Long-acting drug delivery technologies and services
Long-acting drug delivery has emerged as the novel and advanced drug delivery system which manipulate the dosing regimen of the drug in the body in order to sustain its therapeutic level.
The long-acting drug delivery technologies have come a long way with the inclusion of liposomes, microspheres and polymers for the fabrication of biodegradable and biocompatible delivery systems. Apart from this, the interdependency of the drug, excipient and release environment plays a crucial role to decide the release kinetics of the drug. Long-acting formulations are more patient compliant, in terms of the sharp reduction in the dosing regimen. These drugs are administered infrequently (ranging from once weekly to yearly) owing to the prolonged drug release after a single shot.
The technological advancements for the long-acting profile of the drugs (small molecules, peptides, biologics) have led to a rise in the number of novel therapeutics in the market along with the growing number of long-acting molecules in the clinical development pipeline. Of late, the demand for the availability of long-acting vaginal rings as multipurpose prevention technologies for women is also surfacing.
Further, the pharmaceutical industry is extensively focusing on the development of long-acting injectables for protein-based drugs and multidrug therapies. Moreover, the potential of long acting injectables is being explored in several debilitating chronic diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, blindness and HIV. Owing to the advanced LADD technologies, formulation and developmental challenges associated with these complex dosage forms, the reliability on the stakeholders having the expertise in this domain has upsurged. This will eventually aid the drug developers to address the bottlenecks stemming from conventional treatment options and improve the clinical outcome.
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