An ibuprofen patch that delivers the painkiller directly
through the skin to the site of pain, at a consistent dose for up to 24 hours,
has been developed by UK researchers.
Scientists at the University of Warwick and Medherant
Company say their TEPI patch could revolutionize the transdermal drug delivery
University of Warwick research chemist Professor David
Haddleton told Reuters that the polymer matrix in the patch acts as a reservoir
for the drug.
The patches could help treat conditions like chronic back
pain, neuralgia and arthritis without the need to take potentially damaging
doses of the drug orally. The team says that popular ibuprofen gels make it
difficult to control dosage and can be easily rubbed off.
Although TEPI patch remains highly tacky and adheres well
to skin, it is not uncomfortable to peel off, unlike many traditional plasters