Drug Delivery and Translational Research

, Volume 8, Issue 6, pp 1670–1678 | Cite as

PVP VA64 as a novel release-modifier for sustained-release mini-matrices prepared via hot melt extrusion

  • Yongcheng Li
  • Ming Lu
  • Chuanbin Wu
Original Article


The purpose of this study was to explore poly(vinylpyrrolidone-co-vinyl acetate) (PVP VA64) as a novel release-modifier to tailor the drug release from ethylcellulose (EC)-based mini-matrices prepared via hot melt extrusion (HME). Quetiapine fumarate (QF) was selected as model drug. QF/EC/PVP VA64 mini-matrices were extruded with 30% drug loading. The physical state of QF in extruded mini-matrices was characterized using differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray powder diffraction, and confocal Raman microscopy. The release-controlled ability of PVP VA64 was investigated and compared with that of xanthan gum, crospovidone, and low-substituted hydroxypropylcellulose. The influences of PVP VA64 content and processing temperature on QF release behavior and mechanism were also studied. The results indicated QF dispersed as the crystalline state in all mini-matrices. The release of QF from EC was very slow as only 4% QF was released in 24 h. PVP VA64 exhibited the best ability to enhance the drug release as compared with other three release-modifiers. The drug release increased to 50–100% in 24 h with the addition of 20–40% PVP VA64. Increasing processing temperature slightly slowed down the drug release by decreasing free volume and pore size. The release kinetics showed good fit with the Ritger-Peppas model. The values of release exponent (n) increased as PVP VA64 is added (0.14 for pure EC, 0.41 for 20% PVP VA64, and 0.61 for 40% PVP VA64), revealing that the addition of PVP VA64 enhanced the erosion mechanism. This work presented a new polymer blend system of EC with PVP VA64 for sustained-release prepared via HME.


Hot melt extrusion Release-modifier PVP VA64 EC Quetiapine fumarate 


Funding information

The present work was financially supported by the National Sciences Funding of China (No. 51103184), Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (No. 12ykpy08), and Medical Scientific Research Foundation of Guangdong Province (No. A2015169).

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Pharmaceutical SciencesSun Yat-sen UniversityGuangzhouChina

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