: Solid dispersions are an effective formulation technique to improve the solubility, dissolution rate, and bioavailability of water-insoluble drugs for oral delivery. In the last 15 years, increased attention was focused on this technology. There were 23 marketed drugs prepared by solid dispersion techniques. Objective
: This study aimed to report the big picture of solid dispersion research from 1980 to 2015. Method
: Scientific knowledge mapping tools were used for the qualitative and the quantitative analysis of patents and literature from the time and space dimensions. Results
: Western Europe and North America were the major research areas in this field with frequent international cooperation. Moreover, there was a close collaboration between universities and industries, while research collaboration in Asia mainly existed between universities. The model drugs, main excipients, preparation technologies, characterization approaches and the mechanism involved in the formulation of solid dispersions were analyzed via the keyword burst and co-citation cluster techniques. Integrated experimental, theoretical and computational tools were useful techniques for in silico formulation design of the solid dispersions. Conclusions
: Our research provided the qualitative and the quantitative analysis of patents and literature of solid dispersions in the last three decades.
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