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article imageExperimental patch to deliver vaccinations

By Tim Sandle     Jun 14, 2013 in Health
A skin patch that can deliver vaccines cheaply and effectively has been shown off at the recent TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh.
Notwithstanding the debate around the effectiveness of some vaccines, researchers are examining new and novel ways to deliver drugs into the human body. A new method was unveiled that this week's TEDGlobal.
The leading way is using a patch rather than a needle. The idea behind this is to deliver drugs in a faster and less expensive way. A patch has been invented by Proffesor Mark Kendall. Kendall describes this as a "nanopatch". The main is to target cells found just below the outer later of the skin.
According to the BBC, the main advantages of pact technology are to overcome "needle phobia and the possibility of contamination caused by dirty needles". Another factor is cost, with patches estimated to cost ten times less than the classic syringe and needle system.
The first human trials of the patch will take place in Brisbane, Australia this year. This will involve “blank” Nanopatches (without vaccine) in human volunteers. Its aim is to assess the usability of the patch and applicator under developing-country field conditions.
The research was undertaken at the Queensland University, Brisbane.
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