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Preparation And Analgesic Activity Of Eudragit RS100® Microparticles Containing Diflunisal

Rosario Pignatello, Davide Amico, Santina Chiechio, Concet
Published 2001 ·

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Two different techniques, the quasi-emulsion solvent diffusion method and spray drying that provide polar and nonpolar preparation environments, were used to prepare microspheres from Eudragit RS100® (RS) (acrylic/methacrylic copolymer) incorporating the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug diflunisal. The effects of pH on the preparation medium and drug/polymer ratio on production yield and drug incorporation, as well as on the in vitro drug release at pH 1.2 and 6.8 from tabletted microparticles, were evaluated. The drug-polymer interactions and the effect of diflunisal incorporation in the polymer matrix on drug crystallinity have been evaluated by using differential scanning calorimetry, IR and ultraviolet spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, and microscopy analysis. A preliminary biological assay confirmed that diflunisal maintains its analgesic activity after intraperitoneal administration to rats.

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