Influence of Dissolution Media and Presence of Alcohol on the In Vitro Performance of Pharmaceutical Products Containing an Insoluble Drug.J Pharm Sci. 2018 01; 107(1):507-511.JP
The purpose of this investigation is to determine how the dissolution media may influence the release rate of an insoluble drug in in vitro conditions. Some oral dosage forms containing ibuprofen, a molecule that shows pH-dependent solubility, are tested. They are evaluated in different media to simulate the gastrointestinal transit at paddle rotation speeds of 50 and 100 rpm. Moreover, the potential effect of different ethanol concentrations on drug release is tested. The dissolution profiles of the tablets show a similar behavior in water (pH 1.0) and phosphate buffer (pH 4.5) where the 2 doses are not completely dissolved. The soft capsules show a different behavior: a certain amount of ibuprofen, which is in solution inside the capsule, reprecipitates in water and in the pH 4.5 buffer. Instead, ibuprofen dissolves rapidly in the pH 6.8 buffer from all the formulations. In the water-ethanol solutions, the dissolution curves show a valuable increase in the drug dissolved at higher ethanol concentrations.