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World J Pharmacol. Sep 9, 2015; 4(3): 236-264
Published online Sep 9, 2015. doi: 10.5497/wjp.v4.i3.236
Therapeutic targets and delivery challenges for Alzheimer’s disease
Preshita Desai, Harshad Shete, Rahul Adnaik, John Disouza, Vandana Patravale
Preshita Desai, Harshad Shete, Vandana Patravale, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai 400019, Maharashtra, India
Rahul Adnaik, Department of Pharmacology, Rajarambapu College of Pharmacy, Sangli 415404, Maharashtra, India
John Disouza, Tatyasaheb Kore College of Pharmacy, Kolhapur 416113, Maharashtra, India
Author contributions: Desai P and Shete H contributed equally to the paper; all the authors contributed to this paper.
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Correspondence to: Vandana Patravale, PhD, Professor of Pharmaceutics, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology, Institute of Chemical Technology, Nathalal Parekh Marg, Matunga (East), Mumbai 400019, Maharashtra, India.
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Received: November 23, 2014
Peer-review started: November 23, 2014
First decision: December 12, 2014
Revised: May 29, 2015
Accepted: August 10, 2015
Article in press: August 11, 2015
Published online: September 9, 2015
Core Tip

Core tip: Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, the 21st Century epidemic, is one of the most significant social and health crises which has currently afflicted nearly 44 million patients worldwide and is on rampant rise. This portrays the unmet need towards better understanding of Alzheimer’s disease pathomechanisms and related research towards more effective treatment strategies. The review thus focuses on thorough understanding of Alzheimer’s disease pathophysiology, pharmacotherapy in terms of explored therapeutic targets and drug delivery systems towards better delivery of anti-Alzheirmer actives and a possible way ahead.