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Timothy A. Peterson, MChE, is an advanced product development specialist at 3M Drug Delivery Systems.
December 01, 2006
The needle and syringe have long been the standard delivery technology for vaccines. However, a confluence of market factors is driving new interest in alternative delivery systems that hold the potential to meet one or more of the following goals: improved antigen utilization, higher quality immune response, better stability and improved patient acceptance. Of particular interest are microneedle systems, otherwise referred to as microstuctured transdermal systems (MTS), that provide for targeted delivery of the vaccine formulation directly to antigen-presenting cells within the epidermis. This article provides a brief overview of MTS technology with an emphasis on solid-coated MTS for vaccine delivery.
June 01, 2003
Transdermal drug delivery, a vital technology of increasing interest, offers such benefits as controlled delivery for as long as a week and improved patient convenience and compliance.