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AAPS PharmSciTech. 2002 June; 3(2): 26–33.
Published online 2002 March 28. doi:  10.1208/pt030209
PMCID: PMC2750311

Flurbiprofen release from eudragit RS and RL aqueous nanosuspensions: a kinetic study by DSC and dialysis experiments


The present work investigated the release of Flurbiprofen (FLU) from Eudragit RS100® (RS) and Eudragit RL100® (RL) nanosuspensions to a biological model membrane consisting of Dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) multilamellar vesicles (MLV). This release was compared with those observed from solid drug particles as well as with dialysis experiments. Nanosuspensions were prepared by a modification of Quasi-Emulsion Solvent Diffusion technique. Drug release was monitored by the Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC). FLU dispersed in MLV affects the transition temperature (Tm) of DMPC liposomes, causing a shift towards lower values. The temperature shift is modulated by the drug fraction present in the aqueous lipid bilayer suspension. DSC was also performed, after increasing incubation periods at 37°C, on suspensions of blank liposomes added to fixed amounts of unloaded and FLU-loaded nanosuspensions, as well as to powdered free drug. Tm shifts, caused by the drug released from the polymeric system or by free-drug dissolution during incubation cycles, were compared with those caused by free drug increasing molar fractions dispersed directly in the membrane during their preparation. These results were compared with the drug release and were followed by a classical dialysis technique. Comparing the suitability of the 2 different techniques in order to follow the drug release as well as the differences between the 2 RL and RS polymer systems, it is possible to confirm the efficacy of DSC in studying the release from polymeric nanoparticulate systems compared with the “classical” release test by dialysis. The different rate of kinetic release could be due to void liposomes, which represent a better uptaking system than aqueous solution in dialysis experiments.

Key words: Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC), Eudragit, Flurbiprofen (FLU), Membrane Model, Membrane Permeation, Nanosuspensions, Phosphatidylcholine

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