Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research
Pharmacotherapy Group, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria
Vol. 15, No. 7, 2016, pp. 1375-1380
Bioline Code: pr16182
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, Vol. 15, No. 7, 2016, pp. 1375-1380
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Bioadhesive drug delivery system of diltiazem hydrochloride for improved bioavailability in cardiac therapy|
Wang, Yong-Bin; Lian, Zhe-Xun; Chen, Mei-Na; Zhang, Lu; Zhou, Chang-Yong & Wei, Wei
Purpose: To prepare and evaluate bioadhesive buccal films of diltiazem hydrochloride (a L-type
calcium channel blocker) for overcoming the limitations of frequent dosing, low bioavailability and
gastrointestinal discomfort of oral delivery.
Methods: Buccal films were prepared by solvent casting technique using sodium
carboxymethylcellulose, polyvinyl pyrrolidone K-30 and polyvinyl alcohol. The films were evaluated for
weight, thickness, surface pH, swelling index, in vitro residence time, folding endurance, in vitro release,
ex-vivo permeation (across porcine buccal mucosa) and drug content uniformity.
Results: The drug content of the formulations was uniform with a range of 18.94 ± 0.066 (F2) to 20.08 ±
0.07 mg per unit film (F1). The films exhibited controlled release ranging from 58.76 ± 1.62 to 91.45 ±
1.02 % over a period > 6 h. The films containing 20 mg diltiazem hydrochloride, polyvinyl alcohol (10 %)
and polyvinyl pyrrolidone (1 % w/v) i.e. formulation F5, showed moderate swelling, convenient
residence time and promising drug release, and thus can be selected for further development of a
buccal film for potential therapeutic uses.
Conclusion: The developed formulation is a potential bioadhesive buccal system for delivering
diltiazem directly to systemic circulation, circumventing first-pass metabolism, avoiding gastric
discomfort and improving bioavailability at a minimal dose.
Bioadhesive; Cardiac; Diltiazem; Calcium channel blocker; Buccal film; Bioavailability; Sodium carboxymethylcellulose; Polyvinyl pyrrolidone; Polyvinyl alcohol
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