Theoretical Investigation of Design Space for Multi Layer Drug Eluting Bioresorbable Suture Threads

Author(s): Tommaso Casalini*, Filippo Rossi, Luisa Brizielli, Giuseppe Perale.

Journal Name: Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

Volume 20 , Issue 4 , 2019

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Background: The work presented here is focused on the development of a comprehensive theoretical model for the description of drug release from a double - layer bioresorbable suture thread and the therapeutic efficacy of the active compounds delivered in the surrounding tissue.

Methods: In particular, the system under investigation is composed of a core of slow-degrading polylactic- acid-co-ε-caprolactone (PLCL), where an antibiotic compound (Vancomycin) is loaded, surrounded by a shell of a fast-degrading polylactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA) which contains an anesthetic drug (Lidocaine hydrochloride) for the post-surgical pain relief.

Results: This system is of potential interest for the combined effects provided by the different active molecules, but the different release and polymer degradation dynamics, as well as their mutual influence, do not allow an intuitive a priori evaluation of device behavior, which can be rationalized through mathematical modeling. The model takes into account the main involved phenomena (polymer degradation and diffusion of the drugs within the device and the tissue, where they are metabolized) and their synergic effects on the overall system behavior.

Conclusion: Model results are discussed in order to quantify the impact of the main design parameters on device performances, thanks to the use of phase diagrams (which show drug effect in time and space) whose insights are summarized in order to determine a design space according to the specific needs.

Keywords: Suture thread, poly-lactic-acid-co-ε-caprolactone (PLCL), PLGA, Lidocaine hydrochloride, priori evaluation, design space.

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