COTABARREN Ivana Maria
3D printing of PVA capsular devices for modified drug delivery: design and in vitro dissolution studies
COTABARREN, IVANA; GALLO, LOREANA
DRUG DEVELOPMENT AND INDUSTRIAL PHARMACY
TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC
Año: 2020 p. 1 - 11
The fabrication through FDM 3D printing of hollow systems intended for oral drug delivery constitutes an attractive technology to change personalized medications in the compounding pharmacy. In this sense, this work studied the design and 3D printing of one compartment capsular devices filled of drugs thatcould require a delayed release mechanism. The optimization of printing parameters such as material flow rate and printing speed by means of simple gcode modifications, resulted critical to allow the production of PVA capsular devices in a single manufacturing process. In addition, the disintegration and dissolution studies of the obtained capsular device confirmed the existence of a delayed drug release compared to commercial hard-gelatin capsules. Furthermore, the use of sinkers in the dissolution tests resulted in similardissolution profiles regardless the rotation speed. Finally, Gompertz and Weibull equations were the kinetic models that best fitted the experimental data corresponding to immediate release with lag time type profiles. Overall, this work provides insights to understand the effect of the printing parameters on the production of PVA capsular devices and suggests a simple design and single manufacturing process that can be adopted in the future compounding pharmacy.