Exploring the feasibility of the use of biopolymers as a carrier in the formulation of amorphous solid dispersions – Part I: Gelatin

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Graphical abstractBiopolymers have rarely been used so far as carriers in the formulation of amorphous solid dispersions (ASD) to overcome poor solubility of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). In an attempt to enlarge our knowledge on this topic, gelatin, type 50PS was selected. A screening study was initiated in which twelve structurally different poorly soluble biopharmaceutical classification system (BCS) Class II drugs (carbamazepine, cinnarizine, diazepam, itraconazole, nifedipine, indomethacin, darunavir (ethanolate), ritonavir, fenofibrate, griseofulvin, ketoconazole and naproxen) were selected for evaluation. Solid dispersions of five different drug loadings of these twelve compounds were prepared by lyophilization and evaluated for their solid state properties by mDSC and XR(P)D, and in vitro dissolution performance. Even without any process optimization it was possible to form either fully amorphous or partially amorphous systems, depending on the API and API to carrier ratio. Hence in this respect, gelatin 50PS behaves as any other carrier. Dissolution of the API from the solid dispersions significantly exceeded that of their crystalline counterparts. This study shows the potential of gelatin as a carrier to formulate amorphous solid dispersions.

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