Journal of microencapsulation

Relationship between the solution thermodynamic properties of naproxen in organic solvents and its release profiles from PLGA microspheres.

PMID 23369165


Naproxen (NPX)-loaded poly-(D,L-lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microparticles were prepared by the emulsion-solvent evaporation method. The different organic solvents used significantly affects the properties of the microparticles obtained. These microparticles exhibited a controlled release profile that extends up to 15 days depending on the organic solvent used. The formulations did not exhibit zero- or first-order release kinetics and no agreement with Higuchi or Korsmeyer-Peppas models was obtained. In all cases, the dissolution profiles were fitted to the model proposed by Gallagher and Corrigan for PLGA systems. It was found that this model fully describes the dissolution processes. An interesting relationship between the NPX solubility in the organic solvents studied and some parameters obtained for the dissolution model of the microparticles prepared with the same solvents is thus obtained. Accordingly, it can be proposed that the drug solubility in organic solvents is relevant to estimate the physical characteristics of microparticles other than its dissolution profiles.