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Silicones as a Material of Choice for Drug Delivery Applications

This paper will investigate the benefits of using silicone in drug delivery applications. This investigation first provides an overview of how versatile of a material silicone can be to the drug delivery industry. An examination of the chemistry of silicone, the multiple material composition options and various cure chemistries demonstrates how silicone can be tailored to fit specific drug delivery applications. Then, a general investigation of the way a silicone interacts with a drug, in regards to compatibility and potential interactions, exhibits silicone’s ability to deliver pharmaceutical agents. The paper will also review factors that have made silicones the materials of choice in the medical device industry, particularly for long-term implantable devices. Examples of applications demonstrate the reasons for choosing silicone over a different material. The paper will finish with real world examples of current drug delivery applications incorporating a silicone, such as hormone replacement therapies, to manifest the benefits of using silicone in drug delivery applications.