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An Introduction to Transdermal Drug Delivery Systems

In the first part of this article in the Autumn 2001 issue of PMPS, we analysed the varieties, the structure and the basic components of patches. This 'promenade' was important in order to better understand how these drug delivery systems are composed. In this second part we will follow the processes involved in the production of the two major classes, matrix and liquid reservoir patches. We will then finish with a detailed description of the whole production chain for the most popular class at present - the matrix systems.

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By Spyridon A. Fotinos, Executive Vice President - Corporate Research & Innovation, at Lavipharm Group of Companies
Spyridon Fotinos studied pharmaceutics at the University of Athens, before going on to study chemistry at the University of Thessaloniki. He joined Lavipharm in 1979, and in 1987, established the Research and Development Department, of which he has since become a Director.
Spyridon's current position is Executive Vice President - Corporate Research and Innovation. Prior to his time at Lavipharm, he served for four years as Director of Planning and Studies at Minerva Pharmaceuticals. Spyridon is a patent holder in the areas of pharmaceutical and cosmetic delivery technology, antioxidant and enzymic systems. He is also a member of several Greek and international scientific organisations.

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