Corresponding Author:
P. V. Swamy
Department of Pharmaceutics, H. K. E Society’s College of Pharmacy, Sedam Road, Gulbarga-585 105, India
E-mail:
[email protected]
Date of Submission 3 March 2008
Date of Revision 21 January 2009
Date of Acceptance 14 April 2009
Indian J Pharm Sci, 2009, 71 (2): 151-154  

Abstract

In the present work, orodispersible tablets of pheniramine maleate were designed with a view to enhance patient compliance by effervescent method. In the effervescent method, mixture of sodium bicarbonate and tartaric acid (each of 12% w/w concentration) were used along with super disintegrants, i.e., pregelatinized starch, sodium starch glycolate, croscarmellose sodium and crospovidone. The prepared batches of tablets were evaluated for hardness, friability, drug content uniformity and in vitro dispersion time. Based on in vitro dispersion time (approximately 60 s), three formulations were tested for in vitro drug release pattern (in pH 6.8 phosphate buffer), short-term stability (at 40±2 o /75±5% RH for 3 mo) and drug-excipient interaction (IR spectroscopy). Among three promising formulations, formulation ECP 4 containing 4% w/w crospovidone and mixture of sodium bicarbonate and tartaric acid (each of 12% w/w) emerged as the overall best formulation (t 70% = 1.65 min) based on the in vitro drug release characteristics compared to commercial conventional tablet formulation. Short-term stability studies on the formulations indicated no significant changes in the drug content and in vitro dispersion time (P < 0.05).

Keywords

Orodispersible tablets, pheniramine maleate, pregelatinized starch, sodium starch glycolate, croscarmellose sodium, crospovidone

Many patients express difficulty in swallowing tablets and hard gelatin capsules, tending to non-compliance and ineffective therapy [1]. Recent advances in novel drug devliery systems (NDDS) aim to enhance safety and efficacy of drug molecules by formulating a convenient dosage form for administration and to achieve better patient compliance. One such approach is orodispersible tablet [1-4]. Advantages of this drug delivery system include administration without water, accuracy of dosage, easy portability, alternative to liquid dosage forms, ideal for pediatric and geriatric patients and rapid onset of action. Pheniramine maleate is a member of alkylamine class of H1 receptor antagonists. It is an antihistamine used in the treatment of allergic conditions including urticaria and angioedema [5]. It was selected as drug candidate, as it is not available in such dosage form. Objective of the present study was to develop such a NDDS for pheniramine maleate by simple and cost- effective effervescent method.

Pheninamine maleate and super-disintegrants were gift samples from Aventis Pharma, Gujarat and Wockhardt Research Centre, Aurangabad, respectively. Directly compressible mannitol (Pearlitol SD 200) was a generous gift from Strides Areolabs, Bangalore, Microcrystalline cellulose (Alkem Labs, Mumbai), sodium bicarbonate (Ranbanxy Laboratories Limited), magnesium stearate and tartaric acid (S. D. Fine Chemicals, Mumbai) were used. All other chemicals used were of analytical reagent grade.

Orodispersible tablets of pheninamine maleate were prepared by effervescent method [6] according to the formulae given in Table 1. Sodium bicarbonate and tartaric acid were preheated at a temperature of 80o to remove absorbed/residual moisture and were thoroughly mixed in a mortar to get a uniform powder and then added to other ingredients. The ingredients after shifting through sieve No. 44 were thoroughly mixed in a tumbling cylindrical blender (fabricated in our laboratory). The blend thus obtained was directly compressed using 8 mm round flat beveled edge punches to get tablets of 150 mg weight on 10-station rotary tablet machine (Clit, Ahmedabad). A batch of 60 tablets was prepared for all the designed formulations.

