New Ibuprofen patch relieves pain for 12 hours, making it accessible for people with stomach problems. Instead of taking it orally, people will now be able to just stick the patch where it’s needed and stay pain-free for up to 12 hours. It’s revolutionary.
The Ibuprofen patch was created by researchers from the University of Warwick UK in partnership with Medherant Company, a manufacturer of transdermal medicine.
With a long-acting effect, the Ibuprofen patch is expected to be a tremendous help for people with chronic conditions like arthritis, neuralgia and back pain.
The patch uses a polymer technology which was developed by Bostick, an adhesive company. The research team from UW claims that the new patch delivers higher doses of Ibuprofen than those currently found in medical gel and patches.
David Haddleton, a chemist from University of Warwick and one of the researchers who developed the Ibuprofen patch argues that many of the existing pain-reliever patches do not contain pain relief agents and they only offer some comfort by warming an area of the body.
The technology developed by the UW scientists makes it possible to produce patches with effective doses of pain relievers like Ibuprofen and also control the drug loading with other active ingredients and also the patch’s stickiness, improving the patient’s comfort.
Unlike other patches and gels which usually contain only 10 percent Ibuprofen, the polymer matrix developed now can hold up to 30 percent of the active pain reliever.
However, scientists say that there is only a limited amount of substances which can be used in the patches so that they will maintain their stickiness and thinness and still be flexible.
Developers say that the patch is transparent, very thin and cosmetically pleasing, for those who might have fashion-related concerns.
Medherent is expected to bring the Ibuprofen patches on the market within the next two years as over the counter pain relievers. Until then it hopes that patches with other active substances will also be developed.
It is not the first time when scientists experiment with Ibuprofen delivery through skin. In the past researchers have tried clove oil and microemulsions prepared with different oils, surfactants and co-surfactants which were expected to increase skin’s permeability for a better absorption of the drug.
If the Ibuprofen patch will prove to be really effective, it will be a truly revolutionary development of the pain-relief market.
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