Effect of polymorphic form on the functional properties of cellulose: A comparative study

  • Rojas J
  • Kumar V
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The powder and tableting properties of cellulose II powders (MCCII) and (SDCII) were evaluated and compared with common direct compression binders. The cellulose II polymorphs offered more benefits in terms of functionality as compared with cellulose I (Avicel® PH-102) spray dried lactose and starch. Spray dried cellulose II (SDCII) had a better disintegrant ability, but a lower compactibility than microcrystalline cellulose I (Avicel® PH-102). However, when mixed and compressed with acetaminophen, SDCII was as compactable as cellulose I. Further, unprocessed cellulose II has a comparable compressibility to that of cellulose I. SDCII was found to be less friable, less sensitive to magnesium stearate, and possessed better acetaminophen loading capacity than unprocessed cellulose II and comparable to that of cellulose I. The cellulose II materials showed potential for use as a direct compression excipient. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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  • Carbohydrate excipients
  • Cellulose polymorphs
  • Direct compression

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  • John Rojas

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