% (w/w) of the drug and 20-90% (w/w) of a filler (lactose, mannitol, calcium hydrogen phosphate (Di-Cafos), pregelatinized starch, and microcrystalline cellulose (MCC)) were produced. When the drug content was 30% (w/w), the yield of the process was satisfying (>95%) and flowability of the granules was better than placebo granules or drug-loaded granules prepared by wet granulation. Type of a filler had strong impact on physical properties of granules, and size distribution of the particles was the most homogenous when lactose or Di-Cafos were used. The FHMG technique enabled preparation of granules with better compressability compared with the wet-granulated product or with non-granulated powders. Tablets with shorter disintegration time than 10 min were obtained with 2.0% crospovidone added as a disintegrant. In comparison to tablets prepared from the wet-granulated mass, employment of the FHMG method resulted in tablets with faster dissolution of carbamazepine (more than 80% of the drug released within 15 min). This was achieved with mannitol or lactose/MCC, as fillers.

  17. The application of uniplex, duplex, and multiplex PCR for the absence of specified microorganism testing of pharmaceutical excipients and drug products.

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    Ragheb, Suzan M; Yassin, Aymen S; Amin, Magdy A

    2012-01-01

    Notable progress has been made in methods that encourage the use of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) as a rapid and accurate tool in microbiological testing of pharmaceuticals. In this study, the detection of the four main specified microorganisms according to the pharmacopeial recommendations, Salmonella spp, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Staphylococcus aureus, was optimized in different pharmaceutical dosage forms and raw materials. Uniplex PCR was performed for the detection of each microorganism individually targeting the conserved region in each bacterial genome. Further optimizations were done to perform duplex and multiplex PCR assays considering relative concentrations of competitor primers used in the reaction. The uniplex PCR amplicons were successfully sequenced, confirming the conservation of used primers. Other validation parameters such as specificity, sensitivity, and robustness were examined closely. The method provides a high-throughput screening method to test different pharmaceutical preparations for specified microorganisms for the detection of microbiological contamination. Strict regulations govern the production of pharmaceutical products whether they are sterile or nonsterile. Certain official tests are carried out in microbiology testing laboratory in any pharmaceutical production facility to ensure the pharmaceuticals microbiological quality according to the standard pharmacopeial recommendations. Nonsterile products must be free of specified microorganisms that are used as a check for their quality. Topical preparations must be free of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus, and oral preparations must be free of Salmonella spp and Escherichia coli. Conventional microbiological methods are time-consuming, labor-intensive, and require long incubation times, resulting in delaying the release of the products. In this study, we tested and validated a polymerase chain reaction identification approach to detect indicator bacteria in pharmaceutical preparations. The method depends on amplification of certain conserved genes located in the four specified bacteria. The method is optimized to be carried out individually or collectively to detect all indicator bacteria in a single reaction in different forms of pharmaceutical products.

  18. Application and Characterization of Gum from Bombax buonopozense Calyxes as an Excipient in Tablet Formulation

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    Onyinye J. Uwaezuoke

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available This study was undertaken to explore gum from Bombax buonopozense calyxes as a binding agent in formulation of immediate release dosage forms using wet granulation method. The granules were characterized to assess the flow and compression properties and when compressed, non-compendial and compendial tests were undertaken to assess the tablet properties for tablets prepared with bombax gum in comparison with those prepared with tragacanth and acacia gums. Granules prepared with bombax exhibited good flow and compressible properties with angle of repose 28.60°, Carr’s compressibility of 21.30% and Hausner’s quotient of 1.27. The tablets were hard, but did not disintegrate after one hour. Furthermore, only 52.5% of paracetamol was released after one hour. The drug release profile followed zero order kinetics. Tablets prepared with bombax gum have the potential to deliver drugs in a controlled manner over a prolonged period at a constant rate.

  19. THE USE OF A FACTORIAL DESIGN TO EVALUATE THE PHYSICAL STABILITY OF TABLETS PREPARED BY DIRECT COMPRESSION .2. SELECTION OF EXCIPIENTS SUITABLE FOR USE UNDER TROPICAL STORAGE-CONDITIONS

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    BOS, CE; BOLHUIS, GK; LERK, CF; DEBOER, JH; DUINEVELD, CAA; SMILDE, AK; DOORNBOS, DA

    1991-01-01

    A factorial design has been used to study the influence of disintegrant concentration, storage temperature and relative humidity upon storage on the physical stability of tablets prepared by direct compression. Tablets prepared from a binary mixture of a filler-binder and a disintegrant were stored

  20. Preformulation and Formulation Investigational New Drugs

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    1990-07-01

    the formulation excipients (i.e., hydrou lactose , NF, colloidal silicon dioxide, NF, absolute ethyl alcohol, USP) according to compendial...Strategy 1 Excipients Employed 2 Tablet Preparation 3 Dissolution Test 3 Results 3 Conclusions 15 Recommendations 15 PRODUCTION OF EXTENDED RELEASE...Povidone@, Plasdoneg or KollidonO) and other excipients . Extended release over 6-12 hours was desired from such formulations. Release characteristics

  1. Preferential interactions and the effect of protein PEGylation

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    Holm, Louise Stenstrup; Thulstrup, Peter Waaben; Kasimova, Marina Robertovna

    2015-01-01

    excipients that preferentially interact with the protein. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: The model protein hen egg white lysozyme was doubly PEGylated on two lysines with 5 kDa linear PEGs (mPEG-succinimidyl valerate, MW 5000) and studied in the absence and presence of preferentially excluded sucrose...... excipients. This suggests that formulation principles using preferentially interacting excipients are similar for PEGylated and non-PEGylated proteins.......BACKGROUND: PEGylation is a strategy used by the pharmaceutical industry to prolong systemic circulation of protein drugs, whereas formulation excipients are used for stabilization of proteins during storage. Here we investigate the role of PEGylation in protein stabilization by formulation...

  2. Direct Compression of Cellulose and Lignin Isolated by a New Catalytic Treatment

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    Penkina, Anna; Antikainen, Osmo; Hakola, Maija; Vuorinen, Sirpa; Repo, Timo; Yliruusi, Jouko; Veski, Peep; Kogermann, Karin; Heinämäki, Jyrki

    2013-01-01

    Tablet compression of softwood cellulose and lignin prepared by a new catalytic oxidation and acid precipitation method were investigated and compared with the established pharmaceutical direct compression excipients...

  3. Presença de excipientes com potencial para indução de reações adversas em medicamentos comercializados no Brasil The presence of pharmaceutical excipients as possible cause of adverse drug reactions (ADR) - situation in Brazil

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    Antonio Vinicios Alves da Silva; Said Gonçalves da Cruz Fonseca; Paulo Sérgio Dourado Arrais; Eudiana Vale Francelino

    2008-01-01

    Os excipientes farmacêuticos podem ser os responsáveis por inúmeras Reações Adversas a Medicamentos (RAM). O objetivo do trabalho foi identificar a presença de possíveis excipientes indutores de RAM em medicamentos comercializados no Brasil. Foram listados os 12 produtos mais vendidos no mercado brasileiro para análise. A detecção dos excipientes ocorreu a partir da consulta à composição da fórmula farmacêutica dos produtos, realizada de Agosto a Setembro/04, no Dicionário de Especialidades F...

  4. Physical Stability of Freeze-Dried Isomalt Diastereomer Mixtures

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    Koskinen, Anna-Kaisa; Fraser-Miller, Sara J.; Bøtker, Johan P.

    2016-01-01

    Purpose Isomalt is a sugar alcohol used as an excipient in commercially available solid oral dosage forms. The potential of isomalt as a novel freeze-drying excipient was studied in order to increase knowledge of the behavior of isomalt when it is freeze-dried. Methods Isomalt was freeze-dried in...

  5. Effect of formulation variables on the hypoglycaemic activity of dried ...

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    Fingerprint was developed to study the effect of excipients on the hypoglycaemic activity of the tablets of aqueous extract of Stachytarpheta angustifolia (Mill) Vahl (Verbanaceae). The excipients studied were lactose, magnesium carbonate as diluents, maize starch, polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and gelatin as binders.

  6. Applying surface energy derived cohesive-adhesive balance model in predicting the mixing, flow and compaction behaviour of interactive mixtures.

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    Mangal, Sharad; Meiser, Felix; Tan, Geoffrey; Gengenbach, Thomas; Morton, David A V; Larson, Ian

    2016-07-01

    In this study, we investigated the applicability of cohesive-adhesive balance (CAB) model to predict the interactive mixing behaviour of small excipient particles. Further, we also investigated the application of this CAB model to predict the flow and compactibility of resultant blends. Excipients created by co-spraying polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP, a model pharmaceutical binder) with various l-leucine concentrations were used for this study. Paracetamol was used as model active pharmaceutical ingredient (API). The surface energy was used to derive the work of cohesion (wco) and work of adhesion (wad) to predict the interactive mixing behaviour of the excipients with paracetamol. The blends were visualised under a scanning electron microscopy microscope to assess the interactive mixing behaviour. In addition, the flow performance and tabletting behaviour of various blends were characterised. The surface-energy derived work of adhesion (wad) between excipient and paracetamol particles increased, while the corresponding work of cohesion (wco) between excipient particles decreased, with increasing l-leucine concentrations. In blends for which the work of cohesion was higher than the work of adhesion (wco>wad), small excipient particles were apparent as agglomerates. For excipients with 5% and higher l-leucine concentrations, the work of adhesion between excipient and paracetamol particles was higher than or equivalent to the work of cohesion between excipient particles (wad⩾wco) and agglomerates were less apparent. This is an indicator of formation of homogeneous interactive mixtures. At 5% (w/w) excipient proportions, blends for which wad⩾wco demonstrated higher compactibility than other blends. Furthermore, at 10% (w/w) and higher excipient proportions, these blends also demonstrated better flow performance than other blends. In conclusion, this is the first study to demonstrate that surface-energy derived CAB data effectively predict the interactive mixing

  7. Preparation and evaluation of diclofenac sodium orally disintegrating tablets

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    Iancu Valeriu

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Orally disintegrating tablets (ODTs are dosage forms which disintegrate in mouth within seconds without need of water. This type of quality in dosage form can be attained by addition of different varieties of excipients. Pharmaburst™ 500 is a co-processed excipient system which allows rapid disintegration and low adhesion to punches. The aim of the present study was to develop and evaluate 25 mg diclofenac sodium ODTs (orodispersible tablets batches by direct compression method at different compression forces 10 kN (F1 and 20 kN (F2 and directly compressible excipients used in different ratio (Avicel PH 102, magnesium stearate and coprocessed excipient Pharmaburst™ 500, 70% and 80% w/w. The obtained batches were analyzed for appearance, tablet thickness, uniformity of weight, hardness, friability, disintegration time, and non-compendial methods (wetting time. Co-processed Pharmaburst™ 500 excipient 70% used for sodium diclofenac ODT obtaining determined good results for quality control tests evaluation.

  8. Microstructural effects in drug release by solid and cellular polymeric dosage forms: A comparative study.

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    Blaesi, Aron H; Saka, Nannaji

    2017-11-01

    In recent studies, we have introduced melt-processed polymeric cellular dosage forms to achieve both immediate drug release and predictable manufacture. Dosage forms ranging from minimally-porous solids to highly porous, open-cell and thin-walled structures were prepared, and the drug release characteristics investigated as the volume fraction of cells and the excipient molecular weight were varied. In the present study, both minimally-porous solid and cellular dosage forms consisting of various weight fractions of Acetaminophen drug and polyethylene glycol (PEG) excipient are prepared and analyzed. Microstructures of the solid forms and the cell walls range from single-phase solid solutions of the excipient and a small amount of drug molecules to two-phase composites of the excipient and tightly packed drug particles. Results of dissolution experiments show that the minimally-porous solid forms disintegrate and release drug by slow surface erosion. The erosion rate decreases as the drug weight fraction is increased. By contrast, the open-cell structures disintegrate rapidly by viscous exfoliation, and the disintegration time is independent of drug weight fraction. Drug release models suggest that the solid forms erode by convective mass transfer of the faster-eroding excipient if the drug volume fraction is small. At larger drug volume fractions, however, the slower-eroding drug particles hinder access of the free-flowing fluid to the excipient, thus slowing down erosion of the composite. Conversely, the disintegration rate of the cellular forms is limited by diffusion of the dissolution fluid into the excipient phase of the thin cell walls. Because the wall thickness is of the order of the drug particle size, and the particles are enveloped by the excipient during melt-processing, the drug particles cannot hinder diffusion through the excipient across the walls. Thus the disintegration time of the cellular forms is mostly unaffected by the volume fraction of drug

  9. Peptide-enhanced oral delivery of therapeutic peptides and proteins

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    Kristensen, Mie; Foged, Camilla; Berthelsen, Jens

    2013-01-01

    Systemic therapy upon oral delivery of biologics, such as peptide and protein drugs is limited due to their large molecular size, their low enzymatic stability and their inability to cross the intestinal epithelium. Ways to overcome the epithelial barrier include the use of peptide-based excipients...... throughout the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, chemical stability is an inherent challenge when employing amino acid-based excipients for oral delivery, and multiple approaches have been investigated to improve this. The exact mechanisms of transepithelial translocation are discussed, and it is believed...... for oral delivery of peptide and protein drugs highlighting recent studies and the most promising compounds from these classes of peptide excipients....

  10. Mechanism of Process-Induced Salt-to-Free Base Transformation of Pharmaceutical Products

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    Bruun Hansen, Thomas; Qu, Haiyan

    2014-01-01

    pH-solubility profiles of a model drug in salt form was established and the mechanism of salt-to-free base form transformation was investigated by increasing pH of the system. Wet massing experiments along with suspension experiments were used to investigate the effects of excipients...... on the stability of the salt form. It was found that nucleation of the free base did not occur at pHmax but that instead, a new boundary, the pHmetastable had to be reached before transformation occurred. It was also shown that some excipients impact the stability of the drug, this can help find excipients...

  11. Study on the ue of mannitol as inert homeopathic vehicle. Estudio del uso de manitol como vehiculo homeopático inerte. Um Estudo sobre o uso do manitol como insumo inerte homeopático.

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    Aline Fernandes; Tereza Cristina de Andrade Leitão Aguiar

    2007-01-01

    Homeopathic medicaments are prepared associating the active substance to an inert excipient which becomes an integral part of the remedy. The aim of this research was to analyze the use of mannitol as a homeopathic inert excipient, as a possible substitute to lactose in the preparation of tablets and powder. Research was conducted in homeopathic and manipulation pharmacies in the regions Centro and Icaraí of Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, July to September, 2006. The use of mannitol as inert excipi...

  12. Intra and inter-molecular interactions dictate the aggregation state of irinotecan co-encapsulated with floxuridine inside liposomes

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    Dicko, A.; Frazier, A.A.; Liboiron, B.D.

    2008-01-01

    PURPOSE: The inter/intramolecular interactions between drugs (floxuridine, irinotecan) and excipients (copper gluconate, triethanolamine) in the dual-drug liposomal formulation CPX-1 were elucidated in order to identify the physicochemical properties that allow coordinated release of irinotecan a...

  13. Dissolution Enhancement of Drugs. Part II: Effect of Carriers ...

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    ... surfactants, in dissolution enhancement. This part describes the use of cyclodextrin, carbohydrates, hydrotropes, polyglocolized glycerides, dendrimers, acids and miscellaneous carriers in enhancing dissolution of drugs. Keywords: Dissolution enhancement; aqueous solubility, water soluble carriers; lipophilic, excipients.

  14. Drug: D04481 [KEGG MEDICUS

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    Full Text Available D04481 Drug Hypromellose (JP16/USP/INN); Hydroxypropylmethylcellulose; Gonisol (TN) Pharmaceutic aid [suspen...ding agent]; Pharmaceutic aid [tablet excipient]; Pharmaceutic aid [viscosity-incre

  15. Inhalable siRNA-loaded nano-embedded microparticles engineered using microfluidics and spray drying

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    Agnoletti, Monica; Bohr, Adam; Thanki, Kaushik

    2017-01-01

    processing, and nanocomplexes could be reconstituted from the dry powders. The amorphous saccharide excipients trehalose and inulin provided better stabilization than crystalline mannitol, and they enabled full reconstitution of the nanocomplexes. In particular, a binary mixture of trehalose and inulin...

  16. Formulation and Evaluation of Ascorbic acid Tablets by Direct ...

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    v/v). Powder properties were investigated and tablets of ascorbic acid were formulated using MCS and MCC as direct compression excipients. RESULTS: Mechanical properties of tablets formulated with MCS were comparable to those of MCC ...

  17. In vitro study on tamsulosin release kinetics from biodegradable PLGA in situ implants

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    Elias-Al-Mamun, Md; Khan, Humaira Afreen; Dewan, Irin; Jalil, Reza-Ul

    2009-01-01

    The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of drug loading and the effect of excipients on the release pattern of tamsulosin tydrochloride from in situ PLGA implants formed in vitro in gelatin gel...

  18. Drug: D03370 [KEGG MEDICUS

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    Full Text Available suppository base]; Pharmaceutic aid [solvent]; Pharmaceutic aid [tablet excipient]; Pharmaceutic aid [tablet... and/or capsule lubricant]; Pharmaceutic aid [suspending and/or viscosity agent]; Pharmaceutic aid [tablet

  19. Drug: D05874 [KEGG MEDICUS

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    Full Text Available (TN) Pharmaceutic aid [tablet excipient] CAS: 9063-38-1 PubChem: 47207535 NIKKAJI: J203.746G ... ...D05874 Drug Sodium starch glycolate (JP16/NF); Sodium carboxymethylstarch; Explotab

  20. Plasticisation of amylodextrin by moisture. Consequences for compaction behaviour and tablet properties

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    Steendam, R; Frijlink, H W; Lerk, C F

    2001-01-01

    Purpose: Amylodextrin, a starch-based controlled release excipient, spontaneously absorbs moisture during storage. The aim of this study was to investigate plasticisation of amylodextrin by moisture and its effect on compaction and tablet characteristics. Methods: The glass transition temperature

  1. Effect of thermal and chemical modifications on the mechanical and release properties of paracetamol tablet formulations containing corn, cassava and sweet potato starches as filler-binders

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    Mariam Vbamiunomhene Lawal

    2015-07-01

    Conclusions: Modification of the experimental starches improved the mechanical and release properties of directly compressed paracetamol tablet formulations. Thus, they can be developed for use as pharmaceutical excipients in specific formulations.

