Clare Joanna Strachan

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One of the challenges in drug development today is that many new drug candidates are poorly water-soluble, and one of the approaches to overcome this problem is to transfer a crystalline drug into its amorphous form, thus increasing dissolution rate and apparent solubility of the compound. In this study, a coamorphous drug/drug combination between the two(More)
The coating quality of a batch of lab-scale, sustained-release coated tablets was analysed by terahertz pulsed imaging (TPI). Terahertz radiation (2 to 120 cm(-1)) is particularly interesting for coating analysis as it has the capability to penetrate through most pharmaceutical excipients, and hence allows non-destructive coating analysis. Terahertz pulsed(More)
The aim of this study was to examine molecular-level differences in the amorphous state of indomethacin prepared from both alpha- and gamma-polymorphs using various preparative techniques: milling, quench cooling of a melt, slow cooling of a melt and spray drying. X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD), polarizing light microscopy (PLM), differential scanning(More)
Polymorph screening of a model compound (nitrofurantoin) was performed. Nitrofurantoin was crystallized from acetone-water mixtures with varying process parameters. Two anhydrate forms (alpha and beta) and one monohydrate form (II) were crystallized in the polymorph screen. The solid forms were analyzed with three complementary spectroscopic techniques:(More)
The number of active pharmaceutical substances having high therapeutic potential but low water solubility is constantly increasing, making it difficult to formulate these compounds as oral dosage forms. The solubility and dissolution rate, and thus potentially the bioavailability, of these poorly water-soluble drugs can be increased by the formation of(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate if amorphous indomethacin samples, prepared using different preparation methods, exhibit different structural and kinetic characteristics and if these differences can be correlated to their physical stability (time to crystallisation). Samples were prepared by melt quenching, spray drying, ball milling, and(More)
This study aimed to assess the suitability of two widely utilized solid state characterization techniques namely powder X-ray diffraction (XRPD) and Raman spectroscopy, in polymorph detection and quantification for carbamazepine anhydrate and dihydrate mixtures. The influences of particle size, particle morphology, mixing, and in particular, surface bias on(More)
The formation of co-amorphous drug-drug mixtures has proved to be a powerful approach to stabilize the amorphous form and at the same time increase the dissolution of poorly water-soluble drugs. Molecular interactions in these co-amorphous formulations can play a crucial role in stabilization and dissolution enhancement. In this regard, Fourier-transform(More)
Knowledge of the solid-state properties is one of the key issues in understanding the performance of drugs. Recent developments in spectroscopic techniques have made them popular tools for solid phase analysis; they are fast, accurate and suitable for real-time measurements during processing, and further, they can be used to obtain structural understanding(More)
Terahertz pulsed spectroscopy was used to distinguish between different hydrate systems. In the example of four pharmaceutical materials lactose, carbamazepine, piroxicam and theophylline it was demonstrated that all different hydrate and anhydrate forms exhibit distinct spectra in the far infrared. Furthermore the dehydration of theophylline monohydrate(More)