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Drug carrier

Drug carriers are substances that serve as mechanisms to improve the delivery and the effectiveness of drugs. Drug carriers are used in sundry drug delivery systems such as:

  • controlled-release technology to prolong in vivo drug actions;
  • decrease drug metabolism, and
  • reduce drug toxicity.

Carriers are also used in designs to increase the effectiveness of drug delivery to the target sites of pharmacological actions.


Carriers which are able to biodegrade include:

See also


The following research papers from IUPAC are in pdf format:

  • Biodegradable hydrogels for bone regeneration through growth factor release
  • Development of acid-sensitive copolymer micelles for drug delivery
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