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Poly(lactic-co-glycolic) Acid (PLGA) Nanoparticles and Transdermal Drug Delivery: An Overview

[ Vol. 29 , Issue. 37 ]


Lalit Kumar*, Gauree Kukreti, Ritesh Rana, Himanshu Chaurasia, Anchal Sharma, Neelam Sharma and Komal   Pages 2940 - 2953 ( 14 )


Background: Biodegradable polymeric nanoparticles have garnered pharmaceutical industry attention throughout the past decade. PLGA [Poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid)] is an excellent biodegradable polymer explored for the preparation of nanoparticles that are administered through various routes like intravenous and transdermal. PLGA's versatility makes it a good choice for the preparation of nanoparticles.

Objective: The main objective of this review paper was to summarize methods of preparation and characterization of PLGA nanoparticles along with their role in the transdermal delivery of various therapeutic agents.

Methods: A literature survey for the present review paper was done using various search engines like Pubmed, Google Scholar, and Science Direct.

Results: In comparison to traditional transdermal administration systems, PLGA nanoparticles have demonstrated several benefits in preclinical investigations, including fewer side effects, low dosage frequency, high skin permeability, and simplicity of application.

Conclusion: PLGA nanoparticles can be considered efficient nanocarriers for the transdermal delivery of drugs. Nevertheless, the clinical investigation of PLGA nanoparticles for the transdermal administration of therapeutic agents remains a formidable obstacle.


Biodegradable, dosage frequency, nanoparticles, preclinical, PLGA, transdermal.


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