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Pulsatile Drug Delivery System (PDDS)

Introduction Criteria of Drugs for PDDS Different Approaches Fabrication Recent Advancement Marketed Preparations Conclusion References

1. Introduction

Why conventional dosage forms???

Advantages (Material, Manufacturing, Technology, Patient complience)

Why modified/ controlled dosage forms??

Advantages over conventional dosage forms ( Chronic Treatment, Patient complience, cost of over all treatment)

What and Why PDDS ? ? ? Pulsatile drug delivery system is defined as the rapid and transient release of certain amount of drug molecules within a short time period immediately after a predetermined offrelease period, i.e., lag time. Pulsatile drug delivery aims to release drug on programmed pattern i.e. at appropriate time and at appropriate site of action. NOON





Necessity of PDDS

Chronopharmacotherapy of diseases which shows circadian rhythms in their pathophysiology.

1. 2. 3. asthmatic attacks during early morning heart attacks in the middle of the night morning stiffness in arthritis

2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Avoiding the first pass metabolism e.g. protein and peptides For which the tolerance is rapidly exists (e.g. Salbutamol sulphate) For targetting specific site in intestine e.g. colon (e.g Sulfasalazine) For time programmed administration of hormone and drugs, For drugs having the short half life (e.g blockers)

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Extended daytime or nighttime activity Reduced side effects Reduced dosage frequency Reduction in dose size Improved patient compliance Lower daily cost to patient due to fewer dosage units are required by the patient in therapy. 7. Drug adapts to suit circadian rhythms of body functions or diseases. 8. Drug targeting to specific site like colon. 9. Protection of mucosa from irritating drugs. 10.Drug loss is prevented by extensive first pass metabolism

Different Approaches
A. PREPLANNED SYSTEMS I. Pulsatile system based on capsule II. Pulsatile system based on osmosis III. Drug delivery system with erodible or soluble layer IV. Drug delivery system with rupturable layer B. STIMULI INDUCED PULSATILE SYSTEMS I. Temperature induced system II. Chemically induced System III. Externally stimuli System


Pulsatile system based on capsule


The Pulsincap system (Scherer DDS, Ltd) is an example of such a system that is made up of a water insoluble capsule body filled with drug formulation (McNeil et al., 1990, Wilding et al., 1992 and Saeger et al. 2004). The body is closed at the open end with a swellable hydrogel plug. The length of plug decides lag time. The plug material consists of insoluble but permeable and swellable polymers (eg, polymethacrylates), erodible compressed polymers (eg, hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose, polyvinyl alcohol, polyethylene oxide) (Krgel et al., 1998), congealed melted polymers (eg, saturated polyglycolated glycerides, glyceryl monooleate), and enzymatically controlled erodible polymer (eg, pectin, agar) (Krgel et al., 1999).

Advantages :
Well tolerated in animals and healthy volunteers, and there

were no reports of gastro-intestinal irritation (Saeger et al., 2004).

Disadvantages :
Potential problem of variable gastric residence time, which was

overcome by enteric coating the system to allow its dissolution only in the higher pH region of small intestine (Binns et al., 1996)

Development and evaluation of pulsatile drug delivery system using novel polymer by Avinash R Tekade, Surendra G Gattani

The aim of the present investigation was to develop a pulsatile drug delivery system based on an insoluble capsule body filled with theophylline microspheres and sealed with a swellable novel polymer plug isolated from the endosperm of seeds of higher plant Delonix regia family-Fabaceae. Theophylline microspheres were prepared by solvent evaporation method using Eudragit S 100. The swellable plugs of varying thickness and hardness were prepared by direct compression, which were then placed in the capsule opening. The drug delivery system was designed to deliver the drug at such a time when it was needed most to offer convenience to the chronic patients of asthma. Formulated dosage forms were evaluated for an in vitro drug release study, which showed that the release might be consistent with a release time expected to deliver the drug to the colon depending on the thickness and hardness of the hydrogel plug. Thus, thickness and hardness of the novel polymeric plug plays an important role in controlling the drug release from the formulated drug delivery system.

