The surface properties play a particularly important role in the mucoadhesive drug delivery systems. In these formulations, the adsorption of polymer matrix to mucous membrane is limited by the wetting and swelling process of the polymer structure. Hence, the performance of mucoadhesive drug delivery systems made of polymeric materials depends on multiple factors, such as contact angle, surface free energy and water absorption rate.
The aim of our study was to analyze the effect of model saliva and vaginal fluids on the wetting properties of selected mucoadhesive (Carbopol 974P NF, Noveon AA–1, HEC) and film-forming (Kollidon VA 64) polymers as well as their blends at the weight ratio 1:1 and 1:1:1, prepared in the form of discs. Surface properties of the discs were determined by measurements of advancing contact angle on the surface of polymers and their blends using the sessile drop method. The surface energy was determined by the OWRK method. Additionally, the mass swelling factor and hydration percentage of examined polymers and their blends in simulated biological fluids were evaluated.