Storage of nitroglycerin (NTG) admixed with HBOC-201 for 30 days in polyolefin plastic bags: a pilot study

Savita Nigam, Richard McCarron, Francoise Arnaud*

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Hemorrhaged animals have benefited from resuscitation with the hemoglobin-based oxygen carrier (HBOC-201). Co-infusion of nitric oxide (NO) via separate intravascular lines is effective in attenuating HBOC-induced elevation of blood pressure. We tested whether nitroglycerin (NTG) and HBOC-201 can be packaged together as a single drug for resuscitation. Since NTG binds easily to plastics such as polyvinylchloride, we assessed the stability of this combination in oxygen barrier double-layer ethylene-vinyl alcohol/polyolefin bags over a 30-day period. Outcome measures indicative of the stability of HBOC/NTG were reported as changes in levels of hemoglobin (Hb), methemoglobin (MetHb), NTG, and nitrite over time. Individual tightly sealed small aliquots of HBOC/NTG were prepared under nitrogen and analyzed in a timely fashion from 0 to 30 days using hematology instruments, HPLC, FPLC, and chemiluminescence. The level of NTG in the HBOC/NTG mixture was reduced significantly over time whereas it was stable in control mixtures of NTG/saline. The level of total Hb in the HBOC/NTG and HBOC/saline mixtures remained stable over time. MetHb formed and increased to 6% up to day 1 and then slowly decreased in the HBOC/NTG mixture whereas it remained unchanged in the HBOC/saline mixture. Nitrite was produced in the HBOC/NTG group upon mixing, was increased at day 1, and then became undetectable. The reaction between HBOC-201 and NTG occurring upon mixing and developing over time in polyolefin bags makes the long-term storage of this mixed combination inappropriate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)674-682
Number of pages9
JournalDrug Delivery and Translational Research
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Nitric oxide donor
  • Oxygen carrier
  • Polyolefin
  • Storage


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