Special Issue "Advances in Polymer-Based Drug-Delivery Systems"

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 81

Special Issue Editors

Department of Pharmaceutics and Food Technology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Complutense University, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Interests: drug controlled release; smart release; mucoadhesive vaginal systems; cyclodextrins; natural polymers
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Department of Pharmaceutics and Food Technology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Complutense University of Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Interests: film technology; HIV/ADS prevention; mucoadhesion; topical pre-exposure prophylaxis; vaginal drug delivery
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Department of Pharmaceutics and Food Technology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Complutense University of Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Interests: drug controlled release; HIV; microbicides; mucoadhesiveness; natural polymers; vaginal route
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Drug-delivery systems are continuously evolving. Advances in drug discovery imply the development of systems that allow their adequate release. In addition, the need to establish dosing regimens that increase the efficacy of current treatments, or that facilitate the day-to-day life of patients, is driving the research in this field.

In this sense, the use of polymers, whatever their nature (of natural origin, semi-synthetic derivatives or products synthesized according to requirements) offers a great opportunity to develop drug-delivery systems with unique characteristics. The versatility offered by polymers, depending on the unique characteristics of each one of them, allows us to tailor drug-delivery systems to therapeutic requirements. Thus, it is possible to design sustained release systems, biodegradable systems, mucoadhesive systems or stimuli-sensitive release systems, among others. In addition, the properties offered by these polymers can be altered by chemical or enzymatic modifications, which change the number of branches or the presence of surface charges in these polymers, thus making it possible to modify their solubility, adhesiveness, viscosity or any other characteristic that is crucial for their use in systems for the delivery of active ingredients.

In this Special Issue, we propose the compilation of the most recent research articles in which polymers are used to develop formulations for drug delivery by any possible route of administration (oral, ocular, parenteral, etc.). Studies in which modifications are made to these polymers are also welcome if they can be useful in a later application for the subject of this issue. Similarly, bibliographic reviews in which the topic of study is updated, comparing the most recent scientific advances in the field, will be considered.

Dr. Maria-Dolores Veiga
Dr. Fernando Notario-Pérez
Dr. Roberto Ruiz-Caro
Guest Editors

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  • bioadhesion
  • controlled release
  • drug-delivery system
  • pharmaceutical technology
  • polymers
  • structural characterization
  • structural modification

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