Current Drug Targets

Francis J. Castellino
Kleiderer-Pezold Professor of Biochemistry
Director, W.M. Keck Center for Transgene Research
Dean Emeritus, College of Science
230 Raclin-Carmichael Hall, University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556


Colloidal Carriers for Ophthalmic Drug Delivery

Author(s): Rubiana Mara Mainardes, Maria Cristina Cocenza Urban, Priscila Oliveira Cinto, Najeh Maissar Khalil, Marco Vinicius Chaud, Raul Cesar Evangelista, Maria Palmira Daflon Gremiao.


To achieve effective drug concentration at the intended site for a sufficient period of time is a requisite desired for many drug formulations. For drugs intended to ocular delivery, its poor bioavailability is due to pre-corneal factors. Most ocular diseases are treated by topical drug application in the form of solution, suspension and ointment. However, such dosage forms are no longer sufficient to combat some ocular diseases. Intravitreal drug injection is the current therapy for disorders in posterior segment. The procedure is associated with a high risk of complications, particularly when frequent, repeated injections are required. Thus, sustained-release technologies are being proposed, and the benefits of using colloidal carriers in intravitreal injections are currently under investigation for posterior drug delivery. This review will discuss recent progress and specific development issues relating to colloidal drug delivery systems, such as liposomes, niosomes, nanoparticles, and microemulsions in ocular drug delivery.

Keywords: ophthalmic delivery, ocular bioavailability, colloidal drug delivery systems

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Article Details

Year: 2005
Page: [363 - 371]
Pages: 9
DOI: 10.2174/1389450053765914
Price: $58