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The polymeric drug reservoir movies were prepared by fade outing 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0 % of HPMC-K4M in 15 milliliter of dual distilled H2O. Along with this 26.95 milligram of binary mixture incorporating Fluconazole b-CD was individually dissolved in dilute base hydroxide solution and so it was poured to the polymeric solution. The solution was stirred utilizing magnetic scaremonger at 100 revolutions per minute and PEG-400 ( 10 % w/w ) , which was antecedently optimized for its concentration, was incorporated as a plasticiser every bit good as pervasion foil to above solution under same rousing conditions.

After complete blending the solution was casted in petri dish ( antecedently lubricated with Glycerine ) utilizing a ring of 5.0 centimeters diameter and with a funnel inverted on the surface ( for unvarying vaporization of dissolver ) . The dramatis personae solution was allowed to vaporize by puting it inside a hot air oven maintained at 37A±20 C, 30A±0.5 % of RH for 24 h. After drying the medicated movies of 8 millimeters diameter each incorporating 0.69 milligram of drug were cut utilizing a chromium steel steel bore bit, which is antecedently sterilized.

II. Preparation of Rate commanding membrane ( RCM )

A weighed measure of cellulose acetate phthalate was dissolved in 10 milliliter of propanone to obtain 4, 5 and 6 % polymeric solutions. Stiring was continuously maintained until the clear solution was obtained. These solutions were poured in petri dish ( antecedently lubricated with Glycerine ) utilizing a ring of 5.0 centimeter diameter. The solution was evaporated easy by inverting a glass funnel on a petri dish at room temperature for 12 h. The dried movies were cut into 9 millimeters diameter utilizing a chromium steel steel bore bit.

III. Sealing

A medicated reservoir phonograph record was sandwiched between two rate commanding membranes. Then this whole unit was placed for 4-5 proceedingss, over a wire mesh inside the desiccator. Desiccator was antecedently saturated with ethanol / propanone ( 60:40 ) . This process resulted into successful waterproofing of the medicated reservoir movie between two-rate commanding membranes. The certain optic inserts were stored in an air-tight container under ambient conditions.

Plasticizer weight was based on weight of the polymer. All the above experimentation was carried out under laminar air flow to keep the asepsis conditions of ophthalmic merchandises.

Compatibility surveies

Interaction surveies were conducted on the optimized preparation by comparing it with the pure drug on the footing of the UV, infrared and thin bed chromatography.

The solutions of pure drug and medicated preparations were prepared in pH 7.4 and filtered through Whatman filter paper No.42 and scanned for UV soaking up between 200 to 400 nanometers.

The IR soaking up spectra of the pure drug, optimized two medicated preparations were taken in the scope of 400-4000 cm-1 by KBr phonograph record method utilizing IR spectrophotometer.

TLC analysis was conducted harmonizing to BP 2000. For visual image, home base was examined in ultraviolet visible radiation at 254 nanometer. Rf values were calculated for both standard and the sample utilizing the expression:

Rf = Distance traveled by the solute from the beginning line

Distance traveled by the dissolver from the beginning line

Stationary stage

Thin home bases of Silica gel GF 254 holding thickness of 0.25 centimeter. The home bases were activated at 105oC for 30 proceedingss prior to utilize.

Mobile stage

Ammonia water: methyl alcohol: methylene chloride in the ratio of 2: 18: 80

Separation technique



UV chamber at 254 nanometers

Reference solution

1 mg/ml of pure Fluconazole

Test solution

Drug-formulation mixture equivalent to 1 mg/ml of Fluconazole dissolved in dissolvers


10 Aµl of mention and trial solutions were applied as musca volitanss on dry activated home base. The solvent forepart was developed up to 15 centimeter. The home base was dried in air and it was examined under UV chamber at 254 nanometers.

