Author: Sabahat Jabeen, Fouzia Hassan, Rabia Ismail Yousuf, Muhammad Harris Shoaib, Fozia Israr, Syed Muhammad Farid Hasan, Rehana Saeed and Sadaf Farooqi

Publishing Date: 2017

E-ISSN: 1011-601X

Volume 30 Issue 3


Cefpodoxime proxetil is a third generation cephalosporin antibiotic demonstrates pH dependent solubility and is highly soluble only in acidic pH. The purpose of this investigation was to design and develop immediate release tablets of cefpodoxime proxetil by direct compression method and determine the effect of different solid buffers (organic acids) such as fumaric acid (formulations F1-F4), maleic acid (formulations M1-M4) and citric acid (formulations C1- C4) by using cefpodoxime and acid in the ratios of 4:1, 2:1, 1:1 and 1:2 to achieve pH-independent release of the drug. Physical parameters and assay were found to be within the acceptable range as prescribed in USP 36 / NF 31. In vitro dissolution studies of each formulation were performed in distilled water, USP dissolution medium, HCl buffer solution of pH 1.2, phosphate buffer solutions of pH 4.5 and 6.8 to observe the drug release. The formulations F3, F4, M4 were selected for film coating on the basis of better drug release profile, to protect the drug from chemical degradation through hydrolysis. Film coated formulation F3, F4 and M4 showed a remarkable in vitro release of the drug (72.88±0.43 to 92.67±0.71%) within 30min of observation in all dissolution media and further evaluated by model independent and model dependent approaches. The drug release was found to be best fit to Weibull model as highest r2 adjusted (0.924- 0.998) and lowest AIC (18.416-54.710) values were obtained in all dissolution media. R Gui® applied for stability studies of F3 and F4 formulations, showing shelf lives of 28 & 27months at ambient and 33 months at accelerated temperatures. Formulation F4 was chosen as best formulation on the basis of physical properties, highest dissolution rate and stability studies.

KEYWORDS: Cefpodoxime proxetil, organic acids, film coating, in vitro dissolution, stability studies.

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