Journal of Pharmaceutics & Pharmacology
Development of Controlled-Release Solid Dispersion Granules Containing a Poorly Water-Soluble Drug, Porous Calcium Silicate, and the Water-Soluble Polymer Polyvinylpyrrolidone
Koichi Takahashi* , Yuko Uegaki, Nobuaki Hirai and Tomoka Takatani- Nakase
- Department of Pharmaceutics, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Mukogawa Women’s University, Hyogo, Japan
*Address for correspondence: Koichi Takahashi, Department of Pharmaceutics, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Mukogawa Women’s University, Hyogo, Japan, E-mail: email@example.com
Citation: Uegaki Y, Hirai N, Takatani-Nakase T, Takahashi K. Development of Controlled-Release Solid Dispersion Granules Containing a Poorly Water-Soluble Drug, Porous Calcium Silicate, and the Water-Soluble Polymer Polyvinylpyrrolidone. J Pharmaceu Pharmacol. 2018; 6(1): 7.
Journal of Pharmaceutics & Pharmacology | ISSN: 2327-204X | Volume: 6, Issue: 1
Submission: 14 August, 2018| Accepted: 17 September, 2018 | Published: 27 September, 2018
Copyright: © 2018 Uegaki Y, et al. This is an open access articledistributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, whichpermits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium,provided the original work is properly cited.
Objectives: This study sought to develop controlled-release solid dispersion granules containing a poorly water-soluble drug, porous calcium silicate (PCS), and a water-soluble polymer.
Methods: Nifedipine (NIF) and indomethacin (IND), and several water-soluble polymers were selected to prepare solid dispersion granules. Differential scanning calorimetry, Powder X-ray diffraction, and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) were used to estimate the crystallinity of drugs in the PCS granules and to determine interactions between drug and PCS.
Results: Among the water-soluble polymers used in this study, only polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) permitted sustained release from the NIF granules. The release rates of NIF from the granules decreased as the molecular weight or amount of PVP in the granules was increased. A significant loss of crystallinity of NIF in the granules and the existence of a hydrogen bond between NIF and PCS or PVP, as well as between PCS and PVP were observed. To examine the applicability of this system to other drugs, indomethacin (IND) was selected. However, IND was rapidly released from the PVP-containing granules. FT-IR spectroscopy results revealed the existence of a hydrogen bond between IND and PVP, but IND and PCS appeared to interact via salt formation.
Conclusion: Hydrogen bonding among the drugs, PCS, and PVP may have contributed to the slow drug release in the developed system.
Poorly water-soluble drug; Controlled release; Porous Calcium silicate; PVP K-90; Solid dispersion; Nifedipine
According to the biopharmaceutical classification system (BCS), class II compounds exhibit low solubility and high permeability due to their hydrophobic characteristics, which result in poor bioavailability after oral administration . Approximately 46% of newly discovered or investigational drugs fall into the BCS class II category [2,3]. Thus, the development of an oral administration system to increase their solubility remains a challenging task for pharmaceutical scientists. Various techniques, such as particle size reduction, crystal habit modification, complexation, solubilization, solid dispersion in carriers, and salt formation, are employed to improve the aqueous solubility of class II drugs . Solid dispersion has been achieved via hot-melt extrusion, supercritical fluid, and cryogenic freezing technologies [5-8]. However, these technologies have some limitations for scale-up [9-12]. Meanwhile, the solvent evaporation method and the spray-drying method are the manufacturing technique used to achieve solid dispersion [13,14].
Solid drug dispersions are generally prepared via dispersion in a watersoluble carrier. Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC), poloxamers, polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), hydroxypropyl methylcellulose acetate succinate (HPMCAS) and poly (vinylpyrrolidone-co-vinyl acetate (PVPVA) are the most widely used solid dispersion carriers because of their strong hydrophilic properties and ability to form molecular adducts with many compounds [15-18]. Unlike conventional solid dispersion, the carriers used in surface solid dispersion are water insoluble, porous materials with hydrophilic properties. Silica gel and calcium silicate have extremely large surface areas, which are attributed to their highly porous structure, and they have been reported to improve the solubility of poorly water-soluble drugs [19-23]. Porous calcium silicate (PCS) has a highly porous structure and a large individual pore volume, and it has been used as a liquid absorber and a compressive adjuvant of powder for tableting . PCS is also used as a carrier for solid dispersion to improve the dissolution of poorly water-soluble drugs [21-23]. We reported the development of solid dispersion tablets via a simple wet granulation method using PCS [25,26].
