Fabrication of Mucoadhesive Buccal Films for Local Administration of Ketoprofen and Lidocaine Hydrochloride by Combining Fused Deposition Modeling and Inkjet Printing

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In the area of developing oromucosal drug delivery systems, mucoadhesive buccal films are the most promising formulations for either systemic or local drug delivery. The current study presents the fabrication of buccal films, by combining fused deposition modeling (FDM) and inkjet printing. Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose-based films were fabricated via FDM, containing the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug ketoprofen. Unidirectional release properties were achieved, by incorporating an ethyl cellulose-based backing layer. The local anesthetic lidocaine hydrochloride, combined with the permeation enhancer l-menthol, was deposited onto the film by inkjet printing. Physicochemical analysis showed alterations in the characteristics of the films, and the mucoadhesive and mechanical properties were effectively modified, due to the ink deposition on the substrates. The in vitro release data of the active pharmaceutical compounds, as well as the permeation profiles across ex vivo porcine buccal mucosa and filter-grown TR146 cells of human buccal origin, were associated with the presence of the permeation enhancer and the backing layer. The lack of any toxicity of the fabricated films was demonstrated by the MTT viability assay. This proof-of-concept study provides an alternative formulation approach of mucoadhesive buccal films, intended for the treatment of local oromucosal diseases or systemic drug delivery.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Issue number9
Pages (from-to)2757-2766
Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Research areas

  • 3D printing, Buccal, Controlled release, Epithelial permeability, Mucoadhesive, Mucosal delivery, Permeability enhancer, Transmucosal drug delivery

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