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AAPS PharmSciTech. 2007 June; 8(2): E134.
Published online 2007 June 22. doi:  10.1208/pt0802047
PMCID: PMC2750362

PEGylated rosin derivatives: Novel microencapsulating materials for sustained drug delivery


The aim of this study was to investigate PEGylated rosin derivatives (PRDs) as microencapsulating materials for sustained drug delivery. PRDs (D1, D2, and D3) composed of a constant weight of rosin and varied amounts of polyethylene glycol (PEG) 400 and maleic anhydride were synthesized in the laboratory. Microparticles were prepared by the O/O solvent evaporation technique using the acetone/paraffin system. Diclofenac sodium (DFS) and diltiazem hydrochloride (DLTZ) were used as model drugs. The effect of the type of PRD, drug, PRD:drug ratio, viscosity of external phase, stirring speed, concentration of magnesium stearate (droplet stabilizer), and method of preparation on particle size, drug loading, and drug release profiles of microparticles was investigated. PRDs could produce discrete and spherical microspheres (with DFS) and microcapsules (with DLTZ). The drug loading value for microparticles was found to be in the range of 37.21% to 87.90%. The microparticle size range was 14 to 36 μm. The particle size and drug loadings of microparticles were substantially affected by the concentration of magnesium stearate and the type of drug, respectively. Most of the formulations could sustain the DFS and DLTZ release for 20 hours. DFS and DLTZ release from PRD microparticles followed Hixson-Crowell and first-order kinetics, respectively. The results suggest that PRDs can be used successfully to prepare discrete and spherical microparticles with DFS and DLTZ for sustained drug delivery.

Keywords: PeGylated rosin derivatives, diclofenac sodium, diltiazem hydrochloride, microspheres, microcapsules, solvent evaporation, release kinetics

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