Mg-Al-layered double hydroxide intercalated with a model drug, salicylate, was deposited on laboratory-made magnesium ferrite and commercial magnetite nanoparticles. The obtained core-shell nanocomposites have been characterized by a variety of methods. The combined information from X-ray diffraction patterns, electron diffraction patterns. FTIR spectra, X-ray photoelectron spectra, electron microscopy images, thermogravimetric analysis and microchemical analysis has indicated a similar nature and composition for the two samples. Magnetic measurements have revealed that although the inherent magnetization of magnetite was significantly higher, the nanocomposites displayed nearly similar magnetic properties. (C) 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.