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The availability of organic nitrates from intravenous administration systems

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posted on 2023-05-27, 00:54 authored by Cossum, Paul Adrian
Nitroglycerin and isosorbide dinitrate are two drugs which are infused intravenously during the treatment of ischaemic heart disease. The availability of these two drugs in solutions infused from plastic infusion bags or glass infusion bottles through plastic giving sets has been investigated. During simulated infusions the concentration of nitroglycerin and isosorbide dinitrate appearing in the effluent of the giving set tubing was found to be much less than the concentration of the drug solution initially contained in the plastic infusion bag or glass infusion bottle. It was found that each component of the plastic infusion equipment sorbed the drugs to a significant extent and that the rate of disappearance of drugs from solutions stored in each component was in the rank order: giving set tubing > giving set burette > plastic infusion bag. There was no significant loss of either drug from solutions stored in glass bottles. The influence of formulation factors and storage conditions on the sorption of nitroglycerin, isosorbide dinitrate and another organic nitrate compound, ethylene glycol dinitrate, by plastic infusion equipment was studied. The extent of loss during simulated infusions was also found to be dependent on flow rate of drug solution through the giving set. The sorption of nitroglycerin and isosorbide dinitrate has clinical and pharmacokinetic significance. Losses of nitroglycerin and isosorbide dinitrate associated with their infusion through plastic Lnfusion equipment were minimised by infusing drug solutions from a glass syringe through high density polyethylene tubing. This method was also successfully applied to overcome the previously reported loss of diazepam and chlormethiazole during infusions using conventional plastic administration equipment.


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Copyright 1981 the Author - The University is continuing to endeavour to trace the copyright owner(s) and in the meantime this item has been reproduced here in good faith. We would be pleased to hear from the copyright owner(s). Thesis (M.Pharm.)--University of Tasmania, 1981. Bibliography: l. 82-111

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