Premium ethylcellulose polymer based architectures at work in drug delivery

Oluwatoyin Ayotomilola Adeleke*

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© 2019 Premium ethylcellulose polymers are hydrophobic cellulose ether based biomaterials widely employed as biocompatible templates for the design of novel drug delivery systems. They are classified as United States Food and Drug Administration Generally-Recognized-As-Safe chemical substances and have been extensively utilized within the biomedical and pharmaceutical industries for over half a century. They have so far demonstrated the potential to modulate and improve the physiological performance of bioactives leading to the desired enhanced prophylactic and therapeutic outcomes. This review therefore presents a scholarly survey of inter-disciplinary developments focused on the functionalities of ethylcellulose polymers as biomaterials useful for the design of smart delivery architectures for relevant pharmacotherapeutic biomedical applications. Emphasis was placed on evaluating scientific resources related to recent advancements and future directions associated with its applications as delivery systems for drugs and biologics within the past decade thus complementing other specialized reviews showcasing the theme.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100023
JournalInternational Journal of Pharmaceutics: X
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019


  • Cellulose derivative
  • Hydrophobic biomaterial
  • Pharmaceutical excipient
  • Polymeric biomaterial
  • Polymeric drug delivery


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