Development and In Vitro Evaluation of a Novel Pulsatile Drug Delivery System Containing Dexketoprofen Trometamol



A pulsatile drug delivery system containing dexketoprofen trometamol was designed by combining immediate release and colon-targeted mini tablets into a capsule.


Both immediate release and colon-targeted mini tablets were prepared by wet granulation. Furthermore, colon-targeted mini tablets were coated with Eudragit L 100, Eudragit S 100, Eudragit RS 30D, and ethylcellulose (Surelease®) using Wurster and pan coating methods.


The optimum drug release of the system developed in the study was found to be mini tablets coated with 30% Eudragit S 100 on a 20% Surelease® subcoating for the purpose of colon targeting.


In the finished product, the immediate release part released the drug within the first hour, and less than 5% release was observed from the colon-targeted tablets in a 0.1 N HCl in 2 h. Then, less than 20% release occurred in the colon-targeted tablets up to 6 h in pH 6.8 phosphate buffer solution. The cumulative release rate reached 100% for up to 12 h. To our knowledge, it was the first time dexketoprofen trometamol was designed by combining both immediate release and colon-targeted mini tablets in a one dosage form.

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Ugurlu, T., Ilhan, E. Development and In Vitro Evaluation of a Novel Pulsatile Drug Delivery System Containing Dexketoprofen Trometamol. J Pharm Innov (2020).

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  • Dexketoprofen trometamol
  • Mini tablet
  • Colon targeting
  • Chronotherapy
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Pulsatile release