This review highlights current methods and strategies for accelerated in vitro drug release testing of extended release parenteral dosage forms such as polymeric microparticulate systems, lipid microparticulate systems, in situ depot-forming systems, and implants.
Extended release parenteral dosage forms are typically designed to maintain the effective drug concentration over periods of weeks, months or even years. Consequently, “real-time” in vitro release tests for these dosage forms are often run over a long time period. Accelerated in vitro release methods can provide rapid evaluation and therefore are desirable for quality control purposes. To this end, different accelerated in vitro release methods using United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) apparatus have been developed. Different mechanisms of accelerating drug release from extended release parenteral dosage forms, along with the accelerated in vitro release testing methods currently employed are discussed.
Accelerated in vitro release testing methods with good discriminatory ability are critical for quality control of extended release parenteral products. Methods that can be used in the development of in vitro-in vivo correlation (IVIVC) are desirable, however for complex parenteral products this may not always be achievable.
accelerated in vitro release testing; extended release parenteral dosage forms; USP apparatus; quality control
Dexamethasone loaded poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microsphere/PVA hydrogel composites have been investigated as an outer drug-eluting coating for implantable devices such as glucose sensors to counter negative tissue responses to implants. The objective of this study was to develop a discriminatory, accelerated in vitro release testing method for this drug-eluting coating using United States Pharmacopeia (USP) apparatus 4. Polymer degradation and drug release kinetics were investigated under “real-time” and accelerated conditions (i.e. extreme pH, hydro-alcoholic solutions and elevated temperatures). Compared to “real-time” conditions, the initial burst and lag phases were similar using hydro-alcoholic solutions and extreme pH conditions, while the secondary apparent zero-order release phase was slightly accelerated. Elevated temperatures resulted in a significant acceleration of dexamethasone release. The accelerated release data were able to predict “real-time” release when applying the Arrhenius equation. Microsphere batches with faster and slower release profiles were investigated under “real-time” and elevated temperature (60°C) conditions to determine the discriminatory ability of the method. The results demonstrated both the feasibility and the discriminatory ability of this USP apparatus 4 method for in vitro release testing of drug loaded PLGA microsphere/PVA hydrogel composites. This method may be appropriate for similar drug/device combination products and drug delivery systems.
Accelerated in vitro release; Drug-eluting coating; USP apparatus 4; PLGA microspheres; PVA hydrogel; Dexamethasone
In recent years, a variety of devices (drug-eluting stents, artificial organs, biosensors, catheters, scaffolds for tissue engineering, heart valves, etc.) have been developed for implantation into patients. However, when such devices are implanted into the body, the body can react to these in a number of different ways. These reactions can result in an unexpected risk for patients. Therefore, it is important to assess and optimize the biocompatibility of implantable devices. To date, numerous strategies have been investigated to overcome body reactions induced by the implantation of devices. This review focuses on the foreign body response and the approaches that have been taken to overcome this. The biological response following device implantation and the methods for biocompatibility evaluation are summarized. Then the risks of implantable devices and the challenges to overcome these problems are introduced. Specifically, the challenges used to overcome the functional loss of glucose sensors, restenosis after stent implantation, and calcification induced by implantable devices are discussed.
biocompatibility; calcification; foreign body reaction; glucose sensor; implantable device; stent
A major obstacle to the development of implantable biosensors is the foreign body response (FBR) that results from tissue trauma during implantation and the continuous presence of the implant in the body. The in vivo stability and functionality of biosensors are compromised by damage to sensor components and decreased analyte transport to the sensor. This paper summarizes research undertaken by our group since 2001 to control the FBR toward implanted sensors. Localized and sustained delivery of the anti-inflammatory drug, dexamethasone, and the angiogenic growth factor, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), was utilized to inhibit inflammation as well as fibrosis and provide a stable tissue–device interface without producing systemic adverse effects. The drug-loaded polylactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA) microspheres were embedded in a polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) hydrogel composite to fabricate a drug-eluting, permeable external coating for implantable devices. The composites were fabricated using the freeze–thaw cycle method and had mechanical properties similar to soft body tissue. Dexamethasone-loaded microsphere/hydrogel composites were able to provide anti-inflammatory protection, preventing the FBR. Moreover, concurrent release of dexamethasone with VEGF induced neoangiogenesis in addition to providing anti-inflammatory protection. Sustained release of dexamethasone is required for the entire sensor lifetime, as a delayed inflammatory response developed after depletion of the drug from the composites. These studies have shown the potential of PLGA microsphere/PVA hydrogel-based composites as drug-eluting external coatings for implantable biosensors.
