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Inter-grade and inter-batch variability of sodium alginate used in alginate-based matrix tablets.

AAPS PharmSciTech (2014-06-04)
Shao Fu, Ira S Buckner, Lawrence H Block
ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to characterize the inter-grade and inter-batch variability of sodium alginate used in the formulation of matrix tablets. Four different grades and three batches of one grade of sodium alginate were used to prepare matrix tablets. Swelling, erosion, and drug release tests of sodium alginate matrix tablets were conducted in a USP dissolution apparatus. Substantial differences in swelling and erosion behavior of sodium alginate matrix tablets were evident among different viscosity grades. Even different batches of the same grade exhibit substantial differences in the swelling and erosion behavior of their matrix tablets. The erosion behavior of sodium alginate matrix tablets can be partly explained by their rheological properties (both apparent viscosity and viscoelasticity) in solution. Sodium alginate with higher apparent viscosity and viscoelasticity in solution show slower erosion rate and higher swelling rate. Compacts prepared from grades or batches with higher viscosity and higher viscoelasticity show slower drug release. For grades or batches with similar apparent viscosities, apparent viscosities of sodium alginate solution at low concentration alone are not sufficient to predict the functionality of sodium alginate in matrix tablets. Viscoelastic properties of sodium alginate solutions at one high concentration corresponding to the polymer gel state, may be suitable indicia of the extended release behavior of sodium alginate matrix tablets.

MATERIALS
Product Number
Brand
Product Description

Supelco
Acetaminophen, Pharmaceutical Secondary Standard; Certified Reference Material
Sigma-Aldrich
Acetaminophen, BioXtra, ≥99.0%
Sigma-Aldrich
Acetaminophen, meets USP testing specifications, 98.0-102.0%, powder
Sigma-Aldrich
Acetaminophen, analytical standard
Paracetamol, European Pharmacopoeia (EP) Reference Standard
USP
Acetaminophen, United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Reference Standard
Supelco
Acetaminophen solution, 1.0 mg/mL in methanol, ampule of 1 mL, certified reference material, Cerilliant®