II. Pulsatile System Based On Osmosis

Osmotic system consists of capsule coated with the semipermiable membrane.In this system for development of osmotic pressure different techniques are used. Case 1: Osmotic system containing insoluble plug (eg. PORT system) Case 2: Osmotic system based on expandable orifice technology, Linkwitz et al. elastomer (eg. Styrene-butadiene copolymer) Case 3: Osmotic capsule containing micropores, Niwa et al

Fig. Drug release mechanism from Port Capsule

Step1: Cap dissolves off. immediately or modified release dose is released. Step 2: Energy source is activated by controlled permeation of GI fluid. Step 3: Time-release plug is expelled. Step 4: Pulse or Sustained release of second dose.

III. Drug delivery system with erodible or soluble

In such systems the drug release is controlled by the dissolution or erosion of the outer coat which is applied on the core containing drug. Time dependent release of the active ingredient can be obtained by optimizing the thickness of the outer coat 1. Chronotropic system 2. Time Clock system 3. Multilayered Tablet


1. Chronotropic system
consists of a drug containing core coated by hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose (HPMC), a hydrophilic swellable polymer, which is responsible for a lag phase in the onset of release (Gazzania et al., 1994 and 1995). variability in gastric emptying time can be overcome, and a

Chronotropic system


Time Clock system

Consists of a solid dosage form coated with lipidic barriers

containing carnauba wax and bees wax along with surfactants, such as span 80 (Pozzi et al., 1992 and Wilding et al., 1994). After a lag time proportional to the thickness of the film, this coat erodes or emulsifies in the aqueous environment, and the core is then available for dispersion. The lag time increased with increasing coating thickness

Drug Core

Wax + Surfactant

3. Multilayered Tablet
A release pattern with two pulses was obtained from a three-layered tablet containing two drug containing layers separated by a drug-free gellable polymeric barrier layer (Conte et al., 1989 and 1992)

Multilayered Tablet a. b. c. d. Initial rapid release drug layer Drug free gellable polymeric barrier layer Second pulse generating drug layer Impermeable ethyl cellulose layer (3 sided)

IV. Drug delivery system with rupturable layer

These systems consist of an outer release controlling water insoluble but permeable coating subject to mechanically induced rupture phenomenon.
Ethyl cellulose coating

Bicarbonate + Citric acid + Drug

Rupturable polymer layer

Superdisintegrating agent + Drug

Process and Formulation Variables Affecting the Performance of a Rupturable CapsuleBased Drug Delivery System with Pulsatile Drug Release A. Dashevsky, T. Bussemer, A. Mohamad and R. Bodmeier The objective of this study was to optimize several process and formulation parameters, which influence the performance of a rupturable, pulsatile drug delivery system. The system consisted of a drugcontaining hard gelatin capsule, a swelling layer of croscarmellose (AcDiSol) and a binder, and an outer ethylcellulose coating. Polyvinyl pyrrolidone (Kollidon 90F) was superior to HPMC and HPC as a binder for the swelling layer with regard to binding (adherence to capsule) and disintegration properties of the swelling layer. The capsuletocapsule uniformity in the amount of swelling layer and outer ethylcellulose coating, which significantly affected the lag time prior to rupture of the capsule, was optimized by decreasing the batch size, and by increasing the rotational pan speed and the distance between the spray nozzle and the product bed. The type of baffles used in the coating pan also affected the layering uniformity. Fullyfilled hard gelatin capsules had a shorter lag time with a higher reproducibility compared to only halffilled capsules, because the swelling pressure was directed primarily to the outer ethylcellulose coating and not to the inner capsule core. Stability studies revealed that the lag time of the capsules was stable over

B. STIMULI INDUCED PULSATILE SYSTEMS I. Temperature induced system

Thermo-responsive hydrogel systems have been developed for pulsatile release. In these systems the polymer undergoes swelling or deswelling phase in response to the temperature which modulate drug release in swollen state. Eg.

1) Y.H. Bae et al developed indomethacin pulsatile release pattern in the temperature ranges between 20oC and 30oC by using reversible swelling properties of copolymers of Nisopropylacrylamide and butyrylacrylamide. 2) Kataoka et al developed the thermosensitive polymeric micelles as drug carrier to treat the cancer. They used endfunctionalized poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PIPAAm) to prepare corona of the micelle which showed hydration and dehydration behavior with changing temperature.

