Formulation and Evaluation of Eudragit® RL Polymeric Double Layer Films for Prolonged-Release Transdermal Delivery of Tamsulosin Hydrochloride
Transdermal drug delivery systems (TDDSs) were developed for prolonged tamsulosin (TMS) delivery. Double layer (DL) TDDSs were prepared using Eudragit® RL by conventional film-forming. Ethylene-vinyl acetate was used as the backing layer, triethylcitrate as plasticizer, and Capmul® PG-8-70 NF and Captex 170 EP as penetration enhancers (PEs). An increase in either drug or PE concentration caused a significant increase in drug permeation flux. Modulation of drug permeation across Strat-M® membrane was examined using a single layer (SL) having the same thickness and drug content as the DLs, while the DLs were formulated to have variable drug spatial distribution across each layer (DL 4:6 and DL 6:4). SL/TDDS showed significantly higher daily drug permeation than DL/TDDSs for the first 4 days which could be related to the presence of high TMS concentration located on the upper surface of SL/TDDS as a result of solute migration of TMS during the drying process. However, this increase was followed by a progressive linear decrease after 5 days. Deflection points that were characterized by lower drug flux had been shown by SL/TDDS at more than one-point times. In contrast, DL 4:6 and DL 6:4 TDDSs demonstrated an ability to sustain TMS delivery for up to 2 weeks.
Assaf, S.M., Ghanem, A.M., Alhaj, S.A. et al. Formulation and Evaluation of Eudragit® RL Polymeric Double Layer Films for Prolonged-Release Transdermal Delivery of Tamsulosin Hydrochloride. AAPS PharmSciTech 23, 210 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1208/s12249-022-02358-x