Drug Delivery and Translational Research

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 179–187 | Cite as

Whether a novel drug delivery system can overcome the problem of biofilms in respiratory diseases?

  • Kamal Dua
  • Shakti D. Shukla
  • Rakesh K. Tekade
  • Philip M. Hansbro
Review Article


Biofilm comprises a community of microorganisms which form on medical devices and can lead to various threatening infections. It is a major concern in various respiratory diseases like cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, etc. The treatment strategies for such infections are difficult due to the resistance of the microflora existing in the biofilms against various antimicrobial agents, thus posing threats to the patient population. The present era witnesses the beginning of research to understand the biofilm physiology and the associated microfloral diversity by applying -omics approaches. There is very limited information about how the deposition of biofilm on the respiratory devices and lung itself affects the drug delivered, the delivery system, and other implications. The present mini review summarizes the basic introduction to the biofilms and its avoidance using various drug delivery systems with special emphasis on the respiratory diseases. Understanding the approaches, principles, and modes of drug delivery involved in preventing biofilm deposition will be of interest to both biological and formulation scientists, thereby opening avenues to explore the new vistas in biofilm research for identifying better treatments for pulmonary infectious diseases.


Biofilms Drug delivery Pulmonary 


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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Priority Research Centre for Healthy LungsHunter Medical Research InstituteNewcastleAustralia
  2. 2.School of Biomedical Sciences and PharmacyThe University of NewcastleCallaghanAustralia
  3. 3.National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and ResearchGandhinagarIndia

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