Stability-enhanced hot-melt extruded amorphous solid dispersions via combinations of Soluplus® and HPMCAS-HF.AAPS PharmSciTech. 2015 Aug; 16(4):824-34.AP
The aim of this study was to evaluate a novel combination of Soluplus® and hypromellose acetate succinate (HPMCAS-HF) polymers for solubility enhancement as well as enhanced physicochemical stability of the produced amorphous solid dispersions. This was accomplished by converting the poorly water-soluble crystalline form of carbamazepine into a more soluble amorphous form within the polymeric blends. Carbamazepine (CBZ), a Biopharmaceutics Classification System class II active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) with multiple polymorphs, was utilized as a model drug. Hot-melt extrusion (HME) processing was used to prepare solid dispersions utilizing blends of polymers. Drug loading showed a significant effect on the dissolution rate of CBZ in all of the tested ratios of Soluplus® and HPMCAS-HF. CBZ was completely miscible in the polymeric blends of Soluplus® and HPMCAS-HF up to 40% drug loading. The extrudates were characterized by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and dissolution studies. DSC and XRD data confirmed the formation of amorphous solid dispersions of CBZ in the polymeric blends of Soluplus® and HPMCAS-HF. Drug loading and release of CBZ was increased with Soluplus® (when used as the primary matrix polymer) when formulations contained Soluplus® with 7-21% (w/w) HPMCAS-HF. In addition, this blend of polymers was found to be physically and chemically stable at 40°C, 75% RH over 12 months without any dissolution rate changes.