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The Use of Propolis in Micro/Nanostructured Pharmaceutical Formulations

[ Vol. 10 , Issue. 2 ]


Marcos L. Bruschi, Raphaela R. de A. Pereira and Lizziane M.B. de Francisco   Pages 130 - 140 ( 11 )


Background: Propolis is a resinous material with complex chemical structure, produced by bees using plant sources, displaying a wide spectrum of biological activities.

Methods: Many studies have reported the use of this compound in pharmaceutical, medicinal, veterinary and dentistry areas, and the results have reported its pharmacological activities.

Results: Moreover, many propolis delivery systems have been proposed and evaluated, indicating that they can be used. On the other hand, considering its chemical and physical characteristics, propolis could be used as a material to produce micro/nano-structured pharmaceutical formulations.

Conclusion: This work reviews the recent studies of development of micro/nanostructured systems using propolis or its byproduct. In addition, patents were reviewed and categorized.


Drug delivery, propolis, patents, micro/nanostructured systems, biodegradable polymers, technology, natural products.


Laboratory of Research and Development of Drug Delivery Systems, Department of Pharmacy, State University of Maringá, Maringá, PR, Brazil.

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