Patches with suckers that look like octopuses help drugs penetrate the skin

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The octopus-like tentacles of an adhesive patch that delivers drugs through the skin are a great way to get your drug delivery.

Jihyun Lee et al., ACS Nano journal 2024

A material covered in octopus suckers could be used to deliver drugs and other treatments through the body without needing needles.

To develop an alternative to the hypodermic syringe that is less painful. Jihyun LeeSungkyunkwan University, South Korea, and her colleagues created a rectangular patch of soft, transparent and stretchy rubber that is a few centimetres wide and a few centimetres in length. One side of the patch is smooth while the other side is covered with suction cup coatings, each measuring about 3 millimetres. Lee says…

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