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United States Patent Number 5,288,504
February 22, 1994

Pharmaceuticals microencapsulated by vapor deposited polymers and method

Patent Abstract

A microencapsulated pharmaceutical is formed by vapor depositing a polymeric film about an active pharmaceutical agent. The film thickness of the vapor deposited film is controlled to provide effective controlled release of said pharmaceutical agent subsequent to application. In a preferred embodiment the pharmaceutical is an orally ingestible pharmaceutical formed by vapor deposition of a poly-p-xylylene polymer about a core comprising an active pharmaceutical agent. The pharmaceutical agent exhibits surprising controlled release activity inspite of the extreme inertness of vapor deposited films such as Parylene films.

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