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A Drug Delivery System (DDS) can help improve drug absorption, extend the effective lifetime of a drug in the body, and deliver the drug specifically to the affected area. A DDS can thus maximize the effect of drugs.
Examples include prodrugs developed for improving drug solubility, absorbability and retention. In addition, macromolecular carriers have been actively investigated to deliver or target drugs to the affected area.


  • V. V. Ranade, J. B. Cannon, in Drug Delivery Systems, 3rd ed., CRC Press, 2011.