Although essential guidance to cover the photostability testing of pharmaceuticals for manufacturing and storage is well-established, there continues to be a significant gap in guidance regarding testing to support the effective administration of photosensitive drug products. Continuing from Part 1, (Baertschi SW, Clapham D, Foti C, Jansen PJ, Kristensen S, Reed RA, Templeton AC, Tønnesen HH. 2013. J Pharm Sci 102:3888-3899) where the focus was drug products administered by injection, this commentary proposes guidance for testing topical drug products in order to support administration. As with the previous commentary, the approach taken is to examine "worst case" photoexposure scenarios in comparison with ICH testing conditions to provide practical guidance for the safe and effective administration of photosensitive topical drug products.
Keywords: drug-excipient interaction; oxidation; photochemistry; photodegradation; physical stability; preformulation; solid state stability; stability; transdermal; transdermal drug delivery.
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