Journal of Pharmaceutical Innovation

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 62–75 | Cite as

Influence of HPMC K100LV and Compritol® HD5 ATO on Drug Release and Rheological Behavior of HPMC K4M Matrix Tablets

  • Rania HamedEmail author
  • Ali Al-Samydai
  • Tamadur Al Baraghthi
  • Ola Tarawneh
  • Suhair Sunoqrot
Original Article



The objectives of this study were to develop once-a-day oral controlled-release tablets of quetiapine fumarate (QF) and to determine the effect of polymer type, viscosity grade, polymer ratio, and polymer rheological properties on the rate of QF release from hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) matrix tablets.


Tablets were prepared from low-viscosity-grade HPMC K100LV (K100LV), high-viscosity-grade HPMC K4M (K4M), Compritol® HD5 ATO (PEGylated glyceryl behenate (PGB)), and binary combinations of these polymers. In vitro drug release from all tablets was evaluated over 24 h.


In vitro drug release studies revealed that formulations containing K100LV/K4M and PGB/K4M at a ratio of 170:70 resulted in similar release profiles which extended for 24 h (f2 > 50). QF release kinetics followed either diffusion, anomalous transport, case II transport, or super case II transport, as fitted by the Korsmeyer-Peppas model. Tablet swelling and erosion studies were consistent with dissolution profiles. A linear relationship between % swelling and % QF released was observed in tablets containing K4M alone or in combination with K100LV or PGB, indicating the direct role of polymer swelling in controlling the mechanism of drug release. The viscoelastic properties of single and binary polymeric gels made with the three polymers (K100LV, K4M, and PGB) corroborated the in vitro release studies of QF tablets.


Our results provide evidence that blending polymers with different viscosities and hydrophilicities can result in unique matrices with tunable release profiles.


Controlled-release tablets Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose PEGylated glyceryl behenate (Compritol® HD5 ATO) Release kinetics Swelling Erosion Viscoelastic properties 



This project was financially supported by the Deanship of Academic Research and Graduate Studies at Al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan. The authors would like to thank Hikma Pharmaceuticals for providing tableting facilities.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rania Hamed
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ali Al-Samydai
    • 1
  • Tamadur Al Baraghthi
    • 1
  • Ola Tarawneh
    • 1
  • Suhair Sunoqrot
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of PharmacyAl-Zaytoonah University of JordanAmmanJordan

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