Special Issues

Pharmaceutics runs special issues to create collections of papers on specific topics. The aim is to build a community of authors and readers to discuss the latest research and develop new ideas and research directions. Special Issues are led by Guest Editors who are experts in the subject and oversee the editorial process for papers. Papers published in a Special Issue will be collected together on a dedicated page of the journal website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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Novel Vaginal Drug Delivery Systems submission deadline 25 Sep 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2266
Keywords: cervical cancer; contraception; drug delivery systems; drug products; labor inducement; microbicides; microcarriers; mucoadhesion; mucosal drug delivery; multipurpose prevention technologies (MPTs); nanocarriers; nanomedicine; pregnancy support; sexually transmitted infections; spermicides; vaginal absorption; vaginal drug delivery; vaginal films; vaginal foams; vaginal gels; vaginal irritation; vaginal microbiota; vaginal models; vaginal mucosa; vaginal permeability; vaginal physiology; vaginal rings; vaginal sponges; vaginal suppositories; vulvovaginal candidiasis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Research Progress of Natural Products and Their Synthetic Derivatives and Formulations in Chemotherapy of Parasitic Diseases submission deadline 30 Sep 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1941
Keywords: natural products; synthetic derivatives; antiparasitic diseases; tropical medicine; nanotechnology; pharmaceutical formulation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Targeting and Design)
New Trends for Transdermal and Dermal Delivery
edited by Peng Quan and Chao Liu
submission deadline 30 Sep 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 1782
Keywords: transdermal; topical; skin; pressure sensitive adhesives; permeation enhancers; ionic liquids; nanocarriers; microneedles; patch; semisolid preparation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Physico Chemical Profiling Pharmaceutics: Solubility and Permeability submission deadline 30 Sep 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2174
Keywords: solubility; permeability; physico-chemical profiling; solubility– permeability interplay; PAMPA
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physical Pharmacy and Formulation)
Metallodrugs in Cancer Therapy: The Newest Candidates in the Field
edited by Andreia Marques Valente and Ana Isabel Tomaz
submission deadline 30 Sep 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 918
Keywords: metal-based compounds; cancer therapy; metallodrugs; drug delivery; multidrug resistance; anti-cancer activity
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Targeting and Design)
Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles: Smart Delivery Platform
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submission deadline 30 Sep 2022 | Viewed by 266
Keywords: mesoporous silica nanoparticles; strategies of synthesis; targeting; smart drug delivery systems; biomedical applications; stimuli-responsive systems; theranostics systems; cancer and other diseases; nanomedicine; controlled release; recent advances
(This special issue belongs to the Section Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology)
Dose Optimization and Targeting Strategies of Anti-infective Agents submission deadline 30 Sep 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1435
Keywords: pharmacokinetics; therapeutic drug monitoring; antibiotics; antimycotics; antivirotics; interindividual; variability; personalized pharmacotherapy; modeling and simulation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Targeting and Design)
Metal-Based Nanoparticles: New Insights into Cancer Diagnosis and Therapy submission deadline 30 Sep 2022 | 8 articles | Viewed by 8006
Keywords: nanoparticles; radiosensitizer; radiation (external beam radiotherapy; brachytherapy; radio-embolization; nuclear medicine); chemotherapy; immunotherapy; theranostic; contrast agent; nanomedicine; drug delivery; hyperthermia; combined therapies; MRI
(This special issue belongs to the Section Clinical Pharmaceutics)
Skin Performance of Drug Delivery Systems: Scope, Challenges and Future Research and Regulatory Prospects submission deadline 30 Sep 2022 | 22 articles | Viewed by 22349
Keywords: topical drug delivery systems; formulation metamorphosis; patient acceptability; analysis of texture; rheology; tribology; substantivity; sensory profiling; in silico/in vitro/in vivo efficacy testing of skin performance
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Recent Advances in Metallic Nanoparticles as Theranostics Platforms
edited by and
submission deadline 30 Sep 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3110
Keywords: metallic nanoparticles; multicomponent nanoparticles; medical imaging; magnetic resonance imaging (mri); computed tomography (ct); multimodal imaging; magnetic hyperthermia; combined therapies; theranostics; cancer models; tumor targeting
(This special issue belongs to the Section Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology)
Symbiotic Materials for Pharmaceutics
edited by and Mitsuhiro Ebara
submission deadline 30 Sep 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1141
Keywords: material symbiosis; biomaterials; biological drugs; immunogenicity; drug delivery system
