Author(s): Parveen S, Sahoo SK
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Abstract The intricate problems associated with the delivery and various unnecessary in vivo transitions of proteins and drugs needs to be tackled soon to be able to exploit the myriad of putative therapeutics created by the biotechnology boom. Nanomedicine is one of the most promising applications of nanotechnology in the field of medicine. It has been defined as the monitoring, repair, construction and control of human biological systems at the molecular level using engineered nanodevices and nanostructures. These nanostructured medicines will eventually turn the world of drug delivery upside down. PEGylation (i.e. the attachment of polyethylene glycol to proteins and drugs) is an upcoming methodology for drug development and it has the potential to revolutionise medicine by drastically improving the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties of the administered drug. This article provides a total strategy for improving the therapeutic efficacy of various biotechnological products in drug delivery. This article also presents an extensive analysis of most of the PEGylated proteins, peptides and drugs, together with extensive clinical data. Nanomedicines and PEGylation, the latest offshoots of nanotechnology will definitely pave a way in the field of drug delivery where targeted delivery, formulation, in vivo stability and retention are the major challenges.
This article was published in Clin Pharmacokinet
and referenced in Journal of Nanomedicine & Nanotechnology