Role of Prodrugs in Solubility Enhancement of Drugs

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PharmaTutor (December- 2014)


ISSN: 2347 - 7881
(Volume 2, Issue 12)


Received On: 11/10/2014; Accepted On: 20/10/2014; Published On: 01/12/2014


AUTHORS: Kalyana Chakravarthi G*, Vijayaraj S, Venugopal A, Naresh Ch, Saritha B
Department of Pharmaceutical Analysis, Sree Vidyanikethan College of Pharmacy,
Tirupati, A.P., India.


ABSTRACT: Solubility is one of the essential parameters to achieve bioavailability of drug in systemic circulation to produce expected therapeutic response.  Nearly 40% of new drug molecules face solubility challenge. Though several techniques like micronization, crystal engineering, hydrotrophy, solid dispersion and so forth were available for solubility enhancement of poorly soluble drugs based on physical and chemical modification, prodrug approach is a vital technique amongst the other. Prodrugs are biologically inactive compound which can be metabolized in the body to produce active drug. It is estimated that currently about 10% of all world-wide approved drugs are prodrugs. This review extensively confers the role of prodrugs and the kind of promoieties used for solubility enhancement.


How to cite this article: KG Chakravarthi, S Vijayaraj, A Venugopal, Ch Naresh, B Saritha; Role of Prodrugs in Solubility Enhancement of Drugs; PharmaTutor; 2014; 2(12); 33-48