Evaluation of Polymeric Ocular Inserts

Thickness of Film

Movies were evaluated for the thickness utilizing a Dial Caliper ( Mitutoyo, Japan ) . The norm of 10 readings was taken at different points of movie and the average thickness was calculated. The standard divergences ( SD ) in thickness were computed from the average value.

Uniformity in drug content

For drug content uniformity, the optic inserts were placed in 5 milliliter of pH 7.4 phosphate buffer saline and were shaken in orbital shaker brooder at 50 revolutions per minute to pull out the drug from inserts. After incubation for 24 hour, the solution was filtered through a 0.45 millimeter filter and the filtrate was appropriately diluted with buffer solution. The optical density of the ensuing solution was measured at 254 nanometers.

Uniformity of weight

The weight fluctuation trial was carried out utilizing digital balance ( aˆ¦aˆ¦aˆ¦aˆ¦ . ) , by weighing three spots from each preparation. The average value was calculated and the standard divergences of weight fluctuation were computed from the average value.

Folding endurance

A little strip of movie was cut equally and individually folded at the same topographic point boulder clay it broke. The figure of times the movie could be folded at the same topographic point without interrupting gave the folding endurance.

Percentage wet soaking up

The per centum wet soaking up trial was carried out to look into physical stableness or unity of optic movies. Ocular movies were weighed and placed in a dessicator incorporating 100 milliliter of concentrated solution of aluminum chloride and 79.5 % humidness was maintained. After three yearss the optic movies were taken out and reweighed. The per centum wet soaking up was calculated utilizing the undermentioned equation:

Percentage wet soaking up = Final weight – Initial weight x 100

Initial weight

Percentage Moisture Loss

The per centum wet loss was carried out to look into unity of the movie at dry status. Ocular movies were weighed and kept in a dessicator incorporating anhydrous Ca chloride. After 3 yearss, the ocuserts were taken out and reweighed ; the per centum wet loss was calculated utilizing the undermentioned equation:

Percentage wet loss = Initial weight – Final weight ten 100

Initial weight

Determination of H2O consumption and swelling behaviour

Water consumption was determined gravimetrically. Inserts were placed on a filter. The lower side of the filter was immersed in a beaker incorporating simulated lachrymal fluid ( SLF ) and incubated at 320C ( oculus surface temperature ) . The beaker was closed with soft paraffin to forestall vaporization during the experiment. The weight of each ocusert was determined with the digital balance at preset clip points. The size alterations of the inserts due to swelling were investigated macroscopically.

In vitro drug release surveies

The inserts from each batch were taken and placed in a 15 milliliter phials incorporating 10 milliliter of pH 7.4 phosphate buffered saline. The phials were placed in an oscillatory H2O bath at 32 A± 10C with 25 oscillations per minute. 1ml of the drug let go ofing media was withdrawn at assorted clip intervals of 1, 2, 4, 8, 12, 16 and 20 hour and replaced by the same volume of phosphate buffer saline pH 7.4. These samples were filtered through 0.45 millimeters membrane filter. The filtrate was diluted appropriately with the buffer. The drug was estimated in each batch by dual beam UV-Vis spectrophotometer ( Elico Sl 210, Mumai, India ) at 254 nanometer. The obtained information was treated with mathematical kinetic mold.

In vivo drug release survey

Out of 5 batches of preparations F-4 and F-5 were taken for in vivo survey on the footing of in vitro drug release surveies. The inserts were sterilized by utilizing UV radiation before in vivo survey. Inserts were taken in a petri dish along with 100 milligrams of pure drug ( Fluconazole ) , which was spread to a thin bed. This petri dish along with polythene bags and forceps were placed in UV sterilisation chamber ( goon ) .

The inserts and other stuffs were exposed to UV radiation for one hr. After sterilisation, inserts were transferred into polyethylene bag with the aid of forceps inside the sterilisation chamber itself. The pure Fluconazole that was sterilized along with inserts was analyzed for authority by UV spectrophotometer at 254 nanometers after suited dilution with pH 7.4 phosphate buffer.

