Polycaprolactone (PCL)/Polyethylene-glycol (PEG) capsules are prepared by injection molding with the aim of producing Colon-specific Drug Delivery Systems (CDDS). PCL, being a gastroresistant polymer, is suitable for this kind of delivery; however, the release from PCL devices is too slow. For this reason, in this paper, different percentages of PEG (10, 20 and 30 w/w %) have been added to obtain blends able to modulate the release from PCL-based capsules. The drug release rate from PCL/PEG capsules increases with the PEG percentage; using PCL/PEG 70/30 w/w capsules, the drug release is suitable for CDDS. The experimental data have been modelled, accounting for three steps: the penetration of the release medium into the capsule, the drug dissolution in the release medium, and the drug migration from the capsule to the medium. The model accurately describes the data, showing a mass transfer coefficient strongly dependent on the PEG percentage.

Polycaprolactone/polyethylene-glycol capsules made by injection molding: A drug release modeling

Liparoti S.;Franco P.;Pantani R.;De Marco I.
2021

Abstract

Polycaprolactone (PCL)/Polyethylene-glycol (PEG) capsules are prepared by injection molding with the aim of producing Colon-specific Drug Delivery Systems (CDDS). PCL, being a gastroresistant polymer, is suitable for this kind of delivery; however, the release from PCL devices is too slow. For this reason, in this paper, different percentages of PEG (10, 20 and 30 w/w %) have been added to obtain blends able to modulate the release from PCL-based capsules. The drug release rate from PCL/PEG capsules increases with the PEG percentage; using PCL/PEG 70/30 w/w capsules, the drug release is suitable for CDDS. The experimental data have been modelled, accounting for three steps: the penetration of the release medium into the capsule, the drug dissolution in the release medium, and the drug migration from the capsule to the medium. The model accurately describes the data, showing a mass transfer coefficient strongly dependent on the PEG percentage.
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