Diffusion Controlled Drug Release from Slurry Formed, Porous, Organic and Clay-derived Pellets
Sammanfattning: Coronary artery disease and chronic pain are serious health issues that cause severe discomfort and suffering in society today. Antithrombotic agents and highly potent analgesics play a critical role in improving the recovery process for patients being treated for these diseases. This thesis focuses on the design and study of pellet-based drug dosage forms which allow diffusion-controlled delivery of drugs with the aim of achieving optimal therapeutic outcomes.A wet slurry process was used to mix the drug and the polymer and/or clay precursor excipients into a paste. The pellets were then shaped via ionotropic gelation (alginate hydrogel beads/pellets), extrusion/spheronization (halloysite clay pellets) or geopolymerization.The decrease in the drug diffusion rate in the alginate beads was affected by the drug's molecular size and charge and the characteristics (such as concentration and chemical structure) of the surrounding alginate gel.The halloysite clay pellets provided sustained release of the highly potent drug fentanyl at both gastric pH 1 and intestinal pH 6.8. As expected, crushing the pellets reduced the diffusion barrier, resulting in more rapid release (dose dumping).The use of mechanically strong geopolymer gels was investigated as a potential means of preventing dose dumping as a result of crushing of the dosage form. Variations in the synthesis composition resulted in drastic changes in the microstructure morphology, the porosity, the mechanical stability and the drug release rate. Pore network modeling and finite element simulations were employed to theoretically evaluate the effects of porosity and drug solubility in the geopolymer structure on the drug release process. Fitting the model parameters to experimental data showed that increased average pore connectivity, a greater pore size distribution, and increased drug solubility in the pellet resulted in an increased drug release rate. Furthermore, incorporation of pH-sensitive organic polymers in the geopolymer structure reduced the high drug release rate from the pellets at gastric pH. These results indicate that geopolymers have potential for use in pellet form; both the release rate of the drug and the mechanical stability of the pellets can be optimized to prevent dose dumping.
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