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Pharmaceutics 2016, 8(1), 6; doi:10.3390/pharmaceutics8010006

Development of Liposomal Ciprofloxacin to Treat Lung Infections

Aradigm Corp., Hayward, CA 94545, USA
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Academic Editor: Natasa Skalko-Basnet
Received: 2 January 2016 / Revised: 22 February 2016 / Accepted: 23 February 2016 / Published: 1 March 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Liposome Technologies 2015)


Except for management of Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) in cystic fibrosis, there are no approved inhaled antibiotic treatments for any other diseases or for infections from other pathogenic microorganisms such as tuberculosis, non-tuberculous mycobacteria, fungal infections or potential inhaled biowarfare agents including Francisella tularensis, Yersinia pestis and Coxiella burnetii (which cause pneumonic tularemia, plague and Q fever, respectively). Delivery of an antibiotic formulation via the inhalation route has the potential to provide high concentrations at the site of infection with reduced systemic exposure to limit side effects. A liposomal formulation may improve tolerability, increase compliance by reducing the dosing frequency, and enhance penetration of biofilms and treatment of intracellular infections. Two liposomal ciprofloxacin formulations (Lipoquin® and Pulmaquin®) that are in development by Aradigm Corporation are described here. View Full-Text
Keywords: liposomes; formulation; ciprofloxacin; lung infection; cystic fibrosis; bronchiectasis; non-tuberculous mycobacteria; inhalation delivery liposomes; formulation; ciprofloxacin; lung infection; cystic fibrosis; bronchiectasis; non-tuberculous mycobacteria; inhalation delivery

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Cipolla, D.; Blanchard, J.; Gonda, I. Development of Liposomal Ciprofloxacin to Treat Lung Infections. Pharmaceutics 2016, 8, 6.

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