Using polymeric precipitation inhibitors to improve the absorption of poorly water-soluble drugs: A mechanistic basis for utility

Journal of Drug Targeting The inclusion of certain polymers within solid dispersion or lipid-based formulations can maintain drug supersaturation after dispersion and/or digestion of the vehicle, leading to improvements in bioavailability and variability in exposure. This review presents an overview of the fundamental principles that underpin drug precipitation mechanisms, describes the mechanisms by which precipitation may be inhibited, discusses the methods that can be used to identify polymeric precipitation inhibitors (PPIs), and summarizes current literature evidence of the most effective PPIs.

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