Acoustic levitation and high-resolution synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction: A fast screening approach of niclosamide amorphous solid dispersions.

International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Eduardo José BarbosaGabriel L B de Araujo


The levitation of samples in an acoustic field has been of interest in the preparation and study of amorphous solid dispersions (ASD). Here, niclosamide-polymer solutions were levitated in a multi-emitter single-axis acoustic levitator and analyzed for 10 min at a High-resolution synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction beamline. This assembly enabled high-quality and fast time-resolved measurements with microliter sample size and measurement of solvent evaporation and recrystallization of niclosamide (NCL). Polymers HPMCP-55S, HPMCP-50, HPMCP-55, Klucel®, and poloxamers were not able to form amorphous dispersions with NCL. Plasdone® and Soluplus® demonstrated excellent properties to form NCL amorphous dispersions, with the last showing superior solubility enhancement. Furthermore, this fast levitation polymer screening showed good agreement with results obtained by conventional solvent evaporation screening evaluated for five days in a stability study, carried out at 40 °C/75% RH. The study showed that acoustic levitation and high-resolution synchrotron combination opens up a new horizon with great potential for accelerating ASD formulation screening and analysis.


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