Ingredients
(mg/tablet)
Formulation Code
Eo EP2 Ep4 EP6 EP8 ES2 ES4 ES6 ES8 ECC2 ECC4 ECC6 ECP4
Pheniramine maleate 12.5 12.5 12.5 12.5 12.5 12.5 12.5 12.5 12.5 12.5 12.5 12.5
12.5
Sodium bicarbonate 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18
Tartaric acid 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18
Pregelatinized starch - 3 6 9 12 - - - - - - - -
Sodium starch glycolate - - - - - 3 6 9 12 - - - -
Croscarmellose sodium - - - - - - - -   3 6 - -
Crospovidone - - - - - - - - - - - 3 6
Microcrystalline cellulose 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30
Aspartame 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Flavour (Pineapple) 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Magnesium stearate 0.75 0.75 0.75 0.75 0.75 0.75 0.75 0.75 0.75 0.75 0.75 0.75 0.u
Purified talc IP 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5
Pearlitol SD-200 60.25 57.25 54.25 51.25 48.25 57.25 54.25 51.25 48.25 57.25 54.25 57.25 54.25
Total Weight 150 150 150 150 150 150 150 150 150 150 150 150 150

Table 1: Composition of Different Batches of Orodispersible Tablets of Pheniramine Maleate

Twenty tablets were selected at random and weighted individually. The individual weights were compared with the average weight for determination of weight variation [7]. Hardness and friability of the tablets were determined by using a Monsanto Hardness Tester and a Roche Friabilator, respectively. For content uniformity test, ten tablets were weighed and powdered. The powder equivalent to 12.5 mg of pheniramine maleate was extracted into methanol and liquid was filtered. The pheninamine maleate content was determined by measuring the absorbance at 265 nm after appropriate dilution with methanol. The drug content was calculated using the standard calibration curve. The mean percent drug content was calculated as an average of three determinations [8]. For determination of in vitro dispersion time, one tablet was placed in a beaker containing 10 ml of pH 6.8 phosphate buffer at 37 ± 0.5° and the time required for complete dispersion was determined [9]. IR spectra of pheniramine maleate and its formulations were obtained by KBr pellet method using Perkin-Elmer FTIR series (model- 1615) spectrophotometer in order to rule out drug-carrier interactions.

In vitro dissolution of pheniramine maleate orodispersible tables was studied in USP XXIII type-II dissolution apparatus (Electrolab, Model- TDT 06N) employing a paddle stirrer at 50 rpm using 900 ml of pH 6.8 phosphate buffer at 37±0.5° as dissolution medium [10]. Aliquots of dissolution medium were withdrawn at specified intervals of time and analyzed for drug content by measuring the absorbance at 265 nm. The volume withdrawn at each time interval was replaced with fresh quantity of dissolution medium. Cumulative percent of pheniramine maleate released was calculated and plotted against time.

Short term stability studies on the promising formulation ECP4 were carried out by storing the tablets in an amber coloured rubber stoppered vial at 40±2°/75±5% RH over a 3 mo period. At intervals of one month, the tablets were visually examined for any physical changes, changes in drug content and in vitro dispersion time.

Orodispersible tablets of pheniramine maleate were prepared by effervescent method using pregelatinized starch (PGS), sodium starch glycolate (SSG), croscarmellose sodium (CC) and crospovidone (CP) as super-disintegrants while microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) and directly compressible mannitol (Pearlitol SD200) were used as diluent and sweetening agent respectively. The slight bitter taste of the drug has been masked by using 4% w/w of aspartame and 2% w/w of flavouring agent (spray dried pineapple flavour, Trusil). A total of 12 formulations and a control formulation Eo (without super-disintegrants) were designed.

As the material was free flowering (angle of repose values < 30° and Carr’s index < 15), tablets obtained were of uniform weight (due to uniform die fill), with acceptable variation as per IP specifications i.e., below 7.5%. Drug content was found to be in the range of 97.52 to 101.56%, which is within acceptable limits. Hardness of the tablets was found to be 2.57 to 2.93 kg/cm2. Friability below 1.2% was an indication of good mechanical resistance of the tablets. Formulations ES4, ECC2 and ECP4 were found to be promising and displayed an in vitro dispersion time of approximately 40 s, which facilitates their faster dispersion in the mouth.