I. Chemical induced system

There has been much interest in the development of stimulisensitive delivery systems that release a therapeutic agent in presence of specific enzyme or protein. One prominent application of this technology has been development of a system that can autonomously release insulin in response to elevated blood glucose levels. 1. pH dependent system GLUCOSE

Glucose oxidase immobilized on cross linked polyacrylamide

INSULIN N, N- diethylaminoethyl methacrylate and 2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate (DEA-HPMA) formed the barrier membrane

III. Externally stimuli System

For releasing the drug in a pulsatile manner, another way can be the externally regulated systems in which drug release is programmed by external stimuli like magnetism, ultrasound, electrical effect and irradiation. a) b) c) d) Magnetically Stimulated Ultrasonically Stimulated Photo Stimulated Electrically Stimulated

Evaluation Parameters
Hardness Friability Weight uniformity Swelling index Thickness of layer Drug release profile Coating uniformity

Recent Advancement in PDDS


ACCU-BREAK Technology
Accu-Break Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Azopharma Product Development Group, Inc. Accu-Break tablets are manufactured on commercially available multilayer compression equipment. Accu-Break Technology is divided in to two types ACCUB Technology and ACCU-T Technology.

II. SODAS Technology SODAS (Spheroidal Oral Drug Absorption System) is Elans Multiparticulate drug delivery system. Based on the production of controlled release beads, the SODAS technology is characterized by its inherent flexibility, enabling the production of customized dosage forms that respond directly to individual drug candidate needs. Elans SODAS Technology is based on the production of uniform spherical beads of 1-2 mm in diameter containing drug plus excipients and coated with product specific controlled release polymers. The most recent regulatory approvals for a SODAS based system occurring with the launch of once-daily oral dosage forms of Avinza, Ritalin LA and Focalin XR.

III. IPDAS Technology

The Intestinal Protective Drug Absorption System (IPDAS Technology) is a high density multiparticulate tablet technology, intended for use with GI irritant compounds. Once an IPDAS tablet is ingested, it rapidly disintegrates and disperses beads containing a drug in the stomach, which subsequently pass into the duodenum and along the gastrointestinal tract in a controlled and gradual manner, independent of the feeding state. Release of active ingredient from the multiparticulates occurs through a process of diffusion through the polymeric membrane. micromatrix of polymer/active ingredient formed in the extruded/spheronized multiparticulates. Naprelan, which is marketed in the United States and Canada, employs the IPDAS technology. This innovative formulation of naproxen sodium.

IV. CODAS Technology

Elans drug delivery technology can be tailored to release drug after a predetermined delay. The CODAS drug delivery system enables a delayed onset of drug release, resulting in a drug release profile that more accurately compliments circadian patterns. Elans Verelan PM represents a commercialized product using the CODAS technology. The Verelan PM formulation was designed to begin releasing Verapamil approximately four to five hours post ingestion. This delay is introduced by the level of release-controlling polymer applied to the drug-loaded beads.

V. PRODAS Technology Programmable Oral Drug Absorption System (PRODAS Technology) is a multiparticulate technology, which is unique in that it combines the benefits of tabletting technology within a capsule.

The PRODAS delivery system is presented as a number of minitablets combined in a hard gelatin capsule. Very flexible, the PRODAS technology can be used to preprogram the release rate of a drug. It is possible to incorporate many different minitablets, each one formulated individually and programmed to release drug at different sites within the gastro-intestinal tract. It is also possible to incorporate minitablets of different sizes so that high drug loading is possible.

VI. TMDS Technology

TMDS (Time Multiple Action Delivery system) Technology provide control release rate of multiple ingredient within single tablet in programme manner. TMDS Technology allows for more than one active ingredient in a single tablet formulation provide multiple release profile over extended period of time.

VII. DMDS Technology

DMDS (Dividable Multiple Action Delivery System) is designed to provide greater dosing flexibility that improve product efficacy and reduces side effects. Traditional controlled release tablet often lose their controlled release mechanism of delivery once it broken. But DMDS technology allows tablet to be broken down in half so that each respective portion of the tablet will achieve exactly the same release profile as the whole tablet. This allows the patient and physician to adjust the dosing regimen according to the clinical needs without

VIII. PMDS Technology

PMDS (Programmed Multiple-action Delivery System) technology is designed to provide for the multi-phasic delivery of any active ingredient in a more controlled fashion as compared to typical controlled release technologies. This technology allows us to overcome one of the technical challenges in the development of multi-particulate dosage forms achieving acceptable uniformity and reproducibility of a product with a variety of release rates. It is designed to provide greater dosing flexibility that improves product efficacy and may reduce

