Novel Design Approaches in the Fabrication of Polymeric Microarray Patches via Micromoulding

Inken K. Ramöller, Emma McAlister, Abigail Bogan, Ana S. Cordeiro, Ryan F. Donnelly

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Abstract

Abstract: The focus on novel systems for transdermal delivery of therapeutic agents has increased considerably over recent years, as this administration route comes with many advantages. Polymeric microarray patches (MAPs) are minimally invasive devices that enable systemic delivery of a wide range of drugs by overcoming the outer skin barrier. Conventionally, MAPs fabricated by micromoulding have a low needle density. In this study, the performance of hydrogel-forming MAPs cast using novel industrially manufactured micromoulds with a high needle density (600 needles/0.75 cm2 ) was compared to that of MAPs obtained using conventional moulds with a lower density (196 needles/0.89 cm2 ). Surrounding holders for micromoulds were designed for time-efficient fabrication of MAPs. The influence of needle densities on mechanical strength, insertion efficiency and in vitro permeation of ibuprofen sodium (IBU) was analysed. Insertion of both MAPs into an artificial skin model and neonatal porcine skin was comparable. No significant difference was observed in permeation studies of IBU (p > 0.05), with a delivery of 8.7 ± 1.7 mg for low-density and 9.5 ± 0.1 mg for high-density MAPs within 24 h. This highlights the potential of these novel micromoulds for manufacturing polymeric MAPs with a higher needle density for future applications.
Original languageEnglish
Article number554
JournalMicromachines
Volume11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 May 2020

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