Transcorneal and transscleral iontophoresis of dexamethasone phosphate using drug loaded hydrogel

Esther Eljarrat-Binstock, Frederik Raiskup, Joseph Frucht-Pery, Abraham J. Domb

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Abstract

Purpose: To evaluate dexamethasone penetration to the eye after a short transcorneal and transscleral iontophoresis using a drug loaded hydrogel assembled on a portable iontophoretic device. Methods: Iontophoresis of dexamethasone phosphate was studied in healthy rabbits using drug loaded disposable HEMA hydrogel sponges and portable iontophoretic device. Corneal iontophoretic administration was performed with a current intensity of 1 mA for 1 and 4 min. Transconjunctival and transscleral iontophoresis were performed twice for 2 min at two near places in the pars-plana area, on the conjunctival membrane or directly on the sclera. Dexamethasone concentrations were assayed using HPLC. Results: Dexamethasone levels in the rabbit cornea after a single transcorneal iontophoresis for 1 min were up to 30 fold higher compared to those obtained after frequent eye drop instillation. Also, high drug concentrations were obtained in the retina and sclera 4 h after transscleral iontophoresis. Conclusions: A short low current non-invasive iontophoretic treatment using dexamethasone-loaded hydrogels has potential clinical value in increasing drug penetration to the anterior and posterior segments of the eye.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)386-390
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Controlled Release
Volume106
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Sep 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Dexamethasone
  • Eye
  • Hydrogel
  • Iontophoresis

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