  2. PREPARATION, CHARACTERIZATION AND APPLICATION OF LINEAR DEXTRINS .6. GENERAL APPLICABILITY AND MECHANISM OF PROGRAMMED RELEASE FROM AMYLODEXTRIN TABLETS

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    TEWIERIK, GHP; VANDERVEEN, J; EISSENS, AC; LERK, CF

    1993-01-01

    This study reports the successful application of amylodextrin as a unique excipient in the design of programmed release systems. Physical mixtures of amylodextrin with the model compounds theophylline, paracetamol, methyl-PABA, prednisolone, atrazine, procaine HCl and potassium dichromate,

  3. Automated analysis of polyethylene glycol-induced inhibition of P-glycoprotein activity in vitro.

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    Hugger, Erin D; Cole, Clayton J; Raub, Thomas J; Burton, Philip S; Borchardt, Ronald T

    2003-01-01

    Previous studies in our laboratories have shown that commonly used polyethoxylated pharmaceutical excipients inhibit P-glycoprotein activity in cell culture models of the intestinal mucosa. The results presented in this technical note show that the TECAN Genesis robotic workstation can be utilized to automate cellular transport studies for evaluating excipient effects on P-glycoprotein activity in vitro and for estimating the permeation of drug-like molecules across cell monolayers. Copyright 2002 Wiley-Liss, Inc. and the American Pharmaceutical Association

  4. Quantitative analysis of methyl and propyl parabens in neonatal DBS using LC–MS/MS

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    Yakkundi, Shirish; Mulla, Hussain; Pandya, Hitesh; Turner, Mark A.; McElnay, James

    2016-01-01

    Aim: Excipients are used to overcome the chemical, physical and microbiological challenges posed by developing formulated medicines. Both methyl and propyl paraben are commonly used in pediatric liquid formulations. There is no data on systemic exposure to parabens in neonates. The European Study of Neonatal Exposure to Excipients project has investigated this. Results & methodology: DBS sampling was used to collect opportunistic blood samples. Parabens were extracted from the DBS and ana...

  5. ’Protected’ Nanoparticles for an Oral Single-Dose Staphylococcal Enterotoxin Vaccine. Phase 1.

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    1995-10-01

    acetone solution. The osmotic charge in the base of the capsule typically consisted of sorbitol, lactose , Avicel®, magnesium stearate and Explotab®. The...readily released from the PORT capsule base upon pulsing. However, by proprietary modification of the excipients in the base of capsule, we were able to...Modification of the excipients in the base of the capsule to increase the ’osmotic energy’ results in the release of the entire dose after pulsing of

  6. Acute cytotoxic effects of marketed ophthalmic formulations on human corneal epithelial cells.

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    Hakkarainen, Jenni J; Reinisalo, Mika; Ragauskas, Symantas; Seppänen, Aila; Kaja, Simon; Kalesnykas, Giedrius

    2016-09-10

    The purpose of the study was to devise a fast, reliable and sensitive cell viability assay for assessment of acute cytotoxicity on human corneal epithelial cells by using a clinically relevant exposure time. Acute cytotoxic effects of the pharmaceutical excipients benzalkonium chloride (BAC), macrogolglycerol hydroxystearate (MGHS40), polysorbate 80 (PS80) and marketed ophthalmic formulations (Lumigan(®), Monoprost(®), Taflotan(®), Travatan(®), Xalatan(®)) containing these excipients were tested. Human corneal epithelial cell (HCE-T) viability was assessed by measuring the reduction of resazurin to highly fluorescent resorufin. Expression of the tight junction proteins in HCE-T cells were characterized by immunofluorescence staining. Presence of tight junction proteins in HCE-T cells was demonstrated. BAC preserved ophthalmic formulations showed concentration-dependent and time-dependent cytotoxicity to human corneal epithelium. In contrast, no acute cytotoxicity of non-ionic stabilizing/solubilizing excipients (MGSH40 and PS80) or ophthalmic formulation containing these excipients was observed. Marketed ophthalmic formulations used for glaucoma medication show differential toxicity on human corneal epithelial cells. The present study revealed that BAC-preserved ophthalmic formulations were able to induce acute cytotoxic effects even during a clinically relevant exposure time, which was not observed with MGSH40 and PS80 excipients or ophthalmic formulations containing these excipients. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Preferential Interactions and the Effect of Protein PEGylation.

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    Louise Stenstrup Holm

    Full Text Available PEGylation is a strategy used by the pharmaceutical industry to prolong systemic circulation of protein drugs, whereas formulation excipients are used for stabilization of proteins during storage. Here we investigate the role of PEGylation in protein stabilization by formulation excipients that preferentially interact with the protein.The model protein hen egg white lysozyme was doubly PEGylated on two lysines with 5 kDa linear PEGs (mPEG-succinimidyl valerate, MW 5000 and studied in the absence and presence of preferentially excluded sucrose and preferentially bound guanine hydrochloride. Structural characterization by far- and near-UV circular dichroism spectroscopy was supplemented by investigation of protein thermal stability with the use of differential scanning calorimetry, far and near-UV circular dichroism and fluorescence spectroscopy. It was found that PEGylated lysozyme was stabilized by the preferentially excluded excipient and destabilized by the preferentially bound excipient in a similar manner as lysozyme. However, compared to lysozyme in all cases the melting transition was lower by up to a few degrees and the calorimetric melting enthalpy was decreased to half the value for PEGylated lysozyme. The ratio between calorimetric and van't Hoff enthalpy suggests that our PEGylated lysozyme is a dimer.The PEGylated model protein displayed similar stability responses to the addition of preferentially active excipients. This suggests that formulation principles using preferentially interacting excipients are similar for PEGylated and non-PEGylated proteins.

  8. STUDIES AND EVALUATION OF COMPRESSED MICROSPHERES

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    Idris Mohamed El-Mahdi

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available This work was aimed at the use of dissolution testing and similarity factor to assess the level of damage taken by active drug microspheres during compression in tablet dosage form. To achieve that, combinations of suitable excipients were used to protect drug microspheres during compression. The excipients were used in the form of powders, granules or placebo pellets prepared by extrusion-spheronization technology. The excipients were evaluated alone, in combinations and post-compression into compacts.  Preliminary experiments included density, hardness, friability and disintegration on all of the selected excipients. Based on such experiments it was found that the flowability of combination powders was more acceptable than individual excipients. Two combinations of microcrystalline -starch and microcrystalline cellulose -calcium carbonate granules were selected to be compressed with active ketoprofen pellets. In all the combinations used there was a significant amount of damage to drug pellets.  The kinetics of drug release appears to follow the zero-order rate and the rate remained unchanged even when a significant degree of damage to pellets occur. It was found that a high level of excipients is required in order to prepare microspheres as a rapid disintegrating tablet. Citation DOI: 10.21502/limuj.002.01.2016  LIMUJ is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

  9. Influence of formulation and processing factors on stability of levothyroxine sodium pentahydrate.

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    Collier, Jarrod W; Shah, Rakhi B; Gupta, Abhay; Sayeed, Vilayat; Habib, Muhammad J; Khan, Mansoor A

    2010-06-01

    Stability of formulations over shelf-life is critical for having a quality product. Choice of excipients, manufacturing process, storage conditions, and packaging can either mitigate or enhance the degradation of the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API), affecting potency and/or stability. The purpose was to investigate the influence of processing and formulation factors on stability of levothyroxine (API). The API was stored at long-term (25 degrees C/60%RH), accelerated (40 degrees C/75%RH), and low-humidity (25 degrees C/0%RH and 40 degrees C/0%RH) conditions for 28 days. Effect of moisture loss was evaluated by drying it (room temperature, N(2)) and placed at 25 degrees C/0%RH and 40 degrees C/0%RH. The API was incubated with various excipients (based on package insert of marketed tablets) in either 1:1, 1:10, or 1:100 ratios with 5% moisture at 60 degrees C. Commonly used ratios for excipients were used. The equilibrium sorption data was collected on the API and excipients. The API was stable in solid state for the study duration under all conditions for both forms (potency between 90% and 110%). Excipients effect on stability varied and crospovidone, povidone, and sodium laurel sulfate (SLS) caused significant API degradation where deiodination and deamination occurred. Moisture sorption values were different across excipients. Crospovidone and povidone were hygroscopic whereas SLS showed deliquescence at high RH. The transient formulation procedures where temperature might go up or humidity might go down would not have major impact on the API stability. Excipients influence stability and if possible, those three should either be avoided or used in minimum quantity which could provide more stable tablet formulations with minimum potency loss throughout its shelf-life.

  10. Elucidation of Compression-Induced Surface Crystallization in Amorphous Tablets Using Sum Frequency Generation (SFG) Microscopy.

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    Mah, Pei T; Novakovic, Dunja; Saarinen, Jukka; Van Landeghem, Stijn; Peltonen, Leena; Laaksonen, Timo; Isomäki, Antti; Strachan, Clare J

    2017-05-01

    To investigate the effect of compression on the crystallization behavior in amorphous tablets using sum frequency generation (SFG) microscopy imaging and more established analytical methods. Tablets containing neat amorphous griseofulvin with/without excipients (silica, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose acetate succinate (HPMCAS), microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) and polyethylene glycol (PEG)) were prepared. They were analyzed upon preparation and storage using attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and SFG microscopy. Compression-induced crystallization occurred predominantly on the surface of the neat amorphous griseofulvin tablets, with minimal crystallinity being detected in the core of the tablets. The presence of various types of excipients was not able to mitigate the compression-induced surface crystallization of the amorphous griseofulvin tablets. However, the excipients affected the crystallization rate of amorphous griseofulvin in the core of the tablet upon compression and storage. SFG microscopy can be used in combination with ATR-FTIR spectroscopy and SEM to understand the crystallization behaviour of amorphous tablets upon compression and storage. When selecting excipients for amorphous formulations, it is important to consider the effect of the excipients on the physical stability of the amorphous formulations.

  11. Risperidone – Solid-state characterization and pharmaceutical compatibility using thermal and non-thermal techniques

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    Daniel, Josiane Souza Pereira; Veronez, Isabela Pianna; Rodrigues, Larissa Lopes [Laboratório de Análise e Caracterização de Fármacos – LACFar, Instituto de Química, Universidade Federal de Alfenas, Alfenas, Minas Gerais (Brazil); Trevisan, Marcello G. [Laboratório de Análise e Caracterização de Fármacos – LACFar, Instituto de Química, Universidade Federal de Alfenas, Alfenas, Minas Gerais (Brazil); National Institute of Bioanalytics Science and Technology – INCTBio, Institute of Chemistry – UNICAMP, 13084-653, Campinas, São Paulo (Brazil); Garcia, Jerusa Simone, E-mail: jerusa.garcia@unifal-mg.edu.br [Laboratório de Análise e Caracterização de Fármacos – LACFar, Instituto de Química, Universidade Federal de Alfenas, Alfenas, Minas Gerais (Brazil)

    2013-09-20

    Highlights: • DSC was used to characterize Risperidone and study its compatibility with excipients. • FT-IR associated with PCA was used to complement DSC data. • LC analyzes confirmed the DSC and FT-IR/PCA results. • Risperidone was incompatible with three among five excipients evaluated. - Abstract: A full solid-state characterization of risperidone was conducted using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetry (TG), powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to examine its physicochemical properties and polymorphism. The primary aim of this work was to study the compatibility of risperidone with pharmaceutical excipients using DSC to obtain and compare the curves of the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) and the excipients with their 1:1 (w/w) binary mixtures. These same binary mixtures were turned to room temperature and analyzed by FT-IR combined with principal component analysis (PCA) to evaluate solid-state incompatibilities. The chemical incompatibilities of these samples were verified using a stability-indicating liquid chromatography (LC) method to assay for the API and evaluate the formation of degradation products. All of these methods showed incompatibilities between risperidone and the excipients magnesium stearate, lactose and cellulose microcrystalline.

  12. A formulation strategy for solving the overgranulation problem in high shear wet granulation.

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    Osei-Yeboah, Frederick; Zhang, Minglun; Feng, Yushi; Sun, Changquan Calvin

    2014-08-01

    Granules prepared by the high shear wet granulation (HSWG) process commonly exhibit the problem of overgranulation, a phenomenon characterized by a severe loss of the ability to form adequately strong tablet. We hypothesize that the incorporation of brittle excipients promotes brittle fracture of granules during compaction, thereby improving tablet mechanical strength by increasing bonding area. On this basis, we have examined the effectiveness of incorporating a brittle excipient into a plastic matrix in addressing the overgranulation problem. A complete loss of tabletability is observed for plastic microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) when ≥ 55% of granulating water was used. The incorporation of a brittle excipient, either lactose or dibasic calcium phosphate (Dical) into the MCC matrix leads to improved tabletability in a concentration-dependent manner, with higher amount of brittle excipient being more effective. For each mixture, tablet tensile strength goes through a minimum as the granulating water increases, for example, 1.4 MPa for the mixture containing 80% of lactose and 2.1 MPa for the mixture containing 80% Dical. These results, along with scanning electron microscope evidence, show that the addition of brittle excipients to an otherwise plastic powder is an effective formulation strategy to address the overgranulation problem in HSWG. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. and the American Pharmacists Association.

  13. Combined semi-empirical screening and design of experiments (DOE) approach to identify candidate formulations of a lyophilized live attenuated tetravalent viral vaccine candidate.

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    Patel, Ashaben; Erb, Steven M; Strange, Linda; Shukla, Ravi S; Kumru, Ozan S; Smith, Lee; Nelson, Paul; Joshi, Sangeeta B; Livengood, Jill A; Volkin, David B

    2017-05-12

    A combination experimental approach, utilizing semi-empirical excipient screening followed by statistical modeling using design of experiments (DOE), was undertaken to identify stabilizing candidate formulations for a lyophilized live attenuated Flavivirus vaccine candidate. Various potential pharmaceutical compounds used in either marketed or investigative live attenuated viral vaccine formulations were first identified. The ability of additives from different categories of excipients, either alone or in combination, were then evaluated for their ability to stabilize virus against freeze-thaw, freeze-drying, and accelerated storage (25°C) stresses by measuring infectious virus titer. An exploratory data analysis and predictive DOE modeling approach was subsequently undertaken to gain a better understanding of the interplay between the key excipients and stability of virus as well as to determine which combinations were interacting to improve virus stability. The lead excipient combinations were identified and tested for stabilizing effects using a tetravalent mixture of viruses in accelerated and real time (2-8°C) stability studies. This work demonstrates the utility of combining semi-empirical excipient screening and DOE experimental design strategies in the formulation development of lyophilized live attenuated viral vaccine candidates. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Improved solubility and dissolution rate of piroxicam using gelucire 44/14 and labrasol.

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    Karataş, Ayşegül; Yüksel, Nilüfer; Baykara, Tamer

    2005-09-01

    Piroxicam is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that is characterized by low solubility-high permeability. The present study was designed to improve the dissolution rate of piroxicam at the physiological pH's through its increased solubility by preparing semi-solid dispersions of drug using Gelucires and Labrasol. These excipients are essentially characterized by their melting points and HLB (hydrophilic-lipophilic balance) values. The dissolution tests of the preparations were performed in the media with different pH's. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), were used to examine the interaction between piroxicam and excipients. Gelucire 44/14 and Labrasol at the concentration of 15% w/v in water provided 20- and 50-fold increase in the solubility of piroxicam, respectively. The semi-solid dispersion containing 1/20 of drug/excipient mixture (20% Gelucire 44/14 and 80% Labrasol in w/w) produced the dissolution not less than 85% of piroxicam within 30 min in each dissolution media (simulated gastric fluid (SGF), pH 1.2; phosphate buffers, pH 4.5 and 6.8; and water). DSC analysis of this semi-solid dispersion indicated that there was no chemical reaction between the drug and excipients, and that a solid-state solution of piroxicam with excipient formed.

  15. Detachment and recovery index: A new parameter measuring powder compressibility

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available This investigation introduces a simple and reliable approach to measure the compressibility of some direct compression excipients in tablet systems made from compressible components. The claim made here is that: the total reduction, ΔL T , in the thickness of a tablet batch due to compression at a confined machine settings is the integral sum of small reductions generated by the compressible components in the batch. The reduction value, ΔL E , generated by a single or a blend of excipients in a batch could be calculated and was found to correlate to its concentration, C, by the relation: ΔL E =A E.C x. The constants AE and x concern the reduction tendency, RT, of the excipient particles due to compression, and detachment and recovery index (DRI, respectively. Some physicomechanical parameters characterizing the compression behavior of an excipient in a tablet batch could be determined and were found to be functions of the determine DRI of the excipient in the batch.

  16. Role of water in the physical stability of solid dosage formulations

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    Airaksinen, Sari; Karjalainen, Milja; Shevchenko, Anna

    2005-01-01

    The interaction of moisture with pharmaceutical solids is highly crucial to an understanding of water-based processes, for example, manufacturing processes or prediction of solid dosage form stability and shelf life. Both the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) and excipients in the formulation...... have different moisture sorption properties that can result in unexpected processing-induced phase transitions and they can affect solid-state phase transitions in the final dosage forms. The character of excipient effects on the stability of formulation. Phase transformations in formulations can lead...... during heating. These results showed that despite some limitations, moisture sorption isotherms of excipients are useful in predicting solid-state stability, interactions at early stages of formulation development, and effects of moisture on physicochemical properties of the final dosage forms....

  17. Advances in Polymer Design for Enhancing Oral Drug Solubility and Delivery.

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    Ting, Jeffrey M; Porter, William W; Mecca, Jodi M; Bates, Frank S; Reineke, Theresa M

    2018-01-10

    Synthetic polymers have enabled amorphous solid dispersions (ASDs) to emerge as an oral delivery strategy for overcoming poor drug solubility in aqueous environments. Modern ASD products noninvasively treat a range of chronic diseases (for example, hepatitis C, cystic fibrosis, and HIV). In such formulations, polymeric carriers generate and maintain drug supersaturation upon dissolution, increasing the apparent drug solubility to enhance gastrointestinal barrier absorption and oral bioavailability. In this Review, we outline several approaches in designing polymeric excipients to drive interactions with active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) in spray-dried ASDs, highlighting polymer-drug formulation guidelines from industrial and academic perspectives. Special attention is given to new commercial and specialized polymer design strategies that can solubilize highly hydrophobic APIs and suppress the propensity for rapid drug recrystallization. These molecularly customized excipients and hierarchical excipient assemblies are promising toward informing early-stage drug-discovery development and reformulating existing API candidates into potentially lifesaving oral medicines for our growing global population.

