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World’s first ibuprofen delivery patch developed

9th December 2015

A new patch-based system for delivery of the commonly-used painkiller ibuprofen has been developed by researchers at the University of Warwick.

Working with Coventry-based Medherant, a Warwick spinout company, the technology represents the world's first ibuprofen patch, and is capable of delivering the drug directly through the skin to exactly where it is needed at a consistent dose rate.

Significant amounts of the drug – up to 30 percent of the patch's total weight – can be loaded into the polymer matrix that sticks the patch to the patient's skin, with the drug then being delivered steadily over up to 12 hours.

This could lead to the development of a range of novel long-acting over-the-counter pain relief products to treat common painful conditions such as chronic back pain, neuralgia and arthritis, without needing to take potentially damaging doses of the drug orally.

University of Warwick research chemist Professor David Haddleton said: "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."

It is expected that the product could hit the market in around two years' time.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801807786-ADNFCR

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