The Development of a Floating Drug-Delivery System for Metronidazole

Dec 01, 2011
By PharmTech Editors

By Shamsuddin Sultan Khan and Mesbah Uddin Talukder

Sustained-release dosage forms enable prolonged action of a drug in the body. Much research has focused on overcoming the short residence times and unpredictable gastric emptying times of drugs in sustained-release oral drug-delivery systems (1). A floating drug-delivery system floats in the gastric juice without affecting the gastric emptying rate. It forms a cohesive gel barrier that serves as a reservoir and releases the drug over the desired period of time. This technique helps increase a drug's gastric residence time and reduces the variability in bioavailability (2, 3).

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