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Enhancement of Dissolution of Fenofibrate Using Complexation with Hydroxy Propyl [beta]-Cyclodextrin/Hidroksi Propil [beta]-Siklodekstrin ile Kompleksasyon Kullanilarak Fenofibratin Cozunmesinin Arttirilmasi.

INTRODUCTION

Fenofibrate, propan-2-yl 2-[4-(4-chlorobenzoyl) phenoxy]-2-methylpropanoate, is a fibric acid derivative useful as an antilipidemic agent. Fenofibrate is a hypolipidemic drug that reduces the levels of lipids (fats) in the blood. It is a white crystalline powder, practically insoluble in water (log p=5.24). (1) Its low water solubility and poor dissolution rate cause problems in formulation development and restrict its therapeutic application by influencing the rate of absorption and the onset of action.

Consequently, its bioavailability is incomplete, irregular, and often varies from one person to another. As a result, commercially available doses are of higher strength and require repeated dosing. From an economic point of view, this low bioavailability of drug leads to wastage of more amounts of drug after oral administration, increasing the cost of medication. Therefore, it is very important to find appropriate formulation approaches to enhance the aqueous solubility, dissolution rate, and thus the bioavailability of poorly soluble drugs. Nowadays, many approaches are used to enhance the solubility and dissolution rate of poorly soluble drugs by the use of pharmaceutical technology. (2) Physical modification often aims to increase the surface area, solubility, and/or wettability of the powder. Other approaches include cosolvency using various solvent blends, cyclodextrin complexation, (3) use of surfactants, (4) salt forms, (5) prodrugs, (6) and alteration of crystal properties. (7,8)

A number of different microorganisms and plants produce certain enzymes called cyclodextrin glucosyltransferases, which degrade starch to cyclic products called cyclodextrins. These cyclodextrins are cyclic oligosaccharides involving ([alpha]-1,4)-associated [alpha]-D-glucopyranose units and contain a genuinely lipophilic cavity and a hydrophilic external surface. They are shaped like truncated cones rather than perfect cylinders. In light of such qualities, cyclodextrins are able to form inclusion complexes both in solid state and in solution state, in which every guest entity is surrounded by the hydrophobic environment of the cyclodextrin cavity. Upon inclusion, the water solubility of the guest can increase as well as its bioavailability. (9,10) This inclusion complex formation leads to alteration of the physicochemical and biological properties of the guest molecules and may eventually have considerable pharmaceutical potential. (11,12)

The naturally occurring [alpha]-, [beta]-, and [gamma]-cyclodextrin consist of six, seven, and eight glucopyranose units, respectively. Natural cyclodextrins like [beta]-cyclodextrin have limited aqueous solubility and the complexes formed from the interaction of lipophilic/hydrophobic drugs with these cyclodextrins may be of limited solubility. This may result in precipitation of solid cyclodextrin complexes from water and other aqueous systems. Cyclodextrin derivatives of pharmaceutical interest include the derivatives of these naturally occurring [beta]- and [gamma]-cyclodextrins. Out of these cyclodextrin derivatives, hydroxy propyl [beta]-cyclodextrin (HP[beta]CD) appears the most useful as a pharmaceutical complexing agent because of its complexing ability, low cost, and other properties. The approach of cyclodextrin complexation can be used to increase the water solubility and dissolution rate of poorly soluble drugs and to solve bioavailability problems.

As fenofibrate dissolves very slightly in water, the present study was undertaken to overcome the limitations existing in available fenofibrate products so as to improve the dissolution profile, absorption characteristics, and bioavailability and to reduce the dose required for administration to attain a desired effect.

The study also aimed to develop a method for preparation of an inclusion complex of fenofibrate with HP[beta]CD that is efficient and economical, simple, and less time consuming than other methods.

Thus, the present study was performed to enhance the solubility and dissolution rate of fenofibrate using complexation with HP[beta]CD in order to attain a therapeutic effect. The possible interactions between fenofibrate and HP[beta]CD in both solid state and liquid states were investigated. The solid state interaction was investigated by fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) studies. The interaction in solution was studied by phase solubility analysis and dissolution experiments.

