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Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology
Year : 2019, Volume : 12, Issue : 6
First page : ( 2929) Last page : ( 2935)
Print ISSN : 0974-3618. Online ISSN : 0974-360X.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-360X.2019.00493.1

Solubility Enhancement of Lumefantrine by Hot Melt Extrusion Process

Shetty Rakshith1, Tallapaneni Vaishnavi2, M Sreenivasa Reddy2, Udupa Nayanabhirama2, Mutalik Srinivas2, Kulkarni Vijay1,*, Rao Vinay1, Gurram Aravind Kumar1

1STEER Life India Pvt Ltd, Bengaluru, 560058, Karnataka State, India

2Department of Pharmaceutics, Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, 576104, Karnataka State, India

*Corresponding Author E-mail: vijay.kulkarni@steerlife.com

Online published on 8 August, 2019.


Lumefantrine is a BCS class-II drug having a poor aqueous solubility. There is a need for improvement in solubility, in order to enhance the therapeutic efficacy and reduce the dose. Hence in the present work, the solubility of lumefantrine is enhanced by formulating solid dispersions of lumefantrine using a hot melt extrusion process in a twin-screw processor using three different polymers such as Kollidon VA64, Soluplus and HPMC AS at a weight ratio of 1: 2, 1: 3 and 1: 4, processed at different barrel temperatures and screw speeds. The obtained solid dispersions were characterized by differential scanning calorimetry and solubility studies. Solid dispersions prepared with KollidonVA64 and Soluplus showed a clear extrudate indicating a complete amorphous conversion of the lumefantrine at all the three ratios evaluated. Increase in polymer concentration, increased the solubility of the lumefantrine. With Kollidon VA 64 and Soluplus, lumefantrine to polymer ratio of 1: 4 showed the highest increase in solubility, compared to that of the pure lumefantrine.



Lumefantrine, Polymers, Twin screw extrusion, Solid dispersion, Solubility.


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