Influence of Copolymer Composition on In Vitro and In Vivo Performance of Celecoxib-PVP/VA Amorphous Solid Dispersions

AAPS J. 2016 Mar;18(2):416-23. doi: 10.1208/s12248-016-9865-6. Epub 2016 Jan 14.


Previous studies suggested that an amorphous solid dispersion with a copolymer consisting of both hydrophobic and hydrophilic monomers could improve the dissolution profile of a poorly water-soluble drug compared to the crystalline form. Therefore, this study investigated the influence of the copolymer composition of polyvinylpyrrolidone/vinyl acetate (PVP/VA) on the non-sink in vitro dissolution behavior and in vivo performance of celecoxib (CCX) amorphous solid dispersions. The study showed that the hydrophilic monomer vinylpyrrolidone (VP) was responsible for the generation of CCX supersaturation whereas the hydrophobic monomer vinyl acetate (VA) was responsible for the stabilization of the supersaturated solution. For CCX, there was an optimal copolymer composition around 50-60% VP content where further replacement of VP monomers with VA monomers did not have any biopharmaceutical advantages. A linear relationship was found between the in vitro AUC(0-4h) and in vivo AUC(0-24h) for the CCX:PVP/VA systems, indicating that the non-sink in vitro dissolution method applied in this study was useful in predicting the in vivo performance. These results indicated that when formulating a poorly water-soluble drug as an amorphous solid dispersion using a copolymer, the copolymer composition has a significant influence on the dissolution profile and in vivo performance. Thus, the dissolution profile of a drug can theoretically be tailored by changing the monomer ratio of a copolymer with respect to the required in vivo plasma-concentration profile. As this ratio is likely to be drug dependent, determining the optimal ratio between the hydrophilic (dissolution enhancing) and hydrophobic (crystallization inhibiting) monomers for a given drug is imperative.

Keywords: amorphous solid dispersion; copolymers; in vivo; non-sink dissolution; supersaturation.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Celecoxib / blood
  • Celecoxib / chemistry*
  • Chemistry, Pharmaceutical
  • Male
  • Polymers / chemistry*
  • Polymers / metabolism
  • Povidone / chemistry*
  • Povidone / metabolism
  • Rats
  • Rats, Sprague-Dawley
  • Solubility
  • Vinyl Compounds / blood
  • Vinyl Compounds / chemistry*
  • X-Ray Diffraction


  • Polymers
  • Vinyl Compounds
  • Povidone
  • Celecoxib
  • vinyl acetate