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1.  Impact of Osmotically Active Excipients on Bioavailability and Bioequivalence of BCS Class III Drugs 
The AAPS Journal  2013;15(4):1043-1050.
PMCID: PMC3787221  PMID: 23868749
BCS; bioavailability/bioequivalence; drug absorption; excipient; osmotic potential
2.  Generic Development of Topical Dermatologic Products, Part II: Quality by Design for Topical Semisolid Products 
The AAPS Journal  2013;15(3):674-683.
The emergence of quality by design as a relatively new systematic science and risk-based approach has added a new dimension to pharmaceutical development and manufacturing. This review attempts to discuss the quality by design elements and concepts applied for topical semisolid products. Quality by design begins with defining a quality target product profile as well as critical quality attributes. Subsequently, this is followed by risk identification/risk analysis/risk evaluation to recognize critical material attributes and critical process parameters, in conjunction with design of experiments or other appropriate methods to establish control strategies for the drug product. Several design-of-experiment examples are included as practical strategies for the development and optimization of formulation and process for topical drug products.
PMCID: PMC3691439  PMID: 23572241
dermatologic product; generic; quality by design; semisolid; topical product
3.  Generic Development of Topical Dermatologic Products: Formulation Development, Process Development, and Testing of Topical Dermatologic Products 
The AAPS Journal  2012;15(1):41-52.
This review presents considerations which can be employed during the development of a semi-solid topical generic product. This includes a discussion on the implementation of quality by design concepts during development to ensure the generic drug product has similar desired quality attributes to the reference-listed drug (RLD) and ensure batch to batch consistency through commercial production. This encompasses the concept of reverse-engineering to copy the RLD as a strategy during product development to ensure qualitative (Q1) and quantitative (Q2) formulation similarity, as well as similarity in formulation microstructure (Q3). The concept of utilizing in vitro skin permeation studies as a tool to justify formulation differences between the test generic product and the RLD to ensure a successful pharmacodynamic or clinical endpoint bioequivalence study is discussed. The review concludes with a discussion on drug product evaluation and quality tests as well as in vivo bioequivalence studies.
PMCID: PMC3535108  PMID: 23054971
dermatologic product; generic; semi-solid; topical product; quality by design
4.  Use of Partial Area under the Curve Metrics to Assess Bioequivalence of Methylphenidate Multiphasic Modified Release Formulations 
The AAPS Journal  2012;14(4):925-926.
PMCID: PMC3475859  PMID: 22976173
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; bioequivalence; generic drugs; methylphenidate; pAUC
5.  Physicochemical Characterization of Complex Drug Substances: Evaluation of Structural Similarities and Differences of Protamine Sulfate from Various Sources 
The AAPS Journal  2012;14(3):619-626.
The purpose of this study was to characterize and evaluate differences of protamine sulfate, a highly basic peptide drug, obtained from five different sources, using orthogonal thermal and spectroscopic analytical methods. Thermogravimetric analysis and modulated differential scanning calorimetry showed that all five protamine sulfate samples had different moisture contents and glass transition and melting temperatures when temperature was modulated from 25 to 270°C. Protamine sulfate from source III had the highest residual moisture content (4.7 ± 0.2%) at 105°C, resulting in the lowest glass transition (109.7°C) and melting (184.2°C) temperatures compared with the other four sources. By Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, the five sources of protamine sulfate had indistinguishable spectra, and the spectra were consistent with a predominantly random coil conformation in solution and a minor population in a β-sheet conformation (~12%). Circular dichroism spectropolarimetry confirmed the FTIR results with prominent minima at 206 nm observed for all five sources. Finally, proton (1H) nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy showed that all five protamine sulfate sources had identical spectra with backbone amide chemical shifts between 8.20 and 8.80 ppm, consistent with proteins with predominantly random coil conformation. In conclusion, thermal analyses showed differences in the thermal behavior of the five sources of protamine sulfate, while spectroscopic analyses showed the samples had a predominantly random coil conformation with a small amount of β-sheet present.
PMCID: PMC3385841  PMID: 22678712
circular dichroism; differential scanning calorimetry; Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy; nuclear magnetic resonance; peptide; protamine sulfate; thermogravimetric analysis
6.  Challenges and Opportunities in Establishing Scientific and Regulatory Standards for Assuring Therapeutic Equivalence of Modified Release Products: Workshop Summary Report 
The AAPS Journal  2010;12(3):371-377.
Modified release products are complex dosage forms designed to release drug in a controlled manner to achieve desired efficacy and safety. Inappropriate control of drug release from such products may result in reduced efficacy or increased toxicity. This workshop provided an opportunity for pharmaceutical scientists from academia, industry, and regulatory agencies to discuss current industry practices and regulatory expectations for demonstrating pharmaceutical equivalence and bioequivalence of MR products, further facilitating the establishment of regulatory standards for ensuring therapeutic equivalence of these products.
PMCID: PMC2895434  PMID: 20440588
bioequivalence; interchangeability; modified release; pharmaceutical equivalence; therapeutic equivalence

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