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Development and analysis of controlled release polymeric rods containing vancomycin

Tağıt, Oya
Antibiotic use is a vital method for the treatment of most diseases involving bacterial infections. Unfortunately, in certain cases these agents are not effective in treatments against diseases for either some limitation in antibiotic usage because of the side effects or some distribution problems caused by physiological or pathological barriers in the body. Such problems are thought to be minimized by development of controlled release systems which involve implantation of antibiotic loaded polymeric systems directly to the site of infection. Present study involves Vancomycin, a very strong antibiotic with a wide spectrum of activity, and two biocompatible and biodegradable polymers, poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-valerate) PHBV and poly(L-lactide-co-glycolide) PLGA, in the construction of rod shaped controlled release systems designed for the aim of local treatment of osteomyelitis. Vancomycin carrying rods of either PHBV 8 or PLGA (50:50) polymers were prepared by the use of cold paste and hot extrusion methods in two different loading ratios (2:1 and 1:1 P:V). In situ release kinetics of each type of rod was determined by spectrophotometric measurement of vancomycin concentration. For determination of drug content of the controlled release rods initially and at the end of the release experiments, extraction and IR (infrared) studies were carried out. The efficacy of the system was measured in vitro on the bacterial strain, B. subtilis. Characterization of the rods was made by the use of stereomicroscopy and SEM (scanning electron microscopy). In situ release results of the controlled Vancomycin release formulations revealed that for both polymer types, hot extrusion process enabled the formation of a more compact system that provided slower release of the agent compared to the cold paste method. With the combined effect of variable loading proportion and polymer type