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biopharmaceutics)
Polymer-Based Micro- and Nanocarriers for Drug Delivery and Targeting submission deadline 30 Sep 2022 | 5 articles | Viewed by 4159
Keywords: cancer; biopolymers; gene complexation; ocular application; brain delivery; oral delivery; tissue regeneration; formulation; drug release; natural biomolecules; functional foods; targeted delivery; stimuli-responsive carriers; cellular interactions; antigens; nanovaccines
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Recent Advances in Therapeutic Antibody
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submission deadline 30 Sep 2022 | Viewed by 191
Keywords: antibody engineering; antibody optimization; next-generation antibodies (biobetter); biosimilars; antibody manufacturing; protein formulation; immunogenicity reduction; analytical antibody characterization; antibody drug conjugates (ADCs); bispecific and multispecific antibodies; nanobodies; antibody fragments
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biopharmaceutics)
Additive Manufacturing Approaches to Produce Drug Delivery Systems Volume II
edited by and
submission deadline 30 Sep 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 768
Keywords: additive manufacturing; drug delivery systems; scaffolds; wound dressings; intravenous and transdermal approaches; biomaterials; drug delivery mathematical models
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmaceutical Technology, Manufacturing and Devices)
Recent Advances in Pharmaceutical Applications of Functionalized Polysaccharides and Their Derivatives
edited by , Elena Polycarpou and Federico Buonocore
submission deadline 30 Sep 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1137
Keywords: functionalized polysaccharides; nanoparticle characterization; drug delivery; enhanced loading capacity; controlled release properties; anti-microbial and anti-cancer activities; wound management
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biopharmaceutics)
Drugs in Dermatology: Topical Agent, Cosmetics, Dermatological Drug Delivery, Natural Product in Dermatology
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submission deadline 30 Sep 2022 | 6 articles | Viewed by 5934
Keywords: skin disease; dermatological drugs; topical agent; cosmetics; natural products; drug targeting; functional ingredients; skin aging; hair regrowth
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physical Pharmacy and Formulation)
Advances in Polymeric Micelles for Therapeutic Applications submission deadline 30 Sep 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1354
Keywords: This Special Issue is collecting selected papers from the first “ Advances in Polymeric Micelles for therapeutic applications” conference.  The conference is organized by the Faculty of Pharmacy; University of Coimbra; and will be held in Coimbra on 24 January 2022; both in person and online. Registration is free of charge but is mandatory for participation; and the deadline for registration is 22 January 2022 at  https://forms.gle/WZsdZx4r1sY21u669. The meeting will focus on the latest advances and current challenges in the application of therapeutic polymeric micelles. The chosen topics will be presented by renowned experts in the field; and a special opportunity will be given to young scientists to present their work. The participants are cordially invited to contribute to this Special Issue of  Pharmaceutics  with original research or review papers. The following topics will be covered: Synthesis and characterization of polymeric micelles Therapeutic and diagnostic application of polymeric micelles.
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biopharmaceutics)
PEGylated Lipid-Based Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery: Pros and Cons of a Frontline Technology in Modern Pharmacotherapy
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submission deadline 30 Sep 2022 | Viewed by 120
Keywords: accelerated blood clearance (ABC); adverse drug reactions; anti-PEG antibodies; biologicals; biotherapeutics; complement activation-related pseudoallergy (CARPA); drug targeting; hypersensitivity reactions; immunogenicity; nanomedicines; pharmacokinetics; polyethylene glycol (PEG); stealth liposomes
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Microfluidics in Drug Delivery submission deadline 30 Sep 2022 | 5 articles | Viewed by 5670
Keywords: microfluidics; drug delivery systems; smart particles; controlled drug delivery; microdevices
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Drug Targeting for CNS Disease submission deadline 30 Sep 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2409
Keywords: CNS diseases; neurodegeneration; neuroinflammation; novel treatments for CNS diseases/drug development for CNS diseases; neuroprotective agents; dual targeting drugs; multi-targeting drugs; therapeutic potential of newly drugs for CNS diseases; ADMETox studies; in vitro/ex vivo/in vivo tests; preclinical studies; clinical studies
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Targeting and Design)
Understanding Pharmaceutical Quality by Design submission deadline 30 Sep 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 2183
Keywords: Quality by Design; design of Experiments; process analytical technologies; multivariate data analysis; machine learning
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmaceutical Technology, Manufacturing and Devices)
Drug Delivery Systems for Oral Immunotherapy
