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Engineering of Long-Term Stable Transparent Nanoemulsion Using High-Gravity Rotating Packed Bed for Oral Drug Delivery

Authors Wu HR, Wang CQ, Wang JX, Chen JF, Le Y

Received 15 November 2019

Accepted for publication 11 March 2020

Published 9 April 2020 Volume 2020:15 Pages 2391—2402


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Mian Wang

Hao-Ran Wu,1 Chuan-Qi Wang,1 Jie-Xin Wang,1,2 Jian-Feng Chen,1,2 Yuan Le1,2

1State Key Laboratory of Organic-Inorganic Composites, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029, People’s Republic of China; 2Research Center of the Ministry of Education for High Gravity Engineering and Technology, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029, People’s Republic of China

Correspondence: Yuan Le
State Key Laboratory of Organic-Inorganic Composites, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, Chaoyang District 100029, People’s Republic of China

Background: Oil-in-water drug nanoemulsion forms drug delivery systems with high oral bioavailability. The conventional fabrication methods of nanoemulsion are low energy emulsification methods and high energy emulsification methods. However, both two methods are not ideal for industrial production. The problem of low energy emulsification methods is the high dosage of surfactant and co-surfactant which has potential biosecurity issues. What is more, high energy emulsification methods have some disadvantages, like the destruction of drug components, the price of equipment and the difficulties of industrial production. Hence, there have been a few commercial drug nanoemulsions so far.
Methods: In this work, we reported a novel method for the fabrication of stable and transparent drug nanoemulsion which contains hydrophilic drug rosuvastatin (ROS) calcium or hydrophobic drug silybinin (SYN) by using high-gravity rotating packed bed (RPB). The drug nanoemulsion was systematically characterized by droplet size, size distribution, stability and in vitro drug release as well as Caco-2 cells permeability.
Results: Compared with the self-emulsification method (SE), high-gravity technology could reduce 75% amount of mixed surfactants. The as-prepared nanoemulsion exhibited a very narrow droplet size distribution with a size of 13.53 ±  0.53 nm and a polydispersity index of 0.073 ±  0.018. Meanwhile, the drug nanoemulsion was physicochemically stable at 25°C and 4°C for one-year storage. Furthermore, both ROS and SYN nanoemulsion displayed higher cell permeability and in vitro dissolution than that of commercial formulations.
Conclusion: These results demonstrate that RPB can be a potential device to facilitate the industrial production of drug nanoemulsion.

Keywords: nanoemulsion, high-gravity rotating packed bed, Rosuvastatin calcium, Silybinin, stability, in vitro dissolution, Caco-2 permeability

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