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Suitability of polymer materials for production of pulmonary microparticles using a PGSS supercritical fluid technique: Preparation of microparticles using PEG, fatty acids and physical or chemicals blends of PEG and fatty acids.
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PMID:  23178217     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The production of microparticles using a supercritical carbon dioxide based PGSS technique (CriticalMix™) has been exploited to develop blended systems targeted at pulmonary delivery. Hence, PEG based polymers of different molecular weights (1000Da-6000Da) were blended in-situ with fatty acids (stearic, palmitic or myristic acid) or with commercially available PEG-stearates. The effect of the different thermodynamic properties of the polymers was evaluated by characterising the microparticles produced in terms of their melting temperature by conventional DSC and in the presence of high pressure CO(2) using a high pressure variable volume view cell. The microparticles produced were also assessed by SEM and particle size distribution. It is well known that as the molecular weight of the PEG chains increases, so does the viscosity of the melt and this leads to an increase in the particle size. In the paper we show that blending with myristic acid provides optimal control of particle size when the blend is sprayed from scCO(2) leading to high yields in the optimal aerodynamic size range of 2-5μm for the deep lung delivery. The highest yield and smallest particles (∼5μm) were produced with a blend of PEG 3000 and myristic acid (1:1) whereas the batches containing palmitic acid and stearic acid showed lower yields and larger particle sizes.
Meera Vijayaraghavan; Snjezana Stolnik; Steven M Howdle; Lisbeth Illum
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of pharmaceutics     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1873-3476     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Pharm     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-26     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7804127     Medline TA:  Int J Pharm     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012. Published by Elsevier B.V.
School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, UK.
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