Methyl-β-cyclodextrin/paclitaxel aqueous solutions: A tool to test Cremophor-free paclitaxel

L. Szente, M. Vikmon, J. Szemán, K. Otta

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Aqueous ethanol paclitaxel solutions with 4.0 mg/ml dissolved paclitaxel concentration can be prepared in 96% ethanol/water in a 2/1 mixture in the presence of 200 mg/ml methylated-β-cyclodextrin. No drug precipitation from the pre-concentrate formulation was observed after more than six months of storage at room temperature exposed to light. No chemical degradation of paclitaxel in this pre-concentrate solution during a six-month storage was detected. The paclitaxel solutions diluted to a clinically feasible concentration were found to remain clear for 8 h after dilution. The paclitaxel/methylated-β-cyclodextrin solutions exhibit appropriate cytotoxicity on number of human cancer cell lines, providing the possibility to test the antitumour activity of paclitaxel without Cremophor as a vehicle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-247
Number of pages5
JournalS.T.P. Pharma Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 1 1999



  • Antitumour activity
  • Dilution/stability
  • Methylated-β- cyclodextrin
  • Paclitaxel
  • Stability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmaceutical Science

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