Dissolvable patch offers radical pain-free alternative to flu injection, study finds

Monday, July 3, 2017

The approach is likely to be welcomed by those who shudder at the sight of a needle, but it could also provide other benefits.

Not only do the patches offer a low-cost procedure and reduce dangerous waste, but they can be applied by the patient and do not need to be kept cold since they are stable at 40C for a year. Researchers say that is a valuable bonus when it comes to providing vaccines to populations in developing countries.

“I think this product would greatly simplify access to vaccines and perhaps improve coverage as well,” said Nadine Rouphael, a co-author of the research and associate professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine.

Source: The Guardian (link opens in a new window)

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