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Current Drug Therapy


ISSN (Print): 1574-8855
ISSN (Online): 2212-3903

Research Article

Enhancement of Solubility of Lutein by Solid Dispersion Technique and Development of its Stable Orodispersible Film Formulation

Author(s): Harshal Ashok Pawar* and Pramila R. Shinde

Volume 13, Issue 2, 2018

Page: [140 - 151] Pages: 12

DOI: 10.2174/1574885513666180419162150

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Background: Orodispersible film (ODF) is a novel drug delivery system and most widely used dosage form because of its convenience in terms of self-administration, compactness, and ease in manufacturing. Lutein (Carotenoid) is an antioxidant, belongs to class II (High permeability and Low solubility) under BCS classification. To enhance the solubility, a solid dispersion of Lutein was prepared and then it has been successfully fabricated into ODF to increase its pre-gastric absorption, reduce its first pass effect and avoid further degradation in gastric acid.

Objective: The objective of the present research work was to prepare a solid dispersion of Lutein in order to increase its solubility and formulate its ODF to improve its bioavailability.

Method: The solid dispersion of Lutein was prepared by a solvent evaporation method using Soluplus as a carrier. The orodispersible films of Lutein were prepared separately using different concentrations of Ethocel E 15 and Aerosil 200 pharma grade by a solvent casting method.

Results: The prepared films were evaluated for various parameters such as folding endurance, drug content, disintegration time, in vitro drug release etc. The formulation F3 containing 150 mg of Ethocel E 15 and 20 mg of Aerosil 200 showed rapid disintegration time and in vitro drug release.

Conclusion: ODF of Lutein has been successfully formulated. The developed formulation can be used for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration.

Keywords: Lutein, solid dispersion, orodispersible films, soluplus, lutrol E 400, sucralose.

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