A minitablet formulation made from electrospun nanofibers
The purpose of this study was to evaluate electrospun drug loaded nanofibers as a new matrix for minitablets. Prednisone, a poorly water-soluble drug, was loaded into povidone (polyvinylpyrrolidone, PVP) nanofibers using the process of electrospinning. The drug-loaded nanofiber mat was compressed into minitablets with a 2 mm diameter and a height of 2.63 ± 0.04 mm. SEM analysis of the minitablet identified a nano-web structure with a nanofiber diameter in the range of 400–500 nm. The minitablets met the requirements of the US Pharmacopeia with respect to content uniformity and friability. DSC and XRPD analysis of the minitablet indicated that the drug-polymer mixture was a one-phase amorphous system. XRPD analysis of the drug loaded nanofiber mat after 10-months of storage at ambient temperature showed no evidence of recrystallization of the drug. Solubility and dissolution properties of the drug formulated into a nanofiber mat and minitablet were evaluated. These results show that electrospun nanofibers may provide a useful matrix for the further development of minitablets.