DSC study of radiostability of 1,4-dihydropyridine derivatives

Faculty of Physics, Adam Mickiewicz University, Posen, Greater Poland Voivodeship, Poland
Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry (Impact Factor: 2.04). 01/2004; 77(2):581-596. DOI: 10.1023/B:JTAN.0000038996.14324.34


The effect of sterilisation by irradiation has been studied for the seven most often used in medicine derivatives of 1,4-dihydropyridine
(nifedipine, nisoldipine, nicardipine, nitrendipine, nimodipine, felodipine and amlodipine). The sterilisation was performed
for the compounds in the solid phase with an electron beam of the energy 10 MeV, at room temperature, using the irradiation
doses from 20 to 400 kGy. The effects of the irradiation were studied by the methods SEM, DSC, XRD and TLC. The sterilisation
with doses 20-100 kGy was found to cause no changes in the physico-chemical properties of the compounds, while the irradiation
with higher doses (200-400 kGy) was found to induce changes in the colour, DSC spectrum and TLC picture. As follows from the
TLC results, the main product of radiolysis of the compounds studied was a pyridine nitrozoderivative, which indicates the
same mechanism of decomposition as in the process of photodegradation. The results prove that the 1,4-dihydropyridine derivatives
being highly sensitive to visible and UV radiation are generally resistant to ionising radiation and thus can be subjected
to sterilisation by irradiation.

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