MATERIALS AND METHODS

Materials

A gift sample of fenofibrate was received from Shreya Life Sciences, (Aurangabad, India). HP[beta]CD was obtained from Wockhardt Pharmaceuticals (Aurangabad, India). All other solvents and ingredients used were of analytical grade. (13,14)

Methods

Phase solubility studies

Phase solubility studies were performed in triplicate according to the method reported by Higuchi and Connors. (15) An excess of drug was added to 5-mL portions of distilled water in vials each containing a variable amount of HP[beta]CD (2 mM to 10 mM). All the above solutions were subjected to sonication for 30 min and then allowed to stand at room temperature (~25[degrees]C) for 48 h without disturbance to attain saturation equilibrium. These saturated systems were carefully filtered through Whatman filter paper (no. 41) and were analyzed spectrophotometrically at 287 nm after appropriate dilutions on a ultraviolet (UV)-visible spectrophotometer.

The solubility of fenofibrate in every HP[beta]CD solution was calculated and a phase solubility diagram was drawn between solubility of fenofibrate and different concentrations of HP[beta]CD. The apparent stability constant (Kc) was calculated by using the formula (15);

Stability constant (Kc)=[Slope/So (1-slope)'] 1

where So=aqueous solubility of fenofibrate.

The Gibbs free energy of transfer [([DELTA]G[degrees]).sub.tr] of fenofibrate from pure water to the aqueous solution of carrier was calculated as (14);

[DELTA]Gtr 2.303 RT LogSo/ Ss, 2

where So/Ss is the ratio of molar solubility of fenofibrate in aqueous solution of HP[beta]CD to that of the same medium without HP[beta]CD.

Preparation of solid binary systems

Preparation of physical mixture of fenofibrate with HP[beta]CD The physical mixture of fenofibrate with HP[beta]CD containing molar weight ratio 1:1 (fenofibrate:HP[beta]CD) was prepared, followed by passing through a sieve (no. 72) with minimum abrasion.

Preparation of inclusion complex by kneading method (15)

Stoichiometric quantities (1:1) of fenofibrate:HP[beta]CD were accurately weighed. HP[beta]CD was added to the mortar, and a small amount of ethanol:water (1:1 v/v) was added while triturating to get a slurry-like consistency. Then slowly the drug was incorporated into the slurry, and trituration was continued for a further 45 min. The slurry was then dried at 50[degrees]C for 24 h, pulverized, passed through a no. 72 sieve, and stored in desiccators until further use.

Preparation of inclusion complex by coprecipitation

Fenofibrate and HP[beta]CD in 1:1 molar ratio were accurately weighed. Saturated cyclodextrin solution was prepared with HP[beta]CD and water. Then fenofibrate solution in methanol was added slowly and a suspension was formed. The suspension was stirred at 40[degrees]C for 30 min and the stirring was continued at room temperature (25[degrees]C) for 30 min. The obtained masses were filtered through Whatman filter paper no. 41 and dried at 50[degrees]C in an oven for 24 h. The dried complexes were pulverized and passed through a no. 72 sieve and stored in desiccators until further use. (16)

The yield for HP[beta]CD complex was not significant. Therefore, we used the following method for coprecipitation.

Fenofibrate and HP[beta]CD in 1:1 molar ratio were accurately weighed. Cyclodextrin solution was prepared with HP[beta]CD and water. Then fenofibrate solution in methanol was added slowly to the above solution and a suspension was formed. The suspension was stirred at 40[degrees]C for 30 min and kept stirring at room temperature for 12 h. The obtained masses were refrigerated for 24 h. Then these masses were filtered through Whatman filter paper no. 41 and dried at 50[degrees]C in an oven for 24 h. The dried complexes were pulverized and passed through a no. 72 sieve and stored in desiccators until further use. (17)

Dissolution studies

As fenofibrate is a lipophilic compound and practically insoluble in water, dissolution study of fenofibrate dosage forms necessitates modifications in the dissolution medium. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) of concentration 20 mM and above provides sink conditions. (18,19)

Dissolution studies of fenofibrate, physical mixture, kneaded product, and coprecipitated product were performed using the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) model digital tablet dissolution test apparatus II (Electrolab, Mumbai) at paddle rotation speed of 75 rpm in 900 mL of 20 mM SLS at 37.0[+ or -]0.5[degrees]C.

The physical mixture equivalent to 145 mg of fenofibrate was weighed using a digital balance (Make Eagle, India) and added to dissolution medium. Then 5-mL samples were withdrawn at predetermined intervals and replaced with fresh dissolution medium and suitably diluted. Diluted samples were then assayed for fenofibrate content by measuring the absorbance at 287 nm using a UV-visible spectrophotometer (Jasco model V630, Japan). The dissolution studies were either performed until all the solids were completely dissolved or stopped at 2 h if the duration of dissolution was longer. Studies were performed in triplicate (n=3). Mean values of cumulative drug release were calculated for plotting the release curve.

Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy

FTIR spectra were obtained using an FT/IR-4100 spectrophotometer (Jasco, Japan). The samples (fenofibrate, physical mixture, and drug:cyclodextrin complexes) were previously ground and mixed thoroughly with potassium bromide, an infrared transparent matrix, at 1:5 (sample: KBr) ratio, respectively. Forty scans were obtained from 4000 to 400 [cm.sup.-1].

Differential scanning calorimetry studies

The DSC thermograms were obtained on a DSC (Shimadzu DSC-60 thermal analyzer, Japan). The instrument was calibrated using indium as standard. Samples (5 mg) were heated in sealed aluminum pans under nitrogen using the following program: hold for 10 min at 40[degrees]C and heat from 40.0 to 250.0[degrees]C at a scanning rate of 10[degrees]C/min. Then the samples were subjected to DSC studies. Samples were sealed in 40-[micro]L aluminum pans. An identical empty pan was used as a reference. The samples were scanned at 10[degrees]C/min with a 50 mL/min nitrogen purge.

RESULTS AND DISCUSSION

Phase solubility studies

The phase solubility profiles of fenofibrate--HP[beta]CD are presented in Figure 1. This plot showed that aqueous solubility of the drug increases linearly as a function of HP[beta]CD. The phase solubility profile of fenofibrate with HP[beta]CD can be classified as [A.sub.L]-type. The linear host--guest correlation coefficient r=0.9969 ([r.sup.2]=0.994) with a slope (m) of 0.004 suggested the formation of a 1:1 complex with respect to HP[beta]CD concentrations. The apparent stability constants, [K.sub.1:1], obtained from the slope of the linear phase solubility diagram was 630.0006 [M.sup.-1] for HP[beta]CD [Eq. (1)]. The [K.sub.1:1] value suggested that fenofibrate formed more stable complex with HP[beta]CD.

An indication of the process of transfer of fenofibrate from pure water to the aqueous solution of HP[beta]CD may be obtained from the values of the Gibbs free energy change (Table 1). The values of Gibbs free energy associated with the aqueous solubility of fenofibrate in the presence of HP[beta]CD ( were all negative for HP[beta]CD at various concentrations, indicating the spontaneous nature of the drug solubilization. The values decreased with increasing HP[beta]CD concentration, demonstrating that solubilization was more favorable as concentration of HP[beta]CD increased.

Dissolution studies

The results of the dissolution studies for individual samples (fenofibrate alone, PMs, and complexes) over 2 h are shown in Figure 2. Onset of dissolution of pure fenofibrate is very slow, with about 13.29% of drug being dissolved in 120 min. Complexes of fenofibrate with HP[beta]CD had considerably enhanced dissolution rates as compared to pure drug fenofibrate and PMs.

Percentage dissolution efficiencies (%DE) values were computed for comparative analysis of all the formulations. The %DE values in the initial time period of the dissolution study, i.e., %[DE.sub.10min], provide comparative information for very fast releasing formulations, whereas those for % [DE.sub.60min] provide relative information about both fast and slow releasing formulations. The values of %[DE.sub.60min] for the pure drug increased to 32.45% in PMs and up to 87.39% in kneaded product and 56.46% in coprecipitated products. The change in [DE.sub.60min] of the drug in its PMs and complexes is statistically significant (p<0.05).

The results of % dissolution and dissolution efficiency study indicate an improvement in the dissolution rate of fenofibrate in cyclodextrin complexes by both techniques. The improvement in dissolution rate is possibly caused by several factors:

a) the strong hydrophilic character of HP[beta]CD, which improves the water penetration and wettability of the hydrophobic fenofibrate,

b) the optimal dispersion of fenofibrate to HP[beta]CD,

c) the absence of crystals corresponds to lower energy required for dissolution, and

d) the intermolecular hydrogen bonds and the molecular dispersion of fenofibrate on HP[beta]CD lead to partial miscibility, improving the hydrophilic characteristics of the drug substance via interactions with [beta]CD the improvement of dissolution rate of fenofibrate in the physical mixture is due to increased wettability of the drug powder. (20)

Kneading showed better dissolution than coprecipitation. This could be attributed to the improved wetting provided by cyclodextrins in kneading than in coprecipitation, as earlier reported by Mukne for triamterene (21) and Deshmukh for ziprasidone. (22) Thus it can be concluded that kneading is better for complexation than coprecipitation.

