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New HIV/AIDS Findings Has Been Reported by Investigators at University of Washington (Electrospun Solid Dispersions of Maraviroc for Rapid...

August 18, 2014



New HIV/AIDS Findings Has Been Reported by Investigators at University of Washington (Electrospun Solid Dispersions of Maraviroc for Rapid Intravaginal Preexposure Prophylaxis of HIV)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at AIDS Weekly -- Current study results on Immune System Diseases and Conditions have been published. According to news originating from Seattle, Washington, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "The development of topical anti-human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) microbicides may provide women with strategies to protect themselves against sexual HIV transmission. Pericoital drug delivery systems intended for use immediately before sex, such as microbicide gels, must deliver high drug doses for maximal effectiveness."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the University of Washington, "The goal of achieving a high antiretroviral dose is complicated by the need to simultaneously retain the dose and quickly release drug compounds into the tissue. For drugs with limited solubility in vaginal gels, increasing the gel volume to increase the dose can result in leakage. While solid dosage forms like films and tablets increase retention, they often require more than 15 min to fully dissolve, potentially increasing the risk of inducing epithelial abrasions during sex. Here, we demonstrate that water-soluble electrospun fibers, with their high surface area-to-volume ratio and ability to disperse antiretrovirals, can serve as an alternative solid dosage form for microbicides requiring both high drug loading and rapid hydration. We formulated maraviroc at up to 28 wt% into electrospun solid dispersions made from either polyvinylpyrrolidone or poly(ethylene oxide) nanofibers or microfibers and investigated the role of drug loading, distribution, and crystallinity in determining drug release rates into aqueous media. We show here that water-soluble electrospun materials can rapidly release maraviroc upon contact with moisture and that drug delivery is faster (less than 6 min under sink conditions) when maraviroc is electrospun in polyvinylpyrrolidone fibers containing an excipient wetting agent."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "These materials offer an alternative dosage form to current pericoital microbicides."

For more information on this research see: Electrospun Solid Dispersions of Maraviroc for Rapid Intravaginal Preexposure Prophylaxis of HIV. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, 2014;58(8):4855-4865. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy can be contacted at: Amer Soc Microbiology, 1752 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036-2904, USA. (American Society for Microbiology - www.asm.org; Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy - aac.asm.org)

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from C. Ball, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, United States (see also Immune System Diseases and Conditions).

Keywords for this news article include: Anti-Infectives, Seattle, Therapy, HIV/AIDS, Washington, RNA Viruses, Dosage Forms, Retroviridae, United States, HIV Infections, Vertebrate Viruses, Primate Lentiviruses, North and Central America, Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Viral Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Immune System Diseases and Conditions

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