Preparation of a novel freeze thawed poly(vinyl alcohol) composite hydrogel for drug delivery applications.

We describe a drug delivery system based on a physically cross-linked poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) hydrogel for the release of Theophylline (TH). A composite was created by freezing an aqueous solution of PVA/NaOH onto a PVA/poly(acrylic acid) substrate. This formed a strong interface and demonstrated greater physical strength than the hydrogel alone. Such… (More)