Fabrication, solid state characterization and bioavailability assessment of stable binary amorphous phases of Ritonavir with Quercetin

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Abstract

In the current study, Quercetin (QRT) was characterized for thermodynamic and kinetic parameters and found as an excellent glass former. QRT was paired with Ritonavir (RTV) (BCS class-IV antiretroviral) to form stable amorphous form and pharmacologically relevant combination. Binary amorphous forms of RTV and QRT in molar ratios 1:1, 1:2 and 2:1 were prepared by solvent evaporation technique and characterized by XRPD, DSC and FTIR. The prepared binary phases were found to become amorphous after solvent evaporation which was confirmed by disappearance of crystalline peaks from X-ray diffractograms and detecting single Tg in DSC studies. The physical stability studies at 40 °C for 90 days found RTV:QRT 1:2 and RTV:QRT 2:1 phases stable, while trace crystallinity was detected for 1:1 M ratio. The temperature stability of RTV:QRT 1:2 and RTV:QRT 2:1 amorphous forms can be attributed to phase solubility of both components where the drug in excess acts as a crystallization inhibitor. Except for RTV:QRT 1:2 ratio, there was no evidence of intermolecular interactions between two components. Almost 5 fold increase in the saturation solubility was achieved for RTV, compared to crystalline counterpart. While for QRT, the solubility advantage was not achieved. In vivo oral bioavailability study was conducted for 1:2 binary amorphous form by using pure RTV as a control. Cmax was improved by 1.26 fold and Tmax was decreased by 2 h after comparing with control indicating improved absorption. However no significant enhancement of oral bioavailability (1.12 fold after comparing with control) was found for RTV.

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