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|Title:||Patient-ready syringes containing 25 mg/mL methotrexate can be kept at temperature ranging from 4 °C to 37 °C for up to 12 weeks for use in psoriatic and rheumatologic conditions|
Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University
|Citation:||Journal of Dermatological Treatment. (2020)|
|Abstract:||© 2020 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Background: Methotrexate (MTX) is a mainstay drug in the treatment of psoriatic and rheumatologic conditions. Subcutaneous MTX has become a feasible treatment alternative with the development of prefilled syringes or autoinjectors containing MTX solution that can be self-administered by the patient at home. However, MTX prefilled auto-injector pens are still not available in some countries. Objective: This study aimed to investigate the stability and sterility of 25 mg/mL MTX solution in a disposable plastic syringe over a 12-week period under light protection at temperatures of 4 °C, 25 °C, and 37 °C. Methods: This study was conducted during November 2019 to February 2020 at the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University. Stability was evaluated using ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography technique, and sterility was assessed by cultures for bacterial and fungal contamination. Results: Our results revealed that patient-ready syringes containing 25 mg/mL MTX solution can be prepared in advance and kept for up to 12 weeks under light protection, and they can be kept at temperatures ranging from 4 to 37 °C. Conclusion: This system for delivering MTX to patients that are refractory to or intolerant of oral MTX via a self-administered pre-filled syringe is both efficient and easy to implement in care settings where commercially alternatives are not yet available.|
|Appears in Collections:||Scopus 2020|
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