Biodegradable injectable in situ forming drug delivery systems

J Control Release. 2002 Apr 23;80(1-3):9-28. doi: 10.1016/s0168-3659(02)00008-1.


The ability to inject a drug incorporated into a polymer to a localized site and have the polymer form a semi-solid drug depot has a number of advantages. Among these advantages is ease of application and localized, prolonged drug delivery. For these reasons a large number of in situ setting polymeric delivery systems have been developed and investigated for use in delivering a wide variety of drugs. In this article we introduce the various strategies that have been used to prepare in situ setting systems, and outline their advantages and disadvantages as localized drug delivery systems.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Delayed-Action Preparations / pharmacokinetics
  • Drug Delivery Systems / methods*
  • Drug Delivery Systems / statistics & numerical data
  • Gels / pharmacokinetics
  • Humans
  • Polymers / pharmacokinetics


  • Delayed-Action Preparations
  • Gels
  • Polymers