Introduction: Asenapine maleate (AM) is an atypical antipsychotic agent, that has been widely prescribed for the management of schizoaffective disorders. However, the bioavailability of AM is extremely poor due to the extensive first-pass metabolism. With the advancement in pharmaceutical technologies, significant strides have been made to create novel formulations to address the bioavailability problem of AM. Areas covered: This review article provides an insight into all the formulation approaches undertaken by researchers to increase the bioavailability of AM encompassing the works utilizing ultrasound mediated transdermal delivery, nose to brain delivery, intestinal lymphatic system targeting, in-situ implants, etc. All the patents associated with AM formulation have also been discussed and summarized. Expert opinion: Numerous studies have been carried out on AM formulations over the recent years, many of these studies have shown significant improvement in bioavailability. We have also mentioned the unexplored domains which can be exploited for further enhancing the bioavailability of AM. Nonetheless, most of these studies are still limited to the research laboratory level and face multiple hurdles before making into the market. Attaining controllability and reproducibility for the production of novel formulations is needed to enable its transition from bench to bedside.
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- Pharmaceutical Science