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Controlled Release Film Forming Systems in Drug Delivery: The Potential for Efficient Drug Delivery

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Department for Management of Science and Technology Development, Ton Duc Thang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Faculty of Pharmacy, Ton Duc Thang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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School of Medicine, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia
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Pharmaceutics 2019, 11(6), 290; https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmaceutics11060290
Received: 31 March 2019 / Revised: 7 May 2019 / Accepted: 19 May 2019 / Published: 20 June 2019
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Abstract

Despite many available approaches for transdermal drug delivery, patient compliance and drug targeting at the desired concentration are still concerns for effective therapies. Precise and efficient film-forming systems provide great potential for controlling drug delivery through the skin with the combined advantages of films and hydrogels. The associated disadvantages of both systems (films and hydrogels) will be overcome in film-forming systems. Different strategies have been designed to control drug release through the skin, including changes to film-forming polymers, plasticizers, additives or even model drugs in formulations. In the current review, we aim to discuss the recent advances in film-forming systems to provide the principles and review the methods of these systems as applied to controlled drug release. Advances in the design of film-forming systems open a new generation of these systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: transdermal drug delivery; film-forming system; film; hydrogel; controlled drug release transdermal drug delivery; film-forming system; film; hydrogel; controlled drug release
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Tran, T.T.D.; Tran, P.H.L. Controlled Release Film Forming Systems in Drug Delivery: The Potential for Efficient Drug Delivery. Pharmaceutics 2019, 11, 290.

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