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Ocular Disposition, Pharmacokinetics, Efficacy and Safety of Nanoparticle-Formulated Ophthalmic Drugs

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Ophthalmic drugs are delivered to ocular tissues predominantly via relatively simple formulations, such as topically dosed water-soluble drug solutions and water-insoluble drug suspensions in ointments. An ideal topical drug delivery system should possess certain desirable properties, such as good corneal and conjunctival penetration, prolonged precorneal residence time, easy instillation, non-irritative and comfortable to minimize lachrymation and reflex blinking, and appropriate rheological properties. In general, ocular efficacy is closely related to ocular drug bioavailability, which may be enhanced by increasing corneal drug penetration and prolonging precorneal drug residence time. To improve ocular bioavailability of topically dosed ophthalmic drugs, a variety of ocular drug delivery systems, such as hydrogels, microparticles, nanoparticles, microemulsions, liposomes and collagen shields, have been designed and investigated. These newer systems may, to some extent, control drug release and maintain therapeutic levels in ocular tissues over a prolonged period of time. This review focuses on the in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo studies of ophthalmic drugs formulated in nanoparticles published over the past two decades. The progress and development issues relating to ocular disposition, pharmacokinetics, efficacy and safety of the nanoparticle-formulated ophthalmic drugs are specifically addressed. Information and discussions summarized in this review are helpful for pharmaceutical scientists to develop better ophthalmic therapeutics.

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Keywords: Ocular; disposition; efficacy; nanoparticles; pharmacokinetics; tolerance; toxicity

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Pharmacokinetics,Dynamics and Metabolism, PGRD, San Diego, CA 92121, USA.

Publication date: February 1, 2007

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  • Current Drug Metabolism aims to cover all the latest and outstanding developments in drug metabolism and disposition. The journal serves as an international forum for the publication of timely reviews in drug metabolism. Current Drug Metabolism is an essential journal for academic, clinical, government and pharmaceutical scientists who wish to be kept informed and up-to-date with the latest and most important developments. The journal covers the following areas:

    In vitro systems including CYP-450; enzyme induction and inhibition; drug-drug interactions and enzyme kinetics; pharmacokinetics, toxicokinetics, species scaling and extrapolations; P-glycoprotein and transport carriers; target organ toxicity and interindividual variability; drug metabolism and disposition studies; extrahepatic metabolism; phase I and phase II metabolism; recent developments for the identification of drug metabolites and adducts.
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