A new self-microemulsifying mouth dissolving film to improve the oral bioavailability of poorly water soluble drugs

Lu Xiao, Tao Yi, Ying Liu

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Abstract

A new self-microemulsifying mouth dissolving film (SMMDF) for poorly water-soluble drugs such as indomethacin was developed by incorporating self-microemulsifying components with solid carriers mainly containing microcrystalline cellulose, low-substituted hydroxypropyl cellulose and hypromellose. The uniformity of dosage units of the preparation was acceptable according to the criteria of Chinese Pharmacopoeia 2010. The SMMDF was disintegrated within 20 s after immersion into water, released completely at 5min in the dissolution medium and achieved microemulsion particle size of 28.81±3.26nm, which was similar to that of liquid self- microemulsifying drug delivery system (SMEDDS). Solid state characterization of the SMMDF was performed by SEM, DSC and X-ray powder diffraction. Results demonstrated that indomethacin in the SMMDF was in the amorphous state, which might be due to self-microemulsifying ingredients. Pharmacokinetic parameters in rats including Tmax, Cmax, AUC were similar between the SMMDF and liquid SMEDDS. AUC and Cmax from the SMMDF were significantly higher than those from the common mouth dissolving film or the conventional tablet, and Tmax from SMMDF group was also significantly decreased. These findings suggest that the SMMDF is a new promising dosage form, showing notable characteristics of convenience, quick onset of action and enhanced oral bioavailability of poorly water-soluble drugs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1284-1290
Number of pages7
JournalDrug Development and Industrial Pharmacy
Volume39
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Bioavailability
  • Indomethacin
  • Mouth dissolving film
  • Poorly water-soluble drugs
  • Self-microemulsifying

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