Although strip films are a promising platform for delivery of poorly water-soluble drug particles via slurry casting, the effect of critical material attributes, for example, superdisintegrants (SDIs) on critical quality attributes, including film disintegration time (DT), remains underexplored. A 2-level factorial design is considered to examine the impact of the SDI type (sodium starch glycolate and croscarmellose sodium), their amount, and film thickness. SDIs were used with hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (E15LV) and glycerin solutions along with viscosity matching. Fenofibrate, a model poorly water-soluble drug, was micronized and surface modified via fluid energy milling. Significant decreases in film DT, measured using 3 different methods, were observed due to the addition of SDIs. Percentage reduction in DT was a strong function of SDI amount, and thinner films disintegrated faster. Films with either higher SDI concentrations (>9%) or films under 80 μm, exhibited fast DT (<180 s, European Pharmacopeia). All thin films (50-60 μm) exhibited immediate release (>80% in 10 min). All films achieved good content uniformity, except for those with the lowest amount of SDI, attributed to insufficient viscosity and thickness nonuniformity due to the SDI. Finally, all films achieved adequate mechanical properties, notwithstanding minor negative impact of SDIs.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pharmaceutical Science
- content uniformity
- mechanical properties
- polymeric drug delivery systems