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Contents• Introduction• Overview of the Classification system• Applications• Conclusion• References
Introduction ۞Biopharmaceutics Classification System (BCS)♥ Scientific framework for classifying drug substances based on their aqueous solubility and intestinal permeability What is the need for a classification based on biopharmaceutics of the drug ? • Ans. Its importance in determining bioavailability
ORAL ROUTE♠ Route of choice for the formulators Continues to dominate the area of drug delivery technologies. LIMITATIONS Absorption and Bioavailability in the milieu of gastrointestinal tract. Limitations more prominent with the advent of protein and peptide drugs compounds emerging as a result of combinatorial chemistry and the technique of high throughput screening
API structure salt form and excipients Bioavailability of drug is determined byextent of drug solubility and permeability drug solubility drug product quality attributes
Biopharmaceutics Classification System Guidance provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for predicting the intestinal drug absorption The fundamental basis established by Dr. Gordon Amidon Distinguished Science Award (Aug ’06 ,FIP) First introduced into regulatory decision-making process in the guidance document on Immediate Release Solid Oral Dosage Forms: Scale Up And Post Approval Changes
Drug development tool that allows estimation of the contributions of 3 major factors, that affect oral drug absorption from immediate release solid oral dosage forms Dissolution Solubility Intestinal permeability.
The Biopharmaceutics Classification System (BCS) (as defined by the FDA after Amidon)
Basis of BCSDissolution of drug in vivo SIMILAR IN VIVO DISSOLUTION determines Drug Concentration in SIMILAR IN VIVO ABSORPTION the Membrane Domain proportional SIMILAR SYSTEMIC Intestinal Absorption AVAILABILITY
SOLUBILITY DETERMINATION(37±100C in aqueous medium with pH range of 1-7.5.) A sufficient number of pH conditions ionization characteristics of the test drug substance A minimum of three replicate determinations of solubility in each pH condition Standard buffer solutions described in pharmacopoeias Methods other than shake flask method (with Justification). e g. acid or base titration methods
Determination of permeability♣ Not just based on lipophilicity (encompass in vivo effects of efflux and uptake transporters)A. Human studies Mass balance studies Absolute bioavailability studies Intestinal perfusion methodsB.In vivo or in situ intestinal perfusion in a suitable animal modelC.In vitro permeability methods using excised intestinal tissuesD. In vitro permeation studies across a monolayer of cultured epithelial cells.e.g. Caco-2 cells or TC-7 cells
DISSOLUTION DETERMINATION USP apparatus I (basket) at 100 rpm or USP apparatus II (paddle) at 50 rpm. Dissolution media (900 ml): 0.1 N HCl or simulated gastric fluid, pH 4.5 buffer, and pH 6.8 buffer or simulated intestinal fluid. Compare dissolution profiles of test and reference products using a similarity factor (f2). 0
CLASS BOUNDARIESHIGHLY SOLUBLE the highest dose strength issoluble in < 250 ml water over a pH range of 1 to 7.5. The volume estimate-a glassful (8 ounce)HIGHLY PERMEABLE when the extent ofabsorption in humans is determined to be > 90% ofan administered doseRAPIDLY DISSOLVING when > 85% of thelabeled amount of drug substance dissolves within 30minutes using USP apparatus I or II in a volume of <900 ml buffer solutions.
BCS Class Boundaries: ObjectivesDissolution Rapid dissolution - ensure that in vivo (Product) dissolution is not likely to be the “rate determining” step Solubility High solubility- ensure that solubility (Drug) is not likely to limit dissolution and, therefore, absorptionPermeabilit High permeability - ensure that drug y is completely absorbed during the limited (Drug) transit time through the small intestine
BCS -Implications for drug developmentЖ Application in early drug development and then in the management of product change through its life cycleЖ Aids fundamental understanding of the biopharmaceutical and physical properties of the drugЖ Aids discriminatory dissolution method developmentЖ Can help guide the development of in-vitro/in-vivo correlationsЖ Can be used to obtain a biowaiverЖ Development of poorly soluble drugs
This classification is associated with drug dissolution and absorption model, which identifies the key parameters controlling drug absorption as a set of dimensionless numbers vizBCS defines 3 numbers (no units)An ~ absorption numberDo ~ dose numberDn ~ dissolution number
Absorption Number A function of GI Permeability to Drug SubstanceEffective permeability Residence time in GI P T An = ( T ) = eff GI R T GI ABS Radius of GI Time required for complete absorption
Dose Number A function of solubility of drug substanceHighest Dose Unit D 250 mL V Do = Water C Solubility S
Dissolution Number A function of drug release from formulation Solubility mg/mL Residence time in GIDiffusivity 180 min5x10-6 cm2/s 3D C ( T ) = T Dn = S GI r ρ T 2 GI DISS Particle Radius 25 µm Density Time required for 1.2 mg/cm3 complete dissolution
IVIVC expectations for immediate release products based on BCSClass Solubility Permeability Absorption IVIVC expectations for rate control Immediate release productI High High Gastric IVIVC expected, if dissolution rate is emptying slower than gastric emptying rate, otherwise limited or no correlationsII Low High Dissolution IVIVC expected, if in vitro dissolution rate is similar to in vivo dissolution rate, unless dose is very high.III High Low Permeability Absorption (permeability) is rate determining and limited or no IVIVC with dissolution.IV Low Low Case by Limited or no IVIVC is expected. case
