What is it about?
Adult Patients with swallowing problems face difficulties in taking tablets, capsules or other conventional oral medicines. Therefore, there is a need to develop oral dissolving films for easy administration, especially for psychiatric patients. We used natural and inexpensive polymers for example Okra biopolymer in combination with HPMC, a semisynthetic polymer to produce films that dissolve immediately on tongue.
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Why is it important?
Natural polymers are economic, safe and bio-compatible. They are fully capable of replacing expensive and toxic synthetic polymers in drug delivery devices. One such example is Okra biopolymer, which is obtained from Okra pods, a vegetable native to Pakistan. This also provides an opportunity for socio-economic buildup of local farmers.
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This page is a summary of: Natural and semisynthetic polymers blended orodispersible films of citalopram, Natural Product Research, January 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/14786419.2018.1552698.
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