Absorbing Medication through the Skin

Some Medicines are delivered through the skin now with creams and patches, many more may be delivered that way in a few years.

Researchers in Kansas are developing chemicals called "skin enhancers" which allow medicines such as ibuprofen or other anti-arthritic drugs to be absorbed through the skin and go quickly to the area of pain.

This system would by-pass the stomach where a lot of side-effects occur.

The medicine could also be put right over the area of pain and concentrate where needed.

Another one of the seemingly small but extremely valuable discoveries of modern medicine.

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