The albino coneies of either sex ( New-Zealand strain ) , weighing between 2.5-3.0 kilograms were used for the experiment. The animate beings were housed on single coops and customized to laboratory conditions for one twenty-four hours ( received free entree to nutrient and H2O ) .

The optic inserts incorporating Fluconazole were taken for in vivo survey, which were antecedently sterilized on the twenty-four hours of the experiment and were placed into the lower conjunctival cul-de-sac. The inserts were inserted into each of the 7 coneies at same clip the other oculus of seven coneies served as control.

Ocular inserts were removed carefully at 1, 2, 4, 8, 12, 16 and 20 hours and analyzed for drug content as dilution mentioned in drug content uniformity. The drug remaining was subtracted from the initial drug content of inserts that will give the sum of drug released in the coney oculus. Observation for any autumn out of the inserts was besides recorded throughout the experiment. After one hebdomad of washed period the experiment was repeated for two times as earlier.

Stability Surveies

Stability testing has become built-in portion of preparation development. It generates information on which, proposed for shelf life of drug or dose signifiers and their recommended storage conditions are based.

In the present survey, the preparation F-4 was selected for the survey and inserts were packed in amber-colored bottles tightly plugged with cotton and capped. They were exposed to assorted temperatures ( 600, 400, 200, 100 and 00 C ) for 30 yearss. At regular intervals, the inserts were taken in 10 milliliter of pH 7.4 buffer and were shaken for 12 hour in an orbital shaker. The attendant solutions were filtered, decently diluted and estimated spectrophotometrically by maintaining pH 7.4 buffers as space. The logarithmic per centum of good drug was plotted against clip and decomposition rate invariables ( K ) were obtained at each temperature. The logarithm of decomposition rate invariables were plotted against reciprocal of absolute temperature and the resulting line was extrapolated to K at 250 C.

Shelf life can be obtained by utilizing expression,

T90 = 0.104/K at 250 C.


The pureness of drug was confirmed by comparing of its I.R spectrums ( Fig. 1 and 2 ) with the spectrum of the standard drug Fluconazole. The spectrum showed the undermentioned functional groups at their several frequences [ at 3441cm-1 showed -NH stretch ( aminoalkane ) , at 3077 cm-1 showed -OH stretch ( hydroxyl ) , 1507 cm-1 showed -C=O stretch ( ketonic ) and 1095 cm-1 showed -O- stretch ( ether ) .

The pure drug was found to be somewhat soluble in H2O, phosphate buffer saline pH 7.4, freely soluble in dimethyl sulfoxide, really somewhat soluble in intoxicant. It dissolved in dilute solutions of mineral acids and alkali hydrated oxides.

The survey was carried out by unfastened capillary method and the runing point of pure drug was found to be 256oC – 257oC, which complied with standard specifications.

Compatibility ratings were studied by pull outing the drugs from the inserts and TLC was performed on silicon oxide gel plates utilizing ammonia / methyl alcohol / methylene chloride in the ratio of 2:18:20. The musca volitanss were examined in UV visible radiation at 254 nanometers.

The Rf values of Fluconazole, F-4 and F-5 were 0.81, 0.84 and 0.80 severally.

From the I.R spectral analysis it was found that I.R spectrum of pure drug Fluconazole ( Fig. 1 ) and combination of pure drug with polymers like b-cylcodextrin, HPMC-K4M, cellulose ethanoate phthalate showed the all characteristic extremums of Fluconazole corroborating the compatibility of the pure drug and polymer. The spectral representation of combination of all polymers with Fluconazole was shown in Fig. 2. An I.R spectrum of complexation of Acylocvir with b-cyclodextrin is shown in Fig.3.

Absorption spectrum of pure drug was scanned between 200 – 400 nanometer with 10 milligrams concentration prepared in pH 7.4 phosphate buffer saline. The soaking up upper limit was noted at 254.48 nanometer. Besides the lmax for FLUCONAZOLE-b-CD composite was determined by similar process and was found to be at 255.19 nanometer as shown in Fig. 4 and 5.

