DRUG DELIVERY FROM MUCOADHESIVE DISKS BASED ON A PHOTO-CROSS-LINKABLE POLYASPARTAMIDE DERIVATIVE
- Autori: Pitarresi, G.; Pierro, P.; Tripodo, G.; Mandracchia, D.; Giammona, G.
- Anno di pubblicazione: 2005
- Tipologia: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
Disks for local delivery of amoxicillin to the buccal or gastric cavity were prepared using as starting polymer a polyaspartamide derivative. In particular, α,β-poly(N-2-hydroxyethyl)-DL-aspartamide (PHEA) was derivatized with glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) in order to synthesize PHG, a photo-cross-linkable and biodegradable polymer that gives rise to the formation of a chemical hydrogel (PHG-UV) by UV irradiation. This hydrogel was shaped as disks whose mucoadhesive properties have been confirmed by swelling measurements in phosphate buffer/citric acid solution at pH 7.0 in the presence of various concentrations of mucin. Swelling ability of PHG-UV disks was also evaluated in simulated salivary and gastric fluids. Amoxicillin was soaked into PHG-UV disks and its release was evaluated in simulated buccal and gastric conditions. The results obtained showed that the prepared disks also provide a reduction of the drug degradation in acidic medium.