SPECIAL FEATURE – Solubility & Bioavailability: Difficult Beasts to Tame
Contributor Cindy H. Dubin highlights the services many of these outsourced providers offer to enhance solubility and bioavailability and get their clients’ projects to market faster and cost effectively – while maintaining critical quality attributes.
DELIVERY TECHNOLOGY – NeuroDirect™ Ketamine: Novel, Non-Systemic Topical Therapy for PTSD & Associated Intractable Depression
Ronald Aung-Din, MD, and Chantelle G. Martin, MBChB, present scientific data demonstrating how with NeuroDirect technology, the benefits of psychedelic compounds may be achieved without concern for their potential systemic effects.
FORMULATION FORUM – Changing the Landscape of Nanoparticles for Long-Acting Injectable Drugs
Jim Huang, PhD, and Shaukat Ali, PhD, say recently, there has been continued interest in parenteral NPs with sustained-release characteristics as more drugs discovered are poorly soluble and less bioavailable, and these challenges have led to enormous opportunities and launch of many drug products to market.
MARKET TRENDS – Emerging Trends in Injectable Drug Formulation & Delivery
Martin Gonzalez, PhD, details current trends in sterile injectable formulations and delivery devices and highlights the challenges pharma and its CDMO partners are facing bringing emerging parenteral breakthroughs to patients.
MARKET REPORT – Survey Suggests Global Innovation to Recover Much More Quickly Than Expected in 2023
After a brief fall in 2022 to a score of 6.5 – the first decline since its inception in 2018 – the index has surged to a record score of 7.4. This sudden recovery in scores over a little more than 8 months bodes extremely well for device and packaging manufacturers in the year ahead, suggesting a strong global recovery in industry outlook and confidence.
WHITEPAPER – Infographic-Zydis® Orally Disintegrating Tablet (ODT) vs. Standard Tablets (ST)
Catalent’s proprietary Zydis® ODT platform is backed by a large number of clinical studies. This infographic provides a high level summary of studies comparing Zydis ODT against traditional oral tablets…..
DRUG-ELUTING IMPLANTS – Sustained-Release Implants – A Targeted Approach to Drug Delivery
Tom Quinci, MSc, believes oncology requires new treatment modalities that are better for patients, and it is time technologies like drug-eluting implants, offering real, achievable advantages, are more widely considered.
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION – Which Trends Will Have the Most Impact on Drug Development in 2023?
Contributor Cindy H. Dubin posed this question to life science leaders during a recent roundtable discussion, and one common theme is the focus on sustainability in pharmaceutical development.
FUNCTIONAL EXCIPIENTS – Improving the Water Solubility of Oral Drugs With Amorphous Solid Dispersions (ASDs)
Liliana Miinea, PhD, says with certain polymers, it is possible for drug formulators to take full advantage of the benefits of ASDs, enabling them to overcome formulation challenges to deliver more effective novel drug products capable of transforming the lives of patients.
FORMULATION DEVELOPMENT – Understanding CBD Formulation Versus Dosage Format
Gerry McNally, PhD, says there are many misconceptions when it comes to considering the best way or format to consume CBD and get the maximum benefit. Formulation scientists need to consider several factors when developing new formulations of nutraceutical ingredients, especially botanical ingredients and natural materials from various sources.
EXCLUSIVE ONLINE CONTENT
Viridian Therapeutics Announces Partnership With Drug Delivery Innovator Enable Injections
Viridian Therapeutics, Inc. recently announced a new partnership with Enable Injections, a company developing and manufacturing the enFuse innovative wearable drug delivery system for….
Biodexa Pharmaceuticals Enters Non-binding Letter of Intent for Proposed Acquisition of Varian Biopharmaceuticals
Biodexa Pharmaceuticals recently announced it has signed non-binding letter of intent to potentially acquire Varian Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., a private US precision oncology company developing….
Sania Therapeutics Launches to Advance Novel Medicines for Neural Circuit Dysfunction
Sania Therapeutics, focused on developing genetic medicines for neural circuit dysfunction, recently launched by unveiling its suite of proprietary patented platforms at….
First on the Market: Safely Storing Deep-Cold Medications With Prefillable Polymer Syringes From SCHOTT Pharma
SCHOTT Pharma’s prefillable polymer syringes are a trailblazing solution for drug applications that need to be stored and transported on dry ice at temperatures approaching -100°C…..
Experic Adds Spray Drying Capabilities to Enhance Pharmaceutical Formulation & Development Services
Experic recently announced the addition of spray drying capabilities to support the formulation and development of biopharmaceuticals. The new spray drying services will be….
MARKET NEWS & TRENDS
AiViva Biopharma Initiates Phase 1 Clinical Trial of AIV007 for Age-Related Macular Degeneration & Diabetic Macular Edema
Oculis Announces Positive Top Line Results From DIAMOND Stage 1 Phase 3 Trial in Diabetic Macular Edema With OCS-01 Eye Drops
QSAM Biosciences & RLS Announce Clinical & Commercial Supply Agreement for Promising Clinical-Stage Metastatic & Primary Bone Cancer Treatment
TILT Biotherapeutics Announces First Patient Dosed in Phase 1 Solid Tumors Trial Assessing Oncolytic Adenovirus TILT-123 in Combination With Checkpoint Inhibitor
ON-DEMAND WEBINAR – Solve Common Design Challenges in Inhalation Devices With Porous Polymers
The effectiveness of inhalation devices relies on their ability to deliver the pharmaceutical directly to the targeted part of the body with precision and calculated dosing. Since these devices….
