Thursday, January 06, 2005

Dendrimer patch could stick it to the syringe

New Patch May Replace Medical Injections (Associated Press)

    Those who dread hypodermic needles may someday be able to apply their medicine on their skin instead, a couple of researchers believe.

    Two University of Toronto chemists, Dr. Geoffrey Ozin and postdoctoral fellow Dr. Kai Landskron, announced recently they had created an unusual material using man-made molecules called dendrimers. They believe it can store drugs, and, when spread on the skin as a film, allow them to dissipate into a patient's bloodstream like a new type of patch.

    However, the material is far from being on the market and must still undergo a lot more testing before researchers know whether it's safe or effective for humans. More here

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