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Asian Journal of Pharmacy and Technology
Year : 2016, Volume : 6, Issue : 2
First page : ( 135) Last page : ( 138)
Print ISSN : 2231-5705. Online ISSN : 2231-5713.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2231-5713.2016.00019.2

Ethosomes: Novel noninvasive carrier for Transdermal Drug Delivery

Saudagar R.B.1,*, Samuel S.2

1Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, R. G. Sapkal College of Pharmacy, Anjaneri, Nashik: 422213, Maharashtra, India

2Department of Quality Assurance Techniques, R. G. Sapkal College of Pharmacy, Anjaneri, Nashik: 422213, Maharashtra, India

*Corresponding Author E-mail: ravisaudagar@yahoo.com

Online published on 21 June, 2016.

Abstract

Ethosomes are noninvasive delivery carriers that enable drugs to reach the deep skin layers and/or the systemic circulation. Although ethosomal systems are conceptually sophisticated, they are characterized by simplicity in their preparation, safety, and efficacy a combination that can highly expand their application. Ethosomes are soft, malleable vesicles tailored for enhanced delivery of active agents. This article reviews various aspect of ethosomes including their preparation, characterization, potential advantages and their applications in drug delivery. Because of their unique structure, ethosomes are able to encapsulate and deliver through the skin highly lipophilic molecules such as cannabinoids, testosterone, and minoxidil, as well as cationic drugs such as propranolol, trihexyphenidil, Cyclosporine A, insulin, Salbutamol etc. Ethosomes provides a number of important benefits including improving the drug's efficacy, enhancing patient compliance and comfort and reducing the total cost of treatment. Enhanced delivery of bioactive molecules through the skin and cellular membranes by means of an ethosomal carrier opens numerous challenges and opportunities for the research and future development of novel improved therapies.

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Keywords

Ethosomes, Ttransdermal drug delivery, Noninvasive, Carriers.

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