Solid Dispersion in Pharmaceutical Drug Development: From Basics to Clinical Applications

Author(s): Punit Bhatnagar, Vinod Dhote, Suresh Chandra Mahajan, Pradyumna Kumar Mishra, Dinesh Kumar Mishra

Journal Name: Current Drug Delivery

Volume 11 , Issue 2 , 2014

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The solubility of drugs is one of the most challenging aspects in developing formulations for novel drug discovery. Myriad of approaches have been developed and tested to overcome the associated intricacies involved with poor water soluble drugs. Out of the available technologies, solid dispersion (SD) method that significantly enhances the solubility and bioavailability by reducing particle size to a micro-molecular level is often viewed as a promising strategy. Although conceptual basis of manufacturing processes involved in SD method have been reported, formulation characteristics addressing solubility issues remains yet elusive. The current review portray the historical milestones, classification, probable mechanisms for enhancement of solubility, manufacturing processes at commercial level along with pioneer breakthroughs in field that enunciates the versatile pharmaceutical application for categories including anti-cancer and anti-retroviral drugs. Besides, our article also highlights the translational implications of drug development by SD method hitherto unreported.

Keywords: Drug development, Molecular targeting, Nanomedicine, Pharmaceutical biotechnology, Solid dispersion.

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Year: 2014
Published on: 10 April, 2014
Page: [155 - 171]
Pages: 17
DOI: 10.2174/15672018113109990044
Price: $65

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