biosensor; continuous release; dexamethasone; foreign body reaction; neoangiogenesis; implants; localized delivery; microspheres
Continuous release of dexamethasone from PLGA microsphere/PVA hydrogel composites has been shown to suppress the inflammatory tissue reaction in response to subcutaneously implanted foreign material for a period of one month. The scope of the present work is to investigate whether suppressing the initial acute inflammatory phase with fast releasing dexamethasone-PLGA microsphere/PVA composites (that release the drug over a period of one week) would prevent the development of a foreign body reaction in response to implantation in the subcutaneous tissue using a rat model.
Dexamethasone loaded PLGA microspheres were prepared using the solvent evaporation method. In vitro release from microspheres was analyzed using USP apparatus 4 in phosphate buffered saline (PBS) at 37°C. Composites were fabricated in 18G needles by freeze-thaw cycling the PVA/microsphere dispersion. The composites were implanted in the subcutaneous tissue of anesthetized rats. The pharmacodynamic effect was evaluated by histological examination of the tissue surrounding the composites at pre-determined time points.
In vitro release studies showed that most of the drug entrapped in the microspheres was released within one week. At days 3 and 8, these fast releasing dexamethasone containing composites suppressed the acute phase of inflammation but did not prevent the development of an inflammatory reaction after dexamethasone was completely released from the composites. By day 30, chronic inflammation and fibrosis were observed in the tissue surrounding the drug-containing composites. On days 3 and 8, the number of inflammatory cells in the vicinity of the dexamethasone containing composites was similar to that in normal tissue. However, the number of inflammatory cells was higher in drug-containing composites as compared to drug-free composites by day 30. This was due to the inflammation being in a more advanced stage in drug-free composites where a granulomatous reaction had already developed.
Fast release of dexamethasone from PLGA/PVA composites did not provide long-term protection against the foreign body reaction in response to implantation. It would appear that a sustained delivery of anti-inflammatory agents such as dexamethasone is necessary to suppress inflammation throughout the implant life-time.
biosensor; continuous release; dexamethasone; foreign body reaction; implants; localized delivery; microspheres
Development of electrochemical sensors for continuous glucose monitoring is currently hindered by a variety of problems associated with low selectivity, low sensitivity, narrow linearities, delayed response times, hysteresis, biofouling, and tissue inflammation. We present an optimized sensor architecture based on layer stratification, which provides solutions that help address the aforementioned issues.
The working electrode of the electrochemical glucose sensors is sequentially coated with five layers containing: (1) electropolymerized polyphenol (PPh), (2) glutaraldehyde-immobilized glucose oxidase (GOx) enzyme, (3) dip-coated polyurethane (PU), (4) glutaraldehyde-immobilized catalase enzyme, and (5) a physically cross linked polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) hydrogel membrane. The response of these sensors to glucose and electroactive interference agents (i.e., acetaminophen) was investigated following application of the various layers. Sensor hysteresis (i.e., the difference in current for a particular glucose concentration during ascending and descending cycles after 200 s) was also investigated.
The inner PPh membrane improved sensor selectivity via elimination of electrochemical interferences, while the third PU layer afforded high linearity by decreasing the glucose-to-O2 ratio. The fourth catalase layer improved sensor response time and eliminated hysteresis through active withdrawal of GOx-generated H2O2 from the inner sensory compartments. The outer PVA hydrogel provided mechanical support and a continuous pathway for diffusion of various participating species while acting as a host matrix for drug-eluting microspheres.
