This paper concerns the facile preparation of alginate beads encapsulating layered double hydroxide (LDH) intercalated with diclofenac sodium as drug delivery systems. To better evaluate the effect of LDH carrier, alginate beads loaded with free diclofenac were also prepared. Composites hydrogel beads were ionotropically crosslinked in CaCl2 solution at 4 °C. Thermal and barrier properties were evaluated and correlated with the presence of the inorganic phase. Swelling behavior was investigated over time. Release kinetics of diclofenac at different pH and temperatures were evaluated. The diclofenac release behavior appeared to be affected by the presence of LDH, the pH of release medium and the temperature allowing for fabricating a sustainable composite characterized by a triggered drug release rate. Finally, empirical relationships correlating the drug diffusion as a function of temperature and pH were extrapolated.
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