Conversely, for BCS Class II drugs with short half-lives, it may be desirable to prepare controlled release compositions . Controlled release of drugs from solid dispersions may also be advantageous for delivering drugs to the small intestines, and reducing the rate of drug release in the lumen may lower the extent of supersaturation. Controlled-release amorphous solid dispersions must also be formulated to prevent drug precipitation within the dosage form to ensure the drug is liberated from the dosage form following administration.
To prepare controlled-release solid dispersion formulations for BCS Class II drugs, different polymers, including both hydrophobic (e.g. ethyl cellulose, amino methacrylate copolymer) and hydrophilic (e.g. hydroxylpropyl cellulose (HPC), hydroxylpropyl methyl cellulose (HPMC), methylcellulose), have been used [28-31]. In the polymer matrix system, the drug is homogeneously distributed throughout a matrix, and drug release is controlled by water-swellable or hydrophobic polymeric excipients. Silica has also been used to prepare controlled-release solid dispersion formulations, and a hydrophobic polymer is usually used jointly to control drug release .
To our knowledge, only a few reports have investigated the preparation of controlled-release solid dispersion granules using only water-soluble polymers and silica. Thus, this study aimed to develop and evaluate novel controlled-release solid dispersion granules. Nifedipine (NIF) and PCS were used as the poorly water-soluble drug and carrier, respectively, and solvent evaporation and wet granulation methods were used to prepare the granules. It is well known that dissolution from solid dispersion granules containing NIF and PVP or PCS is extremely rapid [25,33]. Initially, PCS granules containing a water-soluble polymer and NIF were prepared and evaluated. Secondly, granules containing indomethacin (IND), PVP, and PCS were prepared and compared with those containing NIF, PVP, and PCS.
Materials and Methods
NIF and IND (both purity >99.0 w/w%) were purchased from Permachem Asia Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) and Kongo Chemical Co. Ltd. (Toyama, Japan), respectively. PCS (Fluorite® RE) was obtained from Tomita Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. (Tokushima, Japan). HPMC (Metolose® 60SH-10000), Polyvinylpyrrolidone-vinyl acetate copolymers (Kollidon® VA64; PVP/VA), Hydroxypropyl cellulose (NISSO HPC H), and polyvinyl alcohol (Gohsenol™ EG-40; PVA) were purchased from Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan), BASF Japan Co. Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan), Nippon Soda Co. Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan), and Nippon Synthetic Chemical Industry Co. Ltd. (Osaka, Japan), respectively. Xylitol which was used as a binder, was obtained from B Food Science Co. Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan). PVP K25 and PVP K90 were purchased from Nacalai Tesque Ltd. (Kyoto, Japan). PVP K60 was obtained from Tokyo Chemical Industry Co. Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan). All other chemicals were of reagent grade and were used without further purification.
Preparation of solid dispersion granules
NIF (5 g) or IND (10 g) and an aqueous polymer (20 g) were dissolved in an appropriate amount of ethanol (100 g) via heating at 60 °C. The solution was added to PCS (40 g) and mixed for 15 min using a high-speed agitation granulator (High-Speed Mixer, Earthtechnica Co. Ltd., Tokyo, Japan) at 250 rpm with an agitator and 2500 rpm with a chopper. After drying at 70 °C for 12 h, Xylitol (70 g) in distilled water (70 g) was added to this dried mixture to prepare the granules using the granulator at 250 rpm with an agitator and 2500 rpm with a chopper, and the granulation endpoint was determined visually. The granules were dried at 70 ° for 12 h. Then, the granules were pulverized in a speed mill (Okada Seiko Co. Ltd., Tokyo, Japan). Granules ranging in size from 500 to 850 µm were used in this study. To prepare granules using the dry method, the aforementioned dried mixture (60 mg) and xylitol (64.6 mg) were mixed, and this mixture was compressed at 20 MPa using 14-mm flat face punches (SSP-10A, Shimadzu Corp., Kyoto, Japan) on a single punch. After pulverization, granules ranging in size from 500 to 850 µm were obtained.