ON-DEMAND WEBINAR – Exploring Pectin & the Advancement of Delayed Release Technology
In this webinar, experts will provide an overview of why the properties and structure of pectin are well suited for site-specific delivery to the colon. In addition, experts will also provide insights into how softgel capsules, formed by the combination of both pectin and gelatin, are used in OptiGel® DR, a new delayed release delivery technology for pharmaceutical applications.
WEBINAR – Understanding Patch Composition for Effective Transdermal Delivery
As the advantages of transdermal drug delivery grow, the global market for transdermal patches also is growing. Join DuPont™ Liveo™ Healthcare Solutions and Gattefossé Pharmaceuticals for a complimentary one-hour webinar to explore the current….
Celanese Live Webinar: Engineering Drug Delivery to Improve Therapeutic Outcomes
Celanese and ThermoFisher Scientific have partnered together to present the value of the VitalDose® EVA drug delivery platform and manufacturing through Hot Melt Extrusion (HME) on September 9, 2021.
Where Do We Stand on Poorly Soluble Drugs and Peptides in Oral Delivery?
The Rule of 5 suggests that, for oral bioavailability, a better chance for oral absorption is obtained when the molecules are within the parameters of the Rule of 5’. However, the pharmaceutical industry is achieving oral efficacy with drugs that exceed….
APPLICATION NOTE: Process Optimization & Preclinical Production Using the ANP System
Particle Works is thrilled to announce the launch of a new Application Note that delves into the advancement of nanoparticles as carriers for targeted drug delivery. Developing nanoparticles for this purpose can be….
TECH BRIEF – Expedite FDA Approvals With Certified Pure Materials
A key focus of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s evaluation of a medical device’s safety and effectiveness is reviewing its material makeup. If improperly…
WHITEPAPER – How to Mitigate Risk for Biologics During Fill/Finish Manufacturing
Aseptic processing with the highest degree of sterility assurance, filling accuracy, and quality is critical for high-value, small-batch therapies. This white paper explores the specialized…
WHITEPAPER – Extrusion-Spheronization, Engineered for Today’s Controlled Release Forms
Synchronizing and controlling API delivery, extrusion-spheronization (E-S) offers pharmaceutical companies a robust technique to manufacture today’s most complex therapeutics. Manufacturing oral….
WHITEPAPER – Unique Manufacturing Challenges Associated With Sterile Eye Ointments
The manufacture of ophthalmic ointments is much more complex than the production of ocular liquid therapies and presents several unique challenges. It is essential for…
What are Drug Delivery Systems?
Drug delivery systems are engineered technologies for the targeted delivery and/or controlled release of therapeutic agents. The practice of drug delivery has changed significantly in the past few decades and even greater changes are anticipated in the near future. Drug delivery includes but is not limited to oral delivery, gene/cell delivery, topical/transdermal delivery, inhalation deliver, parenteral delivery, respiratory delivery, capsules, particle design technology, buccal delivery, etc.
The Evolution of Drug Delivery Systems
Drug delivery systems have greatly evolved over the past 6 decades. In the past 12 years specifically, there have been huge advancements in drug delivery technology. For instance, advanced medication delivery systems, such as transdermal patches, are able to deliver a drug more selectively to a specific site, which frequently leads to easier, more accurate, and less dosing overall. Devices such as these can also lead to a drug absorption that is more consistent with the site and mechanism of action. There are other drug delivery systems used in both medical and homecare settings that were developed because of various patient needs and researchers continue to develop new methods.
Drug Delivery System Market Size
The pharmaceutical drug delivery market size is studied on the basis of route of administration, application, and region to provide a detailed assessment of the market. On the basis of route of administration, it is segmented into oral delivery, pulmonary delivery, injectable delivery, nasal delivery, ocular delivery, topical delivery, and others.
The estimated global market size of drug delivery products was $1.4 trillion in 2020. Unfortunately, 40% of marketed drugs and 90% of pipeline drugs (mostly small molecules) are poorly soluble in water, which makes parenteral, topical, and oral delivery difficult or impossible. In relation, poor solubility often leads to low drug efficacy. Add in the fact that many other hurdles exist in the form of drug loading, stability, controlled release, toxicity, and absorption – it’s not hard to understand the difficulties in bringing new drug products to market. Additionally, biopharmaceuticals (proteins, peptides, nucleic acids, etc) and combination drug products possess many of these same problematic obstacles that affect efficacy. These challenges, coupled with the complexity and diversity of new pharmaceuticals, have fueled the development of a novel drug delivery platforms that overcome a great many bioavailability and delivery obstacles. By leveraging these platforms, pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies can improve dosing accuracy, efficacy, and reproducibility in their drug discovery and drug delivery research.
Drug Delivery System Demand
The demand for pharmaceutical products worldwide is only going to increase in the coming years, as old and emerging diseases continue to threaten the well-being of people globally. Drug discovery efforts are expected to intensify, generating a large variety of active compounds with vastly different structures and properties. However, it is well known that despite tremendous output of the drug discovery process, the success rate of a candidate compound becoming an approved drug product is extremely low. The majority of candidate compounds are discarded due to various hurdles in formulation and preclinical testing (such as issues with solubility, stability, manufacturing, storage, and bioavailability) before even entering into clinical studies. Therefore, advances in formulation and drug delivery, especially the development of new and versatile biomaterial platforms as effective excipients, may salvage many “difficult,” otherwise triaged, drug compounds, and significantly enhance their chance of becoming viable products. Furthermore, breakthroughs in biomaterial platform technologies will also facilitate life cycle management of existing APIs through reformulation, repurposing of existing APIs for new indications, and development of combination products consisting of multiple APIs.