• SANKHA BHATTACHARYA Department of Pharmaceutical Engineering and Technology, Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University), Varanasi 221005, Uttar Pradesh India


Objective: The main purpose of this study was to formulate and statistically evaluate 300 mg floating tablets of valsartan.

Methods: Floating tablets of valsartan was prepared in 16 station rotary punching machine by considering 300 mg of valsartan as drug, 40-60 mg of hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) K100M and 20-40 mg of poly (styrene-divinylbenzene) as polymers and 20 mg of sodium bicarbonate as gas generating agents. Since upper stomach has maximum therapeutic window for valsartan absorption, hence Gastroretentive Floating Tablets (GRFTs) was prepared by implementing Box-Bentham Design. The pre and post compression parameters were optimized using Statistica 10 software. From the in vitro buoyancy and drug release studies and interpretation of statistical outcomes viz. Akaike Information Criterion (AIC), Bayesian Information Criterion (BIC), Root Mean Squared Error (RMSE), Dissolution Efficiency (DE), Mean Dissolution Time (MDT), desirability study, it was concluded that batch VF5 formulation was found to be the most optimized formulation.

Results: The floating time of VF5 was found to be 132±0.33 sec, in vitro buoyancy time was 18 h, Akaike Information Criterion (AIC) was 54.97, Bayesian Information Criterion (BIC) was 5.13, percentage dissolution efficacy was 56.39%, mean dissolution time was 5.19hr. Further, six-month stability study was performed as per ICH QIA guideline. After performing two-way ANOVA within stability study response variables, it was confirmed that the interaction was most significant.

Conclusion: Valsartan floating drug delivery system was successfully developed by considering HPMC K100M and poly (styrene-divinylbenzene) as polymers. Among all the nine batches, VF5 was found to be the best-optimized batch.

Keywords: Valsartan, Floating drug delivery system, Box-Bentham design, Akaike Information Criterion (AIC), Mean dissolution time


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