DARU Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 1990. 1(3):1-8.

Morteza Rafiee-Tehrani, Zahra Tolouii-Barazandeh


Solid dispersions of chloramphenicol palmitate and dipalmitoyl-phosphatidylcholine (lecithin) have been produced both as copreci-pitate and physical mixtures. The dissolution behavior of both forms were compared with pure chloramphenicol palrnitate st different weight ratios of chloramphenicol palrnitate-lecithin (liposomal system); as well as various pH. The dissolution characteristic of physical mixtures for different weight ratios of chloramphenicol palmitate-lecithin was similar to the pure drug. Whereas, the coprecipitates produced a 2.8 fold greater initial dissolution rate (1DR) and a 2.4 fold greater drug release concentration after 60 min at a chloramphenicol palmitatc-lecithin weight ratio of 19:1. However, lecithin content enhancement to 9:1, 4:1 and 1.5:1 compositions, resulted in a further increase of 6%, 21%. and 24%. respectively in the initial dissolution rate. In¬creasing the lecithin content shows only a slight increase (8.5°c) on drug release after 60 min when, the chloramphenicol palrnitate lecithin weight ratio was 1.5:1. However, other weight ratios did not show any effect on the improvement of drug release after 60 min. I he effect of pH of the medium on dissolution was slight, but varied with composition of the system.
In conclusion, liposome encapsulation of chloramphenicol palmitale has a significant effect on dissolution improvement of this drug.


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