Formulation Development Forum - Pharmaceutical Technology

Latest Issue
PharmTech

Latest Issue
PharmTech Europe

Formulation Development Forum
Analysis of crospovidone as a superdistingrant.


Pharmaceutical Technology
Volume 35, Issue 1, pp. 50

Excipient quality and performance are crucial factors in drug development and manufacturing. Excipient producers evaluate their products in given formulations to assess their utility compared with other excipients and functionality with specific active ingredients. International Specialty Products (ISP, Wayne, NJ), a producer of crospovidone, a commonly used superdisintegrant, recently launched a new ultra-pure grade of crospovidone to provide a crospovidone product with lower levels of peroxides, an important consideration in drug stability.

ISP manufactures standard pharmaceutical grades of crospovidone and launched an ultra-pure grade of crospovidone in November 2010. Crospovidone is a cross-linked homopolymer of N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone. Peroxides result from the oxidation of crospovidone during production and storage, and their formation can be reduced by processing and packaging crospovidone under inert conditions. Although the United States Pharmacopeia does not specify peroxide limits for crospovidone, the European Pharmacopoeia does, with Type A having a limit of 400 ppm max, and the smaller particle size Type B having a limit of 1000 ppm max.

ISP's standard pharmaceutical grades of crospovidone have peroxide specification limits of 400 ppm max for both Type A and Type B products. Its new ultra-pure pharmaceutical crospovidone is available in two grades, with peroxide specifications of 30 ppm max and 50 ppm max for Type A and Type B respectively, explains Tim Bee, senior director of the global pharmaeutical technical operations at ISP.

ISP produces its ultra-pure grades of crospovidone (Polyplasdone Ultra and Ultra-10) at a new facility in Texas City, Texas, which is also one of two sites where the company manufactures its standard pharmaceutical grades of crospovidone (Polyplasdone XL and Polyplasdone XL-10). The ultra-pure grades of crospovidone are available in the same typical particle size ranges as the standard pharmaceutical grades. The ultra-purity grades have average particle sizes of 110–140 Ám (Polyplasdone Ultra) and average particle sizes of 20-30 Ám (Polyplasdone Ultra-10).

Bee explains that the lower levels of peroxides in the ultra-pure grades of crospovidone are achieved by manufacturing, drying, packing, and sealing the product under inert conditions (i.e., nitrogen) to limit peroxide formation. ISP has been manufacturing the standard pharmaceutical grades of crospovidone at its Texas City, facility since 2007, and began work on the high-purity grades in 2008. Following process improvements and optimization, the ultra-pure grades have been available on a commercial scale since November 2010. Bee explains that the ultra-pure grades of crospovidone would be beneficial for active ingredients that need the performance advantages offered by crospovidone, but may be susceptible to peroxides, which could affect drug stability and possible degradation of the drug substance.


ADVERTISEMENT

blog comments powered by Disqus
LCGC E-mail Newsletters

Subscribe: Click to learn more about the newsletter
| Weekly
| Monthly
|Monthly
| Weekly

Survey
What role should the US government play in the current Ebola outbreak?
Finance development of drugs to treat/prevent disease.
Oversee medical treatment of patients in the US.
Provide treatment for patients globally.
All of the above.
No government involvement in patient treatment or drug development.
Finance development of drugs to treat/prevent disease.
27%
Oversee medical treatment of patients in the US.
12%
Provide treatment for patients globally.
8%
All of the above.
46%
No government involvement in patient treatment or drug development.
7%
Jim Miller Outsourcing Outlook Jim MillerCMO Industry Thins Out
Cynthia Challener, PhD Ingredients Insider Cynthia ChallenerFluorination Remains Key Challenge in API Synthesis
Marilyn E. Morris Guest EditorialMarilyn E. MorrisBolstering Graduate Education and Research Programs
Jill Wechsler Regulatory Watch Jill Wechsler Biopharma Manufacturers Respond to Ebola Crisis
Sean Milmo European Regulatory WatchSean MilmoHarmonizing Marketing Approval of Generic Drugs in Europe
Seven Steps to Solving Tabletting and Tooling ProblemsStep 1: Clean
Legislators Urge Added Incentives for Ebola Drug Development
FDA Reorganization to Promote Drug Quality
FDA Readies Quality Metrics Measures
New FDA Team to Spur Modern Drug Manufacturing
Source: Pharmaceutical Technology,
Click here