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Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology


ISSN (Print): 2211-7385
ISSN (Online): 2211-7393

Research Article

An Optimized Process for the Preparation of Aqueous Ferric Carboxymaltose: Synthesis and Structural Characterization

Author(s): Ozra Tabasi*, Mahdi Roohi Razlighi and Mohammad Ali Darbandi

Volume 9, Issue 2, 2021

Published on: 14 January, 2021

Page: [157 - 163] Pages: 7

DOI: 10.2174/2211738509666210114160941

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Background: Ferric carboxymaltose (FCM) formulation consists of iron-carbohydrate nanoparticles where iron-oxyhydroxide as a core is covered by a carbohydrate shell. The present work provides an improved synthesis process of FCM as an intravenous iron, active pharmaceutical ingredient.

Methods: Water-soluble FCM complex was prepared from the reaction of ferric hydroxide precipitation with an aqueous solution of oxidized maltodextrin (MD) at optimum temperature and pH conditions. A systematic approach was followed to obtain the optimal weight ratio of the maltodextrin/ ferric chloride for FCM synthesis process with suitable-sized nanoparticles. Physical characterization of newly synthesized ferric carboxymaltose (FCM-NP) was performed to establish its equivalency with the reference product (Ferinject).

Results: The size distribution of the whole nanoparticles determined by dynamic light scattering (DLS) was in the range of 15-40 nm with an average particle size of 26 ± 6.6 and 25.8 ± 4.9 for FCM-NP and Ferinject, respectively. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results of FCM-NP and Ferinject indicated the Akaganeite structure of iron-oxyhydroxide. The iron content of particles (cores) measured by Atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) was almost equal for the two formulations. The Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra of Ferinject and FCM-NP were approximately similar.

Conclusion: Various analytical methods, including FTIR spectroscopy, XRD analysis, DLS technique, TEM, and AAS were employed. It was observed that the specifications of FCM-NP obtained by these analyses were almost identical to those of Ferinject. Accordingly, the two formulations were considered comparable.

Keywords: Ferric carboxymaltose, maltodextrin, synthesis, ferinject, pharmaceutic, carbohydrate.

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