QUINTEROS Daniela Alejandra
Challenges and opportunities in polymer technology applied to veterinary medicine
JOSE M. BERMUDEZ; CID ALICIA; RAMIREZ RIGO M.V; QUINTEROS D A; A. SIMONAZZI; SANCHEZ BRUNI; PALMA S.
JOURNAL OF VETERINARY PHARMACOLOGY AND THERAPEUTICS
WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC
Lugar: Londres; Año: 2013 p. 1 - 1
An important frontier in the administration of therapeutic drugs to veterinary species is the use of different polymers as drug delivery platforms. The usefulness of polymers as platforms for the administration of pharmaceutical and agricultural agents has been clearly recognized in the recent decades. The chemical versatility of polymers and the wide range of developed controlledrelease strategies enhance the possibilities for the formulation of active molecules. In particular, the veterinary area offers opportunities for the development of novel controlled-release drug delivery technologies adapted to livestock or companion animal health needs. In some cases, it also allows to improve profitability in meat production or to meet the safety criteria related to drug residues. A number of factors affect the selection of polymers and subsequent properties of the controlled-release drug delivery system. However, their selection also dictates the release kinetics of the drug from the delivery system. Such choices are therefore crucial as they affect the success and potential of the delivery system for achieving the therapeutic goals of the veterinarian. It is the intention of this review to give an overview of the most relevant polymers, which are used or have been tested as drug delivery release rate modifiers in the veterinary field. The article highlights some recent developments focusing on their advantages and applications and analyzes the future direction of the scientific and technological advancements in this area.