Pharmaceutical Polymer Gels in Drug Release

A special issue of Gels (ISSN 2310-2861). This special issue belongs to the section "Gel Applications".

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Institute for Research in Advanced Technological Processes, National Council for Scientific and Technical Research, National University of the Chaco Austral (INIPTA—CONICET—UNCAUS), Chaco 3700, Argentina
Interests: pharmaceutical sciences; microtechnology; nanotechnology; drug delivery systems; polymers gels
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Institute for Research in Advanced Technological Processes, National Council for Scientific and Technical Research, National University of the Chaco Austral (INIPTA—CONICET—UNCAUS), Chaco 3700, Argentina
Interests: pharmaceutical technology; galenic development; drug encapsulation; natural polymers; adhesive films; polymers gels

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Rosario Institute of Chemistry, National Council for Scientific and Technical Research, National University of Rosario (IQUIR—CONICET—UNR), Rosario 2000, Argentina
Interests: design of pharmaceutical dosage forms; micro-and nanotechnology; tropical neglected diseases; pharmaceutical quality by design approaches; polymers gels
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

Gels are semi-solid dosage forms in which a liquid is trapped in a three-dimensional solid polymeric network, thus retaining specific characteristics of both materials. They are excellent formulations for various routes of administration, for example, dermal, oral, ocular, vaginal and rectal routes, in addition to presenting attractive applications in different medical treatments and/or diagnostic procedures. The diversity of polymeric gels has attracted the attention of many researchers and pharmaceutical industries for the development of drug delivery systems, due to their high biocompatibility and versatility. The possibility of modifying them by different methods allows the development of multiple drug delivery systems with functions such as sustained release, addressing target sites, extension of the action time in the administration site, increased bioavailability, among others. This could improve patients’ adherence to treatment due to the reduction in doses and frequencies required, the decrease in adverse effects by not affecting organs or tissues that are not the therapeutic target, or by releasing the active ingredient only after a certain stimulus (temperature, pH and ionic strength). Taking into account these properties, this Special Issue reviews the different pharmaceutical polymer gels used in the development of drug delivery systems, with an emphasis on the different routes of administration. The synthesis, characterization, in vitro/in vivo assays, and applications of these pharmaceutical systems will be described. The current strategies for the preparation of such formulations, including the use of smart polymers, stimuli-responsive materials, systems containing nano- and/or microparticles or gels formed in situ, will be also analyzed.

Dr. Katia Seremeta
Dr. María Beatriz Nuñez
Dr. Claudio J. Salomón
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Keywords

  • natural polymer gels
  • modified polymer gels
  • drug delivery systems
  • microgels and nanogels
  • routes of administration
  • biomedical applications

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