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Aim of this work was the evaluation of an oral system (Chronotopic) designed to achieve time and/or site-specific release. The system consists in a drug-containing core, coated by a hydrophilic swellable polymer which is responsible for a lag phase in the onset of release. In addition, through the application of an outer gastroresistant film, the(More)
In the field of modified release, there has been a growing interest in pulsatile delivery, which generally refers to the liberation of drugs following a programmable lag phase from the time of administration. In particular, the recent literature reports on a variety of pulsatile release systems intended for the oral route, which have been recognised as(More)
In recent years, many research efforts have been spent in the achievement of selective delivery of drugs into the colon following oral administration. Indeed, colonic release is regarded as a beneficial approach to the pharmacological treatment or prevention of widespread large bowel pathologies, such as inflammatory bowel disease and adenocarcinoma. In(More)
Fused deposition modeling (FDM) is a 3D printing technique based on the deposition of successive layers of thermoplastic materials following their softening/melting. Such a technique holds huge potential for the manufacturing of pharmaceutical products and is currently under extensive investigation. Challenges in this field are mainly related to the paucity(More)
Oral colon delivery is currently considered of importance not only for the treatment of local pathologies, such as primarily inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), but also as a means of accomplishing systemic therapeutic goals. Although the large bowel fails to be ideally suited for absorption processes, it may indeed offer a number of advantages over the small(More)
Injection Molding (IM) consists in the injection, under high pressure conditions, of heat-induced softened materials into a mold cavity where they are shaped. The advantages the technique may offer in the development of drug products concern both production costs (no need for water or other solvents, continuous manufacturing, scalability, patentability) and(More)
Pulsatile delivery is generally intended as a release of the active ingredient that is delayed for a programmable period of time to meet particular chronotherapeutic needs and, in the case of oral administration, also target distal intestinal regions, such as the colon. Most oral pulsatile delivery platforms consist in coated formulations wherein the(More)
The use of beta-cyclodextrin for the preparation of pellets by the extrusion/spheronization process is described for different formulations and processing conditions. Sieve analysis and friability tests were performed to assess the physical and technological characteristics of pellets. Satisfactory products were obtained with beta-cyclodextrin contents up(More)
The aim of this work was to investigate whether mixtures of carbamazepine polymorphs could be processed in supercritical (SC) CO(2) in order to obtain the pure stable crystalline phase. To accomplish this goal the solubility of carbamazepine polymorphs I and III in supercritical CO(2) was first assessed using a low solvent flux dynamic method. Mixtures of(More)
The exploitation of hot-melt extrusion and injection molding for the manufacturing of immediate-release (IR) tablets was preliminarily investigated in view of their special suitability for continuous manufacturing, which represents a current goal of pharmaceutical production because of its possible advantages in terms of improved sustainability.(More)