Recent advances with liposomes as pharmaceutical carriers

Nat Rev Drug Discov. 2005 Feb;4(2):145-60. doi: 10.1038/nrd1632.


Liposomes - microscopic phospholipid bubbles with a bilayered membrane structure - have received a lot of attention during the past 30 years as pharmaceutical carriers of great potential. More recently, many new developments have been seen in the area of liposomal drugs - from clinically approved products to new experimental applications, with gene delivery and cancer therapy still being the principal areas of interest. For further successful development of this field, promising trends must be identified and exploited, albeit with a clear understanding of the limitations of these approaches.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Humans
  • Liposomes / chemistry
  • Liposomes / classification*
  • Liposomes / pharmacokinetics*
  • Technology, Pharmaceutical / trends*


  • Liposomes