Accelerated Physical Stability Testing of Amorphous Dispersions

Mehak Mehta, Raj Suryanarayanan

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The goal was to develop an accelerated physical stability testing method of amorphous dispersions. Water sorption is known to cause plasticization and may accelerate drug crystallization. In an earlier investigation, it was observed that both the increase in mobility and decrease in stability in amorphous dispersions was explained by the "plasticization" effect of water (Mehta et al. Mol. Pharmaceutics 2016, 13 (4), 1339-1346). In this work, the influence of water concentration (up to 1.8% w/w) on the correlation between mobility and crystallization in felodipine dispersions was investigated. With an increase in water content, the α-relaxation time as well as the time for 1% w/w felodipine crystallization decreased. The relaxation times of the systems, obtained with different water concentration, overlapped when the temperature was scaled (Tg/T). The temperature dependencies of the α-relaxation time as well as the crystallization time were unaffected by the water concentration. Thus, the value of the coupling coefficient, up to a water concentration of 1.8% w/w, was approximately constant. Based on these findings, the use of "water sorption" is proposed to build predictive models for crystallization in slow crystallizing dispersions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2661-2666
Number of pages6
JournalMolecular Pharmaceutics
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016

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Funding Information:
This research used resources of the Advanced Photon Source, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility operated for the DOE Office of Science by Argonne National Laboratory under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357. We thank Dr. Gregory Halder for his help during the beamline experiments.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 American Chemical Society.


  • PVP
  • coupling model
  • crystallization
  • dielectric spectroscopy
  • felodipine
  • molecular mobility
  • prediction
  • relative humidity
  • water


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