  18. Development and optimization of the activated charcoal suspension composition based on a mixture design approach.

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    Ronowicz, Joanna; Kupcewicz, Bogumiła; Pałkowski, Łukasz; Krysiński, Jerzy

    2015-03-01

    In this study, a new drug product containing activated charcoal was designed and developed. The excipient levels in the pharmaceutical formulation were optimized using a mixture design approach. The adsorption power of the activated charcoal suspension was selected as the critical quality attribute influencing the efficacy of medical treatment. Significant prognostic models (p<0.05) were obtained to describe in detail the interrelations between excipient levels and the adsorption power of the formulation. Liquid flavour had a critical impact on the adsorption power of the suspension. Formulations containing the largest amount of liquid flavour showed the lowest adsorption power. Sorbitol was not adsorbed onto activated charcoal so strongly as liquid flavour. A slight increase in the content of carboxymethylcellulose sodium led to a marked decrease in adsorption power. The obtained mathematical models and response surface allowed selection of the optimal composition of excipients in a final drug product.

  19. Compatibility study of paracetamol, chlorpheniramine maleate and phenylephrine hydrochloride in physical mixtures

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    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Paracetamol (PAR, phenylephrine hydrochloride (PHE and chlorpheniramine maleate (CPM are commonly used in clinical practice as antipyretic and analgesic drugs to ameliorate pain and fever in cold and flu conditions. The present work describes the use of thermal analysis for the characterization of the physicochemical compatibility between drugs and excipients during the development of solid dosage forms. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC were used to study the thermal stability of the drug and of the physical mixture (drug/excipients in solid binary mixtures (1:1. DSC thermograms demonstrated reproducible melting event of the prepared physical mixture. Starch, mannitol, lactose and magnesium stearate influence thermal parameters. Information recorded from the derivative thermogravimetric (DTG and TGA curves demonstrated the decomposition of drugs in well-defined thermal events, translating the suitability of these techniques for the characterization of the drug/excipients interactions.

  20. Kolliphor surfactants affect solubilization and bioavailability of fenofibrate. Studies of in vitro digestion and absorption in rats

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    Berthelsen, Ragna; Holm, Rene; Jacobsen, Jette

    2015-01-01

    Selection of excipients for drug formulations requires both intellectual and experimental considerations as many of the used excipients are affected by physiological factors, e.g., they may be digested by pancreatic enzymes in the gastrointestinal tract. In the present paper we have looked....... In vitro, Kolliphor ELP and EL were found to be more prone to digestion than Kolliphor RH40, though not affecting the in vivo results. The highest fenofibrate bioavailability was attained from formulations with high Kolliphor ELP/EL levels (25% (w/v)), indicating that these surfactants are the better...

  1. Lipid-based formulations for oral administration of poorly water-soluble drugs

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    Mu, Huiling; Holm, René; Müllertz, Anette

    2013-01-01

    /dissolution step, which is a potential rate limiting factor for oral absorption of poorly water-soluble drugs. Lipids not only vary in structures and physiochemical properties, but also in their digestibility and absorption pathway; therefore selection of lipid excipients and dosage form has a pronounced effect...... on the biopharmaceutical aspects of drug absorption and distribution both in vitro and in vivo. The aim of this review is to provide an overview of the different lipid-based dosage forms from a biopharmaceutical point of view and to describe effects of lipid dosage forms and lipid excipients on drug solubility, absorption...

  2. Three cases of anaphylaxis following injection of a depot corticosteroid with evidence of IgE sensitization to macrogols rather than the active steroid

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    Brandt, Nicolaj; Garvey, Lene H; Bindslev-Jensen, Ulla

    2017-01-01

    of anaphylaxis to excipients such as macrogols is needed, especially when allergy tests for the active drug is negative and in patients with a history of repeated anaphylaxis to seemingly unrelated drugs. To establish the correct diagnosis it is important to test with the exact formulation of the culprit drug......We present three cases with anaphylaxis after injection of a depot corticosteroid. First, the steroid was suspected as the elicitor, but after evaluation the excipient macrogol was found to be the elicitor. One of the patients had reactions to several unrelated drugs. Increased awareness...

  3. Kinetics of the esterification of active pharmaceutical ingredients containing carboxylic Acid functionality in polyethylene glycol

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    Schou-Pedersen, Anne Marie V; Hansen, Steen Honoré; Moesgaard, Birthe

    2014-01-01

    Polyethylene glycols (PEGs) are attractive as excipients in the manufacture of drug products because they are water soluble and poorly immunogenic. They are used in various pharmaceutical preparations. However, because of their terminal hydroxyl groups, PEGs can participate in esterification......, it is important to be aware of this drug-excipient interaction, as it can reduce the shelf-life of a low-average molecular weight PEG formulation considerably. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. and the American Pharmacists Association J Pharm Sci 103:2424-2433, 2014....

  4. Solid cellulose nanofiber based foams - Towards facile design of sustained drug delivery systems

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    Svagan, Anna J; Benjamins, Jan-Willem; Al-Ansari, Zeinab

    2016-01-01

    Control of drug action through formulation is a vital and very challenging topic within pharmaceutical sciences. Cellulose nanofibers (CNF) are an excipient candidate in pharmaceutical formulations that could be used to easily optimize drug delivery rates. CNF has interesting physico-chemical pro......Control of drug action through formulation is a vital and very challenging topic within pharmaceutical sciences. Cellulose nanofibers (CNF) are an excipient candidate in pharmaceutical formulations that could be used to easily optimize drug delivery rates. CNF has interesting physico...

  5. Quantitative analysis of methyl and propyl parabens in neonatal DBS using LC-MS/MS.

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    Yakkundi, Shirish; Mulla, Hussain; Pandya, Hitesh; Turner, Mark A; McElnay, James

    2016-06-01

    Excipients are used to overcome the chemical, physical and microbiological challenges posed by developing formulated medicines. Both methyl and propyl paraben are commonly used in pediatric liquid formulations. There is no data on systemic exposure to parabens in neonates. The European Study of Neonatal Exposure to Excipients project has investigated this. Results & methodology: DBS sampling was used to collect opportunistic blood samples. Parabens were extracted from the DBS and analyzed using a validated LC-MS/MS assay. The above assay was applied to analyze neonatal DBS samples. The blood concentrations of parabens in neonates confirm systemic exposure to parabens following administration of routine medicines.

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    The optimised formulation was further characterized with Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and powder X-ray diffractometry (PXRD) to investigate any drug/excipient modifications/interactions.Results: The tensile strength values of all the PCT were between 1.12 and 1.23MNm-2 and friability was < 0.36 %.

  7. Auxilliary Dry Binding Properties of Some Hydrogenated Vegetable ...

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    The ability of some hydrogenated vegetable oils to act as dry binder in direct compression tablet formulations was investigated using an instrumented rotary tablet press. The effect of these widely used tablet lubricants was compared to Avicel® PH 102, a standard, dry binding excipient in direct compression tablet ...

  8. International Journal of Health Research

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    solid-lipid nanoparticles, etc have ability to avoid resistant chemical and physical barriers to oral absorption and .... adhesion, coating and other methods [27]. Prerequisite for fast dissolution from an ordered mixture ... excipients such as the carrier and coating material. Surfactants like tweens are used to improve aqueous ...

  9. Development and Validation of Reversed Phase High Performance ...

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    Purpose: To develop and validate a new sensitive and low-cost method for the analysis of amlodipine in tablet dosage form using reversed phase .... placebo which was prepared by mixing the excipients without the amlodipine using .... and grant RACE no. 14-. 0014-0020 from Ministry of Education (MOE). REFERENCES.

  10. Formulation and Evaluation of Tramadol HCl Matrix Tablets Using ...

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    Purpose: To formulate and prepare controlled release (CR) matrix tablets of tramadol HCl using Carbopol 974P and 934 polymers as rate-controlling agents. Methods: The tablets were prepared by direct compression method using various drug to polymer (D:P) ratios. Co-excipients, including carboxymethylcellulose, starch ...

  11. Safety and efficacy of a Labisia pumila var alata water extract on ...

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    Feb 5, 2014 ... for women's health presenting uses in women of varying ... powder, macrogol 6000, maltodextrin as excipients, and was .... made using a t-test. Probability values P<0.05 are statistically significant. treatment and placebo groups with respect to the total. SF-36 score or the domains (total physical, total mental ...

  12. The use of supersaturation for the vaginal application of microbicides

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    Grammen, Carolien; Plum, Jakob; Van Den Brande, Jeroen

    2014-01-01

    In this study, we investigated the potential of supersaturation for the formulation of the poorly water-soluble microbicide dapivirine (DPV) in an aqueous vaginal gel in order to enhance its vaginal tissue uptake. Different excipients such as hydroxypropylmethylcellulose, polyethylene glycol 1000...

  13. Effect of molecular weight and glass transition on relaxation and release behaviour of poly(DL-lactic acid) tablets

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    Steendam, R.; Van Steenbergen, M.J.; Hennink, W.E.; Frijlink, H.W.; Lerk, C.F.

    2001-01-01

    Different molecular weight grades of poly(DL-lactic acid) were applied as release controlling excipients in tablets for oral drug administration. The role of molecular weight and glass transition in the mechanism of water-induced volume expansion and drug release of PDLA tablets was investigated.

  14. Manufacture of fibrous dosage forms by wet micro-patterning and drying.

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    Blaesi, Aron H; Saka, Nannaji

    2017-09-18

    Recently, we have introduced fibrous dosage forms prepared by the predictable deposition, or 3D-micro-patterning, of a drug-laden fibrous melt on a surface. Such dosage forms enable precisely controlled microstructures and drug release rates, and can be manufactured by an efficient, continuous melt process. However, the applicability of melt-processing to manufacture pharmaceutical dosage forms is limited because the temperatures at which suitable excipients plasticize by melting are greater than the degradation or melting temperatures of many kinds of drugs. In this work, therefore, a continuous wet micro-patterning process is presented for the manufacture of fibrous dosage forms, wherein the excipient is plasticized by solvation and solidified by drying. Models are developed to illustrate the effects of the fiber radius, the inter-fiber spacing, the drying conditions, and the viscosity of the drug-excipient-solvent mixture on microstructure, drug release properties, and process time of the dosage forms. Experimental results show that the microstructure can be well controlled by the above parameters. They also confirm that the drug release behaviour of the dosage forms is predictable. Furthermore, the small excipient particles and the thin fibers are solvated, micro-patterned, and dried rapidly, in a few seconds or about a minute, respectively, which affords short process times. Thus it is demonstrated that fibrous dosage forms with predictable properties can be readily prepared by a continuous wet micro-patterning process. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  15. The effect of formulation additives on the properties of films prepared ...

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    Background: Natural polymers are becoming useful excipients in pharmaceutical formulations due to their non-toxic and biodegradable properties. One of their common uses is in the manufacture of polymeric films. Objective: This present work is to evaluate the effect of plasticizer type and polymer type on the properties of ...

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    active ingredients, excipients (such as binders and disintegrants), formulation process, packaging and storage conditions. Varied clinical responses in products of the same drug are also dependent .... National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC). None of the products had expired as at the time of ...

  17. Formulation of Sustained-Release Matrix Tablets Using Cross ...

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    characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy (FTIR) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Results: Tablets with MK showed higher mean ..... Park CR, Munday DL. Evaluation of selected polysaccharide excipients in buccoadhesive tablets for sustained release of ...

  18. Formulation and Evaluation of Mouth Dissolving Tablets of Tramadol ...

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    Purpose: To prepare, and evaluate in vitro and in vivo tramadol hydrochloride mouth dissolving tablets (MDT). Methods: Tramadol HCl MDT were prepared by direct compression using Pharmaburst as coprocessed excipient and compared with a reference product (Rybix ODT, 50 mg). Physicochemical parameters including ...

  19. Application of experimental design in examination of the dissolution rate of carbamazepine from formulations: Characterization of the optimal formulation by DSC, TGA, FT-IR and PXRD analysis

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Poor solubility is one of the key reasons for the poor bioavailability of these drugs. This paper displays a formulation of a solid surfactant system with carbamazepine, in order to increase its dissolution rate. Solid state surfactant systems are formed by application of fractal experimental design. Poloxamer 237 and Poloxamer 338 were used as surfactants and Brij® 35 was used as the co-surfactant. The ratios of the excipients and carbamazepine were varied and their effects on the dissolution rate of carbamazepine were examined. Moreover, the effects of the addition of natural (diatomite and a synthetic adsorbent carrier (Neusiline UFL2 on the dissolution rate of carbamazepine were also tested. The prepared surfactant systems were characterized and the influence of the excipients on possible changes of the polymorphous form of carbamazepine examined by application of analytical techniques (DSC, TGA, FT-IR, PXRD. It was determined that an appropriate selection of the excipient type and ratio could provide a significant increase in the carbamazepine dissolution rate. By application of analytical techniques, it was found that that the employed excipients induce a transition of carbamazepine into the amorphous form and that the selected sample was stable for three months, when kept under ambient conditions. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. TR34007

  20. Formulation development and evaluation of fast disintegrating tablets of salbutamol sulphate, cetirizine hydrochloride in combined pharmaceutical dosage form: a new era in novel drug delivery for pediatrics and geriatrics.

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    Sharma, Deepak; Singh, Gurmeet; Kumar, Dinesh; Singh, Mankaran

    2015-01-01

    The objective of the present study was to prepare the fast disintegrating tablet of Salbutamol Sulphate, Cetirizine Hydrochloride in combined tablet dosage form for respiratory disorders such as bronchitis, asthma, and coughing for pediatrics and geriatrics. The tablets were prepared by direct compression technique. Superdisintegrant such as Sodium Starch Glycolate was optimized as 4% on the basis of least disintegration time. Different binders such as MCC and PVP K-30 were optimized along with optimized superdisintegrant concentration. 1% MCC was selected as optimum binder concentration on the basis of least disintegration time. The tablets were evaluated for hardness, friability, weight variation, wetting time, disintegration time, and drug content uniformity. Optimized formulation was further evaluated by in vitro dissolution test, drug-excipient compatibility, and accelerated stability study. Percent weight variation and content uniformity were within the acceptable limit. The friability was less than 1%. The wetting time and disintegration time were practically good for all formulations. FTIR studies and accelerated stability study showed that there was no interaction between the drug and excipients. It was concluded that, by employing commonly available pharmaceutical excipients such as superdisintegrants, hydrophilic and swellable excipients and proper filler, a fast disintegrating tablet of Salbutamol Sulphate, Cetirizine Hydrochloride in combined tablet dosage form, were formulated successfully with desired characteristics.

  1. Application of UV Imaging in Formulation Development

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    Sun, Yu; Østergaard, Jesper

    2017-01-01

    Efficient drug delivery is dependent on the drug substance dissolving in the body fluids, being released from dosage forms and transported to the site of action. A fundamental understanding of the interplay between the physicochemical properties of the active compound and pharmaceutical excipients...

  2. METHODS OF QUANTITATIVE DETERMINATION OF "PHENIGAMMA" ELABORATION USING UV SPECTROPHOTOMETRY

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available We have elaborated a methodology for quantitative determination of new biologically active derivative of GABA using UV spectrophotometry. The results obtained allowed us recommending this methodology for use in pharmaceutical analysis as excipient, and as drug dosage for quantitative analysis

  3. In Vitro And In Vivo Evaluation Of Controlled-Release ...

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    ... the direct compression method using some selective polymers like carbopol 934(CP 934) and hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC K4M) in different amounts along with other tablet excipients. The disks were evaluated for thickness uniformity, weight variation, drug content uniformity, hardness, friability and surface pH.

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    Two simple, sensitive and rapid methods are described for the determination pantoprazole sodium sesqui hydrate ... The methods utilize N-bromosuccinimide, ammonium thiocyanate and Tiron as reagents. The methods ..... excipients and additives such as talc, starch, lactose, sodium alginate, magnesium stearate, calcium ...

  5. Supercritical antisolvent co-precipitation of rifampicin and ethyl cellulose

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    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Rifampicin-loaded submicron-sized particles were prepared through supercritical anti-solvent process using ethyl cellulose as polymeric encapsulating excipient. Ethyl acetate and a mixture of ethyl acetate/dimethyl sulfoxide (70/30 and 85/15) were...

  6. Laktoseholdige lægemidler kan som hovedregel indtages af personer med laktoseintolerans

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    Vinther, Siri; Rumessen, Jüri Johannes; Christensen, Mikkel

    2015-01-01

    Lactose is often used as an excipient in pharmaceutical drugs. Current evidence indicates that the amount of lactose in most drugs is not sufficient to cause symptoms in persons with lactose intolerance, although interindividual differences in sensitivity probably exist. Patient preferences and....../or suboptimal treatment adherence could be reasons for considering lactose-free drug alternatives....

  7. Preformulation studies for generic omeprazole magnesium enteric coated tablets.

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    Migoha, C O; Ratansi, M; Kaale, E; Kagashe, G

    2015-01-01

    Preformulation is an important step in the rational formulation of an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API). Micromeritics properties: bulk density (BD) and tapped density (TD), compressibility index (Carr's index), Hauser's ratio (H), and sieve analysis were performed in order to determine the best excipients to be used in the formulation development of omeprazole magnesium enteric coated tablets. Results show that omeprazole magnesium has fair flow and compressibility properties (BD 0.4 g/mL, TD 0.485 g/mL, Carr's index 17.5%, Hauser's ratio 1.2, and sieve analysis time 5 minutes). There were no significant drug excipient interactions except change in colour in all three conditions in the mixture of omeprazole and aerosil 200. Moisture content loss on drying in all three conditions was not constant and the changes were attributed to surrounding environment during the test time. Changes in the absorption spectra were noted in the mixture of omeprazole and water aerosil only in the visible region of 350-2500 nm. Omeprazole magnesium alone and with all excipients showed no significant changes in omeprazole concentration for a 30-day period. Omeprazole magnesium formulation complies with USP standards with regards to the fineness, flowability, and compressibility of which other excipients can be used in the formulation.

  8. Development and Evaluation of Orally Disintegrating Tablets of ...

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    ... crospovidone and magnesium stearate as key excipients, and with cherry flavor and aspartame as flavor and sweetener, respectively. These formulations were then evaluated using pharmacopoeial and non-pharmacopoeial physical and chemical tests. Dissolution and assay tests were performed using USP apparatus II ...

  9. The tabletting properties of Stearolac-S | Onyechi | Journal of ...

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    The effects of the excipients on tablet hardness, friability, disintegration and dissolution rate were also evaluated. Tablets containing 3 - 4 % w/w STEAROLAC-S gave unit ejection force values comparable to those of tablets containing 2% w/w magnesium stearate. Tablets containing 4% STEAROLAC-S exhibited better ...

