Special Issue "Global Paediatric Drug Development"

A special issue of Pharmaceutics (ISSN 1999-4923). This special issue belongs to the section "Physical Pharmacy and Formulation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2023) | Viewed by 853

Special Issue Editors

School of Pharmacy, University College London, London WC1N 1AX, UK
Interests: pharmaceutical product development; project management; excipients in paediatric medicines; paediatric formulations for low and middle income countries; administration devices
1. Schaufelberger Consulting LLC2. Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, All Children's Hospital, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
Interests: new paediatric dosage forms; paediatric formulation strategies; organizational design and governance processes; neglected tropical diseases; artificial intelligence and machine learning in paediatric product development
Department of Pharmaceutics, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Sector 67, SAS Nagar (Mohali), Punjab 160 062, India
Interests: pre-formulation profiling; solid state characterization; polymorphism; amorphous systems; particle engineering; nano-crystalline dispersions; enhancement of oral bioavailability
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Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

The global scarcity of paediatric medicines that are acceptable and easily administered to children poses a major challenge to paediatric therapeutic practice and adherence. With the promise of better medicines for children finally placed firmly and squarely on the global agenda, the challenges now being addressed are related to effectively delivering on that promise. Optimising the development, global availability, and rational use of effective, safe, acceptable and affordable medicines addressing important child health needs has so far been elusive. The paucity of age-appropriate medicines means children are often either not treated or, based on anecdotal paediatric evidence, treated off label or off license with adult formulations. Off-label medicine use among children represents an important health issue as the effects and health risks may be unexpected. Efforts and the involvement of the national and international policy bodies globally are still needed to make the global development of medicines for children a priority. Emphasis also needs to be placed on "public–private partnerships" and their increasing influence and role in developing new paediatric products, e.g., for neglected tropical diseases.

The aim of this Special Issue is to bring together research publications from internationally reputed groups of researchers, academic experts, scientists and consultants engaged in paediatric formulation development from pharmaceutical companies, universities and hospitals in low–middle income countries (LMICs) and developed countries. The objective is to invite publications discussing a holistic global approach to paediatric research, in order to optimise and develop innovative solutions and technologies for future problems and present the limitations of medicines for children globally.

Dr. Smita Salunke
Dr. Daniel Schaufelberger
Prof. Dr. Arvind Bansal
Guest Editors

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  • low–middle income countries (LMICs)
  • global
  • paediatric
  • formulations
  • age appropriate
  • health care
  • innovative technologies
  • pharmaceutical development
  • drug development

Published Papers

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