NOV 25, 2020 4:49 PM PST

Improving Drug Dissolution

WRITTEN BY: Nouran Amin

When you take your medicine, it travels through the bloodstream and releases its effects. When the drug dissolves too fast or too slow, these effects might be off-set. The ability for a drug to dissolve and how long it takes to dissolve is known as ‘drug dissolution’. Now, researchers are finding ways to combat challenges with drug dissolution.

"We directly measured dissolution profiles of single drug granules, which are the little spheres you see when you open up a capsule," said corresponding author William Grover, an associate professor of bioengineering at the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering. "We accomplished this using a vibrating tube sensor, which is just a piece of glass tubing bent in the shape of a tuning fork."

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"We directly measured dissolution profiles of single drug granules, which are the little spheres you see when you open up a capsule," said corresponding author William Grover, an associate professor of bioengineering at the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering. "We accomplished this using a vibrating tube sensor, which is just a piece of glass tubing bent in the shape of a tuning fork."

Source: Science Daily

About the Author
  • Nouran earned her BS and MS in Biology at IUPUI and currently shares her love of science by teaching. She enjoys writing on various topics as well including science & medicine, global health, and conservation biology. She hopes through her writing she can make science more engaging and communicable to the general public.
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