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In-line monitoring of compaction properties on a rotary tablet press during tablet manufacturing of hot-melt extruded amorphous solid dispersions.

Authors
  • Grymonpré, W1
  • Verstraete, G1
  • Van Bockstal, P J2
  • Van Renterghem, J2
  • Rombouts, P3
  • De Beer, T2
  • Remon, J P1
  • Vervaet, C4
  • 1 Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Technology, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium. , (Belgium)
  • 2 Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Process Analytical Technology, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium. , (Belgium)
  • 3 Department of Electronics and Information Systems (ELIS), Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium. , (Belgium)
  • 4 Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Technology, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium. Electronic address: [email protected] , (Belgium)
Type
Published Article
Journal
International journal of pharmaceutics
Publication Date
Dec 14, 2016
Volume
517
Issue
1-2
Pages
348–358
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpharm.2016.12.033
PMID: 27988376
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

As the number of applications for polymers in pharmaceutical development is increasing, there is need for fundamental understanding on how such compounds behave during tableting. This research is focussed on the tableting behaviour of amorphous polymers, their solid dispersions and the impact of hot-melt extrusion on the compaction properties of these materials. Soluplus, Kollidon VA 64 and Eudragit EPO were selected as amorphous polymers since these are widely studied carriers for solid dispersions, while Celecoxib was chosen as BCS class II model drug. Neat polymers and physical mixtures (up to 35% drug load) were processed by hot-melt extrusion (HME), milled and sieved to obtain powders with comparable particle sizes as the neat polymer. A novel approach was used for in-line analysis of the compaction properties on a rotary tablet press (Modul P, GEA) using complementary sensors and software (CDAAS, GEA). By combining 'in-die' and 'out-of-die' techniques, it was possible to investigate in a comprehensive way the impact of HME on the tableting behaviour of amorphous polymers and their formulations. The formation of stable glassy solutions altered the formulations towards more fragmentary behaviour under compression which was beneficial for the tabletability. Principal component analysis (PCA) was applied to summarize the behaviour during compaction of the formulations, enabling the selection of Soluplus and Kollidon VA 64 as the most favourable polymers for compaction of glassy solutions.

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