9/24/12: PolyLactic Acid (PLA) Polymers and poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA) copolymers are quickly becoming popular materials that carry, deliver, or implant devices into the body. These materials are creating tiny sized camera cases, drug delivery vessels, and dissolving components in a critically controlled timely manner for the treatment of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, glaucoma, COPD, pain management, and many others. These polymers must be compounded and processed in a cost effective way and many of these tiny devices can be manufactured using micro molding or micro insert molding.
The materials must be compounded with pharmaceuticals in some cases, making them even more challenging to process and balance thermal and moisture stable environments to achieve the necessary dissolution rates. These rates vary from 5 minutes to several months, depending on the drug and controlled release timing required for a specific treatment.
Learn more about bio-resorbable polymers by viewing one of our videos called Micro Molding Applications.