The solubility enhancement and the stability assessment of rifampicin, isoniazid and pyrazinamide in aqueous media

Chen, Yu-Jen (2000) The solubility enhancement and the stability assessment of rifampicin, isoniazid and pyrazinamide in aqueous media. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.




Tuberculosis (TB) is a highly contagious disease caused by the bacterium known as Mycobacterium tuberculosis which is widely spread in South Africa, especially in the rural areas of the Western Province. Rifampicin, isoniazid and pyrazinamide are the three most effective drugs against this organism. However, most of the current commercial anti-TB formulations are inconvenient to administrate. This results in patient non-compliance which has increased with incomplete tuberculosis treatment and further has intensified the mortality rate. The matter is especially severe amongst the paediatric and geriatric patients. Therefore, creating a "user-friendly" but non-alcoholic liquid formulation should improve the whole situation. The key to a successful formulation relies on sufficient concentrations of the drugs within the formulation together with acceptable stability of these drugs. Therefore, during the pre-formulation stage, the solubility and stability studies of rifampicin, isoniazid and pyrazinamide are to be conducted. Rifampicin, isoniazid and pyrazinamide were fully characterized and identified by means of spectroscopic and thermal techniques. A HPLC method for simultaneous analysis of the three drugs was developed and validated. This HPLC method was employed for all the solubility and stability assessments. Unbuffered HPLC water of pH value 7.01 was chosen as the aqueous solvent. This was decided after the stability of rifampicin, isoniazid and pyrazinamide was studied at a pH range of 2 to 10. The solubility and the stability studies of rifampicin, isoniazid, pyrazinamide, rifampicin with isoniazid, rifampicin with pyrazinamide, isoniazid with pyrazinamide and rifampicin combined with both isoniazid and pyrazinamide were performed in the presence of various agents. These agents can be categorized into three groups: the surfactants (poloxamer 188, poloxamer 407 and sorbitol) which could increase the intrinsic solubility or the drugs by altering the surface tensions of the aqueous solution medium, the suspending agents (carbopol 934 and carbopol 974P) which could enable the amount of dosage required to be homogeneously suspended in the formulation without considering the low intrinsic solubility factor of the drugs, and the complexing agents (ß-cyclodextrin, hydroxypropyl-ß-cyclodextrin and -cyclodextrin) which could initiated the inclusion complex between the host cyclodextrin and the drugs, thus further enhance the solubility of the drugs . The stability assessments were performed after 7-days stability trail with the HPLC method developed. Each drug/combination of drugs were stored in closed ampoules and subjected to 25, 40 and 60° C with or without nitrogen flushing while in the presence of the above mentioned agents. While assessing the solubility/stability of the drugs in the presence of the above mentioned surfactants, the phase-solubility curves indicate that both rifampicin and pyrazinamide fail to achieve the desired concentration. Moreover, the stability-time plots clearly indicate that these surfactants fail to enhance the general stabilities of the drugs. When the stabilizing effects of the above mentioned suspending agents were investigated, it was found that although the desired concentration could be easily accomplished by suspending the drug in the aqueous carbopol solutions, the stabilities of the different drug combinations were still below the regulatory level. Cyclodextrins are well known to form inclusion complexes with less polar drug molecules. The inclusion complexation could enhance both the solubility and the stability of the included drug molecules. The computer force field generated models of the cyclodextrin-drug were used to predict the complexation sites. The results indicated the all the inclusion complexation between the drugs and the cyclodextrins were favourable, but do not necessary protect the potential degradation sites of the drugs. The stability results confirmed the above findings as the cyclodextrins did not enhance the stability of the drugs. Various drug-drug interaction pathways were also predicted from the experimental observations which clearly indicated the stability reductions of these drugs in combination. This leads to the conclusion that a liquid formulation combining rifampicin, isoniazid and pyrazinamide should not initiate the use of aqueous solutions as the protic ions of the solution are able to initiate the degradation of these drugs.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Gel permeation chromatography, Rifampin, Isoniazid, Pyridazines
Subjects:Q Science > QD Chemistry
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Science > Chemistry
ID Code:2180
Deposited By: Ms Chantel Clack
Deposited On:08 Nov 2011 08:58
Last Modified:20 Mar 2012 06:47
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