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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 150-155

Novel biorelevant dissolution medium as a prognostic tool for polysaccharide-based colon-targeted drug delivery system

1 Department of Pharmaceutics, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, Punjab, India
2 Department of Pharmaceutics, J.S.S. College of Pharmacy, Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India

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Monica Gulati
Department of Pharmaceutics, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, Punjab - 144 402
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/japtr.JAPTR_70_17

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To overcome the limitations of the conventionally used methods for evaluation of orally administered colon-targeted delivery systems, a novel dissolution method using probiotics has been recently reported. In the present study, universal suitability of this medium composed of five different probiotics is established. Different delivery systems – mini tablets, liquisolid compacts, and microspheres coated with different polysaccharides – were prepared and subjected to sequential dissolution testing in medium with and without microbiota. The results obtained from fluid thioglycollate medium (FTM)-based probiotic medium for all the polysaccharide-based formulations showed statistically similar dissolution profile to that in the rat and goat cecal content media. Hence, it can be concluded that the developed FTM-based probiotic medium, once established, may eliminate the need for further animal sacrifice in the dissolution testing of polysaccharide-based colon-targeted delivery system.

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