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Eur J Pharm Biopharm. 2011 Oct;79(2):458-63. doi: 10.1016/j.ejpb.2011.05.008. Epub 2011 May 30.

Dynamic mechanical thermal analysis of hypromellose 2910 free films.

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University of Camerino, School of Pharmacy, Camerino (MC), Italy.

Abstract

It is common practice to coat oral solid dosage forms with polymeric materials for controlled release purposes or for practical and aesthetic reasons. Good knowledge of thermo-mechanical film properties or their variation as a function of polymer grade, type and amount of additives or preparation method is of prime importance in developing solid dosage forms. This work focused on the dynamic mechanical thermal characteristics of free films of hypromellose 2910 (also known as HPMC), prepared using three grades of this polymer from two different manufacturers, in order to assess whether polymer chain length or origin affects the mechanical or thermo-mechanical properties of the final films. Hypromellose free films were obtained by casting their aqueous solutions prepared at a specific concentrations in order to obtain the same viscosity for each. The films were stored at room temperature until dried and then examined using a dynamic mechanical analyser. The results of the frequency scans showed no significant differences in the mechanical moduli E' and E″ of the different samples when analysed at room temperature; however, the grade of the polymer affected material transitions during the heating process. Glass transition temperature, apparent activation energy and fragility parameters depended on polymer chain length, while the material brand showed little impact on film performance.

PMID:
21645616
DOI:
10.1016/j.ejpb.2011.05.008
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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