IN VITRO EVALUATION OF IBUPROFEN HOT-MELT EXTRUDED PELLETS EMPLOYING DIFFERENT DESIGNS OF THE FLOW THROUGH CELL
Objective: Hot-melt extrusion technique (HME) was used to prepare a sustained release (SR) multiparticulate oral dosage form (pellets) containing Ibuprofen (IBU). Prepared IBU-HME pellets were in vitro evaluated by flow-through cell dissolution tester (FTC, USP Apparatus #4) using different flow conditions and FTC designs.
Methods: In this study, SucroesterÂ®WE15 was used as the polymeric carrier to prepare two different IBU loadings (60 % and 30 % w/w). In order to optimize the FTC conditions, different cell sizes, pellets loading and hydrodynamic conditions of FTC on IBU release rate from pellets were proposed.
Results: The results showed that the IBU release rate was increased in the larger cell than the small cell. In addition, laminar flow showed more reproducible results than turbulent flow. It was found that the large cell with laminar flow rate and homogeneous mixing of the pellets with glass beads was the optimum conditions for in vitro evaluation of these preparations.
Conclusion: Improper methods of sample loading as well as cell size may result in confusing or erroneous data if not analyzed carefully. Therefore, it might be critical to choose a specific cell design of the FTC for in vitro evaluation of pellets to obtain reliable and discriminative results reflecting the major as well as minor formulation variables.
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