Special Issue "Barrier Properties of the Human Eye and the Need for Novel Formulations, Drug Delivery Technologies and Medical Devices to Combat Age-Related Sight Loss"
A special issue of Pharmaceutics (ISSN 1999-4923). This special issue belongs to the section "Pharmaceutical Technology, Manufacturing and Devices".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.
Interests: ophthalmic drug delivery; lipid- and surfactant-based drug delivery systems; delivery of antisense oligonucleotides and siRNA; in situ gelling systems; veterinary
Interests: formulation of proteins; ocular drug delivery; implantable devices; in vitro models
Interests: implants; nano- and microcapsules; 3D printing for biomedical applications; veterinary medicines
The size of the global ophthalmic drugs market is expected to reach USD 43.1 billion by 2026. Finding efficient alternatives to conventional eye drops and intravitreal injections is desirable. The delivery of drugs and biologics to the ocular surface, anterior chamber, and posterior segment of the eye poses formidable challenges due the unique physiological and pharmacological constraints of the human eye. With the global rise of the elderly population, conditions such as cataract, presbyopia, glaucoma, dry eye, age-related macular degeneration, keratitis, and diabetic retinopathy are becoming ever more prevalent. Low ocular bioavailability along with poor patient adherence are characteristic of the topical ocular hypotensive eye drops that are routinely used in glaucoma management. Recurrent intravitreal injections of the costly anti-VEGF medications, regulatory and clinical challenges associated with the emergence of various biosimilars and the cost associated with developing sophisticated devices that can target and deliver their cargo to inaccessible locations such as the macula, choroid, retina, and optic disc are amongst the numerous challenges facing those working in the field. The emergence of new technologies of controlled and continuous drug release, 3D printing, polymeric scaffolds, contact lenses, punctal plugs, and ambitious devices that would allow simultaneous bidirectional delivery of drugs to the front and back of the eye is exciting and promising. Better understanding of the fundamentals, and the integration of basic formulation and drug delivery science with clinical knowledge could give rise to new modalities that improve patient outcomes. This Special Issue focuses on the barrier properties of the human eye and the need for novel formulations, drug delivery technologies, and medical devices to combat age-related sight loss.
Prof. Dr. Raid Alany
Prof. Dr. Steve Brocchini
Dr. Ali Seyfoddin
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- ocular drug delivery
- ophthalmic medication
- corneal/scleral penetration
- vitreous drug delivery
- 3D printing
- ocular implants
- colloidal and nanoparticulate drug carriers
- controlled drug release