The solubilization of rapamycin, a poorly water soluble investigational immunosuppressive drug, by facilitated hydrotropy is presented. Partially water-miscible aromatic solutes (such as benzyl alcohol, benzoate, or benzoic acid) can be solubilized by water-miscible cosolvents, such as ethanol and propylene glycol. Once solubilized, the partially miscible aromatic solute becomes a solubilizing agent. This technique yielded a dramatic (> 1000-fold) increase in the aqueous solubility of rapamycin.
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- Pharmaceutical Science