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Adv Drug Deliv Rev. 2001 Aug 23;50(1-2):45-60.

Animal models for the study of intestinal lymphatic drug transport.

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Department of Veterinary Science, University of Melbourne, 250 Princes Highway, Werribee, Victoria 3030, Australia.


Drug transport via the intestinal lymphatic system has been shown to contribute to the absorption of a number of orally administered highly lipophilic drugs. In order to investigate this phenomenon and assist in the development of improved oral formulations, the use of appropriate animal models is required. This paper reviews the use of various animal models for this purpose, and describes in detail the conscious rat and dog models used in our laboratory. The advantages and disadvantages of both small and large animal models are explored, as well as the factors which have been found to influence the outcome of intestinal lymphatic drug transport studies with these models.

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