Special Issue "Advances in Ophthalmic Drug Delivery"

A special issue of Scientia Pharmaceutica (ISSN 2218-0532).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Francisco Javier Otero-Espinar

Department of Pharmacology, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Technology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Santiago de Compostela, Campus Vida s/n, 15782 Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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Interests: advanced drug delivery; topical and mucosal drug delivery; mucoadhesive drug delivery systems; ophthalmic drug delivery; nail drug delivery; vaginal drug delivery; stimuli-responsive polymer technologies; hydrogels; solubilization; poorly soluble drugs; cyclodextrins; scaffolds for tissue engineering; in vivo imaging
Guest Editor
Dr. Anxo Fernandez Ferreiro

Pharmacy Department, Clinical University Hospital Santiago de Compostela (SERGAS), 15706 Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The eye is a specialized and well-isolated organ that presents highly efficient mechanisms in order to avoid the penetration of micro-organisms and  xenobiotics. These defence mechanisms and the eyeball anatomical structure cause problems of low drug bioavailability after local administration. In this situation, the ophthalmic drug delivery systems acquire great importance, because more specialized systems can promote the bioavailability and can increase the contact time. In the last years, effort has been made to develop more effective topical formulations, including eye drops, in situ gels, medicated soft contact lenses, and nanomedicine approaches, among others. In addition, a new formulation for local ocular routes of administration, such as subconjunctival, sub-tenons, retrovulvar, and intracameral or intravitreal routes, has been proposed, so as to increase the absorption in the area of the eye needing to be medicated. 

In this Special Issue, our goal is to highlight papers describing the advances in ophthalmic drug delivery systems for topical and local ocular administration.

Prof. Dr. Francisco Javier Otero-Espinar
Dr. Anxo Fernandez Ferreiro
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Ophthalmic drug delivery systems
  • Ocular drug administration
  • Ocular routes of administration
  • Ocular bioavailability
  • Anterior eye segment drug administration
  • Posterior eye segment drug administration

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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