SRI Authors: Shravan K Mutyam, Gita Shankar
Mutyam, S. K., Bejugam, N. K., Parish, H. J., Reddy, V. M., Bogatcheva, E., & Shankar, G. N. (2014). Permeability enhancing lipid-based co-solvent and SEDDS formulations of SQ641, an antimycobacterial agent. Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, 1-10. doi: 10.3109/10837450.2014.908304
Abstract Context: Tuberculosis (TB) is a common and often deadly infectious disease caused by strains of Mycobacteria. Development of new anti-tubercular drugs is essential to control the emergence and severity of multidrug-resistant TB. Objective: The objective of this study was to develop an oral preclinical liquid formulation of SQ641 and to determine the permeability across rat intestinal tissue by Ussing chamber. Methods: Thermal and chemical characterization of SQ641 was performed by differential scanning calorimetric analysis, thermogravimetric analysis and high performance liquid chromatography. A high throughput solubility screening technique was utilized to determine the solubility of SQ641 in different solvents and co-solvents. Several co-solvent and self-emulsifying drug delivery system (SEDDS) formulations were selected for Ussing chamber permeability studies. Results and discussion: Calculated average apparent permeability coefficients of SEDDS formulations of SQ641 (ranging from 0.03 × 10-6 to 0.33 × 10-6) were found to be higher than the permeability coefficients of co-solvent formulations (ranging from 0.00 × 10-6 to 0.09 × 10-6) and those of the neat drug SQ641 in buffer (0.00 × 10-6). Conclusion: SEDDS formulations with superior permeability characteristics may provide a useful dosage form for oral intake of anti-tubercular drug SQ641, possibly due to the increase in solubility and immediate dispersion of drug.