Optimal sensor performance has been achieved through a five-layer stratification, where each coating layer works complementarily with the others. The versatility of the sensor design together with the ease of fabrication renders it a powerful tool for continuous glucose monitoring.
bienzymatic; biosensor lag time; drug delivery coatings; foreign body response; implantable glucose sensors; outer membranes; selectivity
Devices for continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) are currently a major focus of research in the area of diabetes management. It is envisioned that such devices will have the ability to alert a diabetes patient (or the parent or medical care giver of a diabetes patient) of impending hypoglycemic/hyperglycemic events and thereby enable the patient to avoid extreme hypoglycemic/hyperglycemic excursions as well as minimize deviations outside the normal glucose range, thus preventing both life-threatening events and the debilitating complications associated with diabetes. It is anticipated that CGM devices will utilize constant feedback of analytical information from a glucose sensor to activate an insulin delivery pump, thereby ultimately realizing the concept of an artificial pancreas. Depending on whether the CGM device penetrates/breaks the skin and/or the sample is measured extracorporeally, these devices can be categorized as totally invasive, minimally invasive, and noninvasive. In addition, CGM devices are further classified according to the transduction mechanisms used for glucose sensing (i.e., electrochemical, optical, and piezoelectric). However, at present, most of these technologies are plagued by a variety of issues that affect their accuracy and long-term performance. This article presents a critical comparison of existing CGM technologies, highlighting critical issues of device accuracy, foreign body response, calibration, and miniaturization. An outlook on future developments with an emphasis on long-term reliability and performance is also presented.
accuracy; calibration; continuous glucose monitoring; glucose detection; glucose sensors; invasiveness
The development of implantable biosensors for continuous monitoring of metabolites is an area of sustained scientific and technological interest. On the other hand, nanotechnology, a discipline which deals with the properties of materials at the nanoscale, is developing as a potent tool to enhance the performance of these biosensors. This article reviews the current state of implantable biosensors, highlighting the synergy between nanotechnology and sensor performance. Emphasis is placed on the electrochemical method of detection in light of its widespread usage and substantial nanotechnology-based improvements in various aspects of electrochemical biosensor performance. Finally, issues regarding toxicity and biocompatibility of nanomaterials, along with future prospects for the application of nanotechnology in implantable biosensors, are discussed.
implantable; biosensors; continuous monitoring; nanotechnology; biofouling; oxygen dependence; miniaturization
In recent years, a variety of biomaterial implantable devices has been developed. Of particular significance to pharmaceutical sciences is the progress made on the development of drug/implantable device combination products. However, the clinical application of these devices is still a critical issue due to the host response, which results from both the tissue trauma during implantation and the presence of the device in the body. Accordingly, the in vivo functionality and durability of any implantable device can be compromised by the body response to the foreign material. Numerous strategies to overcome negative body reactions have been reported. The aim of this review is to outline some key issues of biomaterial/tissue interactions such as foreign body response and biocompatibility and biocompatibility assessment. In addition, general approaches used to overcome the in vivo instability of implantable devices are presented, including (a) biocompatible material coatings, (b) steroidal and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and (c) angiogenic drugs. In particular, strategies to overcome host response to glucose biosensors are summarized.
biocompatible coating for implantable devices; foreign body response (FBR); glucose biosensor; tissue compatibility assessment, drug device combination products
High linearities, sensitivities, and low oxygen dependence constitute prime requisites for electrochemical glucose sensors. However, for implantable sensors the need to control tissue inflammation requires the use outer membranes that permit inward analyte diffusion while continuously releasing anti-inflammatory drugs and other tissue response-modifying (TRM) agents. We have shown previously that while outer membranes based on layer-by-layer (LBL) assembly enhance linearity, poly(vinyl alcohol)(PVA) hydrogels loaded with TRM-containing microspheres enable a significant reduction in tissue inflammation. This article discusses amperometric performance of glucose sensors coated with stacked LBL/PVA hydrogel outer membranes.
Sensors were fabricated by immobilizing glucose oxidase enzyme on a 50-μm platinum wire followed by deposition of stacked LBL/PVA hydrogel outer membranes. The sensor response to various glucose concentrations was determined by applying 0.7 V vs an Ag/AgCl reference electrode in phosphate-buffered saline (37°C). Michaelis–Menten analysis was performed to quantify sensor performance in terms of linearity (Km,gluapp) and oxygen dependence (Km,O2app/[Glucose]).
When overlaid onto LBL-assembled outer membranes, PVA hydrogels improved sensor linearity by 60% from 10 to 16 mM of glucose and resulted in a twofold decrease in oxygen dependence.
