Novel Simvastatin Inhalation Formulation and Characterisation

Simvastatin (SV), a drug of the statin class currently used orally as anti- cholesterolemic, has been found not only to reduce cholesterol but also to have several other pharmacological actions that might be beneficial in airway inflammatory diseases. Currently, there is no inhalable formulation that could deliver SV to the lung. In this study a pressurised metered dose inhaler (pMDI) solution formulation of SV was manufactured, with ethanol as co-solvent, and its aerosol performance and physio- chemical properties investigated. A pMDI solution formulation containing SV and 6 %w/w ethanol was prepared. This formulation was assessed visually for SV solubility. Furthermore, the aerosols performance (using Andersen Cascade impactor at 28.3L/min) and active ingredient chemical stability up to 6 months at different storage temperatures, 4 and 25°C, was also evaluated. The physico-chemical properties of the SV solution pMDI were also characterised by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analyses (TGA) and laser diffraction. The aerosol particles, determined using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), presented smooth surface morphology and were spherical in shape. The aerosol produced had a fine particle fraction of 30.77 ± 2.44 % and a particle size distribution suitable for inhalation drug delivery. Furthermore, the short-term chemical stability showed the formulation to be stable at 4°C for up to 6 months while at 25°C, the formulation was stable up to 3 months. In this study a respirable and stable SV solution pMDI formulation for inhalation has been presented that could potentially used clinically as anti-inflammatory therapeutic for the treatment of several lung diseases.