Editor: José J. Escobar-Chávez

Current Technologies to Increase the Transdermal Delivery of Drugs

Volume 1

eBook: US $59 Special Offer (PDF + Printed Copy): US $136
Printed Copy: US $107
Library License: US $236
ISSN: 2468-7375 (Print)
ISSN: 2468-7383 (Online)
ISBN: 978-1-60805-385-8 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-60805-191-5 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2010
DOI: 10.2174/97816080519151100101


This e-book provides an overview of current technologies used to increase the topical/transdermal delivery of drugs, its protocols, advantages and limitations. It includes exclusive chapters on chemical enhancers, Iontophoresis, Sonophoresis, Electroporation, Microneedles and the more recent use of micro/nanoparticles to deliver drugs throughout the skin.

The e-book's generalized approach on the topic is aimed to be helpful in drug discovery, drug delivery and toxicological research and to provide a broader perspective on the topic to readers with respect to current literature available on the subject.

The book is an interesting source of information for pharmacy students, and pharmaceutical research and development units of universities and commercial industries.

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Pharmaceutical knowledge has grown exponentially over the last 30 years. We now have a much clearer understanding of how drugs are absorbed into, distributed within, and cleared from the body.

The potency of agents with which we deal continues to increase, and our ability to unravel mechanisms of action proceeds. New drugs –in particular peptides, proteins and other biological response modifiers- are being developed and new challenges await pharmaceutical scientists. Controlled drug delivery represents a field that must keep pace with changing nature of chemotherapy. Tighter control of drug input into the body in both quantitative and temporal senses is crucial, and fabrication of new delivery systems must respond to this demand for increased sophistication.

Transdermal delivery has become an important means of drug administration. A number of scientists in this area has dramatically increased and multiple symposia have focused on the subject.

The objective of this book is to provide a general and an updated overview of the theoretical and practical aspects of iontophoresis, electroporation, sonophoresis, microneedles, chemical enhancers and transdermal nanocarriers systems on the delivery of transdermal drugs. Such a generalized approach would be helpful in drug discovery, drug delivery, drug design and toxicological research.

The contributors to this text have been directed to emphasize current above mentioned technologies involved in transdermal drug delivery. Authors were selected for their knowledge and reputation in their subject area, and for their ability to address objectively the topics of this book. I believe that they have performed this task effectively, producing a text that will facilitate and optimize future developmental programs in transdermal drug delivery.

Dr. Matilde Merino Sanjuán
Universitat de València


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