Accurately weighed sums of the powdery drug Fluconazole and complex, each incorporating 100 mg equivalent of FLUCONAZOLE, were used in triplicate to transport out the surveies on an sweetening of disintegration rate of Fluconazole. The USP XXIII-8 station Dissolution Rate Test Apparatus was employed for the intent. Tabulations are given in table 7 & A ; 8. Comparative secret plan of semen. per centum drug release Vs clip manner for pure drug and composite is shown in Fig. 6.

Table 2 shows consequences of drug content uniformity of each preparation. Three replicates of each batch were analyzed ; average and standard divergences were calculated.

Besides a secret plan of comparative per centum drug content between different preparations is depicted in Fig. 7.

The per centum drug retained and cumulative per centum drug release by the each movie in the in vitro release surveies was based on the average content of the drug nowadays in the several movies.

Thickness of all preparations in triplicate was measured by utilizing dial calliper. The average values and standard divergences were noted down as given in table 10.

The uniformity of weight is calculated for three different movies of each preparation, mean and standard divergence was noted, consequences are given in table 10.

Since the movies were folded manually, the movies were folded on an norm of more than 90 times and shown in table 10.

Each preparation in triplicate was analyzed for per centum wet soaking up surveies and the consequences are tabulated in table 11.

The per centum wet loss was calculated for three different movies of each preparation from AO-I to AO-IX. The consequences were given in table 11.

The H2O consumption and swelling behavior surveies were conducted on drug reservoir membranes formulated utilizing HPMC-K4M swelling polymer. The consequences were shown in table 12.

All the nine preparations prepared were subjected to in vitro drug release surveies. These surveies were conducted utilizing hovering H2O bath at 32 A± 10C. In the present work the in vitro surveies were carried out in triplicate. For different clip intervals the samples were withdrawn, and analyzed for optical density utilizing UV-spectroscopy. Accumulative drug release in mg is calculated. Accumulative percent drug release and cumulative per centum drug retained were calculated on the footing of average sum of Fluconazole nowadays in the several movies.

The consequences obtained from in vitro drug release surveies were plotted following five different mathematical theoretical accounts of informations intervention.

The release informations obtained for preparations F-1 to F-2 were tabulated in Table 13 to 21 and the aforethought graphs for all the theoretical accounts were shown in Fig. 8- 22. The kinetic values obtained for all the theoretical accounts were depicted from table 22-27.

In vivo drug release surveies were performed on New Zealand strain albino coneies. Out of nine preparations F-4 and F-5 were subjected to in vivo drug release surveies, because these two preparations shown good one-dimensionality, maximal release rate and fulfilled many demands of the optimized preparations. Hence they were considered as the preparations of pick for in vivo surveies.

The survey was carried out in triplicate for different clip intervals, samples were withdrawn and cumulative sum of drug release were calculated by deducting drug staying from the chief content of several insert and on the footing of the sum of drug release per centum of FLUCONAZOLE was calculated. The consequences obtained for the preparations F-4 and F-5 were tabulated in table 28 and 29. Figure 23 shows the in vivo cumulative per centum drug released as a map of clip for the preparations F-4 and F-5.

Scattered graph based on correlativity between in vitro/in vivo semen. Percentage drug release for both the preparations were shown in figure 24 & A ; 25.

Stability surveies were carried out to foretell the debasement that may happen over drawn-out periods of storage at normal shelf status for preparations F-4. The consequences of the stableness surveies, which were conducted for 30 yearss, are given in the tabular array 31. Table 32 gives the parametric quantities obtained from the stableness surveies informations. The shelf life of the fancied device was calculated based on these parametric quantities.


The present survey is aimed to develop and fix optic drug bringing system in the signifier of optic inserts utile in the intervention of herpes simplex keratitis utilizing Fluconazole as a pick of drug.

