The systems containing clays and clay minerals from modified drug release: a review

Colloids Surf B Biointerfaces. 2013 Mar 1;103:642-51. doi: 10.1016/j.colsurfb.2012.10.068. Epub 2012 Nov 20.


Clays are materials commonly used in the pharmaceutical industry, either as ingredients or as active ingredients. It was observed that when they are administered concurrently, they may interact with drugs reducing their absorption. Therefore, such interactions can be used to achieve technological and biopharmaceutical advantages, regarding the control of release. This review summarizes bibliographic (articles) and technological (patents) information on the use of systems containing clays and clay minerals in modified drug delivery. In this area, formulations such natural clay, commercial clay, synthetic clay, composites clay-polymers, nanocomposites clay-polymers, films and hidrogels composites clay-polymers are used to slow/extend or vectorize the release of drugs and consequently they increase their bioavailability. Finally, this review summarizes the fields of technology and biopharmaceutical applications, where clays are applied.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aluminum Silicates / chemistry*
  • Clay
  • Drug Delivery Systems*
  • Minerals / chemistry*
  • Nanocomposites / chemistry
  • Patents as Topic


  • Aluminum Silicates
  • Minerals
  • Clay