Preparation of the adsorption solid dispersion and physical mixture
NIF (0.5 g) or IND (1 g) and PVP (2 g) were dissolved in ethanol (10 g) via heating at 60 °C, and then this solution was added to PCS (4 g) and mixed for 15 min using a rotation mixer. The mixture was dried for 12 h at 70 °C. The physical mixture (PM) was prepared by mixing NIF (0.5 g) or IND (1 g), PVP (2 g), and PCS (4 g) using a spatula.
Drug release experiments
Dissolution tests were performed according to the JP17 paddle method using Riken’s Dissolution Tester (Miyamoto Riken Ind Co. Ltd., Osaka, Japan). Granules containing 10 mg of NIF or IND were added to the dissolution medium (900 ml of purified water) at 37 °C±0.5°C, and the paddle was rotated at 50 rpm. The amount of dissolved NIF or IND was analyzed using an ultraviolet spectrophotometer (UV-1200, Shimadzu Corp.) at 350 or 320 nm, respectively. The NIF and IND content of the granules were calculated using an ultraviolet spectrophotometer. An adequate amount of granules equivalent to 10 mg of NIF or IND was accurately weighed, dissolved, and suitably diluted in methanol and measured using an ultraviolet spectrophotometer at 350 or 320 nm.
Kinetics of drug release
Drug release kinetics was investigated by employing the empirical equation proposed by Korsmeyer-Peppas and Ritger-Peppas to analyze both Fickian and non-Fickian drug release from swelling as well as non-swelling polymeric delivery systems as follows [34-36][Eqn 1].equation 1
Where Mt and M∞are the absolute cumulative amount of drug released at time and the maximum amount released in the experimental conditions employed at the plateau of the release curves, respectively. Therefore, Mt/M∞ represents the proportion of drug released at time t. k is a kinetic constant related to the drug and structural and geometric properties of the micro particles, and n is the release exponent, which is indicative of the release mechanism of the drug through the polymer matrix network. The log value of the drugdissolved fraction was plotted against log time to determine the drug release exponent [Eqn 2].equation 2
Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy
IR spectra of powder samples were obtained using a spectrophotometer (IRAffinity-1, Shimadzu Corp.) using the potassium bromide (KBr) pellet method. KBr disks were prepared by mixing several milligrams of the sample with KBr and compacting. The scan range was 400-4000 cm−1.
Powder X-ray diffraction analysis
PXRD analysis was performed using Cu K-ALPHA1 radiation, a voltage of 40 kV, and a current of 200 mA (RINT-2000, Rigaku Corporation, Tokyo, Japan). The sample was mounted in a flat sample holder. The sampling interval was 0.02°, and the scan rate was 5°/min over a 2θ range of 5°-70°.
Differential scanning calorimetry of granules
DSC was performed using a DSC-60 Plus (Shimadzu Corp.) to determine the physical state of NIF. Samples (1-10 mg) were sealed in an aluminum pan, and the heating curves were recorded using a constant heating rate of 5 °C/min from 30 °C to 200 °C.
All results are presented as the mean±SD. Statistical differences were determined via the Turkey-Kramer nonparametric comparison test using Statcel for Windows. P<0.05 denoted a statistically significant difference for all statistical tests used.
Results and Discussion
Effect of aqueous polymers on the dissolution of NIF
Chemical structures of model drugs (NIF and IND) are shown in Figure 1.
Enrolment and baseline characteristics of patients
In this study, HPMC, HPC, PVA, PVP K-90, and PVP/VA were selected as the aqueous polymers, and their effects on the dissolution rate of NIF from solid dispersion granules were examined, as shown in Figure 2. Although prolonged NIF release was achieved with all polymers, the effects were greatest with PVP K-90. Thus, PVP was selected as an aqueous polymer.
Effects of PVP on the dissolution of NIF from granules
The effects of the molecular weight of PVP on the dissolution of NIF from granules were investigated. The suppressive effects of PVP on the release rate of NIF increased as its molecular weight was increased Figure 3. From these results, PVP K-90 was selected as the excipient for sustained-release formulations. To investigate the effect of the amount of PVP K-90, various formulations were prepared, and dissolution studies were conducted Table 1. The dissolution ratedeclined as the amount of PVP K-90 was increased Figure 4.