Enhancement in the performance of a PVA-coated sensor is attributed to the oxygen-storing capability of PVA hydrogel due to the formation of hydrophobic domains during its freezing and thawing employed to physical cross-link the PVA. Such membranes with the capability to release TRMs continuously while storing oxygen constitute a major improvement over current outer membrane technologies.
apparent Michaelis-Menten constants; biosensor; freeze-thaw cycle; layer-by-layer assembly; linearity; outer membranes; oxygen content; oxygen dependence of biosensors; PVA hydrogels
The performance of implantable glucose sensors is closely related to the behavior of the outer membrane. Such membranes govern the diffusion characteristics of glucose and, correspondingly, the sensitivity of the sensors. This manuscript discusses the selection of various membrane materials and their effect on the device response.
Sensors were fabricated utilizing a 50-µm platinum wire followed by immobilization of the glucose oxidase (GOX) enzyme. Sequential adsorption of various ionic species via a layer-by-layer process created devices coated with bilayers of humic acids/ferric cations (HAs/Fe3+), humic acids/poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (HAs/PDDA), and poly(styrene sulfonate)/poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PSS/PDDA). The in vitro amperometric response of the sensors was determined at 0.7 V vs an Ag/AgCl reference electrode in phosphate-buffered saline (37°C) for various glucose concentrations. The diffusion coefficients of glucose and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) through these membranes were calculated and analyzed.
Outer membranes based on the sequential deposition of bilayers of HAs/Fe3+, HAs/PDDA, and PSS/PDDA were grown successfully on immobilized layers of GOX. The amperometric response and reversibility upon changing the in vitro concentration of glucose were investigated.
Through alteration of the number of bilayers of the outer membrane, it was possible to modulate the diffusion of glucose toward the sensor as a result of its flux-limiting characteristics. Semipermeable membranes based on five HAs/Fe3+ bilayers exhibited a superior behavior with a minimum hysterisis response to glucose cycling and a lesser current saturation at hyperglycemic glucose concentrations because of a more balanced inward diffusion of glucose and outward diffusion of H2O2.
biosensors; outer membrane; layer by layer assembly; humic acids; diffusion through membranes
The development of zero-order release systems capable of delivering drug(s) over extended periods of time is deemed necessary for a variety of biomedical applications. We hereby describe a simple, yet versatile, delivery platform based on physically cross-linked poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) microgels (cross-linked via repetitive freeze/thaw cycling) containing entrapped dexamethasone-loaded poly(lacticco-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microspheres for controlled delivery over a 1-month period. The incorporation of polyacids, such as humic acids, Nafion, and poly(acrylic acid), was found to be crucial for attaining approximately zero-order release kinetics, releasing 60% to 75% of dexamethasone within 1 month. Microspheres alone entrapped in the PVA hydrogel resulted in negligible drug release during the 1-month period of investigation. On the basis of a comprehensive evaluation of the structure-property relationships of these hydrogel/microsphere composites, in conjunction with their in vitro release performance, it was concluded that these polyacids segregate on the PLGA microsphere surfaces and thereby result in localized acidity. These surface-associated polyacids appear to cause acid-assisted hydrolysis to occur from the surface inwards. Such systems show potential for a variety of localized controlled drug delivery applications such as coatings for implantable devices.
hydrogels; microspheres; controlled drug delivery; dexamethasone
The past several years have witnessed the evolution of gene medicine from an experimental technology into a viable strategy for developing therapeutics for a wide range of human disorders. Numerous prototype DNA-based biopharmaceuticals can now control disease progression by induction and/or inhibition of genes. These potent therapeutics include plasmids containing transgenes, oligonucleotides, aptamers, ribozymes, DNAzymes, and small interfering RNAs. Although only 2 DNA-based pharmaceuticals (an antisense oligonucleotide formulation, Vitravene, (USA, 1998), and an adenoviral gene therapy treatment, Gendicine (China, 2003), have received approval from regulatory agencies; numerous candidates are in advanced stages of human clinical trials. Selection of drugs on the basis of DNA sequence and structure has a reduced potential for toxicity, should result in fewer side effects, and therefore should eventually yield safer drugs than those currently available. These predictions are based on the high selectivity and specificity of such molecules for recognition of their molecular targets. However, poor cellular uptake and rapid in vivo degradation of DNA-based therapeutics necessitate the use of delivery systems to facilitate cellular internalization and preserve their activity. This review discusses the basis of structural design, mode of action, and applications of DNA-based therapeutics. The mechanisms of cellular uptake and intracellular trafficking of DNA-based therapeutics are examined, and the constraints these transport processes impose on the choice of delivery systems are summarized. Finally, the development of some of the most promising currently available DNA delivery platforms is discussed, and the merits and drawbacks of each approach are evaluated.
