none
none

GEL PATCH TO DELIVER PAINKILLERS

14-12-2015
by 
in 

A power painkiller, Ibuprofen, has just gotten a whole new way of administration.

Scientists in the UK in collaboration with Medherant, a drug delivery firm, have created a clear gel patch that administers the drug over the course of half a day, with the added bonus of discretion, by wearing it under your clothes.

The gel patch is strong enough to stick to the skin and has the flexibility to allow the body free movement.

The patch is designed to provide quick relief to those who are in need of pain relief, and the patch is more effective, as putting one or two on a day is less strenuous than having to remember to take one every four hours.

Through it, the drug can be administered when it’s needed at a constant dosage, and up to 30% of the materials weight can be the Ibuprofen. The team at the University of Warwick explain: 

"This opens the way for the development of a range of novel long-acting over-the-counter pain relief products which can be used to treat common painful conditions like chronic back pain, neuralgia and arthritis without the need to take potentially damaging doses of the drug orally. Although there are a number of popular Ibuprofen gels available these make it difficult to control dosage and are inconvenient to apply."

According to researchers, finding a polymer that sticks to the skin without leaving anything once taken off was not an easy accomplishment. To overcome the hurdle they had to identify a drug that could be dissolved as required, and that drug was Ibuprofen.

Nigel Davis, CEO of Medherant, says the first consumer patches could be available and on sale within two years.

"Many commercial patches surprisingly don't contain any pain relief agents at all, they simply soothe the body by a warming effect," says David Haddleton, one of the research chemists.

"Our technology now means that we can for the first time produce patches that contain effective doses of active ingredients such as Ibuprofen for which no patches currently exist," he adds.

"Also, we can improve the drug loading and stickiness of patches containing other active ingredients to improve patient comfort and outcome."

Related news & editorials

  1. 21.11.2017
    21.11.2017
    by      In
    The Instant Access Spandeck system is a modular work platform system that provides a full range of simple, safe and cost-effective solutions to complicated and difficult access requirements.
    Spandeck is a lightweight aluminium walkway bridge, work platform and staging system in one versatile unit.... Read More
  2. 21.11.2017
    21.11.2017
    by      In
    Beacon Lighting reckons that Australian homes and businesses can enjoy easy, breezy living all year round with its new ceiling fan collection. The range features new with inspired designs and allows users to reduce their energy costs.
    With power costs continuing to rise, a ceiling fan is becoming... Read More
  3. 21.11.2017
    21.11.2017
    by      In
    3D manufacturing solution specialist Flecknoe is working with manufacturers to drive efficiency and productivity in thermoforming and vacuum forming plastics production processes.
    With more than 30 years experience designing, building and supporting manufacturing machines and processes for more... Read More
  4. 21.11.2017
    21.11.2017
    by      In
    Tennant offers all the technology required to keep carpeted areas clean and in service, with eight different types of vacuum cleaners and innovative ReadySpace cleaning technologies.
    Tennant’s vacuum cleaners feature an advanced multi-stage HEPA filtration system that filters 99.98% of particles... Read More