Preformulation surveies were found to demo collateral consequences. Figure 5 shows the standard standardization curve with a good duplicability, holding a incline 0.0549 and with arrested development value 0.9997.

The optical density upper limit for pure drug Fluconazole is found to be at 254.48 nanometers, whereas the binary system of FLUCONAZOLE-b-CD showed the lmax at 255.19 nanometers.

Rf value of 0.81 was obtained for pure drug. Whereas Rf value for A0-V and AO-VIII were 0.84 and 0.80 severally by thin bed chromatographic compatibility surveies. The Rf values of the drug and medicated preparations were about similar which inferred for compatibility of preparations with its excipients.

The lmax was found to be about similar i.e.254.93 nanometer for medicated preparation infusions, which signifies that, there is no possible intervention of excipients in optical density form of the drug.

The I.R.spectra recorded for preparations were taken as qualitative tool in order to measure the alteration in extremums, form of curve etc. No major differences were observed in the IR spectrum of the pure drug and medicated preparations.

The cum.percent drug release for pure drug Fluconazole was found to be 34.27 % whereas 61.18 % was found with the binary system. This clearly indicates the sweetening in disintegration rate of ill soluble drug Fluconazole when complexed with b-cyclodextrin.

For the assorted preparations the drug content uniformity was found to be between 0.675A±0.012 to 0.689A±0.006mg. Formulations AO-V & A ; AO-VIII showed the upper limit and unvarying per centum drug content of 99.85 and 99.49 % .

The mean movie thickness ( n=3 ) was about unvarying in all the nine preparations, it was found to change between 0.151A±0.001 to 0.171A±006. The small fluctuation was observed with preparations, AO-VI and AO-IX might be due to the more concentration of rate commanding membrane.

The values of uniformity of weight found to change from 13.73A±0.141 to 18.59A±0.224. Formulations AO-I and AO-IX showed good uniformity in weight.

The values for turn uping endurance runing from 87.9 to 103.6.And no clefts were observed. Formulations AO-I & A ; AO-VI showed maximal foldable endurance.

The highest wet soaking up was marked from preparations AO-VII ( 11.83A±0.346 ) . This may be due to the presence of larger concentration of hydrophilic polymer HPMC-K4M.

It was observed that there was no alteration in unity in all the preparations. The wet loss for all the preparations varied between 6.61 A± 0.241 to 11.61 A±0.092. Formulation AO-I showed the maximal sum of wet loss in dry conditions might be due to presence of hydrophobic polymer cellulose acetate phthalate. And low concentrations of polymers in overall readying.

Water consumption was found to be maximal with 2 % HPMC K4M concentration due to the presence of more concentration of swellable polymer. After complete hydration, moderate gelling and puffiness of the polymer was observed and had a diameter of about 10.2 millimeters.

All the nine preparations were subjected to in vitro drug release surveies. The overall cumulative % drug release for preparations, AO-I to AO-IX was found to be from 78.61, 94.64, 95.11, 92.00, 98.31, 97.67, 97.58, 98.03 & A ; 92.50 % severally at the terminal of 20th hr. The informations obtained were grouped in five theoretical accounts of the mathematical intervention.

Based on the highest arrested development value ( R ) , which is approaching to integrity, the preparations AO-II, IV, VI, VII & A ; VIII followed Higuchi-Matrix dynamicss. This suggests that the drug release by swellable polymer matrix through the diffusion of tear fluids. Formulations AO-I, III, V and IX were best fitted into Peppas theoretical account with an ‘n ‘ values 0.5011, 0.7704, 0.7536 & A ; 0.7793 severally. This indicates that the release by non-Fickian-diffusion mechanism. Cum % drug release for AO-V and AO-VIII was found to be 98.31 % , 98.03 % , and is depicted complete and more controlled manner of all the other preparations. Therefore, it was ascertained that the drug release could be more controlled by utilizing 5 % concentration of CAP, because above which the polymer concentration will curtail the drug release with curative point of position.

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