Among the tablet formulations employing various concentrations of PGS (2-8% w/w), SSG (2-8% w/w), CC (2-4% w/w) and CP (2-4% w/w) as superdisintegrants, the formulation ECP4 containing 4% w/w CP was found to be overall best promising formulation and has shown an in vitro dispersion time of 19 s, when compared to ES4, ECC2 and control (Eo) formulations which show 35, 39 and 59 s values, respectively for the above parameter (Table 2). The performance of the above formulations based on in vitro dispersion time in decreasing order is as follows: ECP4 >ES4 >ECC2 >E0.

Formulations Average weight* (mg) ± SD Hardness* (kg/cm2)± SD Friability (%) Thickness* (mm) Percent Drug content* ± SD In vitro Dispersion time* (s) ± SD
 E0 147±0.002 2.86±0.02 1.15 2.55 ±0.02 98.29±0.68 58.47±1.47
EP2 148±0.002 2.79±0.01 0.88 2.67±0.02 99.92±1.12 51.00±1.00
EP4 152±0.001 2.57±0.02 0.93 2.59±0.06 99.44±1.20 41.33±1.15
EP6 150±0.001 2.84±0.05 0.99 2.67±0.02 100.04±1.94 53.00±4.58
EP8 148±0.002 2.79±0.03 0.87 2.85±0.05 100.54±1.77 50.93±2.00
ES2 147±0.002 2.76±0.01 0.90 2.78±0.07 101.56±1.53 41.67±2.88
ES4 151±0.002 2.87±0.04 0.94 2.73±0.77 97.52±0.63 34.67±0.58
ES6 152±0.001 2.84±0.12 1.00 2.48±0.09 98.44±0.57 53.33±5.50
ES8 150±0.002 2.76±0.03 0.89 2.71±0.05 98.79±1.07 51.67±6.11
ECC2 149±0.001 2.78±0.04 0.90 2.83±0.02 100.18±0.01 38.67±2.51
Ecc4 148±0.002 2.93±0.01 0.98 2.75±0.04 99.85±1.99 39.87±0.23
ECP2 148±0.001 2.58±0.04 1.18 2.77±0.10 100.25±0.25 52.47±1.55
ECP4 151±0.002 2.83±0.02 0.95 2.58±0.03 98.18±0.16 18.91±1.39

Table 2: Evaluation of Orodispersible Tablets

In vitro dissolution studies on the promising formulations (ES4, ECC2 and ECP4), the control (Eo) and commercial formulation (CF) were carried out in pH 6.8 phosphate buffer, and the various dissolution parameter values viz., percent drug dissolved in 4 min (D4), dissolution efficiency at 4 min (DE4min) [11], t50% and t70% are shown in Table 3, and the dissolution profiles depicted in fig. 1. This data reveals that the formulations ES4 and ECP4 display almost similar results, and show 9 times greater dissolution efficiency and nearly 14 times faster drug release compared to the commercial formulation based on DE4 min and t70% values in pH 6.8 phosphate buffer. But as discussed earlier, upon considering the in vitro dispersion time also, ECP4 has been selected as the overall best formulation.

Formulation Code t50% (min) t70% (min) DE4 min (%) D4 (%)
Eo 1.50 1.80 52.90 78.31
ES4 1.22 1.62 64.37 91.49
ECC2 1.25 1.75 58.00 79.54
ECP4 1.24 1.65 63.75 89.65
CF 13.75 22.25 7.03 15.05

Table 3: In vitro Dissolution Parameters in ph 6.8 Phosphate Buffer

Fig. 1: In vitro cumulative percent drug release vs time profiles.
In vitro cumulative percent drug release vs time profiles of promising pheniramine maleate formulations in pH 6.8 phosphate buffer. Plot showing cumulative percent drug release proflies of promising pheniramine maleate formulations, E0 (─♦─), ES4 (─■─), ECC2 (─▲─), ECP4 (─▀─) and CF (─●─)

IR spectroscopic studies indicated that the drug is compatible with all the excipients. The IR spectrum of ECP4 showed all the characteristic peaks of pheniramine maleate pure drug, thus confirming that no interaction of drug occurred with the components of the formulation. Short-term stability studies of the above formulation indicated that there were no significant changes in drug content and in vitro dispersion time at the end of a 3 mo period (P < 0.05).

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