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Title: Process parameters and morphology in puerarin, phospholipids and their complex microparticles generation by supercritical antisolvent precipitation
Authors: Li, Y
Yang, DJ
Chen, SL
Chen, SB
Chan, ASC
Keywords: GAS
Phospholipids complex
Supercritical fluids
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: International journal of pharmaceutics, 2008, v. 359, no. 1-2, p. 35-45 How to cite?
Journal: International journal of pharmaceutics 
Abstract: The aim of the study was to develop and evaluate a new method for the production of puerarin phospholipids complex (PPC) microparticles. The advanced particle formation method, solution enhanced dispersion by supercritical fluids (SEDS), was used for the preparation of puerarin (Pur), phospholipids (PC) and their complex particles for the first time. Evaluation of the processing variables on PPC particle characteristics was also conducted. The processing variables included temperature, pressure, solution concentration, the flow rate of supercritical carbon dioxide (SC-CO2) and the relative flow rate of drug solution to CO2. The morphology, particle size and size distribution of the particles were determined. Meanwhile Pur and phospholipids were separately prepared by gas antisolvent precipitation (GAS) method and solid characterization of particles by the two supercritical methods was also compared. Pur formed by GAS was more orderly, purer crystal, whereas amorphous Pur particles between 0.5 and 1 μm were formed by SEDS. The complex was successfully obtained by SEDS exhibiting amorphous, partially agglomerated spheres comprised of particles sized only about 1 μm. SEDS method may be useful for the processing of other pharmaceutical preparations besides phospholipids complex particles. Furthermore adopting a GAS process to recrystallize pharmaceuticals will provide a highly versatile methodology to generate new polymorphs of drugs in addition to conventional techniques.
ISSN: 0378-5173
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpharm.2008.03.022
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