Injectable Drug Delivery
The pharmaceutical industry and its main markets continue to change. Geopolitical changes influence healthcare industry funding models, demographic changes (in developed countries) increase the demand for healthcare and technology advancement opens up new opportunities. In drug delivery we have witnessed a very significant transition. For many years oral tablets held the leading market positions. For example, at one time oral H2 receptor blockers were the blockbusters. These were replaced by proton pump inhibitors and then cholesterol lowering drugs as the world’s biggest sellers. Today, depending upon which list you look at, around 9 of the world’s 12 best-selling drugs require a drug delivery device, as they are biologics for parental delivery or drugs for treatment of asthma, requiring an inhaler.
Injection devices to deliver the latest generation of drugs are evolving. First generation devices were typically mechanical and functioned only to get the drug into the body. Increasingly, in next generation parenteral devices, the drug delivery device is recognised as the interface between the drug and the patient. It can offer many features and functions which improve usability, safety, efficacy and compliance, plus many other functions beyond such as connectivity and diagnostics.
This conference looks at the latest trends, technologies and applications.