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Differential scanning calorimetry isothermal hold times can impact interpretations of drug-polymer dispersability in amorphous solid dispersions



Differential scanning calorimetry isothermal hold times can impact interpretations of drug-polymer dispersability in amorphous solid dispersions



Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis 150: 43-50



Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) is a commonly employed analytical technique for the analysis and characterization of amorphous solid dispersions. However, steps typical of standard temperature programs can alter the material in situ. Data for two active pharmaceutical ingredients are detailed, wherein isothermal hold times, traditionally employed to remove thermal history and/or residual solvent, were observed to impact the observed dispersability of the compounds in polyvinylpyrrolidone vinyl-acetate copolymer (PVPva). Re-crystallized tolbutamide was observed to re-dissolve in PVPva, while terfenadine was observed to crystallize during the isothermal hold period. Exposing co-solidified drug-polymer mixtures to temperature changes and experimental hold times can potentially confound correct categorization of dispersability, particularly when DSC is used as the lone characterization technique. This work illustrates the importance of using a combination of techniques to improve the certainty of conclusions made with respect to the true, initial physical state of a co-solidified mixture.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.jpba.2017.12.001


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