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Preparation and characterization of quercetin-polyvinylpyrrolidone K-30 spray dried solid dispersion


Article published in Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmacognosy Research 8(2): 127-134, 2020.

Febriyenti, Peki Indra, Erizal Zaini, Friardi Ismed, Henny Lucida*

Faculty of Pharmacy, Andalas University, Padang, 25163, Indonesia.*E-mail: hennylucida@phar.unand.ac.idhennylucida@gmail.com

Abstract

Context: The use of quercetin as a potential active pharmaceutical ingredient is limited by low aqueous solubility leading to low bioavailability. A spray-dried solid dispersion technique is used to increase the solubility and dissolution profiles of quercetin.

Aims: To prepare and characterize quercetin solid dispersion using polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) K-30.

Methods: Solid dispersions (SDs) were prepared by spray drying technique at quercetin/PVP K-30 ratios of 10/90, 20/80, 30/70, 40/60 and 50/50. A physical mixture of quercetin/PVP K-30 (50/50) and pure quercetin were used as comparisons. The SDs were characterized by powder X-Ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier-transform IR (FTIR) spectroscopy, solubility and dissolution studies. The effect of the drug/polymer ratio on the solubility of quercetin was also studied.

Results: Quercetin SDs appeared as amorphous form as confirmed by XRD. Quercetin was better dispersed as the drug/polymer ratio decreased. SD with ratio 10/90 showed regular spherical particles in the size range of 0-35 µm. The solubility of quercetin increased with decreasing drug/polymer ratio. Preparation of SDs influence the solubility significantly (p<0.01). The increase in solubility is probably due to a hydrogen bond between quercetin and PVP K30 as confirmed by FTIR spectra. SD with ratio 10/90 showed a high dissolution rate (95.12 ± 1.83%) within 120 min in comparison to pure quercetin (19.37 ± 0.58%) or physical mixture (37.85 ± 0.85%).

Conclusions: Preparation of quercetin SDs with PVP K30 by spray drying technique results in amorphous spherical particles. There was an increase in solubility and percent dissolved with a decrease in drug/polymer ratio.

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