  10. Lactose contaminant as steroid degradation enhancer

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    Nieuwmeyer, Florentine; Maarschalk, Kees van der Voort; Vromans, Herman

    2008-01-01

    Purpose. By pharmaceutical processes and in the presence of solid excipients physical-chemical changes are known to occur, leading to increased rate of chemical degradation. The purpose of this work was to determine the critical aspects in the stability of a steroid in the presence of a commonly

  11. Degradation of paracetamol and other constituents in Perfalgan ...

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    Since changes in other components, or excipients, may impact efficacy, these were measured using nuclear magnetic resonance (1H NMR). The octanol:water partition coefficient was used as an indicator of bioavailability. Ultraviolet spectroscopy was used to calculate the penetration of paracetamol in Perfalgan® into the ...

  12. Single column comprehensive analysis of pharmaceutical preparations using dual-injection mixed-mode (ion-exchange and reversed-phase) and hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography.

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    Kazarian, Artaches A; Taylor, Mark R; Haddad, Paul R; Nesterenko, Pavel N; Paull, Brett

    2013-12-01

    The comprehensive separation and detection of hydrophobic and hydrophilic active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), their counter-ions (organic, inorganic) and excipients, using a single mixed-mode chromatographic column, and a dual injection approach is presented. Using a mixed-mode Thermo Fisher Acclaim Trinity P1 column, APIs, their counter-ions and possible degradants were first separated using a combination of anion-exchange, cation-exchange and hydrophobic interactions, using a mobile phase consisting of a dual organic modifier/salt concentration gradient. A complementary method was also developed using the same column for the separation of hydrophilic bulk excipients, using hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC) under high organic solvent mobile phase conditions. These two methods were then combined within a single gradient run using dual sample injection, with the first injection at the start of the applied gradient (mixed-mode retention of solutes), followed by a second sample injection at the end of the gradient (HILIC retention of solutes). Detection using both ultraviolet absorbance and refractive index enabled the sensitive detection of APIs and UV-absorbing counter-ions, together with quantitative determination of bulk excipients. The developed approach was applied successfully to the analysis of a dry powder inhalers (Flixotide(®), Spiriva(®)), enabling comprehensive quantification of all APIs and excipients in the sample. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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    Mar 10, 2014 ... apparatus was set for 500 tapings for 5 min at stroke height 20 mm at the rate of 100 strokes/min (Veerareddy and Vemula ... a mesh no 60. The powdered solid dispersion was mixed with proper portion of crosspovidone. Then excipients other than glidant and lubricant were added and mixed in a poly bag ...

  14. Effect of cyclodextrin concentration on the oral bioavailability of danazol and cinnarizine in rats

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    Holm, Rene; Olesen, Niels Erik; Andersen Hartvig, Rune

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    Cyclodextrins (CDs) are frequently used as an excipient to enhance the intestinal drug absorption of compounds with a low aqueous solubility. However, there exists an intricate interplay between opposing effects that determine the optimal dosing criterion. These opposing effects are the benefits...

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    This part describes the use of cyclodextrin, carbohydrates, hydrotropes, polyglocolized glycerides, dendrimers, acids and miscellaneous carriers in enhancing dissolution of drugs. Keywords: Dissolution enhancement; aqueous solubility, water soluble carriers; lipophilic, excipients. Vikas A Saharan1. Vipin Kukkar1. Mahesh ...

  16. Purification of kappa (k)-carrageenase from locally isolated ...

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    Jun 28, 2012 ... ... (Greer and Yaphe, 1984). Carrageenan and its depolymerized forms as oligosaccharides, which are resulting from carrageenases activity, have been shown to have biological activities such as being an excipient or disintegrant, relieving cough, anti-viral, decreasing blood fat and cholesterin ...

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  18. Direct compression properties of microcrystalline cellulose and its ...

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    The influence of silicified microcrystalline cellulose (SMCC) on the flow, compaction and tableting properties of metronidazole powder was investigated. The study compared medium grades of both SMCC and standard microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) as direct compressible excipients. The bulk densities, Hausner quotient ...

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    It was determined by placing a graduated cylinder, containing a known mass of drug- excipient blend, on mechanical tapping apparatus. The tapped volume was measured by tapping the powder to constant volume. It is expressed in g/ml and is given by. Powder Flow Properties. The flow properties were determined by.

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  1. Application-oriented Crystallization of Pharmaceutical Products

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    . Initially procaine was used to investigate the transformation from salt to free base both during titration with NaOH and during wet massing with various excipients that could influence the micro environmental pH and induce transformation. The study was able to show the apparent reversal in pH change during...

  2. Micromeritic and compation characterization of Lacapregs: a group ...

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    In the study, Lacagpregs, a multifunctional excipient series containing lactose, cashew gum and partially pregelatinized starch, were subjected to micromeritic and compaction characterization to identify the most suitable product for tablet formulation. Sieve analysis, fluid displacement, tapping experiment, Heckel analysis ...

  3. Synergism in Pharmacokinetics of Retagliptin and Metformin ...

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    Keywords: Retagliptin, Metformin, Pharmacokinetic interaction, Synergism, Type 2 diabetes. Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research is ... chemical structure was shown in the Figure 1. Retagliptin has entered into clinical trial ... allergies or hypersensitivity to the study drugs or their excipients; abuse of drugs or alcohol ...

  4. Quality control of the paracetamol drug by chemometrics and imaging spectroscopy in the near infrared region

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    Baptistao, Mariana; Rocha, Werickson Fortunato de Carvalho; Poppi, Ronei Jesus

    2011-09-01

    In this work, it was used imaging spectroscopy and chemometric tools for the development and analysis of paracetamol and excipients in pharmaceutical formulations. It was also built concentration maps to study the distribution of the drug in the tablets surface. Multivariate models based on PLS regression were developed for paracetamol and excipients concentrations prediction. For the construction of the models it was used 31 samples in the tablet form containing the active principle in a concentration range of 30.0-90.0% (w/w) and errors below to 5% were obtained for validation samples. Finally, the study of the distribution in the drug was performed through the distribution maps of concentration of active principle and excipients. The analysis of maps showed the complementarity between the active principle and excipients in the tablets. The region with a high concentration of a constituent must have, necessarily, absence or low concentration of the other one. Thus, an alternative method for the paracetamol drug quality monitoring is presented.

  5. AND KT JAIYEOBA

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    excipients. However, its flow properties are relatively poor and it exhibits low bulk densities. This has been attributed to its small particle size and particle shape. At low compression forces, stress relief is dominated by a slight elastic phase, which has been explained by its hollow microfibrillar structure [3]. At higher forces, it.

  6. Formulation and Evaluation of Ascorbic acid Tablets by Direct ...

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    PURPOSE: To evaluate the tableting properties of microcrystalline starch (MCS) used as a direct compression excipient in the formulation of ascorbic acid tablets and to compare with the properties of tablets produced using microcrystalline cellulose (MCC). METHODS: MCS was obtained by partial hydrolysis of cassava ( ...

  7. Q=kt

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    analysing their release kinetics. An attempt was also made to add other excipients to the spermaceti wax matrix and investigate the release effects. MATERIALS. Spermaceti way was the basic sustained release matrix material and it was obtained from Croda. Chemical Company, Harare, Zimbabwe. Author to whom the.

  8. Effect of Tropical Climatic Conditions on the Stability of Cefaclor Dry ...

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    *The following excipients (mg) were also incorporated in each of the four formulations: Cefaclor monohydrate (266.54), xanthan gum. (30.0), sodium benzoate (10.0), citric acid, anhydrous (10.0) Aerosil 200 (0.02), Tutti Frutti powder flavour (6.0), Orange flavour powder (6.0), sodium lauryl sulphate (0.5), dried maize starch.

  9. Author Details

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    Ordu, JI. Vol 5, No 3 (2011) - Articles Physicochemical characterization of cellulose and powder extracts of cocoa pod husk as pharmaceutical excipients. Abstract. ISSN: 0795-3038. AJOL African Journals Online. HOW TO USE AJOL... for Researchers · for Librarians · for Authors · FAQ's · More about AJOL · AJOL's Partners ...

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    Adeola, JI. Vol 10 (2005) - Articles Extraction and characterization of Vaondezia subterranean (L) (earth pea) starch a potential pharmacuetical excipient. Abstract PDF. ISSN: 1118-1028. AJOL African Journals Online. HOW TO USE AJOL... for Researchers · for Librarians · for Authors · FAQ's · More about AJOL · AJOL's ...

  11. Development of an Optimised Losartan Potassium Press-Coated ...

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    The optimised formulation was further characterized with Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and powder X-ray diffractometry (PXRD) to investigate any drug/excipient modifications/interactions. Results: The tensile strength values of all the PCT were between 1.12 and 1.23MNm-2 and friability was < 0.36 %.

  12. Drug: D05297 [KEGG MEDICUS

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    Full Text Available 71 Dispensing medicines 711 Excipients 7112 Starches D05297 Corn starch (JP16); Starch, corn (NF) CAS: 9005-25-8 PubChem: 17398271 NIKKAJI: J203.726B J203.727K J203.739D J203.741F ...

  13. Tablet mechanics depend on nano and micro scale adhesion, lubrication and structure.

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    Badal Tejedor, Maria; Nordgren, Niklas; Schuleit, Michael; Rutland, Mark W; Millqvist-Fureby, Anna

    2015-01-01

    Tablets are the most convenient form for drug administration. However, despite the ease of manufacturing problems such as powder adhesion occur during the production process. This study presents surface and structural characterization of tablets formulated with commonly used excipients (microcrystalline cellulose (MCC), lactose, mannitol, magnesium (Mg) stearate) pressed under different compaction conditions. Tablet surface analyses were performed with scanning electron microscopy (SEM), profilometry and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The mechanical properties of the tablets were evaluated with a tablet hardness test. Local adhesion detected by AFM decreased when Mg stearate was present in the formulation. Moreover, the tablet strength of plastically deformable excipients such as MCC was significantly decreased after addition of Mg stearate. Combined these facts indicate that Mg stearate affects the particle-particle bonding and thus elastic recovery. The MCC excipient also displayed the highest hardness which is characteristic for a highly cohesive material. This is discussed in the view of the relatively high adhesion found between MCC and a hydrophilic probe at the nanoscale using AFM. In contrast, the tablet strength of brittle materials like lactose and mannitol is unaffected by Mg stearate. Thus fracture occurs within the excipient particles and not at particle boundaries, creating new surfaces not previously exposed to Mg stearate. Such uncoated surfaces may well promote adhesive interactions with tools during manufacture. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. An Integrated Approach to Thermal Analysis of Pharmaceutical Solids

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    Riley, Shelley R. Rabel

    2015-01-01

    A three-tiered experiment for undergraduate Instrumental Analysis students is presented in which students characterize the solid-state thermal behavior of an active pharmaceutical ingredient (acetaminophen) and excipient (a-lactose hydrate) using differential scanning calorimetry, thermogravimetric analysis, and thermal microscopy. Students are…

  15. New mechanisms to explain the effects of added lactose fines on the dispersion performance of adhesive mixtures for inhalation

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    Grasmeijer, Floris; Lexmond, Anne J.; van den Noort, Maarten; Hagedoorn, Paul; Hickey, Anthony J.; Frijlink, Henderik W.; de Boer, Anne

    2014-01-01

    Fine excipient particles or 'fines' have been shown to improve the dispersion performance of carrier-based formulations for dry powder inhalation. Mechanistic formulation studies have focussed mainly on explaining this positive effect. Previous studies have shown that higher drug contents may cause

  16. Effect of Halogen-Treated Water on Micronutrients in Military Ration Beverages

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    hydrperiodidA with disodium dihydrogen pyr"o’ ate added as excipient -) and are manufactured by Wisonsin Parmacal, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Tablets are ocurded so...ready-to-use product lecithin (Optional ingredient) Stabilizers (Optional ingredient) i/Whey, dry, reduced lactose , my be substituted on a 1 for 1

  17. Orally Disintegrating Tablets: A Review

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    mixtures, which result in freezing-point depression and the formation of a glassy solid that may collapse upon drying because of loss of supporting structure during the sublimation process. Such collapse sometimes can be prevented by using various matrix-forming excipients such as mannitol than can induce crystallinity ...

  18. Material and Compression Properties of Native and Co-Processed ...

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    Background: Inadequacies observed in the physicochemical properties of native starches suggest the need to co-process them with standard excipients in order to improve their material and packing properties. Objectives: This work was therefore aimed at characterizing starch obtained from local bread fruit tree, Artocarpus ...

  19. Nanoembedded Microparticles for Stabilization and Delivery of Drug-Loaded Nanoparticles

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    Bohr, Adam; Water, Jorrit; Beck-Broichsitter, Moritz

    2015-01-01

    -drying are frequently used to remove water from the nanoparticle suspensions and to form tailored powder products (e.g., nanoembedded microparticles (NEMs)). NEMs provide an excellent vehicle for both stabilization of nanoparticles and delivery of the nanoparticles to their intended site of action. Excipients...

  20. CELLULOSE FROM PENNISETUM PURPUREUM AS A ...

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    This study was undertaken to process a locally available tablet disintegrant from Pennisetum purpureum inorder to reduce importation of such pharmaceutical excipients into the country. Some physicochemical and flow properties of the processed α-cellulose were studied. The α-cellulose was also employed as disintegrant ...

  1. Microbiological and toxicological studies on cellulose generated ...

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    A pharmaceutical excipient is required to meet certain minimum standards for use in the manufacture of dosage forms. In this study, two of such requirements, microbiological and toxicological suitability, was investigated in respect of cellulose powder derived from an agricultural waste, maize cob. Microbial count data were ...

  2. Microcrystalline cellulose obtained from plant as a pharmaceutical ...

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    This study was aimed at developing pharmaceutical grade microcrystalline cellulose from Chasmanthera dependens stem phloem fibres as a tablet excipient. The microcrystalline cellulose coded CD-MCC, was obtained from the phloem fibres by a two-stage sodium hydroxide delignification process followed by sodium ...

  3. Characterisation of jet-milled and spray dried isoniazid for pulmonary administration

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    Sibum, I.; Grasmeijer, F.; Hagedoorn, P.; Frijlink, H. W.

    The aim of this study was to develop a dry powder isoniazid formulation with no or a limited amount of excipients for pulmonary administration. Milled isoniazid showed an excellent particle size distribution for inhalation, however dispersion was poor. In 78% of the dispersion measurements the

  4. Contact allergens in oral antihistamines.

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    McEnery-Stonelake, Melissa; Silvestri, Dianne L

    2014-01-01

    Excipients in various formulations of active drugs occasionally include known contact allergens. Their ingestion may trigger dermatitis or cause it to become widespread or refractory to therapy. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of common contact allergens among the excipients of oral antihistamines available in this country. We gathered the complete ingredient lists of 2119 different preparations of 12 oral antihistamines from the National Library of Medicine data bank and entered them into an electronic database for analysis. More than half the formulations (55.0%) contained at least 1 member of the 10 allergen families assessed. Most brompheniramine and doxepin preparations included potentially allergenic excipients, whereas fexofenadine was most often free of them. Sorbitan group members, azo dyes, and propylene glycol were the allergens found most frequently in the antihistamines, each present in over 25% of the products. Elixirs, liquids, solutions, suspensions, and syrups were more likely than nonchewable caplets, capsules, and tablets to contain the allergens tabulated (100% vs 39.3%, respectively). Chewable pills frequently contained azo dyes. Ingestion of antihistamines could precipitate a systemic contact dermatitis in a patient sensitized to an allergen present as an excipient in the medicine.

  5. Contact allergy to ingredients of topical medications : results of the European Surveillance System on Contact Allergies (ESSCA), 2009-2012

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    Uter, Wolfgang; Spiewak, Radoslaw; Cooper, Susan M.; Wilkinson, Mark; Sanchez Perez, Javier; Schnuch, Axel; Schuttelaar, Marie-Louise

    2016-01-01

    PurposeThe aim of this study was to give an overview of the prevalence of contact allergy to active ingredients and excipients of topical medications across Europe. MethodsRetrospective analysis of data collected by the European Surveillance System on Contact Allergies () with substances applied to

  6. The malaria scourge: the place of complementary traditional medicine

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    Tropical plants will continue to provide mankind with a dynamic natural laboratory as sources of important medicines, food, cosmetics, and natural pharmaceutical excipients. The WHO recognizes Medicinal Plants as whole plant species or parts thereof whose extracts, decoctions in especially aqueous vehicles whose ...

  7. Compounded laxative formulations for substituting phenolphthalein ...

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    Methods: DSC and HPLC analysis was used to determine the compatibility of sennosides with commonly used excipients before compounding capsules, tablets and effervescent tablets containing sennosides A & B. The physical and chemical stability and release properties of these dosage forms were determined for 12 ...

  8. Physico-chemical properties of a modified biomaterial from ...

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    A modified biomaterial developed from Tympanotonus fuscata shell was characterized, for possible use as a pharmaceutical excipient. A 100 g quantity of pulverized periwinkle shell was digested in 166 ml of 2 M HCl, filtered and neutralized with 5 M NaOH. The precipitate obtained was washed severally with deionized ...

  9. Evaluation of hydroxypropyl methylcellulose matrix systems as swellable gastro-retentive drug delivery systems (GRDDS).

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    Matharu, Amol S; Motto, Michael G; Patel, Mahendra R; Simonelli, Anthony P; Dave, Rutesh H

    2011-01-01

    Utilizing gastro-retentive drug delivery systems (GRDDS) to increase absorption of weakly basic drugs by extending their transit time is a promising approach. Swellable systems were evaluated for this purpose. Such systems demonstrate dual mechanism of release-diffusion and erosion. GRDDS requires maintaining its dimensions, which demands diffusion as a predominant mechanism of release (Fickian). In this work, dypyridamole, a weakly basic drug, together with various grades of hydroxypropyl methylcellulose and different excipients were evaluated for release and swelling properties. Dissolution data were analyzed by curve fitting to various models to estimate predominant release mechanism. It was found that matrices containing a swellable diluent like microcrystalline cellulose demonstrated predominantly Fickian mechanism of release, whereas soluble diluents (lactose and mannitol) contributed to a mixed mechanism of release. Addition of copovidone increased the swelling and survivability, whereas sodium chloride altered the erosion behavior. A correlation between matrix weight loss and drug release was obtained, which further consolidated the analysis. Correlation for the soluble excipients was linear, whereas that for the swellable excipient was nonlinear, implying predominance of Fickian release mechanism for the latter. Hence, the selection of excipients can influence matrix survivability and release kinetics, which can be used for developing GRDDS. Copyright © 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc. and the American Pharmacists Association

  10. Topical gel formulation and stability assessment of platelet lysate based on turbidimetric method

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    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Platelet-rich growth factors have attracted attentions of scientists and clinical practitioners who are involved in wound healing and regenerative medicine extensively, according to their unprecedented potential of promoting and catalyzing healing process. Platelet-rich growth factors are cost-benefit, available and more stable than recombinant human growth factors. These appealing characteristics have converted PRGF to one of the popular candidates for treatment of variety of wounds. According to these valuable properties, we decided to formulate and assess the effect of different excipients on the stability of such valuable protein based formulations. Different excipients have been chosen according to their effective ness on the stability of proteins and their application in other similar formulations. The stabilizing effect of excipients was evaluated by measuring heat-induced aggregation of growth factors by turbidimetric assay. Glycerol, glycine and dextrose were chosen as stabilizing excipients for these formulations. The results show that dextrose has more stabilizing effect on prevention of heat induced aggregation of the platelet lysate growth factors than glycerol and glycine. All of the formulations also contained antioxidant, chelating agents, preservative and carbopol934 in order to form appropriate gel.

