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Drug Delivery Letters
ISSN (Print): 2210-3031
ISSN (Online): 2210-304X
VOLUME: 3
ISSUE: 3
DOI: 10.2174/22103031113039990003      Price:  $58









Role of Microspheres in Drug Delivery-An Overview

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Author(s): Swapna Alli, Sateesh Kumar Vemula and Prabhakar Reddy Veerareddy
Pages 191-199 (9)
Abstract:
From the last two decades, pharmaceutical scientists are developing the microspheres, free flowing powdered advanced drug delivery systems, not only as carrier systems to deliver different drugs at the controlled rate, but also to gain the therapeutic benefit to treat different diseases like cancer and growth disorders and also for radiological applications. Pharmaceutically, microspheres are solids; approximately spherical particles ranging in size from 1-1000 μm. They are made up of polymeric substances, in which the drug is dispersed throughout the microspheres matrix. Microspheres, due to high surface area and low particle size significantly increase the absorption rate and bio-availability. They are also useful to provide the controlled release or sustained release and site specific drug delivery. In future by combining various other strategies microsphere will find a central place in advanced drug delivery, particularly in diagnostics, diseased cell sorting, gene and genetic material delivery, targeted and effective in-vivo delivery. The present review explains the methodology of preparation of microspheres, method of evaluation and their recent applications and also updates the recent research on microspheres.
Keywords:
Controlled release, microspheres, advanced drug delivery, spherical particles, therapeutic efficacy.
Affiliation:
Department of Pharmaceutics, Chaitanya College of Pharmacy Education and Research, Hanamkonda, Warangal, Andhra Pradesh, India-506001.