Robert A. Bellantone

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Alpha-tocopherol (AT) is the vitamin E homologue with the highest in vivo biological activity. AT protects against the carcinogenic and mutagenic activity of ionizing radiation and chemical agents, and possibly against UV-induced cutaneous damage. For stability consideration, alpha-tocopherol is usually used as its prodrug ester, alpha-tocopherol acetate(More)
A method is presented for determining the equilibrium solubility of a drug in a solid polymer at or near room temperature, which represents a typical storage temperature. The method is based on a thermodynamic model to calculate the Gibbs energy change ΔG(SS) associated with forming a binary drug-polymer solid solution from the unmixed polymer and solid(More)
A new method of data analysis is presented that allows the determination of membrane permeabilities. The method is applicable to data obtained from a common experimental setup, in which drug dissolved in an inert donor gel diffuses through a membrane, initially void of drug, into a receiver for which sink conditions are maintained. The equations developed(More)
In this investigation, the diffusion of the beta 2 agonist albuterol sulfate (ABS) across several membranes (cellulose, hairless mouse skin, human cadaver skin) from polymer gels was studied, and the effects of several fatty acids on drug permeation through skin were evaluated. The results were then used to predict whether transdermal delivery would be(More)
When liquid donors/receivers are used for in vitro skin permeation studies, excess hydration can change skin properties compared to in vivo conditions. A novel in vitro method of determining the permeability of drugs through skin was developed that avoids exposing the membrane to dilute donor/receiver solutions. The drug is dissolved in an unstirred donor(More)
In current pharmaceutical drug discovery, most candidates are poorly soluble in water, which can result in poor bioavailability. To overcome this problem, formulations that create supersaturation of the drug are a well-studied alternative. Characterizing the dissolution from these systems is challenging because conventional methods, such as sampling with a(More)
A new controlled-release technology that is based on electrorheological fluids (ERF) is described, and a model system is investigated. Humidified starch (duration of humidification is 30-35 minutes) was used as a filler material (approximately 20% w/w) in olive oil to make the ER system, and benzocaine (BZN) was used as the model drug. The average particle(More)