Introduction to Drug Delivery and Polymerization

Learn how polymers are synthesized and what their different properties are used for in this free online course.

Publisher: NPTEL
‘Drug Delivery and Polymerization’ is a free online course that covers the basics of drug delivery and bioavailability. It introduces you to pharmacokinetics and gives you an understanding of polymers and polymerization. You will learn about molecular weighting and morphological properties and how these affect drug delivery.
Introduction to Drug Delivery and Polymerization
  • Duration

    1.5-3 Hours
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You will learn the key components of drug delivery, starting with the magnitude of drug response. This explains dosage, the extent of absorption, distribution to the site and rate/extent of elimination. You will then learn the difference between pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, and analyze the fundamentals of solubility and the lipid-water partition coefficient. 

You will begin the course by tackling bioavailability and come to understand its ratios. Following this, you will learn about ‘elimination’ and how to quantify drug safety as well as the qualifications required to do so. You will study what ‘prodrugs’ are and their use within the medical industry, and how different plasma concentrations affect the body for optimal drug delivery. 

Finally, you will discover the effect which polymers have on drug delivery and how they can be altered and synthesized into different forms to allow for the easiest and most efficient delivery systems. You will be taught how their molecular weight and morphological properties are important in the process. This course is for anyone with an interest in biochemistry, pharmacology and drug delivery systems.

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