Development of Clinical Weekly-Dose Teriparatide Acetate Encapsulated Dissolving Microneedle Patch for Efficient Treatment of Osteoporosis

Jeeho Sim, Geonwoo Kang, Huisuk Yang, Mingyu Jang, Youseong Kim, Hyeri Ahn, Minkyung Kim, Hyungil Jung

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)


Teriparatide acetate (TA), which directly promotes bone formation, is subcutaneously injected to treat osteoporosis. In this study, TA with a once-weekly administration regimen was loaded on dissolving microneedles (DMNs) to effectively deliver it to the systemic circulation via the transdermal route. TA activity reduction during the drying process of various TA polymer solutions formulated with hyaluronic acid and trehalose was monitored and homogeneities were assessed. TA-DMN patches fabricated using centrifugal lithography in a two-layered structure with dried pure hyaluronic acid on the base layer and dried TA polymer solution on the top layer were evaluated for their physical properties. Rhodamine-B-loaded TA-DMNs were found to form perforations when inserted into porcine skin using a shooting device. In addition, 87.6% of TA was delivered to the porcine skin after a 5-min TA-DMN patch application. The relative bioavailability of TA via subcutaneous injection was 66.9% in rats treated with TA-DMN patches. The maximal TA concentration in rat plasma was proportional to the number of patches used. Therefore, the TA-DMN patch fabricated in this study may aid in the effective delivery of TA in a patient-friendly manner and enhance medical efficacy in osteoporosis treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4027
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Oct

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Industrial Core Technology Development Program (20000462, Development of anti-aging beauty care system using multi-active and controlled releasing transdermal delivery for skin layer specific effects) funded by the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy (MOTIE, Korea). In addition, the work was a Korea Health Technology R&D Project through the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI), funded by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Korea (grant number: HI16C0625).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 by the authors.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Polymers and Plastics


Dive into the research topics of 'Development of Clinical Weekly-Dose Teriparatide Acetate Encapsulated Dissolving Microneedle Patch for Efficient Treatment of Osteoporosis'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this