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Curr Drug Deliv. 2018;15(1):87-96. doi: 10.2174/1567201814666170516113406.

An Accelerated Release Method of Risperidone Loaded PLGA Microspheres with Good IVIVC.

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Beijing Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Beijing 100850. China.
School of Chemical Engineering and Pharmacy, Wuhan Institute of Technology, Wuhan 430070. China.



A long release period lasting several days or several weeks is always needed and thereby it is tedious and time consuming to screen formulations of such microspheres with so long release period and evaluate their release profiles in vitro with conventional long-term or "real-time" release method. So, an accelerated release testing of such system is necessary for formulation design as well as quality control purpose. The purpose of this study is to obtain an accelerated release method of risperidone loaded poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microspheres with good in vitro/in vivo correlation (IVIVC).


Two formulations of risperidone loaded PLGA microspheres used for evaluating IVIVC were prepared by O/W method. The accelerated release condition was optimized by investigating the effect of pH, osmotic pressure, temperature and ethanol concentration on the release of risperidone from microspheres and the in vitro accelerated release profiles of risperidone from PLGA microspheres were obtained under this optimized accelerated release condition. The plasma concentration of risperidone were also detected after subcutaneous injection of risperidone loaded microspheres to rats. The in vivo cumulative absorption profiles were then calculated using Wagner-Nelson model, Loo- Riegelman model and numerical convolution model, respectively. The correlation between in vitro accelerated release and in vivo cumulative absorption were finally evaluated with Least Square Method.


It was shown that temperature and ethanol concentration significantly affected the release of risperidone from the microspheres while pH and osmotic pressure of release media slightly affected the release behavior of risperidone. The in vitro release of risperidone from microspheres were finally undergone in PBS (pH7.0, 300mosm) with 20% (V/V) ethanol at 45°C. The sustained and complete release of risperidone was observed in both formulations under the accelerated release condition although these two release profiles were dissimilar. The correlation coefficients (R2) of IVIVC were all above 0.95 and the slopes were all between 0.9564 and 1.1868 in spite of fitted model and microsphere formulation.


An in vitro accelerated release method of risperidone microspheres with good IVIVC was established in this paper and this accelerated release method was supposed to have great potential in both in vivo performance prediction and quality control for risperidone loaded PLGA microspheres.


Accelerated release; FDA; IVIVC; PLGA; microspheres; risperidone

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