Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research

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Polymeric implant of methylprednisolone for spinal injury: preparation and characterization

Bo Yin, Jian-Jun Ji, Ming Yang


Purpose: To improve the effectiveness and reduce the systemic side effects of methylprednisolone in traumatic spinal injuries, its polymeric implants were prepared using chitosan and sodium alginate as the biocompatible polymers.

Methods: Implants of methylprednisolone sodium succinate (MPSS) were prepared by molding the drug-loaded polymeric mass obtained after ionotropic gelation method. The prepared implants were evaluated for drug loading, in vitro drug release and in vivo performance in traumatic spinal-injury rat model with paraplegia.

Results: All the implant formulations were light pale solid matrix with smooth texture. Implants showed 86.56 ± 2.07 % drug loading. Drug release was 89.29 ± 1.25 % at the end of 7 days. Motor function was evaluated in traumatic spinal injury-induced rats in terms of its movement on the horizontal bar. At the
end of 7 days, the test group showed the activity score (4.75 ± 0.02) slightly higher than that of standard (4.62 ± 0.25), but the difference was not statistically different (p > 0.05).

Conclusion: MPSS-loaded implants produces good recovery in traumatic spinal injury rats.

Keywords: Spinal injury, Spinal column, Methylprednisolone, Implant, Activity score, Motor function
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