  11. Formulation and Evaluation of Liquid Loaded Tablets Containing ...

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    vehicles, miscibility of excipients, rate of emulsification and ternary phase diagrams. ... selected vehicle. Then, the mixture was heated to 37 oC on water bath to facilitate the solubilization. Mixing of the systems was performed using a cyclo-mixer (CM 101, Remi,. India) for .... Dipotassium hydrogen phosphate in 1 L of water.

  12. Formulation and In Vitro Evaluation of Glibenclamide Solid ...

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    Crystallinity of the drug was reduced in the solid dispersions as revealed by the DSC thermograms. The results suggested that solid dispersion with selected excipients is a powerful tool to accelerate the dissolution of glibenclamide, a poorly water-soluble drug. Keywords: glibenclamide, solid dispersion, PEG 6000, PVP ...

  13. An investigation of the direct compression properties of pre ...

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    Batches of acetylsalicylic acid granules and tablets were formulated with the native and pregelatinized forms of both the test and maize starches and microcrystalline cellulose at 5.0 and 10 %w/w by direct compression. Granules were evaluated for their flow properties and drug-excipient compatibility using DSC and FTIR ...

  14. Phosphoric Acid-Mediated Depolymerization and Decrystallization ...

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    Purpose: Low crystallinity celluloses (LCC) are materials that have a substantially reduced degree of crystallinity, typically ranging between 15 and 45%. It is useful as an excipient in preparation of tablets and confectionery products. The aim of this work was to obtain from α- cellulose content of corn cob, a low crystallinity ...

  15. Phosphoric Acid-Mediated Depolymerization and Decrystallization ...

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    Purpose: Low crystallinity celluloses (LCC) are materials that have a substantially reduced degree of crystallinity, typically ranging between 15 and 45%. It is useful as an excipient in preparation of tablets and confectionery products. The aim of this work was to obtain from α-cellulose content of corn cob, a low crystallinity ...

  16. Synergistic Effect of Hydrotrope and Surfactant on Solubility and Dissolution of Atorvastatin Calcium: Screening Factorial Design Followed by Ratio Optimization

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    Patel, V. F.; Sarai, J.

    2014-01-01

    The present study was aimed at investigating the effect of hydrotrope and surfactant on poor solubility of atorvastatin calcium. Excipients screening followed by factorial design was performed to study effect of excipients and manufacturing methods on solubility of drug. Three independent factors (carrier, surfactant and manufacturing method) were evaluated at two levels using solubility as a dependant variable. Solid-state characterisation was performed using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and differential scanning calorimetry. Optimised complex were incorporated into orally disintegrating micro tablets and in vitro dissolution test was performed. Nicotinamide, Plasdone and sodium dodecyl sulphate were emerged as promising excipients from excipient screening. General regression analysis revealed only the type of carrier has significantly enhanced (Psolubility of drug while other factors were found to be nonsignificant. Ratio optimisation trial revealed that drug to nicotinamide ratio is more critical in enhancing the solubility of drug (40 fold increases in solubility compared to pure drug) in comparison to drug-surfactant ratio; however the presence of surfactant deemed essential. Significantly higher rate and extent of dissolution was observed from solid dispersion complex and tablets compared to dissolution of pure drug (Psolubility and dissolution of atorvastatin calcium and this can be explored further. PMID:25593381

  17. Improvement of the Crystal Stability and Dissolution Profile of ...

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    This study was undertaken to improve the solubility of metronidazole by modifying its crystal characteristics using pharmaceutical excipients. Metronidazole granules were formulated with cashew gum (2 – 8% w/w) and microcrystalline cellulose (10% w/w) via kneading, solid dispersion, or physical mixing. Resulting ...

  18. Simultaneous Determination of Famotidine and Flurbiprofen by High ...

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    Purpose: To develop a selective, sensitive and accurate simultaneous High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) method for the analysis of flurbiprofen and famotidine tablet dosage form and excipients. Methods: A simultaneous method for the determination of the two drugs was employed. The assay consisted of ...

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    C.M, Banidas, S.R (2013). Plant exudate and mucilages as pharmaceutical excipients. Jounal of Advance Pharmacy. Education and research vol 3(4):387. Brindha, T. and Malika, J. (2015). GCM analysis of naturally occurring gum exudates of. Azadirachta indicainternational journal of pharmaceutical chemistry 5(06).

  20. A Comparative Evaluation of the Flow and Compaction ...

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    Purpose: Alpha-cellulose obtained as pulp from fibrous plant materials has found use in the pharmaceutical industry as a disintegrant and direct compression diluent. The aim of this study was to evaluate the suitability of α-cellulose obtained from waste paper as a direct compression excipient. Method: The flow and ...

  1. Studies on tableting properties of lactose. Part 2. Consolidation and compaction of different types of crystalline lactose

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    Vromans, H.; de Boer, A.H.; Bolhuis, G.K.; Lerk, C.F.; Kussendrager, K.D.; Bosch, H.

    1985-01-01

    Lactose is available in several crystalline forms, which differ in binding properties. A new method of estimating the fragmentation propensity was applied to investigate the consolidation and compaction behaviour of this excipient for direct compression. Mercury porosimetry was used to demonstrate

  2. [Pharmaceutical drugs containing lactose can as a rule be used by persons with lactose intolerance].

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    Vinther, Siri; Rumessen, Jöri Johannes; Christensen, Mikkel

    2015-03-09

    Lactose is often used as an excipient in pharmaceutical drugs. Current evidence indicates that the amount of lactose in most drugs is not sufficient to cause symptoms in persons with lactose intolerance, although interindividual differences in sensitivity probably exist. Patient preferences and/or suboptimal treatment adherence could be reasons for considering lactose-free drug alternatives.

  3. Use of low-frequency Raman spectroscopy and chemometrics for the quantification of crystallinity in amorphous griseofulvin tablets

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    Mah, Pei T.; Fraser, Sara J.; Reish, Matthew E.

    2015-01-01

    Low-frequency Raman spectroscopy, which directly probes phonon lattice modes of crystal structures, has much unexplored potential for sensitive qualitative and quantitative analysis of crystallinity in drugs and excipients. In this study, the level of crystallinity in tablets containing amorphous...

  4. A Comparative Study of the Compaction Properties of Binary and ...

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    Purpose: To comparatively evaluate the tableting properties of binary mixtures and bilayer tablets containing plastic deformation and brittle fracture excipients. Methods: Binary mixture and bilayer tablets of microcrystalline cellulose (MCC), ethyl cellulose, anhydrous lactose and dextrate were prepared by direct compression ...

  5. Optimisation of the composition and production of mannitol/microcrystalline cellulose tablets

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    Westerhuis, J.A; de Haan, P; Zwinkels, J; Jansen, W.T; Coenegracht, P.M J; Lerk, C.F

    1996-01-01

    Mixtures of mannitol and microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) were investigated on a small-production scale by granulation in a high-shear mixer and compression into tablets. For both excipients only a few cases of incompatibilities with active ingredients are known. Tablets with only MCC as the filler

  6. Formulation and Optimization of Gastric Bioadhesive Tablets of ...

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    Purpose: To develop bioadhesive tablets of diltiazem hydrochloride with a unique combination of bioadhesion and drug release. Method: Tablets were prepared by physical blending of diltiazem hydrochloride with two polymers, viz., carbopol and hydroxylpropyl methyl cellulose in different ratio along with other excipients.

  7. Polyols as filler-binders for disintegrating tablets prepared by direct compaction

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    Bolhuis, Gerad K.; Rexwinkel, Erik G.; Zuurman, Klaas

    Background: Although polyols are frequently used as tablet excipients in lozenges, chewing tablets, and orodisperse tablets, special directly compressible (DC) forms are recommended as filler-binder in common disintegrating tablets. Aim: In this article, DC types of isomalt, lactitol, mannitol,

  8. Extract-filter-shoot liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry for analysis of vitamin D2 in a powdered supplement capsule and SRM 3280

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    An ‘extract-filter-shoot’ method for analysis of vitamin D2, ergocalciferol, in a dry powdered dietary supplement capsule containing rice flour excipient and in National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standard reference material (SRM) 3280 is reported. Quantification of vitamin D2 was...

  9. Developments in the formulation and delivery of spray dried vaccines

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    Kanojia, Gaurav; Have, Rimko Ten; Soema, Peter C; Frijlink, Henderik; Amorij, Jean-Pierre; Kersten, Gideon

    2017-01-01

    Spray drying is a promising method for the stabilization of vaccines, which are usually formulated as liquids. Usually, vaccine stability is improved by spray drying in the presence of a range of excipients. Unlike freeze drying, there is no freezing step involved, thus the damage related to this

  10. Dry influenza vaccines : towards a stable, effective and convenient alternative to conventional parenteral influenza vaccination

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    Tomar, Jasmine; Born, Philip A.; Frijlink, Henderik W.; Hinrichs, Wouter L. J.

    2016-01-01

    Cold-chain requirements, limited stockpiling potential and the lack of potent immune responses are major challenges of parenterally formulated influenza vaccines. Decreased cold chain dependence and stockpiling can be achieved if vaccines are formulated in a dry state using suitable excipients and

  11. The Development of Direct Extrusion-Injection Moulded Zein Matrices as Novel Oral Controlled Drug Delivery Systems

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    Bouman, Jacob; Belton, Peter; Venema, Paul; van der Linden, Erik; de Vries, Renko; Qi, Sheng

    Purpose To evaluate the potential of zein as a sole excipient for controlled release formulations prepared by hot melt extrusion. Methods Physical mixtures of zein, water and crystalline paracetamol were hot melt extruded (HME) at 80 degrees C and injection moulded (IM) into caplet forms. HME-IM

  12. CONTROLLED-RELEASE OF PARACETAMOL FROM AMYLODEXTRIN TABLETS - IN-VITRO AND IN-VIVO RESULTS

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    VANDERVEEN, J; EISSENS, AC; LERK, CF

    Amylodextrin is a suitable excipient for the design of solid controlled-release systems. The release of paracetamol from tablets containing 30% drug and 70% amylodextrin was studied in vitro and in vivo. In vitro dissolution profiles showed almost-constant drug release rates during 8 hr, when

  13. Controlled Release from Zein Matrices : Interplay of Drug Hydrophobicity and pH

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    Bouman, Jacob; Belton, Peter; Venema, Paul; van der Linden, Erik; de Vries, Renko; Qi, Sheng

    In earlier studies, the corn protein zein is found to be suitable as a sustained release agent, yet the range of drugs for which zein has been studied remains small. Here, zein is used as a sole excipient for drugs differing in hydrophobicity and isoelectric point: indomethacin, paracetamol and

  14. Controlled Release from Zein Matrices

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    Bouman, Jacob; Belton, Peter; Venema, Paul; Linden, Van Der Erik; Vries, De Renko; Qi, Sheng

    2016-01-01

    Purpose: In earlier studies, the corn protein zein is found to be suitable as a sustained release agent, yet the range of drugs for which zein has been studied remains small. Here, zein is used as a sole excipient for drugs differing in hydrophobicity and isoelectric point: indomethacin,

  15. Formulation and process development of (recombinant human) deoxyribonuclease I as a powder for inhalation

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    Zijlstra, Gerrit S; Ponsioen, Bart J; Hummel, Sylvia A; Sanders, Niek; Hinrichs, Wouter L J; de Boer, Anne H; Frijlink, Henderik W

    2009-01-01

    A formulation and process development study was performed to formulate recombinant human deoxyribonuclease I as a powder for inhalation. First, excipient compatibility (with bovine DNase as a model substance) was examined with a stability study at stressed conditions (60 and 85 degrees C) while

  16. The extra-phosphate intestinal load from medications: is it a real concern?

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    Cupisti, Adamasco; Moriconi, Diego; D'Alessandro, Claudia; Verde, Francesco; Marchini, Michele; Saba, Alessandro; Egidi, Maria Francesca

    2016-12-01

    Reduction of intestinal load of phosphorus is important for the prevention and treatment of chronic kidney disease (CKD)-mineral and bone disorder (MBD). However, this strategy is limited by patients' poor adherence to dietary prescription and by the existence of hidden sources of phosphorus. In addition to food containing phosphate-based additives, it was recently claimed that medications may contribute to increase the load of phosphate (P), mainly present as an excipient. To identify medications containing P as an excipient, we performed a systematic screening of medications which could potentially be prescribed for chronic oral therapies in CKD patients. We examined 311 active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and 3763 branded or generic medications, identified by the anatomical therapeutic chemical (ATC) international classification system. Sixty APIs (19.3 %) included at least one medication containing P as an excipient. In total, 472 medications (12.5 %) listed P as an excipient. The prevalence of medications containing phosphate as an excipient was highest for oral antidiabetic medications (23.8 %), followed by antidepressant (19.2 %), antihypertensive (17.5 %) and gastro-intestinal tract (16.4 %) medications. All other classes showed a prevalence phosphate were identified as well as the prevalence of both branded and generic medications. Calcium hydrogen phosphate was the most prevalent form (77.7 %) of phosphate as an excipient. Our results suggest that the prevalence of phosphate-containing medications is quite low and it is possible to identify, within each drug category, the medications containing P as an excipient. Calcium phosphate, the most prevalent form, has a lower rate of intestinal absorption than sodium phosphate salts. We did not measure the actual P content, but existing data (measured or estimated) show that it is generally low, except for a few medications that can be easily identified. Thus, the extra-phosphate load from medications

  17. Photolytic Cross-Linking to Probe Protein-Protein and Protein-Matrix Interactions in Lyophilized Powders.

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    Iyer, Lavanya K; Moorthy, Balakrishnan S; Topp, Elizabeth M

    2015-09-08

    Protein structure and local environment in lyophilized formulations were probed using high-resolution solid-state photolytic cross-linking with mass spectrometric analysis (ssPC-MS). In order to characterize structure and microenvironment, protein-protein, protein-excipient, and protein-water interactions in lyophilized powders were identified. Myoglobin (Mb) was derivatized in solution with the heterobifunctional probe succinimidyl 4,4'-azipentanoate (SDA) and the structural integrity of the labeled protein (Mb-SDA) confirmed using CD spectroscopy and liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC-MS). Mb-SDA was then formulated with and without excipients (raffinose, guanidine hydrochloride (Gdn HCl)) and lyophilized. The freeze-dried powder was irradiated with ultraviolet light at 365 nm for 30 min to produce cross-linked adducts that were analyzed at the intact protein level and after trypsin digestion. SDA-labeling produced Mb carrying up to five labels, as detected by LC-MS. Following lyophilization and irradiation, cross-linked peptide-peptide, peptide-water, and peptide-raffinose adducts were detected. The exposure of Mb side chains to the matrix was quantified based on the number of different peptide-peptide, peptide-water, and peptide-excipient adducts detected. In the absence of excipients, peptide-peptide adducts involving the CD, DE, and EF loops and helix H were common. In the raffinose formulation, peptide-peptide adducts were more distributed throughout the molecule. The Gdn HCl formulation showed more protein-protein and protein-water adducts than the other formulations, consistent with protein unfolding and increased matrix interactions. The results demonstrate that ssPC-MS can be used to distinguish excipient effects and characterize the local protein environment in lyophilized formulations with high resolution.

  18. The role of physico-chemical and bulk characteristics of co-spray dried L-leucine and polyvinylpyrrolidone on glidant and binder properties in interactive mixtures.

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    Mangal, Sharad; Meiser, Felix; Lakio, Satu; Morton, David; Larson, Ian

    2015-02-20

    In this study, polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) was spray dried with l-leucine (PVP-Leu) to create a prototype multifunctional interactive excipient. The physico-chemical and bulk properties such as particle size, surface composition, surface energy and bulk cohesion of PVP-Leu was measured and compared against pure spray dried PVP (PVP-SD). The mixing behaviour of these excipients and their effect on flow and binder activity of paracetamol was assessed. The mean particle sizes of PVP-Leu PVP-SD and PVP were 2.5, 2.1 and 21.9μm, respectively. Surface composition characterization indicated that l-leucine achieved higher concentrations on the surface compared to the bulk of the PVP-Leu particles. The surface energy of PVP-Leu was significantly lower compared to PVP-SD. In addition, PVP-Leu exhibited a significantly lower bulk cohesion compared PVP-SD. The excipients were blended with paracetamol and qualitative characterization indicated that PVP-Leu blended more homogeneously with paracetamol compared to PVP-SD. Both PVP-Leu and PVP-SD then exhibited a significantly improved binder activity compared to PVP. The flow of the paracetamol was markedly improved with PVP-Leu while PVP-SD and PVP had negligible effect on its flow. This study reveals how physico-chemical and bulk properties of such prototype interactive excipients can play a key role in determining multi-factorial excipient performance. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  19. In vitro models to evaluate the permeability of poorly soluble drug entities: Challenges and perspectives

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    Buckley, S. T.; Fischer, S. M.; Fricker, G.

    2012-01-01

    The application of in vitro models in drug permeability studies represents a useful screening tool for assessing the biopharmaceutical appropriateness of new chemical entities (NCEs). Of note, there remains an ever-increasing number of NCEs which exhibit poor aqueous solubility. However...... a more bio-relevant model system which offers good compatibility with poorly soluble compounds. Moreover, in many instances poorly soluble drugs necessitate the inclusion of excipients to facilitate efficient delivery and to enhance their bioavailability. Thus, there exists an increasing demand...... for in vitro models which can effectively appraise the effects of excipients on a drug's permeability. Herein, we provide an overview of those models currently in use and discuss their associated benefits and drawbacks. Furthermore, we review the challenges encountered in assaying the permeability of poorly...

