Do Phospholipids Boost or Attenuate Drug Absorption? In Vitro and In Vivo Evaluation of Mono- and Diacyl Phospholipid-Based Solid Dispersions of Celecoxib

Ann Christin Jacobsen, Lotte Ejskjær, Martin Brandl, René Holm, Annette Bauer-Brandl*

*Corresponding author

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Phospholipids are amphiphilic lipids with versatile properties making them promising excipients for enabling formulations for oral drug delivery. Unfortunately, systematic studies on how phospholipid type and content affect oral absorption are rare. Often, only one phospholipid type is used for the formulation development and only one formulation, optimized according to in vitro parameters, is included in oral bioavailability studies. Using this approach, it is unclear if a certain in vitro parameter is predictive for the in vivo performance. In this study, a labor-saving in vitro permeation screening method was combined with a pharmacokinetic study in rats to for the first time systematically compare two types of phospholipid-based solid dispersions. The dispersions contained the drug celecoxib and monoacyl or diacyl phosphatidylcholine at different drug-to-phospholipid ratios. The in vitro screening revealed: 1) none of the formulations with high phospholipid content increased permeation, 2) phospholipid content was negatively correlated with permeation, and 3) mono and diacyl-phosphatidylcholine formulations performed equally. The pharmacokinetic study revealed: 1) At low phospholipid content absorption was enhanced, 2) phospholipid content was negatively correlated with absorption, and 3) monoacyl and diacyl phosphatidylcholine formulations performed equally. Apart from the reference (suspension), the in vitro permeation screening thus predicted the formulations in vivo performance.

TidsskriftJournal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)198-207
Antal sider10
StatusUdgivet - jan. 2021


  • Amorphous solid dispersion
  • In vitro model
  • In vitro/in vivo correlation (IVIVC)
  • Intestinal absorption
  • Lipid-based formulation
  • Permeability
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Phospholipid
  • Poorly water-soluble drug
  • Supersaturation

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