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3-aminopropyl functionalized magnesium phyllosilicate as an organoclay based drug carrier for improving the bioavailability of flurbiprofen

Authors Yang L, Choi S, Shin H, Han H, Lee B

Received 18 July 2013

Accepted for publication 11 September 2013

Published 30 October 2013 Volume 2013:8(1) Pages 4147—4155

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/IJN.S51756

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Liang Yang,1 Soo-Kyung Choi,2 Hyun-Jae Shin,2 Hyo-Kyung Han1

1College of Pharmacy, Dongguk University-Seoul, Siksa-dong, Ilsan-Donggu, Goyang, Gyunggi-do, Korea; 2Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Chosun University, Gwangju, Korea

Abstract: This study aimed to develop an oral delivery system using clay-based organic–inorganic hybrid materials to improve the bioavailability of the drug, flurbiprofen, which is poorly soluble in water. 3-aminopropyl functionalized magnesium phyllosilicate (AMP clay) was synthesized by a one-pot direct sol-gel method, and then flurbiprofen (FB) was incorporated into AMP clay (FB-AMP) at different drug/clay ratios. The structural characteristics of AMP and FB-AMP formulation were confirmed by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. Among tested formulations, FB-AMP(3), dramatically increased the dissolution of FB and achieved rapid and complete drug release within 2 hours. More than 60% of FB was released from FB-AMP(3) after 30 minutes; the drug was completely dissolved in the water within 2 hours. Under the acidic condition (pH 1.2), FB-AMP(3) also increased the dissolution of FB by up to 47.1% within 1 hour, which was three-fold higher than that of untreated FB. Furthermore, following an oral administration of FB-AMP(3) to Sprague-Dawley rats, the peak plasma concentration and area under the plasma concentration-time curve of FB increased two-fold, and the time to reach the peak plasma concentration was shortened compared with that in the untreated FB. This result suggests that the oral drug delivery system using clay-based organic–inorganic hybrid material might be useful to improve the bioavailability of FB.

Keywords: poorly water-soluble drugs, aminopropyl functionalized magnesium phyllosilicate, organic clay, oral bioavailability

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