  20. Compatibility and stability of valsartan in a solid pharmaceutical formulation

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    Tamíris Amanda Júlio

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Valsartan (VAL is a highly selective blocker of the angiotensin II receptor that has been widely used in the treatment of hypertension. Active pharmaceutical ingredient compatibility with excipients (crospovidone, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose and titanium dioxide is usually evaluated in solid pharmaceutical development. Compatibility and stability can be evaluated by liquid chromatography. Studies were performed using binary mixtures of 1:1 (w/w VAL/excipient; samples were stored under accelerated stability test conditions (40 ºC at 75% relative humidity. The results indicate that VAL is incompatible with crospovidone and hypromellose, which reduced the VAL content and gave rise to new peaks in the chromatogram due to degradation products.

  1. A new way of solid dosage form samples preparation for SEM and FTIR using microtome.

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    Šimek, Michal; Grünwaldová, Veronika; Kratochvíl, Bohumil

    2014-06-01

    Rapid and correct production of generic solid dosage forms requires a large amount of analytical data and conclusions. Modern analytical techniques have a good resolution and accuracy and allow obtaining a lot of information about the original product. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) is used for observation and assessing individual layers, core and surface of solid dosage forms. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy mapping allows determining the distribution and characterization of individual components in a solid dosage form. However, the samples prepared by common way, using scalpel or tablet splitter, are not good enough. It was the reason for development of a new and better method of sample preparation, which uses microtome. Well-prepared samples analyzed by SEM and FTIR mapping allow to determine a solid dosage form formulation, excipient content and distribution of excipient and active pharmaceutical ingredient.

  2. Application of methods for quantifying maximum potential segregation and actual segregation risk to design of powder blends

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    Goldfarb, David; Conway, Stephen; Gentzler, Michael

    2016-11-01

    As described in a recent publication, the tendency of pharmaceutical powders to demix due to segregation can threaten the content uniformity of solid dosage forms. Using the methodology established in this publication, examples of analysis and optimization of pharmaceutical formulations to evaluate the potential for segregation during formulation and reduce the risk of content uniformity issues upon scale-up are provided. Modification to active components and excipient properties are considered and a systematic risk assessment approach for multi-component blends emerges. Use of the measurements to understand excipient and raw material sensitivities in lieu of pilot and commercial-scale production tests is described. This approach has the potential for being readily applied to the study of the segregation risk potential outside the pharmaceutical industry.

  3. Design and Evaluation of Cefixime Fast Dissolving Tablets Using Super Disintegrating Agents

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    V L Narasaiah

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the present investigation was to formulate fast dissolving tablets of Cefixime by wet granulation using super disintegrants such as crospovidone, croscarmellose sodium, and sodium starch glycolate. The prepared tablets were evaluated for post compressional parameters like hardness, friability, weight variation, in-vitro disintegration time, in-vitro dispersion time, wetting time, in-vitro drug release studies. The drug-excipient interaction was studied by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR studies. No chemical interaction between drug and excipients was confirmed by FTIR studies. Amongst all formulations, formulation F12 prepared by 24 mg of crospovidone showed less disintegrating time of 18.4 sec and faster dissolution. Enhancement of oral Bioavailability of cefixime can be increased by formulating it as a Fast Dissolving Tablet using crospovidone as super disintegrating agent.

  4. Lack of a hypotensive effect with rapid administration of a new aqueous formulation of intravenous amiodarone.

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    Somberg, John C; Timar, Sandor; Bailin, Steven J; Lakatos, Ferenc; Haffajee, Charles I; Tarjan, Jeno; Paladino, Walter P; Sarosi, Istvan; Kerin, Nicholas Z; Borbola, Jozsef; Bridges, Duane E; Molnar, Janos

    2004-03-01

    Hypotension is the most frequent adverse event reported with intravenous amiodarone. Hypotension has been attributed to the vasoactive solvents of the standard formulation (Cordarone IV) and is not dose related, but related to the rate of infusion. Drug labeling calls for intravenous amiodarone to be administered over 10 minutes. A new aqueous formulation of amiodarone (Amio-Aqueous) does not contain vasoactive excipients and may be administered safely by rapid administration without hypotension. This hypothesis was tested using combined data of 4 clinical trials; each assessed the development of hypotension prospectively. Hypotension was defined as a 25% decrease in systolic blood pressure (BP), with the development of a systolic BP of amiodarone formulation, because Cordarone cannot be administered by rapid bolus owing to excipient-related hypotension.

  5. The effect of surfactants on the dissolution behavior of amorphous formulations

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    Mah, Pei T; Peltonen, Leena; Novakovic, Dunja

    2016-01-01

    in detail. The main aim of this study was to investigate the effect of surfactant on the dissolution behavior of neat amorphous drug and binary polymer based solid dispersion. Indomethacin was used as the model drug and the surfactants studied were polysorbate 80 and poloxamer 407. The presence...... of surfactants (alone or in combination with polymers) in the buffer was detrimental to the dissolution of neat amorphous indomethacin, suggesting that the surfactants promoted the crystallization of neat amorphous indomethacin. In contrast, the presence of surfactants (0.01% w/v) in the buffer resulted...... studies of neat amorphous drugs requires prudent consideration. The design of amorphous formulations with optimal dissolution performance requires the appropriate selection of a combination of excipients and consideration of the method of introducing the excipients....

  6. Characterisation and functionality of inhalation anhydrous lactose.

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    Pitchayajittipong, Chonladda; Price, Robert; Shur, Jagdeep; Kaerger, J Sebastian; Edge, Stephen

    2010-05-10

    The relationships between the physicochemical properties and functionality in dry powder inhaler (DPI) performance was investigated for inhalation grade anhydrous lactose and compared to monohydrate grades. The excipients were characterised using a range of techniques including particle size analysis, moisture sorption and powder rheometry. The inhalation anhydrous lactose grades were readily characterisable. The aerosolisation performance of capsule based DPI formulations containing budesonide (200microg) and different grades of lactose evaluated using inertial impaction measurements produced fine particle doses of budesonide ranging from 24 to 49microg. There were no apparent relationships between aerosolisation performance and excipient characteristics, such as particle size and powder density. However, formulations containing lactose grades which exhibit higher powder fluidisation energy values resulted in higher fine particle doses of budesonide. Copyright 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. SILYMARIN FOOD SUPPLEMENTS – ORAL SOLID DOSAGE FORMS

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    FELICIA G. GLIGOR

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Several tablet formulations containing silymarin were developed, in order to meet the requirements of different markets. Milk thistle - Silybum marianum (L. Gaertn – standardized extracts have proven their positive effect on liver functionality plus other health benefits. Lactose is a widely used excipient for the production of oral solid dosage forms. One important inconvenient of lactose is related to the lactose intolerant potential customers. Cellulose, isomalt and dicalcium phosphate have been selected as alternative possible tablet binders and diluents. Laboratory and pilot batches were studied for each excipient. The pharmacotechnical properties and silybin content of the tablets were measured and recorded in accordance to the European Pharmacopoeia. All pilot batches had results in the desired range of values in order to permit large scale compacting and blistering of the tablets. Currently the formulations containing isomalt and dicalcium phosphate that made the subject of this study are being produced on industrial scale.

  8. Improvement of dissolution rate of indomethacin by inkjet printing

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    Wickström, Henrika; Palo, Mirja; Rijckaert, Karen

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study was to prepare printable inks of the poorly water soluble drug indomethacin (IMC), fabricate printed systems with flexible doses and investigate the effect of ink excipients on the printability, dissolution rate and the solid state properties of the drug. A piezoelectric...... inkjet printer was used to print 1×1cm2 squares onto a paper substrate and an impermeable transparency film. l-arginine (ARG) and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) were used as additional formulation excipients. Accurately dosed samples were generated as a result of the ink and droplet formation optimization....... Increased dissolution rate was obtained for all formulations. The formulation with IMC and ARG printed on transparency film resulted in a co-amorphous system. The solid state characteristics of the printed drug on porous paper substrates were not possible to determine due to strong interference from...

  9. Obtaining fast dissolving disintegrating tablets with different doses of melatonin.

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    Muñoz, H; Castan, H; Clares, B; Ruiz, M A

    2014-06-05

    Fast dissolving disintegrating tablets (FDDTs) containing different dosages of melatonin have been manufactured for administration to a specific target population: pediatric patients, having potential difficulties taking other oral forms. The lower dosages (3 and 5mg) are intended for epileptic children, migraine prevention, neurodevelopmental disability, sleep disorders and blindness. Dosages of 10 and 60 mg are intended for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Two FDDT groups have been designed, one which has excipients for direct compression and others having direct compression and effervescent excipients. Tablets have been produced having disintegration times of less than 25s and with friability and hardness values that require no special storage or packaging conditions. Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  10. Application of SeDeM expert systems in preformulation studies of pediatric ibuprofen ODT tablets

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    Sipos Emese

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Pediatric, ibuprofen containing orodispersible tablets (ODTs were prepared using the SeDeM expert system methodology. In order to facilitate formulation, directly compressible ibuprofen was employed (Ibuprofen DC 8TM and characterized using its SeDeM profile. The mannitol based superdisintegrant Ludiflash® was characterized by the SeDeM-ODT expert system, which also allowed calculation of the optimal excipient concentration in order to obtain suitable tablet hardness and disintegration time. After adding a sweetener and a standard combination of lubricants, the optimized formulation was directly compressed into tablets and evaluated in terms of tablet hardness, friability, disintegration time and dissolution profile. The SeDeM method was applied to determine the amount of corrective excipient (Ludiflash® required for the compression of Ibuprofen DC 85TM in order to achieve suitable ODTs. Adequate tablet hardness, disintegration time, friability and dissolution profiles were found during tablet evaluation.

  11. Multispectral UV imaging for surface analysis of MUPS tablets with special focus on the pellet distribution

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    Novikova, Anna; Carstensen, Jens Michael; Rades, Thomas

    2016-01-01

    In the present study the applicability of multispectral UV imaging in combination with multivariate image analysis for surface evaluation of MUPS tablets was investigated with respect to the differentiation of the API pellets from the excipients matrix, estimation of the drug content as well...... as pellet distribution, and influence of the coating material and tablet thickness on the predictive model. Different formulations consisting of coated drug pellets with two coating polymers (Aquacoat(®) ECD and Eudragit(®) NE 30 D) at three coating levels each were compressed to MUPS tablets with various...... amounts of coated pellets and different tablet thicknesses. The coated drug pellets were clearly distinguishable from the excipients matrix using a partial least squares approach regardless of the coating layer thickness and coating material used. Furthermore, the number of the detected drug pellets...

  12. Effects of microencapsulation on bioavailability of fish oil omega-3 fatty acids

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    Christophersen, Philip Carsten B; Yang, Mingshi; Mu, Huiling

    2016-01-01

    Increased research interest in the health benefits of fish oils and the wide publicity of these studies have led to the marketing and launch of a wide array of new and traditional food and beverage products enriched with omega-3 fatty acids. This chapter focuses on the impact of microencapsulation...... stability by preventing oxidation and ensuring satisfactory organoleptic properties. Even though encapsulation excipients food matrices and lipid structures can affect the absorption rate of omega-3 fatty acids in short-term studies, microencapsulated fish oil and omega-3 fatty acids enriched foods...... and other factors on the bioavailability of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oils. To help understand the impact of microencapsulation on bioavailability of omega-3 fatty acids, it presents a brief overview of encapsulation techniques and excipients used. Microencapsulation of fish oil improves its chemical...

  13. Curcumin?cyclodextrin complexes potentiate gemcitabine effects in an orthotopic mouse model of lung cancer

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    Rocks, N; Bekaert, S.; Coia, I.; Paulissen, G; Gueders, M; Evrard, B.; Van Heugen, J-C; Chiap, P.; Foidart, J-M; Noel, A.; Cataldo, D.

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    Background: Overall clinical outcome for advanced lung cancer remains very disappointing despite recent advances in treatment. Curcumin has been reported as potentially active against cancer. Methods: Owing to poor curcumin solubility, we have used cyclodextrins (CD) as an excipient allowing a considerable increase of aqueous solubility and bioavailability of curcumin. The effects of solubilised curcumin have been evaluated in cell cultures as well as in an in vivo orthotopic lung tumour mous...

  14. Solid lipid particles for oral delivery of peptide and protein drugs I - Elucidating the release mechanism of lysozyme during lipolysis

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    Christophersen, Philip Carsten B; Zhang, L.; Yang, M

    2013-01-01

    The mechanism of protein release from solid lipid particles was investigated by a new lipolysis model in a biorelevant medium containing both bile salts and phospholipids. Lysozyme, a model protein, was formulated into solid lipid particles using four different types of lipids, two triglycerides ...... the drug release mechanism from solid lipid particles and can potentially be used in rational selection of lipid excipients for oral delivery of peptide/protein drugs....

  15. A multicenter, open-label, long-term safety and tolerability study of DFN-02, an intranasal spray of sumatriptan 10?mg plus permeation enhancer DDM, for the acute treatment of episodic migraine

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    Munjal, Sagar; Brand-Schieber, Elimor; Allenby, Kent; Spierings, Egilius L.H.; Cady, Roger K.; Rapoport, Alan M.

    2017-01-01

    Background DFN-02 is a novel intranasal spray formulation composed of sumatriptan 10?mg and a permeation-enhancing excipient comprised of 0.2% 1-O-n-Dodecyl-?-D-Maltopyranoside (DDM). This composition of DFN-02 allows sumatriptan to be rapidly absorbed into the systemic circulation and exhibit pharmacokinetics comparable to subcutaneously administered sumatriptan. Rapid rate of absorption is suggested to be important for optimal efficacy. The objective of this study was to evaluate the safety...

  16. The chemistry and sources of fructose and their effect on its utility and health implications

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    Thomas Barclay

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Fructose is a significant component in unprocessed food and has become one of the most commonly sweeteners used in food manufacturing. Fructose is also a useful pharmaceutical excipient and derivatives of fructose are exploited as renewable chemical building blocks. Fructose based polysaccharides have extensive pharmaceutical and dietary functions. We discuss here the chemistry and physical behaviours of this saccharide and how these factors affect the utility and health implications of fructose.

  17. The origin of life and the potential role of soaps

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    Hanczyc, Martin M.; Monnard, Pierre-Alain

    2016-01-01

    Single chain amphiphiles, such as fatty acids and alkyl sulfates, have found industrial uses as emulsifying agents, lubricants, detergents and soaps. Fatty acids are also used as excipients and, because of their biochemical activity, even as active ingredients in drug formulations. The applicatio...... of chemical model systems, so called protocells, aiming at understanding how cellular life emerged on the early Earth, at the time abiotic environment, and could evolve toward contemporary cells....

  18. A Validated Stability-Indicating HPLC Method for Routine Analysis of an Injectable Lincomycin and Spectinomycin Formulation

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    Abualhasan,Murad; Batrawi, Nidal; SUTCLIFFE, Oliver; ZAID, Abdel

    2012-01-01

    Lincomycin and spectinomycin combination therapy is widely used in veterinary medicine for the treatment of gastrointestinal and respiratory infections caused by lincomycin- and spectinomycin-sensitive microorganisms. A simple, reverse phase HPLC method for the analysis of samples of an injectable lincomycin and spectinomycin preparation containing a mixture of inactive excipients has been developed. The HPLC was carried out using the RP-C18 (250 mm × 4.0 mm, 5 μm) column, with the gradient m...

  19. Optimization Of Lozenges Formula Of Senggugu Root Bark (Clerodendrum Serratum L. Moon) Extracts For Mucus Diluent (Mucolitic) In Combination With Mannitol-lactose-sucrose Fillers

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    Sulaiman, T.N. Saifullah; Puspita, Desi Elvira Cindy; Wahyono, Wahyono

    2015-01-01

    Senggugu root bark (Clerodendrum serratum L. Moon) is known as a mucolitics. Senggugu root bark is made in the dosage form of lozenges in combination with sucrose, mannitol and lactose in order to obtain good flavor and comfortable when consumed. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of the combination of fillers on the physical properties of granules and tablets as well as the composition of the combination of excipients to produce lozenges of extract of senggugu root bark wi...

  20. Mueller matrix characterization of porous media in visible

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    S. Savenkov

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we apply Mueller polarimetry to study different samples of porous media compacted as tablets from a pharmaceutical excipient microcrystalline cellulose. We measured the Mueller matrices of the samples with the home made polarimeter using a He-Ne laser (0.63 μm. We show that polarization entropy manifests the highest sensitivity to the porosity allowing to identify the tablets of different porosities.

  1. Amino acids as co-amorphous stabilizers for poorly water-soluble drugs - Part 2

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    Löbmann, K.; Laitinen, R.; Strachan, C.

    2013-01-01

    The formation of co-amorphous drug-drug mixtures has proved to be a powerful approach to stabilize the amorphous form and at the same time increase the dissolution of poorly water-soluble drugs. Molecular interactions in these co-amorphous formulations can play a crucial role in stabilization...... as small molecular weight excipients in co-amorphous formulations to stabilize the amorphous form of a poorly water-soluble drug through strong and specific molecular interactions with the drug....

  2. New binary solid dispersion of indomethacin and croscarmellose sodium: physical characterization and in vitro dissolution enhancement.

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    Silvina G. Castro; María V. Ramírez-Rigo; Daniel A. Allemandi; Santiago D. Palma

    2016-01-01

    Solid dispersions (SDx) containing Indomethacin (IND), a poorly water-soluble drug, and the disintegrant excipient sodium croscarmellose (SC) were prepared by a co-drying method and characterized by Infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). An FT-IR analysis performed on IND-SC solid dispersion and their physical mixtures indicated that IND does not interact with SC in the solid state. An analysis of...

  3. Improving powder flow properties of a direct compression formulation using a two-step glidant mixing process.

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    Abe, Hidaka; Yasui, Shinichiro; Kuwata, Aya; Takeuchi, Hirofumi

    2009-07-01

    To improve powder flow of a high-dose direct compression formulation (drug content 30%), we compared a two-step operation for mixing glidants with a conventional one-step glidant mixing process. This two-step mixing operation was studied with two kinds of mixtures; an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API)-glidant combination and a direct compression excipient-glidant combination. The two-step operation permitted the selection of the optimum glidant type and concentration in each glidant-mixing procedure even though the formulation had different powder properties such as micronized API and enlarged direct compression vehicles, whereas the conventional approaches forced the selection of a certain glidant type and concentration at one-step mixing. The addition of 0.5% nonporous silica markedly improved API flow. In contrast, 1.0% porous silica was the appropriate glidant to enhance excipient flow at direct compression excipient-glidant mixing. The two-step operation dominantly enhanced powder flow when the appropriate API-glidant mixture and the suitable direct compression excipients-glidant mixture were blended compared to the one-step operation with its optimum glidant concentration. The results showed that the angle of repose was 43 degrees and the critical orifice diameter was 10 mm in the two-step operation, whereas it was 47 degrees and 16 mm in the one-step operation. The two-step operation of glidant mixing enhanced powder flow of the high-dose direct compression formulation compared with the one-step operation. The two-step operation eliminates the bottleneck of powder flow and allows direct compression to be more worth applying for formulation and process development trials.

