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Controlled release of vancomycin from Poloxamer 407 gels



Controlled release of vancomycin from Poloxamer 407 gels



International Journal of Pharmaceutics (Amsterdam) 192(2): 183-193, Dec 10



The purpose of this study was to investigate Poloxamer 407 25% (w/w) formulations aimed at prolonging the residence time of vancomycin, a time-dependent antibiotic, in a body site with a high infectious risk. Reversible thermal gelation of the formulations permitted their local injection in liquid form and in situ gelation as they warmed to body temperature. Neither the rheological properties of the Poloxamer matrices nor the antibacterial activity of vancomycin was altered by their combination. In vitro, the dispersed form exhibited prolonged release, with a lower diffusion coefficient of vancomycin compared to the solubilized form (4.7 X 10-8 vs 2.1 X 10-7 cm2 s-1). In rats, a single dose was well tolerated and resulted in a high local concentration for 24 h (> 131 mg l-1 for the solubilized form), followed by lower but effective antibacterial levels for at least 8 days. Controlled-release profiles, good preservation of vancomycin activity, good tolerability in rats, and ease of administration suggest that Poloxamer 407 may be useful as a vancomycin delivery vehicle for local prophylaxis of infections, especially in prosthetic surgery.

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Accession: 010385414

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PMID: 10567749

DOI: 10.1016/s0378-5173(99)00307-5



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