Long-Acting Drug Delivery

Long-acting systems, such as combination products and implantable systems, are an increasingly popular approach for long-term drug delivery, offering the potential for targeted drug release, lower dosage requirements, and increased patient compliance. A well-designed drug eluting system can positively impact bioavailability, stability, and pharmacokinetics of an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) while also offering potential intellectual property and life-cycle management opportunities.
 
LLS Health is a leading solutions provider for implantable systems and combination products. Whether you are looking to design a novel drug product or add a drug to an existing medical device to improve performance, we are here to help. Lubrizol supplies both pharmaceutical-grade polymers (excipients) and contract development and manufacturing services (CDMO) for a wide variety of drug-eluting systems. Common examples of drug device combination products include:
  • Antiretroviral-loaded intravaginal rings
  • Drug-eluting pace maker leads
  • Hormonal subcutaneous implants
  • Drug-coated balloon catheters

The demand for these types of products is constantly growing. However, combining a drug product and medical device creates additional development and regulatory complexity, which is why choosing the right partner is critical. LLS Health makes it easy to navigate this complex path with our extensive knowledge of drug eluting systems and variety of service offerings, including:

  • Pathway TPU - LLS Health offers biocompatible, biostable thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPUs) for implantable drug delivery and drug device combination products. Our Pathway polymers possess unique qualities beneficial to drug eluting systems, including customizable mechanical properties and compatibility with a wide-range of APIs. Pathway™ TPUs have established Drug Master Files (DMFs) and are manufactured under IPEC-PQG good manufacturing practice guidelines, which is commonly FDA-required when working with a pharmaceutical or incorporating one into a medical device.
  • Development and manufacturing of drug device combination products - The CDMO Division of LLS Health specializes in complex drug products, including drug eluting systems. We offer an integrated suite of services that can support a client’s combination product or implantable system from early development all the way through to commercialization. As a CDMO, we work with virtually all commercially available polymers, including biodurable and biodegradable options.