  4. A study on moisture isotherms of formulations: the Use of polynomial equations to predict the moisture isotherms of tablet products

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    Li, Yanxia; Sanzgiri, Yeshwant D.; Chen, Yisheng

    2003-01-01

    The objectives of this study were to investigate the effects of manufacturing parameters on the moisture sorption isotherms of some tablet formulations and to predict the moisture isotherms of the final formulations using polynomial equations. Three tablet formulations including a placebo and 2 drug products were prepared through wet granulation, drying, compression, and coating processes. Equilibrium moisture content of excipients and granules at 25°C with different relative humidities were ...

  5. Preliminary Studies on Solid Lipid Microparticles of Loratadine for ...

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    Results: Drug content of microparticles was > 87.96 %. FT-IR and DSC analysis indicated that the drug and excipients were compatible for at least 6 months at room temperature after production. Microparticle size was between 86 ± 5.63 ìm and 184 ± 13.21 ìm while mean droplet size of O/W emulsion was 76 ± 3.45 ìm.

  6. Soluplus® as an effective absorption enhancer of poorly soluble drugs in vitro and in vivo.

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    Linn, Michael; Collnot, Eva-Maria; Djuric, Dejan; Hempel, Katja; Fabian, Eric; Kolter, Karl; Lehr, Claus-Michael

    2012-02-14

    As many new active pharmaceutical ingredients are poorly water soluble, solubility enhancers are one possibility to overcome the hurdles of drug dissolution and absorption in oral drug delivery. In the present work a novel solubility enhancing excipient (Soluplus®) was tested for its capability to improve intestinal drug absorption. BCS class II compounds danazol, fenofibrate and itraconazole were tested both in vivo in beagle dogs and in vitro in transport experiments across Caco-2 cell monolayers. Each drug was applied as pure crystalline substance, in a physical mixture with Soluplus®, and as solid solution of the drug in the excipient. In the animal studies a many fold increase in plasma AUC was observed for the solid solutions of drug in Soluplus® compared to the respective pure drug. An effect of Soluplus® in a physical mixture with the drug could be detected for fenofibrate. In vitro transport studies confirm the strong effect of Soluplus® on the absorption behavior of the three tested drugs. Furthermore, the increase of drug flux across Caco-2 monolayer is correlating to the increase in plasma AUC and C(max)in vivo. For these poorly soluble substances Soluplus® has a strong potential to improve oral bioavailability. The applicability of Caco-2 monolayers as tool for predicting the in vivo transport behavior of the model drugs in combination with a solubility enhancing excipient was shown. Also the improvement of a solid dispersion compared to physical mixtures of the drugs and the excipient was correctly reflected by Caco-2 experiments. In the case of fenofibrate the possible improvement by a physical mixture was demonstrated, underscoring the value of the used tool as alternative to animal studies. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Effect of Cryogrinding on Chemical Stability of the Sparingly Water-Soluble Drug Furosemide

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    Adrjanowicz, Karolina; Kaminski, Kamil; Grzybowska, Katarzyna; Hawelek, Lukasz; Paluch, Marian; Gruszka, Irena; Zakowiecki, Daniel; Sawicki, Wieslaw; Lepek, Przemyslaw; Kamysz, Wojciech; Guzik, Lukasz

    2011-01-01

    ABSTRACT Purpose To investigate the effect of cryogrinding on chemical stability of the diuretic agent furosemide and its mixtures with selected excipients. Methods Furosemide was ground at liquid nitrogen temperature for 30, 60, 120 and 180?min. Mixtures of furosemide-PVP and furosemide-inulin (1:1) were milled under cryogenic conditions. Materials were analyzed by XRD, UPLC, MS and NMR. Results Upon increasing the milling time, a significant build-up of an unidentified impurity 1, probably ...

  8. [Lactose-containing tablets for patients with lactose intolerance?].

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    Picksak, Gesine; Stichtenoth, Dirk O

    2009-01-01

    Lactose is often used as an excipient in tablets because of its ideal characteristics. Most patients with lactose intolerance tolerate small amounts of lactose. However, the nocebo effect must be considered. Thus, patients should be informed about the very small amounts of lactose in the medication. If the patient is still suffering from gastrointestinal symptoms and there is no lactose-free alternative, the enzyme lactase can be substituted individually.

  9. Studies on tableting properties of lactose. Part 2. Consolidation and compaction of different types of crystalline lactose

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    Vromans, H.; A.H. de Boer; Bolhuis, G. K.; Lerk, C.F.; Kussendrager, K.D.; Bosch, H.

    1985-01-01

    Lactose is available in several crystalline forms, which differ in binding properties. A new method of estimating the fragmentation propensity was applied to investigate the consolidation and compaction behaviour of this excipient for direct compression. Mercury porosimetry was used to demonstrate that crystalline lactose fragments during compaction. Tablet strength was found to be dependent on the degree of fragmentation only. This finding indicates that the nature of the actual binding must...

  10. Prevention of Post-Radiotherapy Failure in Prostate Cancer by Vitamin D

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    2007-05-01

    Additionally, you did not determine if the excipient Tenox (added as an antioxidant) is contributing to the interference. b. Assurance should be...starch (the original formulation) Formulation B: Ethanol and corn starch Formulation A3: Ethanol, corn starch, lactose , and dicalcium phosphate...Formulation B4: Ethanol and lactose Hard gelatin capsules using all 4 formulations were prepared at small scale and subjected to short term

  11. The protective effect of lactose on lyophilization of CNK-20402

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    Lee, Yung-Chi; Nelson, Jared; Sueda, Katsuhiko; Seibert, Donna; Hsieh, Wen-Yaw; Braxton, Bryan

    2005-01-01

    The goal of this research was to assess the feasibility of using lyophilization to stabilize an exploratory compound, CNK-20402, with a minimal amount of impurity (CNK-20193) formation. A mixed-level full factorial experimental design was used to screen excipients of glycine, mannitol, lactose monohydrate, and povidone K-12. Cryostage microscopy, powder X-ray diffraction, Karl Fischer titration, HPLC, and water vapor sorption were used to assess the formulations' physicochemical properties an...

  12. Lyophilization of Liposome Encapsulated Hemoglobin.

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    1992-04-16

    CHOL was sourced from EM Sciences. Recombinant Hemoglobin (RHb) was supplied by Somatogen. Sucrose came from EM Science. Lactose was provided by...buffered disaccharide. This took the form of sucrose, lactose , or trehalose. The buffer exchange was achieved using commonly practiced dialysis procedures in...with various excipient mixes. Fills of the 6 ml vials were at 2.5 m each. Formulations were: #1 - NRL formula with 30 mM phosphate, 7.3% saline, and

  13. Drug: D04839 [KEGG MEDICUS

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    Full Text Available D04839 Drug Magnesium silicate (JP16/NF); Florisil Pharmaceutic aid [tablet excipie...mpounds A02AA05 Magnesium silicate D04839 Magnesium silicate (JP16/NF) USP drug c...icate (JP16/NF) CAS: 1343-88-0 PubChem: 47206623 NIKKAJI: J1.405.407C ... ...lassification [BR:br08302] Therapeutic Nutrients/Minerals/Electrolytes Electrolyte/Mineral Replacement Magnesium D04839 Magnesium sil

  14. Electrohydrodynamic preparation of nanomedicines

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    Rasekh, Manoochehr; Smith, Ashleigh; Arshad, M. S.; Gunduz, O.; Van Der Merwe, Marisa; Smith, G.; Ahmad, Zeeshan

    2015-01-01

    The preparation of nanomedicines can be achived using a host of methods ranging from wet-chemical approaches to more engineering related techniques. As a maturing branch of nanotechnology, nanomedcines are being tailored to serve multiple pharmaceutic and biomedical related funcitons (e.g. targeted delivery, imaging, healing, sensing) which may require the utilisaiton of one or more actives or excipients. In some instances, handling of materials (such as sensitive biomolecules or active pharm...

  15. Effect of flow aids on mucoadhesive properties of polymeric discs of polyoxyethylene and carbopol 971P

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    Bele M; Gholap V; Joshi O

    2010-01-01

    The aim of present study is to investigate the effect of flow aids on the observed in vitro mucoadhesion of two representative polymers; polyoxyethylene and Carbopol® 971P. More recently it has been shown that the addition of small amounts of certain excipients to a mucoadhesive formulation can lead to a substantial decrease in observed mucoadhesion in an in vitro test system, which suggests that formulation of these systems could be crucial in developing successful dosage forms. A seri...

  16. Diagnosis and management of treatment-refractory hypothyroidism: an expert consensus report

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    Centanni, M.; Benvenga, S.; Sachmechi, I.

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    There is a frequently encountered subset of hypothyroid patients who are refractory to standard thyroid hormone replacement treatment and require unexpectedly high doses of levothyroxine. In addition to clinical situations where hypothyroid patients are non-compliant, or where there is the possibility of excipient-induced disease exacerbation (gluten/celiac disease), therapeutic failure may be due to impaired absorption of the administered drug. The common approach to managing patients with u...

  17. ACECLOFENAC ENCAPSULATED ETHANOLIC NANO-VESICLES FOR EFFECTIVE TREATMENT OF OSTEOART HRITIS

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    Arvinder Kaur et al

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    In the present study, ethanolic nanovesicles of Aceclofenac developed for the site specific delivery to joints for effective treatment of osteoarthritis. Ethanolic nano-vesicles were prepared by solvent dispersion method. Vesicles were characterized for vesicular size, surface morphology, size and size distribution, zeta potential, entrapment efficiency. Formulations were also evaluated for drug-vesicle (excipients) interaction, in vitro permeation, in vitro deposition. The TEM showed dark ve...

  18. Effect of mechanical denaturation on surface free energy of protein powders

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    Mohammad, Mohammad Amin; Grimsey, Ian M.; Forbes, Robert T.; Blagbrough, Ian S.; Conway, Barbara R

    2016-01-01

    Globular proteins are important both as therapeutic agents and excipients. However, their fragile native\\ud conformations can be denatured during pharmaceutical processing, which leads to modification of\\ud the surface energy of their powders and hence their performance. Lyophilized powders of hen eggwhite\\ud lysozyme and �-galactosidase from Aspergillus oryzae were used as models to study the effects\\ud of mechanical denaturation on the surface energies of basic and acidic protein powders, r...

  19. Relationship between Surface Properties and In Vitro Drug Release from Compressed Matrix Containing Polymeric Materials with Different Hydrophobicity Degrees

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    Yarce, Cristhian J.; Echeverri, Juan D.; Palacio, Mario A.; Rivera, Carlos A.; Salamanca, Constain H.

    2017-01-01

    This work is the continuation of a study focused on establishing relations between surface thermodynamic properties and in vitro release mechanisms using a model drug (ampicillin trihydrate), besides analyzing the granulometric properties of new polymeric materials and thus establishing the potential to be used in the pharmaceutical field as modified delivery excipients. To do this, we used copolymeric materials derived from maleic anhydride with decreasing polarity corresponding to poly(isob...

  20. Chitosan-Based Nano-Embedded Microparticles: Impact of Nanogel Composition on Physicochemical Properties

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    Islam, Paromita; Water, Jorrit Jeroen; Bohr, Adam

    2016-01-01

    subsequently spray-dried to form nano-embedded microparticles with trehalose or mannitol as matrix excipient. The microparticles of different composition were mostly spherical with a smooth surface and a mass median aerodynamic diameter of 6-10 µm. Superior redispersibility was observed for microparticles...... containing amorphous trehalose. This study demonstrates the potential of nano-embedded microparticles for stabilization and delivery of nanogel-based delivery systems....

  1. Rapid and selective method for quantitation of metronidazole in pharmaceuticals.

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    Sanyal, A K

    1988-01-01

    A selective and highly sensitive assay for N-1-substituted nitroimidazoles has been modified and adapted for rapid estimation of metronidazole in pharmaceuticals. The color reaction is based on diazotization of sulfanilamide with the nitrite ions liberated by alkaline hydrolysis of metronidazole and subsequent coupling of the diazonium salt with N-1-(naphthyl)-ethylenediamine dihydrochloride. This method is applicable for the assay of benzoyl metronidazole in oral suspension. Officially recommended excipients and preservatives do not interfere.

  2. Direct Compression of Cellulose and Lignin Isolated by a New Catalytic Treatment

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    Penkina, Anna; Antikainen, Osmo; Hakola, Maija; Vuorinen, Sirpa; Repo, Timo; Yliruusi, Jouko; Veski, Peep; Kogermann, Karin; Heinämäki, Jyrki

    2013-01-01

    Tablet compression of softwood cellulose and lignin prepared by a new catalytic oxidation and acid precipitation method were investigated and compared with the established pharmaceutical direct compression excipients. Catalytic pretreated softwood cellulose (CPSC) and lignin (CPSL) were isolated from pine wood (Pinus sylvestris). The compaction studies were carried out with an instrumented eccentric tablet machine. The plasticity and elasticity of the materials under compression were evaluate...

  3. Viscosity-Lowering Effect of Amino Acids and Salts on Highly Concentrated Solutions of Two IgG1 Monoclonal Antibodies.

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    Wang, Shujing; Zhang, Ning; Hu, Tao; Dai, Weiguo; Feng, Xiuying; Zhang, Xinyi; Qian, Feng

    2015-12-07

    Monoclonal antibodies display complicated solution properties in highly concentrated (>100 mg/mL) formulations, such as high viscosity, high aggregation propensity, and low stability, among others, originating from protein-protein interactions within the colloidal protein solution. These properties severely hinder the successful development of high-concentration mAb solution for subcutaneous injection. We hereby investigated the effects of several small-molecule excipients with diverse biophysical-chemical properties on the viscosity, aggregation propensity, and stability on two model IgG1 (JM1 and JM2) mAb formulations. These excipients include nine amino acids or their salt forms (Ala, Pro, Val, Gly, Ser, HisHCl, LysHCl, ArgHCl, and NaGlu), four representative salts (NaCl, NaAc, Na2SO4, and NH4Cl), and two chaotropic reagents (urea and GdnHCl). With only salts or amino acids in their salt-forms, significant decrease in viscosity was observed for JM1 (by up to 30-40%) and JM2 (by up to 50-80%) formulations, suggesting charge-charge interaction between the mAbs dictates the high viscosity of these mAbs formulations. Most of these viscosity-lowering excipients did not induce substantial protein aggregation or changes in the secondary structure of the mAbs, as evidenced by HPLC-SEC, DSC, and FT-IR analysis, even in the absence of common protein stabilizers such as sugars and surfactants. Therefore, amino acids in their salt-forms and several common salts, such as ArgHCl, HisHCl, LysHCl, NaCl, Na2SO4, and NaAc, could potentially serve as viscosity-lowering excipients during high-concentration mAb formulation development.

  4. EPR study on non- and gamma-irradiated herbal pills

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    Aleksieva, K.; Lagunov, O.; Dimov, K.; Yordanov, N. D.

    2011-06-01

    The results of EPR studies on herbal pills of marigold, hawthorn, yarrow, common balm, tutsan, nettle and thyme before and after gamma-irradiation are reported. Before irradiation all samples exhibit one weak singlet EPR line with a g-factor of 2.0048±0.0005. After irradiation herbal pills could be separated in two groups according to their EPR spectra. Radiation-induced free radicals in pills of marigold, yarrow, nettle, tutsan and thyme could be attributed mainly to saccharide excipients. Tablets of hawthorn and common balm show "cellulose-like" EPR spectrum, superimposed on partly resolved carbohydrate spectrum, due to the active part (herb) and inulin, which is present in the pills as an excipient. Fading study of the radiation-induced EPR signals confirms that sugar radicals are more stable than cellulose species. The reported results show that the presence of characteristic EPR spectra of herbal pills due to excipients or active part can be used as unambiguous proof of radiation processing within 35 or more days after irradiation.

  5. Use of solid dispersions to increase stability of dithranol in topical formulations

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    Marilene Estanqueiro

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The present study was planned to improve the stability of dithranol using solid dispersions (SD. Two different SD at a 1:9 ratio of dithranol/excipient were prepared: one of them using glyceryl behenate as excipient and the other using a mixture of argan oil with stearic acid (1:8 ratio as excipient. Pure dithranol and SD of dithranol were incorporated in an oil-in-water cream and in a hydrophobic ointment in a drug/dermatological base ratio of 1:10. The physical and mechanical properties of semisolid formulations incorporating the pure drug and the developed SD were evaluated through rheological and textural analysis. To evaluate the stability, L*a*b* color space parameters of SD and semisolid formulations, and pH of hydrophilic formulations were determined at defined times, during one month. Each sample was stored at different conditions namely, light exposure (room temperature, high temperature exposition (37 °C (protected from light and protected from light (room temperature. Despite higher values of firmness and adhesiveness, hydrophobic ointment exhibited the best rheological features compared to the oil-in-water cream, namely a shear-thinning behavior and high thixotropy. These formulations have also presented more stability, with minor changes in L*a*b* color space parameters. The results of this study indicate that is possible to conclude that the developed SD contributed to the increased stability of dithranol.

  6. Propylene Glycol-Related Delirium After Esmolol Infusion.

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    Kapitein, Berber S; Biesmans, Renee S C G; van der Sijs, Heleen S I; de Wildt, Saskia S N

    2014-07-01

    Excipients used in oral or intravenous preparations may cause serious adverse events. We present the case of a 15-year-old boy with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. In the pediatric intensive care unit, he received high doses of continuous intravenous esmolol (range = 20-400 µg/kg/min) for cardiac rhythm control. After a few days he developed a delirium not responding to high doses of antipsychotics or discontinuation of benzodiazepines. We eventually realized that the IV esmolol formulation contained high doses of propylene glycol and ethanol, which may accumulate after prolonged infusion and cause intoxication. Intoxication with propylene glycolcan cause neuropsychiatric symptoms. The boy's propylene glycol plasma concentration was approximately 4 g/L, whereas clinical symptoms arise at concentrations above 1 to 1.44 g/L. Application of the Naranjo adverse drug reaction probability scale suggested a probable relationship (score 6) between the propylene glycol infusion and the delirium. After discontinuation of esmolol, the delirium disappeared spontaneously. This is the first case describing excipient toxicity of esmolol, with an objective causality assessment revealing a probable relationship for the adverse event-namely, delirium-and esmolol. Although excipient toxicity is a well-known adverse drug reaction, this case stresses the importance for easily available information for and education of physicians. © The Author(s) 2014.

