volume 269, issue 1, P149-156 2004
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpharm.2003.09.008
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Abstract: Carbomer (C) and procaine (P) were selected respectively as models of polyelectrolyte (PE) and basic drug (B) of low stability in aqueous solution. The purpose of this investigation was to test if a (C-P) aqueous system provides a microenvironment in which P is less exposed to hydroxyl ion catalyzed degradation, its main degradation pathway over a wide pH range. It was determined that in (C-P) a high fraction of P was present in the form of ion pairs [RCOO-PH+] with the carboxylate groups of C. The [RCOO-PH+] …

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