Ordered mesoporous silica to enhance the bioavailability of poorly water-soluble drugs: Proof of concept in man

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Formulating poorly water soluble drugs using ordered mesoporous silica materials is an emerging approach to tackle solubility-related bioavailability problems. The current study was conducted to assess the bioavailability-enhancing potential of ordered mesoporous silica in man. In this open-label, randomized, two-way cross-over study, 12 overnight fasted healthy volunteers received a single dose of fenofibrate formulated with ordered mesoporous silica or a marketed product based on micronized fenofibrate. Plasma concentrations of fenofibric acid, the pharmacologically active metabolite of fenofibrate, were monitored up to 96 h post-dose. The rate (Cmax/dose increased by 77%; tmax reduced by 0.75 h) and extent of absorption (AUC0–24h/dose increased by 54%) of fenofibrate were significantly enhanced following administration of the ordered mesoporous silica based formulation. The results of this study serve as a proof of concept in man for this novel formulation approach.

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