In vitrorelease profiles of PLGA core-shell composite particles loaded with theophylline and budesonide

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We investigated the effects of drug loading location, matrix material and shell thickness on the in vitro release of combinational drugs from core-shell PLGA (i.e., poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid)) particles. Budesonide and Theophylline were selected as highly hydrophobic and hydrophilic model drugs, respectively. The dual-capillary electrospray (ES) technique, operated at the cone-jet mode, was used to produce samples of drug-loaded core-shell composite particles with selected overall sizes, polymer materials, and shell thicknesses. Theophylline and Budesonide were loaded at different locations in a PLGA composite particle. This study illustrated how the aforementioned factors affect the release rates of Budesonide and Theophylline loaded in core-shell PLGA composites. We further identified that core-shell composite particles with both model drugs loaded in the core and with matrix PLGA polymers of low molecular weights and low LA/GA ratios are the best formulation for the sustained release of highly hydrophilic and hydrophobic active pharmaceutical ingredients from PLGA composite particles. The formulation strategy obtained in this study can be in principle generalized for biopharmaceutical applications in fixed-dose combination therapy.Graphical abstract

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