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This is a copy of an article published in the Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery © 2014 [copyright Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.]; Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery is available online at:

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BACKGROUND: Aerosolized delivery of antibiotics is hindered by poor penetration within distal and plugged airways. Antibacterial perfluorocarbon ventilation (APV) is a proposed solution in which the lungs are partially or totally filled with perfluorocarbon (PFC) containing emulsified antibiotics. The purpose of this study was to evaluate emulsion stability and rheological, antibacterial, and pharmacokinetic characteristics.

METHODS: This study examined emulsion aqueous droplet diameter and number density over 24 hr and emulsion and neat PFC viscosity and surface tension. Additionally, Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm growth was measured after 2-hr exposure to emulsion with variable aqueous volume percentages (0.25, 1, and 2.5%) and aqueous tobramycin concentrations (Ca=0.4, 4, and 40 mg/mL). Lastly, the time course of serum and pulmonary tobramycin concentrations was evaluated following APV and conventional aerosolized delivery of tobramycin in rats.

RESULTS: The initial aqueous droplet diameter averaged 1.9±0.2 μm with little change over time. Initial aqueous droplet number density averaged 3.5±1.7×10(9) droplets/mL with a significant (p

CONCLUSIONS: The emulsion is bactericidal, retains the rheology necessary for pulmonary delivery, is sufficiently stable for this application, and results in increased pulmonary retention of the antibiotic.





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Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery, 27, 5, 392-399.