NIF: Nifedipine; PVP: Polyvinylpyrrolidone K-90; PCS: Porous Calcium Silicate
The NIF release data were analyzed using Eqn 2 to obtain the release exponent n and kinetic constant k. A good linear relationship was observed between n and time, and the results are presented in Table 2. n<0.43 indicates Fickian diffusion release from a spherical sample. Meanwhile, 0.43<n<0.85 indicates a non-Fickian mechanism, an anomalous behavior corresponding to polymer hydration, solvent penetration, drug dissolution, and polymer erosion. A value of n=0.85 indicates a zero-order release mechanism (case II transport mechanism) [37-40]. The values of n ranged 0.49-0.59 in this study. Thus, the release mechanism from the NIF granules may be non- Fickian. Thus, it appears that PVP hydration, water penetration, and PVP erosion affected NIF release from the granules. The values of k decreased as the PVP/NIF ratio was increased Figure 5. From these results, it may be possible to control the rate of drug release from the granules based on the PVP K-90 content.
Evaluation of NIF in PCS formulations containing PVP-K90
PXRD patterns were examined to investigate the effect of PVP K-90 in PCS formulations on the crystallinity of NIF. The presence of multiple peaks in the diffraction of NIF Figure 6 indicated a high degree of crystallinity of NIF, and the representative peaks were observed at 8° and 16°. By contrast, PCS and PVP K-90 exhibited a low degree of crystallinity. The characteristic peaks of the PM were lower in intensity, indicating a dilution effect due to the addition of PCS and/ or PVP K-90. Meanwhile, the characteristic peaks of NIF disappeared in the ASD and granules Figure 6, suggesting that NIF has partial amorphous states in the ASD and granules. As the wet granulation method was used to prepare granules in this study, it appears that the wet granulation process affects the crystallinity of NIF.
Figure 7 shows the DSC thermograms of different NIF samples.NIF exhibited a melting endotherm at 175.2 °C. Figure 7 presents the DSC thermograms of the PM and ASD containing NIF and PVP K-90 (1:4) or PCS (1:8), respectively. Figure 7 presents the DSC of the PM and ASD containing NIF, PVP K-90, and PCS (1:4:8). Regarding the PM samples, the endothermic peaks of NIF were observed, and a slight decrease in the melting temperature of NIF was observed due to dilution of the drug. However, endothermic peakswere not observed for the ASD samples. Moreover, the endothermic peaks of the PM containing NIF, PVP K-90, PCS, and xylitol (1:4:8:14) were observed, but the peak of the granules containing NIF, PVP K-90, PCS, and xylitol (1:4:8:14) was not observed Figure 7.
FT-IR spectra were obtained to assess interactions among NIF, PVP K-90, and PCS Figure 8. The spectrum of pure NIF (Figure 8) displayed characteristic peaks at 1678 (C=O stretching) and 3327 cm−1 (secondary-NH). Figure 8 presents the spectra of the PM and ASD containing NIF and PVP K-90 (1:4) or PCS (1:8). The characteristic peaks of NIF were observed for the PM although they were somewhat smaller. However, these peaks were observed rarely for the ASD. Therefore, it was revealed that C=O and NH groups are involved in the interaction of NIF with PVP K-90 or PCS. Sharma S et al. and Kinoshita M et al. reported that the presence of hydrogen bonding between the silanol group of PCS and the C=O groups of drugs [22,23]. Furthermore, hydrogen bonding between the N-H groups of NIF and PVP has been described [41,42]. From these results, the decreased crystallinity of NIF might be associated with hydrogen bonding between NIF and PVP K-90 or PCS. Furthermore, the same results were obtained for the PM and ASD of NIF, PVP K-90, and PCS (1:4:8, Figure 8) and the PM and granules of NIF, PVP K-90, PCS, and xylitol (1:4:8:14, Figure 8). These results suggested that NIF existed in the amorphous state in granules prepared via wet granulation.
IND release in the PCS/PVP K-90 granules
We previously reported the development of rapidly dissolving granules of IND containing PCS . To further investigate the sustained release effect of the combination of PVP K-90 and PCS, granules containing IND were prepared. As shown in Figure 9,sustained release of the drug was not observed.
