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  • Author: Kevin Ita
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323918114
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323972345

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Microneedles explores the design, fabrication and use of microneedles for drug and vaccine delivery. This book discusses the contemporary status of the field, describing several areas in detail, including the distinct types of microneedles (dissolving, solid, coted, hollow and hydrogel-forming). The anatomy of the eye is also described to facilitate an understanding of microneedle-assisted ocular drug delivery. Finally, the book provides a detailed discussion of microneedle use in the field of diagnostics, with a chapter dedicated to the mathematical modeling of microneedle-mediated drug delivery. As microneedles can be used by research scientists in academia and in industry, this book will be ideal for regulatory scientists and graduate students who find the topic relevant to their area of study.

Key Features

  • Provides information for the design and fabrication of microneedles
  • Discusses choice of materials, fabrication protocol, sterilization protocol and characterization
  • Supplies the most up-to-date research on all aspects of microneedles


Researchers, academics and postgraduate students in the field of transdermal drug delivery and microneedle technology; Biomedical Engineers

Table of Contents

  • Cover image
  • Title page
  • Table of Contents
  • Copyright
  • Dedication
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1. Introduction
  • Background
  • Microneedle-assisted delivery of therapeutic agents
  • Chapter 2. Fabrication of microneedles
  • Introduction
  • Recent advances in the fabrication of microneedles
  • Industrial fabrication of microneedles
  • Chapter 3. Dissolving microneedles
  • Introduction
  • Dissolving microneedles for drug delivery
  • Chapter 4. Anatomy and physiology of the eye
  • Introduction
  • Structure and function of the human eye
  • Chapter 5. Microneedle-assisted drug delivery to the eye
  • Introduction
  • Microneedle-mediated ocular drug delivery
  • Chapter 6. Microneedles for diagnostic testing
  • Introduction
  • Microneedle-based diagnostics
  • Chapter 7. Therapeutic drug monitoring with microneedles
  • Introduction
  • Microneedle-mediated therapeutic drug monitoring
  • Chapter 8. Miscellaneous routes of microneedle-assisted drug delivery
  • Microneedle-assisted vaccine delivery
  • Diverse routes of microneedle-mediated drug delivery
  • Chapter 9. Mathematical modeling of drug delivery from microneedles
  • Introduction
  • Microneedle-assisted drug delivery and mathematical models
  • Chapter 10. Solid microneedles
  • Skin anatomy and physiology
  • Transdermal drug delivery with solid microneedles
  • Chapter 11. Coated microneedles
  • Introduction
  • Drug delivery with coated microneedles
  • Chapter 12. Hollow microneedles
  • Introduction
  • Skin delivery of drugs with hollow microneedles
  • Chapter 13. Hydrogel-forming microneedles
  • Introduction
  • Transdermal drug delivery from hydrogel-forming microneedles
  • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 264
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: February 6, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323918114
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323972345

About the Author

Kevin Ita

Dr. Ita holds a PhD in Pharmaceutics. His area of expertise is transdermal drug delivery. He has over 40 publications in this area and teaches Pharmaceutics to both first- and second year pharmacy students at the College of Pharmacy, Touro University, California. He joined the University in 2006 as an Assistant Professor and is now a Full Professor. He was awarded an ICRETT Fellowship by the International Union Against Cancer (IUCC).

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Pharmaceutics, Touro University California, USA

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