nucleic acid therapeutics; DNA delivery systems; nonviral vectors; viral vectors; liposomes; gene therapy
The present study investigates the use of novel anionic lipoplexes composed of physiological components for plasmid DNA delivery into mammalian cells in vitro. Liposomes were prepared from mixtures of endogenously occurring anionic and zwitterionic lipids, 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-[phospho-rac-(1-glycerol)] (sodium salt) (DOPG) and 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine (DOPE), respectively, at a molar ratio of 17∶83 (DOPG:DOPE). Anionic lipoplexes were formed by complexation between anionic liposomes and plasmid DNA molecules encoding green fluorescence protein (GFP) using Ca2+ ions. Transfection and toxicity were evaluated in CHO-K1 cells using flow cytometry and propidium iodide staining, respectively. Controls included Ca2+-DNA complexes (without lipids), anionic liposomes (no Ca2+), and a cationic liposomal formulation. Efficient delivery of plasmid DNA and subsequent GFP expression was achieved using anionic lipoplexes. Transfection efficiency increased with Ca2+ concentration up to 14 mM Ca2+, where transfection efficiency was 7-fold higher than in untreated cells, with minimum toxicity. Further increase in Ca2+ decreased transfection. Transfection efficiency of anionic lipoplexes was similar to that of cationic liposomes (lipofect Amine), whereas their toxicity was significantly lower. Ca2+-DNA complexes exhibited minimal and irregular transfection with relatively high cytotoxicity. A model was developed to explain the basis of anionic lipoplex uptake and transfection efficacy. Effective transfection is explained on the formation of nonbilayer hexagonal lipid phases. Efficient and relatively safe DNA transfection using anionic lipoplexes makes them an appealing alternative to be explored for gene delivery.
anionic liposomes; gene delivery; transfection; nonviral vector; lipoplex; flow cytometry
The concepts of particle engineering and dosage form design have become dominant themes in pharmaceutical manufacturing. This trend is not simply a reflection of the development of new, more sophisticated manufacturing methods of particles or dispersed systems but also recognition of the importance of quality control even in more traditional manufacturing processes. However, the diversity of particle treatments, methods of particle size analysis, expression and interpretation of data, and process applications results in complicated and sometimes confusing criteria for selection, adoption, or relevance of the available techniques.
This is a summary report of the workshop, organized by the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Scientists in association with the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, the European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products, the European Pharmacopoeia, the US Food and Drug Administration and the United States Pharmacopoeia, on “Assuring Quality and Performance of Sustained and Controlled Release Parenterals” held in Basel, Switzerland, February 2003. Experts from the pharmaceutical industry, regulatory authorities and academia participated in this workshop to review, discuss and debate formulation, processing and manufacture of sustained and controlled release parenterals, and identify critical process parameters and their control. This workshop was a follow-up workshop to a previous workshop on Assuring Quality and Performance of Sustained and Controlled Release Parenterals that was held in Washington, DC in April 2001. This report reflects the outcome of the Basel 2003 meeting and the advances in the field since the Washington, DC meeting in 2001. As necessary, the reader is referred to the report on the 2001 meeting. Areas were identified at the 2003 Basel meeting where research is needed in order to understand the performance of these drug delivery systems and to assist in the development of appropriate testing procedures. Recommendations were made for future workshops and meetings.
