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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 224-230

pHEMA hydrogels: Devices for ocular drug delivery

Department of Pharmaceutics, BIT-School of Pharmacy, Partapur, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Neha Tomar
Department of Pharmaceutics, BIT-School of Pharmacy, By-Pass Road, Partapur, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/2278-344X.107844

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Drug delivery to eye has become a demanding task because of various constraints of eye i.e., physiological and anatomical, which results in improper therapeutic concentration at the site of action. Due to this problem, frequent dosing was recommended causing patient incompliance and adding to the cost of therapy. To overcome these barriers, researchers have discovered novel ocular delivery systems like hydrogels, ocuserts, colloidal carriers, etc. However, every delivery system has its own advantages and disadvantages. Hydrogels are presently utilized as delivery system for actives because of their comparable physical properties to that of living tissue. A plethora of biodegradable polymers are used for hydrogel formulations like polyanhydrides, poly (orthoesters), polyesters and poly (2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (pHEMA), chitosan and sodium alginate out of which pHEMA hydrogels are becoming popular from a therapeutic point of view for the ocular drug delivery. The present paper broadly describes the recent advances on drug delivery using pHEMA hydrogels with exhaustive details of researches explored till date.

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