To investigate the differences between IND and NIF, the physical characteristics of the IND-containing granules were investigated. The representative PXRD peaks of IND were observed at 11.7°, 16.7° and 21.8° (Figure 10). These PXRD peaks and endothermic peaks of DSC plots derived from the drug crystals of IND disappeared in the ASD (Figure 11). These findings suggested that IND exists in an amorphous state in the PCS formulation [7,15,17,21-23,43]. PXRD peaks derived from the crystals of IND disappeared in the PCS formulation similarly as observed in the ASD, but the derived from xylitol crystals did not completely disappear. In the same manner, the endothermic peaks of DSC plots derived from IND crystals alsodisappeared in the PCS formulation. These findings suggest that IND exists in amorphous states in PCS formulations.
FT-IR spectra were analyzed to determine the interactions in IND formulations (Figure 12). The IR spectrum of pure IND displayed characteristic peaks at 1717 (acid C=O stretching) and 1692 cm−1 (benzoyl C=O stretching) as shown in (Figure 12). These peaks were observed in the spectra of PMS containing IND and PVP K-90 or PCS (Figure 12). Conversely, ASD samples containing IND and PVP K-90 or PVP displayed a new absorption peak at 1684 cm−1 (Figure 12). Fujii M et al. and Taylor LS et al. reported that IND solid dispersions containing PVP or crospovidone exhibit absorption at 1684 cm−1 [43,44]. These results suggest that a hydrogen bond between the acid carboxyl group of IND interacts with the amide carbonyl group of PVP. However, as PCS does not contain an amide carbonyl group in its structure, the new absorption peak at 1674 cm−1 in this study does not correspond to the interaction (Figure 12). Bahl D et al. reported an ion-dipole interaction (rather than salt formation) between Mg2+ and/or Al3+ ions at the surface of magnesium aluminometasilicate (Neusilin US2) and the carboxyl group of IND . They also suggested the presence of a hydrogen bond between the carboxyl group of IND and the silanol group of Neusilin US2 . Doan V et al. reported that the carbonyl band of -COOH at 1775 cm−1 shifts to 1676 cm−1 upon conversion to the Na salt form . From these results, it is considered that IND interacts with PCS viasalt formation between the COO− moiety of IND and Ca2+ of PCS. Furthermore, the disappearance of the peak for the benzoyl carbonyl group at 1692 cm−1 suggested hydrogen bonding between the benzoyl carbonyl and silanol groups of PCS. Similar results were obtained for the PM and ASD samples containing IND, PVP K-90, and PCS or IND, PVP K-90, PCS, and xylitol (Figure 12). These results suggest that IND and PVP interact via hydrogen bonding and that IND and PCS interact via salt formation in the granules. As mentioned previously, NIF interacts with PVP K-90 and PCS via hydrogen bonding. Thus, hydrogen bonding among the drugs, PVP K-90, and PCS may be important for sustained drug release.
Fan C et al. reported sustained drug release from PVP K-30surface-coated beads . In their study, the drug did not interactwith PVP K-60, and they suggested that the gelling, clumping and agglomeration of PVP K-30 surface-coated beads resulted inslow release of the drug. In this study, NIF, but not IND, exhibitedsustained release from PVP K-90-containing granules. These resultssuggest that the sustained release of NIF is due to hydrogen bondingamong NIF, PVP K-90, and PCS and not simple surface coating.
The release rates of NIF from granules decreased as the molecular weight of PVP and the content of PVP K-90 in the granules were increased. However, IND was rapidly released from granules containing PCS and PVP K-90. The DSC and PXDR results indicated a significant loss of crystallinity of NIF and IND in the granules. The FT-IR results for NIF formulations indicated the existence of hydrogen bonds between NIF and PVP and between NIF and PCS. Moreover, the existence of a hydrogen bond between PVP K-90 and PCS was confirmed. Although a hydrogen bond likely exists between IND and PVP, IND likely interact with PCS via salt formation. The results of this study suggest that hydrogen bonding among a poorly water-soluble drug, PCS, and PVP K-90 mainly contributed to this controlled system.
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