Initial Risk Assessment as part of the Quality by Design in peptide drug containing formulation development

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Risk Assessment (RA) is the key element of the Quality by Design (QbD) approach recommended by the pharmaceutical regulatory bodies. This research paper aimed to implement the regulatory requirements, the QbD thinking and the RA from the first steps of the oral peptide formulation development. The authors intended to give a general recommendation about the application possibilities of this methodology, to demonstrate the risk factors and the required decision points. Later, this paper presents a concrete development in practice. This case study shows the QbD and RA based early phase development of the GLP 1 analog, Liraglutide, an antidiabetic peptide drug mainly used in the treatment of type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. The objective here was to design Liraglutide encapsulated polymeric nanoparticles for oral delivery and the progress of their RA based development is presented. In this case, the particle size, the encapsulation efficiency, and the drug loading were found as the most critical quality attributes, the polymer concentration, the drug concentration, the w2/o ratio, the stabilizer concentration and polymer type were identified by the criticality rating as having the greatest impact on the product quality among the critical material attributes, finally the sonication time and sonication power were selected as the most critical elements of the production process. The results showed the importance of the risk factor-focused development in the oral peptide pharmaceutical formulations, and underlined the importance of the profound planning phase even in such cases. The formulation of an oral peptide delivery system is associated with several risks, but their priority ranking helps to focus on the resources (human, financial, time) related to the final product quality aimed at.

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