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Chitosan-based Spray-dried Respirable Powders for Sustained Delivery of Terbutaline Sulfate

Learoyd, T.P., Burrows, J.L., French, E. and Seville, Peter C. ORCID: (2008) Chitosan-based Spray-dried Respirable Powders for Sustained Delivery of Terbutaline Sulfate. European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics, 68 (2). pp. 224-234. ISSN Online: 0939-6411

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In this study, we describe the preparation of highly dispersible dry powders for pulmonary drug delivery that display sustained drug release characteristics. Powders were prepared by spray-drying 30% v/v aqueous ethanol formulations containing terbutaline sulfate as a model drug, chitosan as a drug release modifier and leucine as an aerosolisation enhancer. The influence of chitosan molecular weight on the drug release profile was investigated by using low, medium and high molecular weight chitosan or combinations thereof. Following spray-drying, resultant powders were characterised using scanning electron microscopy, laser diffraction, tapped density analysis, differential scanning calorimetry and thermogravitational analysis. The in vitro aerosolisation performance and drug release profile were investigated using Multi-Stage Liquid Impinger analysis and modified USP II dissolution apparatus, respectively. The powders generated were of a suitable aerodynamic size for inhalation, had low moisture content and were amorphous in nature. The powders were highly dispersible, with emitted doses of over 90% and fine particle fractions of up to 82% of the total loaded dose, and mass median aerodynamic diameters of less than 2.5 μm. A sustained drug release profile was observed during dissolution testing; increasing the molecular weight of the chitosan in the formulation increased the duration of drug release.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: spray-drying, leucine, modified release, inhalation, aerosolisation, chitosan
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Science and the Environment
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Depositing User: Peter Seville
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2019 10:51
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:30

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