Adv Pharm Bull. 2014;4(4):369-374.
doi: 10.5681/apb.2014.054
PMID: 25436193
PMCID: PMC4137427
Scopus id: 84906256779
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Original Research

Development and Physicochemical Characterization of Sirolimus Solid Dispersions Prepared by Solvent Evaporation Method

Shahram Emami 1, Hadi Valizadeh 2, Ziba Islambulchilar 3,4, Parvin Zakeri-Milani 5 *

1 Students' Research Committee, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran.
2 Drug Applied Research Center and Faculty of Pharmacy, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran.
3 Biotechnology Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran.
4 Faculty of Pharmacy, Zanjan University of Medical Sciences, Zanjan, Iran
5 Liver and Gastrointestinal Diseases Research Center and Faculty of Pharmacy, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran.


Purpose: The aim of the present investigation was preparation and characterization of sirolimus solid dispersions by solvent evaporation technique to improve its dissolution properties. Methods: Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), Poloxamer 188 and Cremophore RH40 were used to prepare the solid dispersions of sirolimus. In vitro dissolution study using USP type I apparatus, were performed in distilled water (containing SLS 0.4%) for pure sirolimus, physical mixtures, Rapamune and prepared solid dispersions. The characterization of solid dispersions was performed using Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC). Results: More than 75% of sirolimus was released within 30 minutes from all prepared solid dispersions. The dissolution rate of all prepared solid dispersion powders were more than physical mixtures. The absence of sirolimus peak in the DSC spectrum of solid dispersions indicated the conversion of crystalline form of sirolimus into amorphous form. The results from FT-IR spectroscopy showed that there was no significant change in the FT-IR spectrum of solid dispersions indicating absence of well-defined interaction between drug and carriers. Conclusion: It was concluded that solid dispersion method, using PVP, Poloxamer 188 and Cremophore RH40 can improve dissolution rate of sirolimus.
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Submitted: 08 Apr 2014
Revised: 04 May 2014
First published online: 10 Aug 2014
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