Controlled Drug Release Asymptotics

Donald S. Cohen, Thomas Erneux
1998 SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics  
The solution of Higushi's model for controlled release of drugs is examined when the solubility of the drug in the polymer matrix is a prescribed function of time. A time-dependent solubility results either from an external control or from a change in pH due to the activation of pH immobilized enzymes. The model is described as a one-phase moving boundary problem which cannot be solved exactly. We consider two limits of our problem. The first limit considers a solubility much smaller than the
more » ... smaller than the initial loading of the drug. This limit leads to a pseudo-steady-state approximation of the diffusion equation and has been widely used when the solubility is constant. The second limit considers a solubility close to the initial loading of the drug. It requires a boundary layer analysis and has never been explored before. We obtain simple analytical expressions for the release rate which exhibits the effect of the time-dependent solubility.
doi:10.1137/s0036139995293269 fatcat:5vbr6l4zmzbm5pbzd4h474thzm