Fast release of sulfosalicylic acid from polymer implants consisting of regenerated cellulose/γ-ferric oxide/polypyrrole

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This work presents a comparative study on the rate of drug release from implantable matrices induced by electric and magnetic fields separately for better biomedical applications. The matrices were prepared by coating γ-ferric oxide dispersed regenerated cellulose film by polypyrrole doped with sulfosalicylic acid as an anti-inflammatory drug. The drug release mechanisms were studied under both the electric and the magnetic fields separately in an acetate buffer solution with pH 5.5 and temperature 37°C during a period of 5 hours. The amount of drug released was analysed by UV-Vis spectrophotometry. The mechanism of drug release from the matrices under electric field includes expansion of conductive polymer chain and the electrostatic force between electron and drug. The drug release mechanism from the matrices under magnetic field is based on the fact that the heat produced locally by magnetic particles loosens the polymer (polypyrrole) chain surrounding the particles. As a result, the drugs attached to the polypyrrole chain come out to the release medium. The matrices showed fast release of drug, that is, more than 60% of the loaded drug was released within 1 h, and are ideal for the treatment of illness in an emergency care.

Journal of Applied Chemistry, Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 474268, 7 pages
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