Pain reliever medicine news: World's first ibuprofen patch to deliver treatment directly through skin

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The world’s first ibruprofen patch has been created and patented.

Together with Medherant, a company based in Coventry known for producing bio-adhesive with its main focus in trans-dermal drug, a team of researchers from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom has come up with the ibuprofen patch that aims to apply a consistent amount of the drug right onto the skin area where it is needed most.

The transparent patch, which has the ability to cling to the skin, is capable of delivering high dosage of the medicine at a steady rate within 12 hours. This is especially beneficial for the treatment of people suffering from chronic pains like back pains, arthritis and neuralgia without having to worry about the side effects of taking the drug orally. This patch, which comprises 30 percent medicine, is proven to be much more convenient and consistent than ibuprofen gel since it is a lot easier to control and apply the exact dosage. The patch uses polymer technology developed by Bostik, the adhesive of which is being licensed to be used for transdermal use and is to be used by Medherant exclusively.

University of Warwick research chemist Professor David Haddleton said in a statement: “Many commercial patches surprisingly don’t contain any pain relief agents at all, they simply soothe the body by a warming effect. 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. Also, we can improve the drug loading and stickiness of patches containing other active ingredients to improve patient comfort and outcome.”

Ibuprofen is a NSAID or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug used by many people worldwide in treatment of inflammation triggered by various conditions like toothache, headache, back pain, menstrual cramps, arthritis and minor injury. This drug is commonly used by adults and initially comes in tablet form to be taken orally, and in gel form that can be applied on the skin.

The drug has brought comfort to those in pain; however, it also has its side effects especially for those who take higher doses and for whom it is part of their long term treatment. If taken orally too often, it has the potential to cause bleeding in the stomach or intestines, which can be fatal. So with the introduction of the new ibuprofen in skin patch form, this can bring in a new comfort for millions of pain sufferers worldwide.