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3D inkjet printing of tablets exploiting bespoke complex geometries for controlled and tuneable drug release

Kyobula, Mary; Adedeji, Aremu; Alexander, Morgan R.; Saleh, Ehab; Wildman, Ricky D.; Ashcroft, Ian; Gellert, Paul R.; Roberts, Clive J.

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Mary Kyobula

Aremu Adedeji

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MORGAN ALEXANDER MORGAN.ALEXANDER@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Professor of Biomedical Surfaces

Ehab Saleh

RICKY WILDMAN RICKY.WILDMAN@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Professor of Multiphase Flow and Mechanics

IAN ASHCROFT IAN.ASHCROFT@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Professor of Mechanics of Solids

Paul R. Gellert



Abstract

A hot melt 3D inkjet printing method with the potential to manufacture formulations in complex and adaptable geometries for the controlled loading and release of medicines is presented. This first use of a precisely controlled solvent free inkjet printing to produce drug loaded solid dosage forms is demonstrated using a naturally derived FDA approved material (beeswax) as the drug carrier and fenofibrate as the drug. Tablets with bespoke geometries (honeycomb architecture) were fabricated. The honeycomb architecture was modified by control of the honeycomb cell size, and hence surface area to enable control of drug release profiles without the need to alter the formulation. Analysis of the formed tablets showed the drug to be evenly distributed within the beeswax at the bulk scale with evidence of some localization at the micron scale. An analytical model utilizing a Fickian description of diffusion was developed to allow the prediction of drug release. A comparison of experimental and predicted drug release data revealed that in addition to surface area, other factors such as the cell diameter in the case of the honeycomb geometry and material wettability must be considered in practical dosage form design. This information when combined with the range of achievable geometries could allow the bespoke production of optimized personalised medicines for a variety of delivery vehicles in addition to tablets, such as medical devices for example.

Citation

Kyobula, M., Adedeji, A., Alexander, M. R., Saleh, E., Wildman, R. D., Ashcroft, I., …Roberts, C. J. (2017). 3D inkjet printing of tablets exploiting bespoke complex geometries for controlled and tuneable drug release. Journal of Controlled Release, 261, 207-215. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jconrel.2017.06.025

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 26, 2017
Online Publication Date Jun 28, 2017
Publication Date 2017-09
Deposit Date Jul 20, 2017
Publicly Available Date Jul 20, 2017
Journal Journal of Controlled Release
Print ISSN 0168-3659
Electronic ISSN 1873-4995
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 261
Pages 207-215
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jconrel.2017.06.025
Keywords 3D inkjet printing; Hot-melt; Solid dosage forms; Controlled release
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/868923
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168365917306892?via%3Dihub
Additional Information This article is maintained by: Elsevier; Article Title: 3D inkjet printing of tablets exploiting bespoke complex geometries for controlled and tuneable drug release; Journal Title: Journal of Controlled Release; CrossRef DOI link to publisher maintained version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jconrel.2017.06.025; Content Type: article; Copyright: © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V.
Contract Date Jul 20, 2017

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