Optics-based compressibility parameter for pharmaceutical tablets obtained with the aid of the terahertz refractive index


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Article
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Authors
Chakraborty, M 
Ridgway, C 
Gane, PAC 
Abstract

The objective of this study is to propose a novel optical compressibility parameter for porous pharmaceutical tablets. This parameter is defined with the aid of the effective refractive index of a tablet that is obtained from non-destructive and contactless terahertz (THz) time-delay transmission measurement. The optical compressibility parameter of two training sets of pharmaceutical tablets with a priori known porosity and mass fraction of a drug was investigated. Both pharmaceutical sets were compressed with one of the most commonly used excipients, namely microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) and drug Indomethacin. The optical compressibility clearly correlates with the skeletal bulk modulus determined by mercury porosimetry and the recently proposed terahertz lumped structural parameter calculated from terahertz measurements. This lumped structural parameter can be used to analyse the pattern of arrangement of excipient and drug particles in porous pharmaceutical tablets. Therefore, we propose that the optical compressibility can serve as a quality parameter of a pharmaceutical tablet corresponding with the skeletal bulk modulus of the porous tablet, which is related to structural arrangement of the powder particles in the tablet.

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Keywords
indomethacin, microcrystalline cellulose, optical compressibility, pharmaceutical tablet, skeletal bulk modulus, structural parameter, terahertz
Journal Title
International Journal of Pharmaceutics
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Journal ISSN
0378-5173
1873-3476
Volume Title
525
Publisher
Elsevier