A Novel Use of Nanocrystalline Suspensions to Develop Sub-Microgram Dose Micro-Tablets
Developing solid oral drug products with good content uniformity (CU) at low doses is challenging; this challenge further aggravates when the tablet size decreases from a conventional tablet to a micro/mini-tablet (1.2 – 3mm diameter). To alleviate the CU issues, we present a novel use of nanocrystalline suspension combined with high shear wet granulation for the first time.
In this approach, nanomilled drug in the form of nanocrystalline suspension is sprayed onto the powder bed to ensure uniform distribution. The resulting granules had adequate particle size distribution and flow characteristics to enable manufacturing of micro-tablets with good weight uniformity and tensile strength. Nanomilled drug resulted in excellent content uniformity among individual micro-tablets even at a dose strength as low as 0.16 mcg, whereas micronized drug resulted in unacceptable CU even at 5x higher dose strength (0.8 mcg).
Besides, the use of nanomilled drug has enhanced the dosing flexibility of micro-tablets and showed superior dissolution performance in comparison with micronized drug with no impact of storage conditions (40°C/75 %RH for six months) on their dissolution performance. The proposed approach is simple and can be easily incorporated into traditional high shear wet granulation process to develop sub-microgram dose solid oral drug products. Continue on A Novel Use of Nanocrystalline Suspensions to Develop Sub-Microgram Dose Micro-Tablets
Article information: Saikishore Meruva, Prajwal Thool, Yuchuan Gong, Anjali Agrawal, Shyam Karki, William Bowen, Biplob Mitra, Sumit Kumar. A Novel Use of Nanocrystalline Suspensions to Develop Sub-Microgram Dose Micro-Tablets, Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.xphs.2021.05.025.