Chemical stability of teniposide in aqueous and parenteral lipid emulsions.
Author(s): Wang J, Cui Y, Tang X
Affiliation(s): Department of Pharmaceutics, School of Pharmacy, Shenyang Pharmaceutical University, Shenyang, PR China.
Publication date & source: 2009-04, Drug Dev Ind Pharm., 35(4):508-13.
The purpose of this study was to investigate the degradation kinetics of teniposide in lipid emulsion and aqueous solution. The chemical stability of teniposide in lipid emulsion and aqueous solution at various pH values and temperatures was monitored by high-performance liquid chromatography. In addition, the viscosities of emulsion at different temperatures were investigated. The degradation of teniposide both in emulsion and in aqueous solution was shown to follow pseudo-first-order degradation kinetics. The t (1/2) values of teniposide lipid emulsion (TLE) and the aqueous solution were 80 and 2.6 days at 10 degrees C, respectively. Under the most stable pH range of 6.0-6.5, stability of teniposide in the emulsion increased more than 30-fold compared with that in aqueous solution. Furthermore, there was a difference between the shelf life of TLE actually measured (29 days) at 10 degrees C and the one deduced (15 days) from the degradation data of high temperatures by Arrhenius equation. It could be hypothesized that the difference was due to a slower diffusion of teniposide from oil phase to aqueous phase at the lower temperatures, which would be a speed-limited process in the degradation of TLE. The results of viscosity test confirmed the presumption.