Evaluation of poly(2-ethyl-2-oxazoline) containing copolymer networks of varied composition as sustained metoprolol tartrate delivery systems

AAPS PharmSciTech. 2014 Aug;15(4):939-46. doi: 10.1208/s12249-014-0120-0. Epub 2014 May 3.


Segmented copolymer networks (SCN) based on poly(2-ethyl-2-oxazoline) and containing 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate, 2-hydroxypropyl acrylate, and/or methyl methacrylate segments have been evaluated as potential sustained release systems of the water soluble cardioselective β-blocker metoprolol tartrate. The structure and properties of the drug carriers were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry, attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy. Swelling kinetics of SCNs in various media was followed, and the conditions for effective MT loading were specified. MT-loaded SCNs with drug content up to 80 wt.% were produced. The release kinetics of metoprolol tartrate from the systems was studied and it was shown that the conetworks of different structure and composition are able to sustain the metoprolol tartrate release without additional excipients.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Calorimetry, Differential Scanning / methods
  • Delayed-Action Preparations / chemistry*
  • Drug Carriers / chemistry
  • Drug Delivery Systems / methods
  • Drug Liberation
  • Kinetics
  • Metoprolol / chemistry*
  • Microscopy, Atomic Force / methods
  • Microscopy, Electron, Scanning / methods
  • Polyamines / chemistry*
  • Polymers / chemistry*
  • Spectroscopy, Fourier Transform Infrared / methods


  • Delayed-Action Preparations
  • Drug Carriers
  • Polyamines
  • Polymers
  • poly(2-ethyl-2-oxazoline)
  • Metoprolol