Oral formulation of a novel antiviral agent, PG301029, in a mixture of gelucire 44/14 and DMA (2:1, wt/wt)

Yan He, Jennifer L.H. Johnson, Samuel H. Yalkowsky

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To develop an oral formulation for PG301029, a novel potent agent for the treatment of Hepatitis C virus infection, that not only has very low aqueous solubility but also degrades rapidly in water. The solubility of PG301029 was determined in water, various aqueous media, and several neat organic solvents. The stability of PG301029 was monitored at room temperature in buffers for 4 days, and in several neat organic solvents for up to 8 mo. Drug concentrations were measured by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Based on solubility and stability data, Gelucire 44/14 and DMA (N,N-dimethylacetamide) at a weight ratio of 2 to 1 were chosen as the formulation vehicle. After the vehicle was prepared, it was maintained in liquid form at ∼40°C until the PG301029 was dissolved. The final formulation product was a semisolid at room temperature. The bioavailability of the formulation was tested on 4 female BALB/c mice. PG301029 is insoluble in all tested aqueous media, while its solubility is promising in DMA. This compound is unstable in aqueous media and some organic solvents; however, it is stable in DMA. This proposed formulation is able to hold up to 10 mg/mL of drug and is stable at 4°C. The shelf life for this formulation stored at 4°C is extrapolated to be greater than 4 years. This formulation dramatically increases the bioavailability of PG301029. This nonaqueous formulation solves the stability, solubility, and bioavailability problems for PG301029. This semisolid formulation can easily be incorporated into soft elastic capsules.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1
Pages (from-to)E1-E5
JournalAAPS PharmSciTech
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 8 2005


  • DMA (N,N-dimethylacetamide)
  • Gelucire 44/14
  • HCV
  • Oral formulation
  • PG301029

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmaceutical Science


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