Unravelling the relationship between degree of disorder and the dissolution behavior of milled glibenclamide

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  • Pei T Mah
  • Timo Laaksonen
  • Rades, Thomas
  • Jaakko Aaltonen
  • Leena Peltonen
  • Clare J Strachan
Milling is an attractive method to prepare amorphous formulations as it does not require the use of solvents and is suitable for thermolabile drugs. One of the key critical quality attributes of milled amorphous formulations is their dissolution behavior. However, there are limited studies that have investigated the relationship between degree of disorder induced by milling and dissolution behavior. The main aim of this study was to identify the analytical technique used to characterize degree of disorder that correlates best with the recrystallization behavior during dissolution of milled glibenclamide samples. Solid state and surface changes during dissolution of milled glibenclamide samples were monitored in order to elucidate the processes that influence the dissolution behavior of milled glibenclamide samples. Glibenclamide was ball milled for different durations and analyzed using X-ray powder diffractometry (XRPD), Raman spectroscopy and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Recrystallization during dissolution of the milled amorphous materials was investigated using an in situ Raman setup. SEM was used to monitor the surfaces of the compacts during dissolution. XRPD, Raman spectroscopy and DSC indicated that glibenclamide was fully amorphous after milling for 30, 60, and 120 min, respectively. 'DSC amorphous' (i.e. fully amorphous according to the onset of crystallization obtained from DSC) glibenclamide samples experienced negligible recrystallization which had no effect on the dissolution profiles. Samples that were not 'DSC amorphous' experienced recrystallization which resulted in a decrease in dissolution rate. Unexpected elevated dissolution rate was observed initially during dissolution for samples milled for 15 to 45 min, and this was related to particle loss from surfaces of the disks during dissolution. In conclusion, the onset of crystallization obtained from DSC best predicts the recrystallization of glibenclamide during dissolution. Recrystallization and particle loss from the surface of the dissolution should be considered when interpreting the dissolution data of milled glibenclamide samples.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMolecular Pharmaceutics
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)234-242
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jan 2014

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