Octopus sucker-inspired patch delivers drugs into the body without needles or pills


The new patch after being “loaded” with the drug desmopressin. (Image credit: ETH Zurich)

Scientists have developed a new device inspired by octopus suckers that can deliver medicines without the need for needles or pills. They’ve already tested it in humans in a small, mini trial.

The 0.4 by 0.2 inches (1.1 by 0.6 cm) patch can stick to the inner lining of the cheek, spread over it, and increase absorption of the attached medication.

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