FTIR spectroscopy

The FTIR spectra of the systems of fenofibrate--HP[beta]CD and those of pure components are shown in Figure 3. When the systems are compared, it can be observed that the ester group stretching band at 1727.91 [cm.sup.-1] broadens and shifts towards higher wavenumbers, indicating change in the intermolecular H-bonds of the drug upon complexation. Similar modifications were seen in the combination signal of the ester group, which indicates change in the interaction of this group when the complex is formed. In addition, the bands at 1050-1340 [cm.sup.-1] corresponding to antisymmetric vibrations of the aryl ether group and C-O stretching of esters broaden in some cases and in others peaks vanish upon complexation. The decreased intensity and vanishing of the band are associated with the out-of-plane bending of the aromatic C-H bonds at 824-844 [cm.sup.-1], evidence of the inclusion of the benzene ring. (23)

Finally, the C-H stretching seen at 3032-3052 [cm.sup.-1] vanishes in the complexes, indicating that complexation has occurred.

DSC studies

The DSC thermogram of HP[beta]CD showed a straight line. The DSC curve of fenofibrate showed a broad endothermic peak in the range of 80-90[degrees]C owing to the melting point of the drug. The peak of fenofibrate showed changes in terms of peak area and [DELTA]H (heat of fusion) value (Table 2) in the case of the complexes as compared to the physical mixture comprising drug:HP[beta]CD in the same ratio. This suggested that the presence of HP[beta]CD resulted in complexation of fenofibrate. The change in peak height and broadening of peaks may be attributed to loss of crystallinity. (24)

CONCLUSIONS

The solubility and dissolution rate of fenofibrate can be enhanced by the use of complexes of fenofibrate with HP[beta]CD. The solubilization effects of HP[beta]CD, reduction of particle aggregation of the drug, loss in crystallinity, increased wettability and dispersibility, and alteration in the surface properties of the drug particles might be responsible for the enhanced solubility and dissolution rate of fenofibrate from its complexes and physical mixtures.

Kneading showed better dissolution than coprecipitation. This could be attributed to the improved wetting provided by cyclodextrins in kneading than in coprecipitation.

It is concluded that fenofibrate--HP[beta]CD complexation results in an increase in the solubility and dissolution rate of the drug, suggesting a possible enhancement of its oral bioavailability.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The authors are grateful to Shreya Life Sciences Ltd and Wockhardt for providing gift samples of fenofibrate and cyclodextrin, respectively. The authors are thankful to Y B Chavan College of Pharmacy, Aurangabad, and Marathwada Mitra Mandal's College of Pharmacy, Kalewadi, Pune.

Conflict of Interest: No conflict of interest was declared by the authors.

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[iD] Sachin K. JAGDALE (1*), [iD] Mohammad H. DEHGHAN (2), [iD] Nilesh S. PAUL (3)

(1) Marathwada Mitra Mandal's College of Pharmacy, Pune, India

(2) Y. B. Chavan College of Pharmacy, Aurangabad, India

(3) MGM Institute of Bioscienceand Technology, Aurangabad, India

(*) Correspondence: E-mail: sachin10pharmacy@gmail.com, Phone: +91-75889381 73 ORCID-ID: orcid.org/0000-0001-5714-5508

Received: 09.11.2017, Accepted: 14.12.2017

DOI: 10.4274/tjps.60490
Table 1. Effect of HP[beta]CD concentration and Gibbs free energy on
solubility of fenofibrate

Sr. no.   Concentration of   Concentration of   CAGtr)
          HP[beta]CD (mM)    fenofibrate (mM)   (J/Mol)

1          0                 0.007012               0
2          2                 0.022256            -684.006
3          4                 0.033079            -918.699
4          6                 0.039483           -1023.508
5          8                 0.048561           -1146.070
6         10                 0.058632           -1257.683

HP[beta]CD: Hydroxy propyl [beta]-cyclodextrin

Table 2. Peak area and heat of fusion ([DELTA]H) values obtained from
DSC curves

Sample                         Height mW   [DELTA]H (J/gm)

Fenofibrate                    -8.82       93.83
Physical mixture (P1)          -5.35       20.21
Kneading product (B1)          -2.44       12.03
Coprecipitation product (C1)   -3.41       12.7

DSC: Differential scanning calorimetry
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