Orodispersible films (ODF) are immediately dissolving/disintegrating intraoral dosage forms, presented as substitutes of conventional tablets or capsules to ease problems associated with swallowing. Efforts have been made to be able to exploit ODFs as dosage forms for poorly soluble drugs. In the last two decades, mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) have been extensively used in drug delivery applications to overcome solubility problems of drugs. The tunable features of MSNs make them suitable candidates as drug carriers and solubility enhancers. In this study, the feasibility of MSNs as a carrier of poorly soluble drugs, using prednisolone as a model drug, in ODFs was investigated. Our results revealed that the increased amount of MSNs in ODFs leads to shortening of the disintegration time of the films. Drug content investigations showed that low dose ODFs with prednisolone incorporation efficiencies higher than 80% could be produced. Furthermore, the prednisolone release profile from ODFs can be tuned with the incorporation of MSNs as drug carrier (MSNpred). The MSNpred incorporated ODFs yield with immediate release of drug from the ODF, whereby 90% of the prednisolone content could be released in the first minutes. By modifying the MSNpred design with copolymer surface coating, prednisolone (cop-MSNpred) release can be modulated into a two-step sustained release profile. To sum up, the MSNs platform does not only provide careful low dose incorporation into ODF with high efficiency, but it also aids in tuning the drug release profiles from ODFs.
- Poorly soluble drugs
- Orodispersible films
- Solvent casting
- mesoporous silica nanoparticles