Special Issue "Polymers and Drug Delivery Systems"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2021).
Interests: polymer/active principle composites; drug delivery; supercritical carbon dioxide; microparticles and nanoparticles precipitation; biopolymer aerogels; polymer/drug coprecipitation
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Special Issue in Pharmaceutics: Supercritical Fluid and Pharmaceutical Applications
Special Issue in Polymers: Polymers and Drug Delivery Systems II
Biocompatible natural and synthetic polymers are commonly used for drug delivery. Depending on the specific application, a modified release of the drug is frequently required, considering that the bioavailability of the active principal depends on its dissolution rate. If an active principal is scarcely soluble in water and a fast release is required, a hydrosoluble polymer can be used as carrier for the drug to enhance its dissolution rate. Contrariwise, controlled or sustained drug release obtained with the aid of hydrophobic polymers can be used to extend the active principle release, reducing the number of administrations. Additionally, the release of the drug at or near a specific site of action can be reached with targeted release products. In all these novel formulations, the characteristics of the final product strongly depend on the choice of the polymeric carrier.
The aim of this Special Issue is to collect research and review papers on different polymer/drug composites. Polymer/drug microparticles to obtain tablets or granules for oral suspensions, polymeric capsules containing the active principle, loaded foams, membranes, or aerogels for topical delivery are welcome.
Prof. Dr. Iolanda De Marco
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- polymer/drug composites
- fast, controlled or prolonged release
- targeted delivery
- natural and synthetic polymers
- coprecipitated microparticles
- drug loaded aerogels and foams
- capsules for active principle delivery