IX. GEOCLOCK Technology

SkyePharma developed a new oral drug delivery technology, Geoclock; that allows the preparation of chronotherapy-focused presscoated tablets. Geoclock tablets have an active drug inside an outer tablet layer consisting of a mixture of hydrophobic wax and brittle material in order to obtain a pH-independent lag time prior to core drug delivery at a predetermined release rate. This dry coating approach is designed to allow the timed release of both slow release and immediate release active cores by releasing the inner table first after which time the surrounding outer shell gradually disintegrates. Using this novel technology, SkyePharma has been developing Lodotra, a rheumathoid arthritis drug, on behalf of Nitec Pharma. Lodotra will deliver the active pharmaceutical ingredient at the most suitable time of day to

X. GEOMATRIX Technology The Geomatrix technology is applied to achieve customised levels of controlled release of specific drugs and can achieve simultaneous release of two different drugs and different rates from a single tablet. The controlled release is achieved by constructing a multilayered tablet made of two basic key components; 1) hydrophilic polymers such as hydroxypropyl methycellulose (HPMC) and 2) surface controlling barrier layers. SkyePharma manufactures several Geomatrix products for its partners, which include Sular for Sciele, ZYFLO CR for Critical Therapeutics, Coruno for Therabel, diclofenac-ratiopharm uno for ratiopharm and Madopar DR for Roche.

XI. PULSYS Technology MiddleBrook (Earlier known as Advancis Pharmaceuticals) Pharmaceuticals developed PULSYS, an oral drug delivery technology that enables once daily pulsatile dosing. The PULSYS dosage form is a compressed tablet that contains pellets designed to release drug at different regions in the gastro-intestinal tract in a pulsatile manner. PULSYS Technologys Moxatag tablet contain Amoxicillin is designed to deliver amoxicillin at lower dose over a short duration therapy in once daily formulation. Advancis have also demonstrated that by preclinical studies which improved bactericidal effect for amoxicillin when deliver in pulsatile manner as compared to standard dosing regimen even against resistant

XII. IntelliMatrixTM Technology

IntelliPharmacetical is a pharmaceutical technology development company with a suite of proprietary tablet technologies. IntelliMatrixTM drug delivery platform is unique composition of several different intelligent polymers such as hydroxy ethylcellulose and a channel former as Lactose.
Eurands Time controlled pulsatile release system is capable of providing one or more rapid release pulses at predetermined lag times, such as when chronotherapy is required, and at specific sites, such as for absorption along the GI tract. Eurand has created a circadian rhythm release (CRR) dosage form for a cardiovascular drug, Propranolol hydrochloride, with a four-hour delay in release after oral administration. Administered at bedtime, Propranolol is released after the initial delay such that maximum plasma level occurs in the early morning hours, when the Patient is most at risk.

XIII. Eurands pulsatile and chrono release System

XIV. Banners VersetrolTM Technology

VersetrolTM Technology is novel innovative technology that provides time controlled release for wide range of drug. In this technology drug is incorporated in lipophilic or hydrophilic matrix and that is than incorporated in soft gelatin capsule shell. This technology is versatile because depending on physiochemical properties of drug either emulsion or suspension can be developed. For lipophilic drugs suspension formulation is preferred while for hydrophilic drugs emulsion form is utilized. By applying combination of lipophilic and hydrophilic matrices desire release profile can be achieved.

XV. Magnetic Nanocomposite Hydrogel

Magnetic nanocomposite of temperature responsive hydrogel was used as remote controlled pulsatile drug delivery. Nanocomposites were synthesized by incorporation of superparamagnetic Fe3O4 particles in negative temperature sensitive poly (N-isopropylacrylamide) hydrogels. High frequency alternating magnetic field was applied to produce on demand pulsatile drug release from nanocomposite hydrogel. Nanocomposite hydrogel temperature increase above LCTS so, result in to accelerated collapse of gel. Hence Nanocomposites hydrogel are one type of On-Off device where drug release can be turn on by application of alternative magnteic field.

Marketed Products :


It can be concluded that pulsatile drug delivery systems offer a solution for delivery of drugs exhibiting chronopharmacological behavior, extensive first-pass metabolism, necessity of night-time dosing, or absorption window in GIT. A variety of systems based on single or multiple units are developed for pulsatile release of drug. One major challenge will be to obtain a better understanding of the influence of the biological environment on the release performance of pulsatile delivery systems in order to develop simple systems based on approved excipients with a good in vitro-in vivo correlation.


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