Journal of Bioactive and Compatible Polymers
H. Kaygusuz, M. Uysal, V. Adımcılar, F.B. Erim
This work describes the in vitro release of a small drug, riboflavin, from novel calcium and barium crosslinked alginatemontmorillonite composite beads via oral route. Effect of crosslinking cation, concentration of montmorillonite and media on encapsulation efficiencies, and release profiles of riboflavin were studied. Beads were characterized using gravimetric swelling ability study, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. Results indicate that addition of montmorillonite increases the encapsulation efficiencies and slows down the release rates significantly.