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submission deadline 30 Sep 2022 | 6 articles | Viewed by 5338
Keywords: oral drug delivery; nanomedicine; mucosal immunology; oral vaccine; oral tolerance; intestinal barrier; gut microbiome; inflammatory bowel diseases; cancer
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Exosome-Based Drug Delivery: Translation from Bench to Clinic
edited by and Gi-Hoon Nam
submission deadline 30 Sep 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1497
Keywords: drug delivery; targeted drug delivery; therapeutic exosome; manufacturing; quality control; exosome engineering
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Recent Advances in Marine Origin Compound-Based Formulation with Anti-inflammatory Properties submission deadline 30 Sep 2022 | Viewed by 249
Keywords: allodynia; anti-inflammatory; cytokine storm; extraction; formulation; fractionation; hyperalgesia; interleukins; kinases; mechanisms of action; polysaccharides; polyphenols; sterols; lipids; pigment; prostaglandins; purification; synergy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biologics and Biosimilars)
Advance in Development of Patient-Centric Dosage Form submission deadline 30 Sep 2022 | 10 articles | Viewed by 10425
Keywords: medication acceptability; patient-centric dosage forms; solid dosage forms; assessment; advance; technology; product customization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physical Pharmacy and Formulation)
Targeting Drug Resistance and Metastatic Pathways for Cancer Therapy
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submission deadline 30 Sep 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3254
Keywords: oncology; metastasis; cancer targets; drug resistance; drug discovery; drug targeting; drug delivery
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Targeting and Design)
Dose-Dependent Pharmacokinetics and Drug Interactions
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submission deadline 30 Sep 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2488
Keywords: pharmacokinetics; dose dependency; drug interaction; drug-metabolizing enzymes; drug transporters; disease model; bioanalysis of pharmacologically active compounds
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics)
Dosing Strategies for Protecting the Vulnerable submission deadline 30 Sep 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 673
Keywords: vulnerable patients; special populations; dose optimisation; precision dosing; model-informed precision dosing; personalised medicine; pharmacometrics; modelling and simulation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics)
Novel Metal-Based Drugs for Anticancer and Antiviral Applications submission deadline 30 Sep 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 1353
Keywords: metal complexes; antitumor; antiviral; coordination compounds; metal-based drugs
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Targeting and Design)
Smart Nanoparticles for Tumor-Targeted Drug Delivery
edited by Zifu Li and Zhiyue Zhang
submission deadline 30 Sep 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2730
Keywords: smart nanoparticles; tumor-targeted drug delivery; polymeric nanoparticles; liposomes; lipid-based nanoparticles; cell-based nanoparticles; bio-inspired nanoparticles; inorganic nanoparticles; organic– inorganic hybrid nanomaterials; small molecule self-assembled nanoparticles
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Advances in Pharmaceutical Solid Forms
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submission deadline 30 Sep 2022 | 6 articles | Viewed by 4735
Keywords: salt formation; solvate/hydrate formation; size reduction; polymorphism; amorphisation; solid solutions; solid suspensions; enantiomeric vs. racemic drugs; active ingredient: excipient interactions; active ingredient: active ingredient interactions
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physical Pharmacy and Formulation)
Ultrasound-Assisted Drug Delivery System
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submission deadline 30 Sep 2022 | 6 articles | Viewed by 4158
Keywords: ultrasound; drug delivery; molecular imaging; microbubbles; cavitation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Novel Drug Delivery Systems for Women's Health submission deadline 30 Sep 2022 | Viewed by 548
Keywords: vaginal drug delivery; nanomedicine; artificial neural network-aided drug design; sexually transmitted infections including HIV; contraceptives; multipurpose prevention technology (MPT) products; management of vaginal and vulvar health; pregnancy and preterm birth; gynecological disorders and oncology; genitourinary symptoms of menopause
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Pharmacokinetics and Clinical Practice of Monoclonal Antibodies
edited by Ricardo Nalda-Molina, and Amelia Ramon-Lopez
submission deadline 30 Sep 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1138
Keywords: monoclonal antibodies; pharmacokinetics; model-informed precision dosing; pharmacometrics; therapeutic drug monitoring
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biologics and Biosimilars)
Innovative Drug Formulations Require Tailored Characterization Approaches submission deadline 1 Oct 2022 | Viewed by 257
Keywords: nanosystems; microsystems; novel materials/excipients; various routes of drug administration; innovative characterization methods
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physical Pharmacy and Formulation)
