ProNeura® offers continuous drug delivery and consists of a small, semi-rigid, flexible implant made from a mixture of ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) and a drug substance. The resulting product is a solid matrix implant that is placed subcutaneously, normally in the inner part of the upper arm in a simple office procedure, and is removed in a similar manner at the end of the treatment period.
This continuous drug delivery technology was developed to address the need for a simple, practical method to potentially provide continuous drug administration on an outpatient basis over extended periods of six months or longer.
Making Products with ProNeura®
The drug substance that is part of the ProNeura implant is slowly released subdermally into the patient's body at a continuous constant rate, through the process of dissolution and diffusion through pores in the implant’s matrix. The outcome is a stable level of medication in the blood for the duration of the treatment and bioavailability, similar to that seen with intravenous administration. Such long-term, linear release characteristics are generally desirable, as this avoids peak-and-trough level dosing that poses problems in the treatment of several chronic diseases.
How ProNeura® is Made
To manufacture the ProNeura implant, EVA polymer is blended with the medication and extruded. This is then cut to required size to create implants, within which the medication is uniformly distributed throughout the EVA matrix. In some cases, multiple concentric layers of EVA and medication(s) may be employed to facilitate the desired end product characteristics.
ProNeura® Control of Drug Release
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