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Nasal Drug Delivery: In Vitro Anatomical Models

Nasal drug delivery, a technique that has been in use for several years, primarily targets diseases that act locally. Beyond its local applications, the nasal route offers a unique portal to both the systemic circulation and the central nervous system (CNS). In the recent era marked by the SARS-CoV2 pandemic, there has been a notable surge in the development of nasal sprays designed for vaccination and prophylaxis against respiratory conditions.

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Author(s): Gerallt Williams Julie Suman
13 Oct 2023

As applications for nasal drug delivery expand, the significance of achieving targeted regional deposition within the nasal cavity has come to the forefront of drug development. This emphasis stems from the realization that nasal deposition is intricately linked to pharmacokinetic outcomes. A nuanced understanding of the intricate nasal anatomy and the observed intersubject variability is essential. It enables developers to predict with greater accuracy the precise regions where a drug will deposit within the nasal cavity.

In this context, nasal casts have emerged as indispensable in vitro tools that expedite both formulation and product development. Essentially, nasal casts are detailed replicas of the human nasal cavity. Their evolution is notable, transitioning from models sourced from cadavers to advanced 3D printed replicas. These casts can be segmented into specific regions of interest, facilitating quantification of deposition. To determine deposition rates and patterns, a myriad of techniques have been employed.

One of the clear advantages of employing a nasal cast program during development is the ability to distinguish between different formulations or physical forms of the drug – for instance, discerning the deposition behavior of a nasal powder compared to a liquid. Moreover, nasal casts play a pivotal role in formulating patient usage instructions. This ensures that the drug reaches the intended target site within the nasal cavity for optimal therapeutic effect.

However, while nasal casts present numerous advantages, it’s crucial to approach their use with a degree of caution. Any technique employed with these in vitro tools should undergo rigorous validation to ascertain that the outcomes genuinely mirror the in vivo scenario.

Future advancements might introduce new tools and techniques, such as in silico modeling, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations, and other novel methods. While these hold promise and could augment current modeling approaches, they would still need thorough validation. It’s also worth noting that the inherent complexity and extensive variability of the nasal anatomy will persist as challenges to overcome.

In conclusion, despite these challenges, nasal anatomical models, particularly nasal casts, will surely continue to be instrumental. They not only enhance our comprehension of nasal drug delivery but also bolster the development of more effective nasal sprays and nasal spray pumps. As the demand for targeted drug delivery through the nasal route grows, these scientific tools will remain central to pioneering breakthroughs in the field.

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