Developing suppository formulations for anti-HIV drug delivery

Despite a long history of use for rectal and vaginal drug delivery, the current worldwide market for suppositories is limited primarily due to a lack of user acceptability. Therefore, virtually no rational pharmaceutical development of antiviral suppositories has been performed. However, suppositories offer several advantages over other antiviral dosage forms. Current suppository designs have integrated active pharmaceutical ingredients into existing formulation designs without optimization. As such, emerging suppository development has been focused on improving upon the existing classical design to enhance drug delivery and is poised to open suppository drug delivery to a broader range of drugs, including antiretroviral products. Thus, with continuing research into rational suppository design and development, there is significant potential for antiretroviral suppository drug delivery.


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