High Solubility Low Solubility Class 1 ImipramineI Class 2 Ketorolac Itraconazole S,I Abacavir Ketoprofen Amiodarone I Acetaminophen AtorvastatinS, I Ketoconazole I Labetolol LansoprazoleI Acyclovirb LevodopaS AzithromycinS ,I AmilorideS,I Carbamazepine S,I Lovastatin S,I Levofloxacin S Mebendazole Amitryptyline S,I LidocaineI Carvedilol Antipyrine Chlorpromazine I Naproxen Lomefloxacin Nelfinavir S,I Atropine Meperidine CisaprideSHigh Permeability Buspironec Ciprofloxacin S Ofloxacin Metoprolol Oxaprozin Caffeine Metronidazole Cyclosporine S, I Captopril Danazol Phenazopyridine MidazolamS,I PhenytoinS ChloroquineS,I Minocycline Dapsone Chlorpheniramine Diclofenac Piroxicam Misoprostol Raloxifene S Cyclophosphamide Nifedipine S Diflunisal Desipramine Digoxin S Ritonavir S,I Phenobarbital Saquinavir S,I Diazepam Phenylalanine Erythromycin S,I Diltiazem S,I Flurbiprofen Sirolimus S Prednisolone Spironolactone I Diphenhydramine PrimaquineS Glipizide Disopyramide GlyburideS,I Tacrolimus S,I Promazine TalinololS Doxepin Propranolol I Griseofulvin Doxycycline Ibuprofen Tamoxifen I QuinidineS,I Terfenadine I Enalapril Rosiglitazone Indinavir S Ephedrine Indomethacin Warfarin Salicylic acid Ergonovine Theophylline Ethambutol Valproic acid Ethinyl Estradiol Verapamil I FluoxetineI Zidovudine Glucose
High Solubility Low Solubility Class 3 Class 4 Acyclovir Fexofenadine S Amphotericin B Amiloride S,I Folinic acid Chlorthalidone Amoxicillin S,I Furosemide Chlorothiazide Atenolol Ganciclovir Colistin Atropine Hydrochlorothiazide Ciprofloxacin SLow Permeability Bisphosphonates Lisinopril Furosemide Bidisomide Metformin Hydrochlorothiazide Captopril Methotrexate Mebendazole Cefazolin Nadolol Methotrexate Cetirizine Pravastatin S Neomycin Cimetidine S Penicillins Ciprofloxacin S Ranitidine S Cloxacillin Tetracycline Dicloxacillin S Trimethoprim S Erythromycin S,I Valsartan Famotidine Zalcitabine
Applications of BCS in oral drug delivery technology Class I - High Permeability, High Solubility Achieve a target release profile associated with a particular pharmacokinetic and/or pharmacodynamic profile. Formulation approaches include both control of release rate and certain physicochemical properties of drugs like pH-solubility profile of drug.
Class II - High Permeability, Low SolubilityMicronisation,Addition of surfactants,Formulation as emulsions and microemulsionssystems,Use of complexing agents like cyclodextrins
Class III - Low Permeability, High Solubility Require the technologies that address to fundamental limitations of absolute or regional permeability. Peptides and proteins constitute the part of class III and the technologies handling such materials are on rise now days
Class IV - Low Permeability, Low Solubility♫Major challenge for development of drug delivery system and the route of choice for administering such drugs is parenteral (solubility enhancers.)♫Fortunately, extreme examples are the exception rather than the rule and are rarely developed and reach the market
Biowaiver A biowaiver is an exemption from conducting human bioequivalence studies when the active ingredient(s) meet certain solubility and permeability criteria in vitro and when the dissolution profile of the dosage form meets the requirements for an "immediate" release dosage form.
Waiver of In Vivo Bioequivalence Study based onPharmaceutical Dosage Form (Solutions) Biopharmaceutics Classification SystemDose. (Highest Strength should be tested)
BCS BIOWAIVER Biowaiver for Rapid and similar dissolution. High solubility &High permeability. Wide therapeutic window. Excipients used in dosage form used previously in approved IR solid dosage forms.
REQUEST FOR BIOWAIVERSData Supporting :- Rapid and Similar Dissolution High Permeability High Solubility
Limitations of BCS as a Predictor of Drug DispositionΩ Permeability (90% absorption) is difficult to determine, and difficult to convince the regulatory agency .Ω There is little predictability for BCS classification drugs beyond Class 1 primarily due to the difficulty of determining and proving 90% absorption. many drugs are misclassified (e.g. HIV protease inhibitors as Class 4 compounds)).
Conclusion BCS aims to provide a regulatory tool forreplacing certain BE studies by accurate in- vitro dissolution tests.. This increased awareness of a proper biopharmaceutical characterization of new drugs may in the future result in drug molecules with a sufficiently highpermeability, solubility and dissolution rate , and that will automatically increase the importance of the BCS as a regulatory tool over time
References: Draft guidance for industry, waiver of in vivo bioavailability and bioequivalence studies for immediate release solid oral dosage forms containing certain active moieties/ active ingredients based on a biopharmaceutic classification system, february 1999, CDER/FDA. Amidon G.L., Lennernas H., Shah V.P., Crison J.R.A., A theoretical basis for a biopharmaceutic drug classification: the correlation of in vitro drug product dissolution and in vivo bioavailability. Pharm. Res. 12: 413-420 (1995). Guidance for industry, immediate release solid oral dosage forms: scale up and post approval changes, november 1995, CDER/FDA. Medicamento generico from website http://www.Anvisa.Go/.
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