Multiple emulsions are often stabilized using a combination of hydrophilic and hydrophobic surfactants. The ratio of these surfactants is important in achieving stable multiple emulsions. The objective of this study was to evaluate the long-term stability of water-in-oil-in-water (W/O/W) multiple emulsions with respect to the concentrations of Span 83 and Tween 80. In addition, the effect of surfactant and electrolyte concentration on emulsion bulk rheological properties was investigated. Light microscopy, creaming volume, and rheological properties were used to assess emulsion stability. It was observed that the optimal surfactant concentrations for W/O/W emulsion long-term stability were 20% wt/vol Span 83 in the oil phase and 0.1% wt/vol Tween 80 in the continuous phase. Higher concentrations of Tween 80 had a destructive effect on W/O/W emulsion stability, which correlated with the observation that interfacial film strength at the oil/water interface decreased as the Tween 80 concentration increased. High Span 83 concentrations increased the storage modulus G′ (solidlike) values and hence enhanced multiple emulsion stability. However, when 30% wt/vol Span 83 was incorporated, the viscosity of the primary W/O emulsion increased considerably and the emulsion droplets lost their shape. Salt added to the inner aqueous phase exerted an osmotic pressure that caused diffusion of water into the inner aqueous phase and increased W/O/W emulsion viscosity through an increase in the volume fraction of the primary W/O emulsion. This type of viscosity increase imposed a destabilizing effect because of the likelihood of rupture of the inner and multiple droplets.
multiple emulsions; stability; rheology; surfactant
This is a summary report of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, the Food and Drug Administration and the United States Pharmacopoeia cosponsored workshop on “Assuring Quality and Performance of Sustained and Controlled Release Parenterals.” Experts from the pharmaceutical industry, the regulatory authorities and academia participated in this workshop to review, discuss and debate formulation, processing and manufacture of sustained and controlled release parenterals and identify critical process parameters and their control. Areas were identified where research is needed in order to understand the performance of these drug delivery systems and to assist in the development of appropriate testing procedures. Recommendations were made for future workshops, meetings and working groups in this area.
This study optimized conditions for preparing and characterizing gelatin surface modified poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) copolymer microspheres and determined this systems interaction with fibronectin. Some gelatin microspheres have an affinity for fibronectin-bearing surfaces; these miscrospheres exploit the interaction between gelatin and fibronectin. PLGA copolymer microspheres were selected because they have reproducible and slowrelease characteristics in vivo. The PLGA microspheres were surface modified with gelatin to impart fibronectin recognition. Dexamethasone was incorporated into these microspheres because dexamethasone is beneficial in chronic human diseases associated with extra fibronectin expression (eg, cardiovascular disease, inflammatory disorders, rheumatoid arthritis). The gelatin surface modified PLGA microspheres (prepared by adsorption, conjugation, and spray coating) were investigated and characterized by encapsulation efficiency, particle size, in vitro release, and affinity for fibronectin. The gelatincoated PLGA microspheres had higher interaction with fibronectin compared with the other gelatin surface modified PLGA microspheres (adsorption and conjugation). Dexamethasone was released slowly (over 21 days) from gelatin surface modified PLGA microspheres.
Microspheres; Surface Modification; Gelatin; Fibronectin; PLGA; Dexamethasone
Mathematical models were developed for the prediction of surface-active and non- surface-active drug transport in triphasic (oil, water, and micellar) emulsion systems as a function of micellar concentration. These models were evaluated by comparing experimental and simulated data. Fick's first law of diffusion with association of the surface-active or complexation nature of the drug with the surfactant was used to derive a transport model for surface-active drugs. This transport model assumes that the oil/water (O/W) partitioning process was fast compared with membrane transport and therefore drug transport was limited by the membrane. Consecutive rate equations were used to model transport of non- surface-active drugs in emulsion systems assuming that the O/W interface acts as a barrier to drug transport. Phenobarbital (PB) and barbital (B) were selected as surface-active model drugs. Phenylazoaniline (PAA) and enzocaine (BZ) were selected as non- surface-active model drugs. Transport studies at pH 7.0 were conducted using side-by-side diffusion cells and bulk equilibrium reverse dialysis bag techniques. According to the surface-active drug model, an increase in micellar concentration is expected to decrease drug-transport rates. Using the Microft EXCEL program, the non- surface-active drug model was fitted to the experimental data for the cumulative amount of the model drug that disappeared from the donor chamber. The oil/continuous phase partitioning rates (k1) and the membrane transport rates (k2) were estimated. The predicted data were consistent with the experimental data for both the surface-active and non- surface-active models.