New and Emerging Target-Oriented Drugs for Atopic Dermatitis
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submission deadline 1 Oct 2022 | Viewed by 185
Keywords: atopic dermatitis; biologic drugs; small-molecules; IL-4; IL-13; IL-31; JAK-STAT pathway; dupilumab; lebrikizumab; tralokinumab; abrocitinib; upadaitinb; baricitinb; pipeline
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biologics and Biosimilars)
Supramolecular Approaches for Pharmaceutical Applications submission deadline 10 Oct 2022 | Viewed by 108
Keywords: supramolecular systems; drug delivery systems; nanomedicine; nanotechnology; drug encapsulation; biomaterials; target therapies
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Hydrogels in Drug Delivery: Progress and Challenges submission deadline 10 Oct 2022 | 8 articles | Viewed by 6714
Keywords: hydrogels; advanced drug delivery; biopolymers; drug or bioactive compound properties improvement; droplets; gelation; curing; innovation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Ionic Liquids in Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Applications
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submission deadline 10 Oct 2022 | Viewed by 221
Keywords: ionic liquids; deep eutectic solvents; active pharmaceutical ingredients (API); drug delivery systems; antimicrobial properties; drug and protein stabilization; nanoformulations; biosensing
(This special issue belongs to the Section Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology)
Paracellular Route: A Target for Drug Delivery submission deadline 10 Oct 2022 | Viewed by 461
Keywords: paracellular route; barrier function; barrier disruptors; absorption enhancement
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Advances in Parenteral Formulations
edited by Anna Jelińska, Maciej Stawny and
submission deadline 10 Oct 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1647
Keywords: nanoparticle; drug interactions; nanoemulsions and submicron emulsions; drug carriers; drug compatibility; parenteral nutrition
(This special issue belongs to the Section Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology)
Self-Assembled Amphiphilic Copolymers in Drug Delivery submission deadline 10 Oct 2022 | Viewed by 146
Keywords: self-assembly; amphiphilic block copolymers; nanostructures; drug delivery systems; targeted drug delivery; controlled release; kinetics studies; carriers; micelles; polymersomes
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Targeting and Design)
Polymeric Nanocapsules in Drug Delivery, Volume Ⅱ submission deadline 20 Oct 2022 | Viewed by 71
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Application of Nanoparticles and Dendrimers for Treating Infectious Diseases
edited by Carla Zannella and
submission deadline 20 Oct 2022 | Viewed by 210
Keywords: dendrimers  ; infectious diseases  ; antiviral  ; antibacterial  ; antiparasitic  ; antifungal  ; nanoparticles
(This special issue belongs to the Section Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology)
Drug Metabolism/Transport and Pharmacokinetics, Volume II
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submission deadline 20 Oct 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 934
Keywords: pharmacokinetics; phase I and II metabolizing enzymes; drug transporters; drug– drug interaction; herb– drug interaction; enzyme inhibition and induction
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics)
Polymer Nanoparticles for the Delivery of Anticancer Drugs
edited by Wei Huang
submission deadline 20 Oct 2022 | 7 articles | Viewed by 4454
Keywords: targeted nanoparticles; anticancer drug delivery; siRNA delivery; co-delivery system; stimuli-responsive; polymer nanoparticles; controlled release systems; solubilization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology)
Recent Advances in Solid Dosage Form submission deadline 20 Oct 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 896
Keywords: solid dosage forms; oral drug delivery; bioavailability; mesoporous materials; excipients; patient-focused formulation development; continuous processing; machine learning; quality by design
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmaceutical Technology, Manufacturing and Devices)
Formulation and Delivery Technologies for mRNA Vaccines
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submission deadline 20 Oct 2022 | Viewed by 107
Keywords: mRNA vaccine; lipid nanoparticle; infectious disease; cancer; formulation; delivery technologies; adjuvants
(This special issue belongs to the Section Gene and Cell Therapy)
Peptides and Peptide Mimetics: Potential Tools for Therapy
edited by Tamara Pajpanova
submission deadline 20 Oct 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 800
Keywords: biopharmaceutical issues for peptide administration (enzymatic degradation; nonspecific distribution in the body; and physical and chemical instability); chemical modification of the peptides (design; synthesis; analysis); antimicrobial peptides; anticancer peptides; neuropeptides; peptides as targeting moieties; molecular modeling
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biopharmaceutics)
Advances of Membrane Vesicles in Drug Delivery Systems
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submission deadline 20 Oct 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1481
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
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