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Development of an advanced injection time model for an autoinjector

Authors Thueer T, Birkhaeuer L, Reilly D

Received 15 September 2017

Accepted for publication 26 March 2018

Published 26 June 2018 Volume 2018:11 Pages 215—224

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/MDER.S151727

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Thomas Thueer, Lena Birkhaeuer, Declan Reilly

Device Development, Pharma Technical Development Europe, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, Basel, Switzerland

Background: This work describes an advanced physics-based mathematical model that accurately predicts autoinjector injection time. Autoinjectors are a well-established technology for parenteral drug delivery and quantifying the probability to achieve a given injection time is critical to the successful development and commercial launch of the autoinjector.
Method: Each parameter that can influence injection time was treated as a statistical variable with an appropriate distribution function. Monte Carlo simulation was used to obtain the probability of achieving the required injection time. Sensitivity analyses were performed to identify those parameters most critical in contributing to the overall injection time. To validate the model, a number of experiments were conducted on autoinjectors, with key contributors to injection time measured and characterized.
Results: The results showed excellent agreement between modeled and measured injection time. The modeling error for all investigated device configurations was smaller than 12% and the error range was less than 6%. The consistent over-estimation of injection time suggests a small bias in the model which could be accounted for by reducing internal friction.
Conclusion: This work provides evidence that the selected modeling approach, which aims for a simple yet computationally inexpensive model, is accurate and enables running comprehensive statistical simulations to determine the full range of expected injection times due to component variability.

Keywords: plunger force, viscosity, stopper friction, sensitivity analysis, model validation

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