One of the main disadvantages of taking pain medication orally is that the drug has an effect not only on the area of pain, but also on the body as a whole. This increases the likelihood of side effects and limits the time of the drug’s effect on a specific pain point. But scientists at the British University of Warwick and the research company Medherant have developed their solution – the world’s first Ibuprofen-based pain relieving patch. The patch is made of a flexible, transparent polymer, of which 30% is a drug. For example, the gel-like ibuprofen has a drug content of only 10%. Upon contact with the skin, the patch adheres tightly to the patient’s skin due to a special “very sticky” coating – this ensures the most effective penetration of the drug in a specific area. The duration of the analgesic effect is 12 hours. According to the researchers, they were able to achieve a uniform flow of drugs into the human body throughout the entire time. Such a product will interest people suffering from localized chronic pain, for example, in the back or with arthritis. Currently, the product is already under commercialization, and its entry into the market is expected in a couple of years.