Designing of stable co-crystals of zoledronic acid using suitable coformers

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Chemical and Pharmaceutical Bulletin


In this present study a new co-crystals of zoledronic acid with DL-tartaric acid and nicotinamide has been developed with improved solubility. Zoledronic acid is a class III drug with poor oral bioavailability due to its poor permeability and low aqueous solubility; hence an attempt has been made to improve its solubility by co-crystallization technology. Pharmaceutical cocrystals are multi-component crystals with a stoichiometric ratio of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and cocrystal coformers (CCFs) that are assembled by noncovalent interactions such as hydrogen bonds, π-π packing, and Vander Waals forces. In this study the coformers selected were DL-tartaric acid and nicotinamide based on ease of hydrogen bond formation. The co-crystal of zoledronic acid with DL-tartaric acid were prepared in three ratios (1 : 1, 1 : 2 and 2 : 1) by slow solvent evaporation method and with nicotinamide in 1 : 1 ratio by dry grinding method. The formation of co-crystal was confirmed by powder X-ray diffractometry (PXRD), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and Fourier transform (FT)IR. The dynamic solubility of co-crystals with DL-tartaric acid in the ratios 1 : 1, 1 : 2 and 2 : 1 increased by fold as compared to pure drug.

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