Polysaccharides for Drug Delivery


Polysaccharides for Drug Delivery

Kamla Pathak, Rishabha Malviya

Polysaccharides are complex versatile biomaterial, which are generally biocompatible, biodegradable and non-toxic in nature. Since their affirmed position as valuable pharmaceutical excipients for development of a plethora of dosage forms, these have been extensively explored as carriers for drug delivery. The chapter elaborates the applications of polysaccharides and their derivatives for sustained/targeted delivery of various categories of therapeutic agents. Patents have also been listed to emphasize commercial sustainability of the polysaccharide based drug delivery systems. Furthermore, newer applications namely polysaccharide anchored liposomes, auto- associated ampiphilic polysaccharides, electrospun polysaccharides, polyelectrolyte complexes, polysaccharide based systems namely aerogel, nanocomposites, nanogels, quantum dots, nanoparticles and micelles have also been described. The drug release kinetics from the polysaccharidic systems has been detailed.

Polysaccharides, Drug Carriers, Advancements, Drug Release Kinetics

Published online 4/20/2020, 38 pages

Citation: Kamla Pathak, Rishabha Malviya, Polysaccharides for Drug Delivery, Materials Research Foundations, Vol. 73, pp 27-64, 2020

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21741/9781644900772-2

Part of the book on Advanced Applications of Polysaccharides and their Composites

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