Accelerated and Biopredictive In Vitro Release Testing Strategy for Single Agent and Combination Long-Acting Injectables

Publication: J Pharm Sci
Software: GastroPlus®


The purpose of this study was to develop an in vitro release testing (IVRT) strategy to predict the pre-clinical performance of single agent and combination long acting injectable (LAI) suspension products. Two accelerated IVRT methods were developed using USP apparatus 2 to characterize initial, intermediate, and terminal phases of drug release. Initial and intermediate phases were captured using a suspension cup with moderate agitation to ensure a constant, low surface area exposure of the LAI suspension to the release media. The terminal phase was obtained by exposing the LAI suspension to a high initial paddle speed. This resulted in smaller suspension particulates with high cumulative surface area that were dispersed throughout the release media, enabling rapid drug release. The in vitro release profiles obtained with these two methods in 48 h or less were independently time scaled to reflect the in vivo time scale of approximately 1800 h. Level-A in vitro in vivo correlations (IVIVCs) were separately developed for each method and active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) using in vivo absorption profiles obtained by deconvolution of rat plasma concentration-time profiles. The IVIVCs were successfully validated for each API. This work provides a framework for evaluating individual phases of drug release of complex LAIs to ultimately predict their in vivo performance.

By Krutika Meena Harish Jain, Tien Ho, Susan Hoe, Bo Wan, Anumeha Muthal, Raju Subramanian, Chris Foti