The properties of HPMC: PEO extended release hydrophilic matrices and their response to ionic environments

Hu, Anran and Chen, Chen and Mantle, Michael D. and Wolf, Bettina and Gladden, Lynn F. and Rajabi-Siahboomi, Ali and Missaghi, Shahrzad and Mason, Laura and Melia, Colin D. (2017) The properties of HPMC: PEO extended release hydrophilic matrices and their response to ionic environments. Pharmaceutical Research, 34 (5). pp. 941-956. ISSN 1573-904X

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Abstract

Purpose

Investigate the extended release behaviour of compacts containing mixtures of hydrophilic HPMC and PEO in hydrating media of differing ionic strengths.

Methods

The extended release behaviour of various HPMC:PEO compacts was investigated using dissolution testing, confocal microscopy and magnetic resonance imaging, with respect to polymer ratio and ionic strength of the hydrating media.

Results

Increasing HPMC content gave longer extended release times, but a greater sensitivity to high ionic dissolution environments. Increasing PEO content reduced this sensitivity. The addition of PEO to a predominantly HPMC matrix reduced release rate sensitivity to high ionic environments. Confocal microscopy of early gel layer development showed the two polymers appeared to contribute independently to gel layer structure whilst together forming a coherent and effective diffusion barrier. There was some evidence that poorly swollen HPMC particles added a tortuosity barrier to the gel layer in high ionic strength environments, resulting in prolonged extended release. MRI provides unique, non-invasive spatially resolved information from within the HPMC:PEO compacts that furthers our understanding of USP 1 and USP 4 dissolution data.

Conclusions

Confocal microscopy and MRI data show that combinations of HPMC and PEO have advantageous extended release properties, in comparison with matrices containing a single polymer.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com.
Keywords: confocal fluorescence microscopy; digital imaging; dissolution; HPMC; hydrophilic matrix; MRI; PEO; polymer mixtures
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Biosciences > Division of Food Sciences
University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Pharmacy
Identification Number: 10.1007/s11095-016-2031-0
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 30 May 2017 11:14
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2017 12:27
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/43276

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