  7. Characterization of Propylene Glycol-Mitigated Freeze/Thaw Agglomeration of a Frozen Liquid nOMV Vaccine Formulation by Static Light Scattering and Micro-Flow Imaging.

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    Mensch, Christopher D; Davis, Harrison B; Blue, Jeffrey T

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this work was to investigate the susceptibility of an aluminum adjuvant and an aluminum-adjuvanted native outer membrane vesicle (nOMV) vaccine formulation to freeze/thaw-induced agglomeration using static light scattering and micro-flow Imaging analysis; and to evaluate the use of propylene glycol as a vaccine formulation excipient by which freeze/thaw-induced agglomeration of a nOMV vaccine formulation could be mitigated. Our results indicate that including 7% v/v propylene glycol in an nOMV containing aluminum adjuvanted vaccine formulation, mitigates freeze/thaw-induced agglomeration. We evaluated the effect of freeze-thawing on an aluminum adjuvant and an aluminum adjuvanted native outer membrane vesicle (nOMV) vaccine formulation. Specifically, we characterized the freeze/thaw-induced agglomeration through the use of static light scattering, micro-flow imaging, and cryo-electron microscopy analysis. Further, we evaluated the use of 0-9% v/v propylene glycol as an excipient which could be included in the formulation for the purpose of mitigating the agglomeration induced by freeze/thaw. The results indicate that using 7% v/v propylene glycol as a formulation excipient is effective at mitigating agglomeration of the nOMV vaccine formulation, otherwise induced by freeze-thawing. © PDA, Inc. 2015.

  8. Preparation and evaluation of agglomerated crystals by crystallo-co-agglomeration: an integrated approach of principal component analysis and Box-Behnken experimental design.

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    Garala, Kevin C; Patel, Jaydeep M; Dhingani, Anjali P; Dharamsi, Abhay T

    2013-08-16

    Poor mechanical properties of crystalline drug particles require wet granulation technique for tablet production which is uneconomical, laborious, and tedious. The present investigation was aimed to improve flow and mechanical properties of racecadotril (RCD), a poorly water soluble antidiarrheal agent, by a crystallo-co-agglomeration (CCA) technique. The influence of various excipients and processing conditions on formation of directly compressible agglomerates of RCD was evaluated. Principal component analysis and Box-Behnken experimental design was implemented to optimize the agglomerates with good micromeritics and mechanical properties. The overall yield of the process was 88-98% with size of agglomerates between 351 and 1214 μm. Further, higher rotational speed reduced the size of agglomerates and disturbed sphericity. The optimized batch of agglomerates exhibited excellent flowability and crushing strength. The optimized batch of RCD agglomerates was characterized by fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, powder X-ray diffractometry and gas chromatography which illustrated absence of drug-excipient interaction with minimal entrapment of residual solvent. Hence, it may be concluded that both excipients and processing conditions played a vital role to prepare spherical crystal agglomerates of RCD by CCA and it can be adopted as an excellent alternative to wet granulation. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Influence of copolymer composition on the phase behavior of solid dispersions.

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    Prudic, Anke; Kleetz, Tobias; Korf, Marcel; Ji, Yuanhui; Sadowski, Gabriele

    2014-11-03

    The incorporation of poorly soluble active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) into excipients (e.g., polymers) to formulate an amorphous solid dispersion is a promising strategy to improve the oral bioavailability of the API. The application of copolymer excipients allows access to combinations of different monomers and thus to the design of excipients to improve solid-dispersion properties. In this work, the thermodynamic phase behavior of solid dispersions was investigated as a function of the API, type of monomer, and copolymer composition. The glass-transition temperatures and API solubilities in the solid dispersions of naproxen and indomethacin in polyvinylpyrrolidone, polyvinyl acetate, and copolymers with different weight fractions of vinylpyrrolidone and vinyl actetate were investigated. It is shown that the thermodynamic phase behavior of API/copolymer solid dispersions is a function of monomer type and copolymer composition. This effect was also predicted by using the perturbed-chain statistical associating fluid theory (PC-SAFT). The glass-transition temperature of the solid dispersions was calculated with the Gordon-Taylor equation.

  10. Insights into the swelling process and drug release mechanisms from cross-linked pectin/high amylose starch matrices

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    Fernanda M. Carbinatto

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Cross-linked pectin/high amylose mixtures were evaluated as a new excipient for matrix tablets formulations, since the mixing of polymers and cross-linking reaction represent rational tools to reach materials with modulated and specific properties that meet specific therapeutic needs. Objective: In this work the influence of polymer ratio and cross-linking process on the swelling and the mechanism driving the drug release from swellable matrix tablets prepared with this excipient was investigated. Methods: Cross-linked samples were characterized by their micromeritic properties (size and shape, density, angle of repose and flow rate and liquid uptake ability. Matrix tablets were evaluated according their physical properties and the drug release rates and mechanisms were also investigated. Results: Cross-linked samples demonstrated size homogeneity and irregular shape, with liquid uptake ability insensible to pH. Cross-linking process of samples allowed the control of drug release rates and the drug release mechanism was influenced by both polymer ratio and cross-linking process. The drug release of samples with minor proportion of pectin was driven by an anomalous transport and the increase of the pectin proportion contributed to the erosion of the matrix. Conclusion: The cross-linked mixtures of high amylose and pectin showed a suitable excipient for slowing the drug release rates.

  11. Achievement report for fiscal 1990 on research and development of electrically conductive polymeric materials; 1990 nendo dodensei kobunshi zairyo no kenkyu kaihatsu seika hokokusho

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    1991-03-01

    It is intended to realize new electrically conductive materials characterized by light weight, corrosion resistance and easy-to-process performance, and electrical and electronic materials having functions different from those of metallic conduction mechanism. Therefore, activities were performed to seek technologies for polymeric materials having conductivity greater than 10{sup 5} S/cm and being stable and easy to process. Activities were taken in the following six fields: (1) new hydrocarbon conjugate polymers, (2) excipient conjugate conductive materials, (3) technologies to form thin films of graphite synthesized at low temperatures, (4) conductive polymers of hetero aromatic system, (5) research and development of conductive materials of the hetero containing system and the {pi} conjugate system, and (6) comprehensive investigative research. In (1), thin films of polyacetylene and polyacene systems were formed, in (2), excipient hydrocarbon conjugate polymers and excipient graphite materials were developed, in (3), a high-accuracy process controlled graphite thin film forming technology was developed, in (4), the conductivity was enhanced by using high-order structural control and molecular design, and stability of the conductive polymers of complex annular conjugate system was enhanced, and in (5), conductive polymers of the hetero containing system and the {pi} conjugate system, and flexible graphite fibers were developed. (NEDO)

  12. Comprehensive analysis of pharmaceutical products using simultaneous mixed-mode (ion-exchange/reversed-phase) and hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography.

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    Kazarian, Artaches A; Nesterenko, Pavel N; Soisungnoen, Phimpha; Burakham, Rodjana; Srijaranai, Supalax; Paull, Brett

    2014-08-01

    Liquid chromatographic assays were developed using a mixed-mode column coupled in sequence with a hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography column to allow the simultaneous comprehensive analysis of inorganic/organic anions and cations, active pharmaceutical ingredients, and excipients (carbohydrates). The approach utilized dual sample injection and valve-mediated column switching and was based upon a single high-performance liquid chromatography gradient pump. The separation consisted of three distinct sequential separation mechanisms, namely, (i) ion-exchange, (ii) mixed-mode interactions under an applied dual gradient (reversed-phase/ion-exchange), and (iii) hydrophilic interaction chromatography. Upon first injection, the Scherzo SS C18 column (Imtakt) provided resolution of inorganic anions and cations under isocratic conditions, followed by a dual organic/salt gradient to elute active pharmaceutical ingredients and their respective organic counterions and potential degradants. At the top of the mixed-mode gradient (high acetonitrile content), the mobile phase flow was switched to a preconditioned hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography column, and the standard/sample was reinjected for the separation of hydrophilic carbohydrates, some of which are commonly known excipients in drug formulations. The approach afforded reproducible separation and resolution of up to 23 chemically diverse solutes in a single run. The method was applied to investigate the composition of commercial cough syrups (Robitussin®), allowing resolution and determination of inorganic ions, active pharmaceutical ingredients, excipients, and numerous well-resolved unknown peaks. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  13. Chitin's Functionality as a Novel Disintegrant: Benchmarking Against Commonly Used Disintegrants in Different Physicochemical Environments.

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    Chaheen, Mohammad; Soulairol, Ian; Bataille, Bernard; Yassine, Ahmad; Belamie, Emmanuel; Sharkawi, Tahmer

    2017-07-01

    Disintegrants are used as excipients to ensure rapid disintegration of pharmaceutical tablets and further ensure proper dissolution of the active pharmaceutical ingredient. This study investigates disintegration mechanisms of chitin and common disintegrants. Swelling assessment (swelling force and swelling ratio) in different media, and compaction behavior (pure or mixed with other excipients) tabletability, deformation (Heckel modeling), and compact disintegration times were investigated on the tested disintegrants (alginic acid calcium salt, crospovidone, sodium starch glycolate, croscarmellose sodium, and chitin). Results show that the physicochemical properties of the disintegration medium such as pH and ionic strength, as well as other formulation ingredients, affect the disintegrant functionalities. Heckel analysis using the mean yield pressure "Py" shows that alginic acid calcium salt is the most brittle among the studied disintegrants, while crospovidone has the most plastic deformation mechanism, followed by chitin. Chitin showed good tabletability and disintegration properties that were not influenced by the physicochemical formulation environment. Chitin is largely available and easily modifiable and thus a promising material that could be used as a multifunctional excipient in tablet formulation. Copyright © 2017 American Pharmacists Association®. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Formulation strategy and evaluation of nanocrystal piroxicam orally disintegrating tablets manufacturing by freeze-drying.

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    Lai, Francesco; Pini, Elena; Corrias, Francesco; Perricci, Jacopo; Manconi, Maria; Fadda, Anna Maria; Sinico, Chiara

    2014-06-05

    Piroxicam (PRX) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug characterized by a poor water solubility and consequently by a low oral bioavailability. In this work, different nanocrystal orally disintegrating tablets (ODT) were prepared to enhance piroxicam dissolution rate and saturation solubility. PRX nanocrystals were prepared by means of high pressure homogenization technique using poloxamer 188 as stabilizer. Three different ODTs were prepared with the same nanosuspension using different excipients in order to study their effect on the PRX dissolution properties. PRX nanocrystal size and zeta potential were determined by photon correlation spectroscopy. Additional characterization of PRX nanocrystal ODT was carried out by infrared spectroscopy, X-ray powder diffractometry, differential scanning calorimetry. Dissolution study was performed in distilled water (pH 5.5) and compared with PRX coarse suspension ODT, PRX/poloxamer 188 physical mixture, bulk PRX samples and a PRX commercial ODT. All PRX nanocrystal ODT formulations showed a higher drug dissolution rate than coarse PRX ODT. PRX nanocrystal ODT prepared using gelatin or croscarmellose as excipient showed a higher PRX dissolution rate compared with the commercial formulation and ODT prepared using xanthan gum. Overall results confirmed that improved PRX dissolution rate is due to the increased surface-to-volume ratio due to the nanosized drug particle but also revealed the important role of different excipients used. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Fine powder flow under humid environmental conditions from the perspective of surface energy.

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    Karde, Vikram; Ghoroi, Chinmay

    2015-05-15

    The influence of humidity on surface energetics and flow behavior of fine pharmaceutical powders was investigated. Amorphous and crystalline fine powders with hydrophilic (Corn starch and Avicel PH105) and hydrophobic (ibuprofen) nature were considered for this study. The surface energy was determined using surface energy analyzer and flow behavior was measured in terms of unconfined yield stress (UYS) using a shear tester. The study showed that unlike hydrophobic ibuprofen powder, surface energy and flow of hydrophilic excipient powders were affected by relative humidity (RH). The Lifshitz-van der Waals dispersive (γ(LW)) component of surface energy barely changed with varying RH for all pharmaceutical powders. For hydrophilic excipients, the specific component of surface energy (γ(SP)) was found to increase with increasing RH. Furthermore, for these excipients, flow deterioration at elevated RH was observed due to increased capillary bridge formation. Detailed analysis showed that γ(SP) component of surface energy can be an effective indicator for flow behavior of fine powders under varying humid conditions. The present study also brought out the existence of different regimes of probable interparticle forces which dictate the bulk flow behavior of fine hydrophilic powder under humid conditions. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. The effect of microcrystalline cellulose crystallinity on the hydrophilic property of tablets and the hydrolysis of acetylsalicylic acid as active pharmaceutical ingredient inside tablets.

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    Awa, Kimie; Shinzawa, Hideyuki; Ozaki, Yukihiro

    2015-08-01

    The crystal structures of active pharmaceutical ingredients and excipients should be strictly controlled because they influence pharmaceutical properties of products which cause the change in the quality or the bioavailability of the products. In this study, we investigated the effects of microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) crystallinity on the hydrophilic properties of tablets and the hydrolysis of active pharmaceutical ingredient, acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), inside tablets by using tablets containing 20% MCC as an excipient. Different levels of grinding were applied to MCC prior to tablet formulation, to intentionally cause structural variation in the MCC. The water penetration and moisture absorbability of the tablets increased with decreasing the crystallinity of MCC through higher level of grinding. More importantly, the hydrolysis of ASA inside tablets was also accelerated. These results indicate that the crystallinity of MCC has crucial effects on the pharmaceutical properties of tablets even when the tablets contain a relatively small amount of MCC. Therefore, controlling the crystal structure of excipients is important for controlling product qualities.

  17. A method for predicting the amount of water required for wet granulation using NIR.

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    Miwa, Akio; Makado, Kouji

    2009-07-06

    The purpose of this study is to optimize the amount of water to be added as a binder solution in wet granulation. In our previous studies, we introduced a method to predict the suitable amount of water added to multi-component formulations by summing corresponding values of the components estimated by an NIR sensor prior to granulation. But in this theory, water added to a formulation is assumed to be evenly distributed to each excipient. To guarantee this theory, we used two-component mixtures as a simplified model to estimate the water distribution to each component using an NIR sensor. In cases in which the volume of water added was comparatively small, water was evenly distributed to each excipient; however, when the water added was increased it was not evenly distributed. To interpret this phenomenon, a new concept was introduced, taking the migration of water between each excipient into consideration. By introducing the concept, it turned out to be possible to predict the suitable amount of water to be added in the two-component model by summing the corresponding values of each component even in a range in which there was an uneven distribution.

  18. EPR study on non- and gamma-irradiated herbal pills

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    Aleksieva, K., E-mail: katerina_bas@abv.b [Institute of Catalysis, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1113 Sofia (Bulgaria); Lagunov, O. [Institute of Catalysis, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1113 Sofia (Bulgaria); Dimov, K. [Institute of Cryobiology and Food Technologies, 1162 Sofia (Bulgaria); Yordanov, N.D. [Institute of Catalysis, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1113 Sofia (Bulgaria)

    2011-06-15

    The results of EPR studies on herbal pills of marigold, hawthorn, yarrow, common balm, tutsan, nettle and thyme before and after gamma-irradiation are reported. Before irradiation all samples exhibit one weak singlet EPR line with a g-factor of 2.0048{+-}0.0005. After irradiation herbal pills could be separated in two groups according to their EPR spectra. Radiation-induced free radicals in pills of marigold, yarrow, nettle, tutsan and thyme could be attributed mainly to saccharide excipients. Tablets of hawthorn and common balm show 'cellulose-like' EPR spectrum, superimposed on partly resolved carbohydrate spectrum, due to the active part (herb) and inulin, which is present in the pills as an excipient. Fading study of the radiation-induced EPR signals confirms that sugar radicals are more stable than cellulose species. The reported results show that the presence of characteristic EPR spectra of herbal pills due to excipients or active part can be used as unambiguous proof of radiation processing within 35 or more days after irradiation.

  19. Carboxymethyl starch and lecithin complex as matrix for targeted drug delivery: I. Monolithic mesalamine forms for colon delivery.

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    Mihaela Friciu, Maria; Canh Le, Tien; Ispas-Szabo, Pompilia; Mateescu, Mircea Alexandru

    2013-11-01

    For drugs expected to act locally in the colon, and for successful treatment, a delivery device is necessary, in order to limit the systemic absorption which decreases effectiveness and causes important side effects. Various delayed release systems are currently commercialized; most of them based on pH-dependent release which is sensitive to gastrointestinal pH variation. This study proposes a novel excipient for colon delivery. This new preparation consists in the complexation between carboxymethyl starch (CMS) and Lecithin (L). As opposed to existing excipients, the new complex is pH-independent, inexpensive, and easy to manufacture and allows a high drug loading. FTIR, X-ray, and SEM structural analysis all support the hypothesis of the formation of a complex. By minor variation of the excipient content within the tablet, it is possible to modulate the release time and delivery at specific sites of the gastrointestinal tract. This study opens the door to a new pH-independent delivery system for mesalamine targeted administration. Our novel formulation fits well with the posology of mesalamine, used in the treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), which requires repeated administrations (1g orally four times a day) to maintain a good quality of life. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Lactose contaminant as steroid degradation enhancer.

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    Nieuwmeyer, Florentine; van der Voort Maarschalk, Kees; Vromans, Herman

    2008-11-01

    By pharmaceutical processes and in the presence of solid excipients physical-chemical changes are known to occur, leading to increased rate of chemical degradation. The purpose of this work was to determine the critical aspects in the stability of a steroid in the presence of a commonly used excipient, lactose. A steroid was either mixed or wet granulated with lactose with different particle size. Small lactose particles lead to a higher degree of degradation. Degradation was enhanced under warm humid conditions although the presence of water alone could not account for this effect. Lactose-phosphate, a known intrinsic contaminant in lactose is demonstrated to enhance the degradation of the steroid. Stability was improved in high purity lactose and deteriorated upon extra addition of phosphates. Since the exposure to the contaminant is a function of the surface area of the lactose, particle size differences of the excipient have a clear consequence. High shear granulated lactose granules exhibit a heterogeneous composition; large granules consist of small primary particles and vice versa. It is shown that the large granules, composed of the small primary lactose particles reveal the highest degree of degradation. Granule composition dictates the stability profile of the granules. The lactose contaminant and granule composition dictates the stability profile of the granules and mixtures.